You see those dogs in this commercial? Ron Roenicke makes them look like they're at Disneyland in comparison during his post game pressers lately. And last night was just another classic example of this bullpen's ineptitude. I'd say it's mind boggling that they found a way to sink a 6-1 lead going into the 8th but it's just par for the course during the 2012 campaign so far. You remember those choose your own adventure books? Those 'turn to page 61 to take the fork left, or turn to page 71 to take the fork right' kind of deals? Sometimes you ended up at the end unscathed and sometimes you ended up falling off a cliff. It was literary roulette. Well right now no matter what page Roenicke turns to in that bullpen he falls directly off of a 25,000 foot mountain. Turn to page 43 to Kameron Loe in the game, whoops Kameron walked 3 batters and allowd the tying run to score! Turn to page 68 to put Manny Parra in the game; uh oh, Manny walked two batters, gave up a double and hit a batter, Phillies take the lead! Turn to page 130 to put K-Rod in; yikes, K Rod gets the first two batters with stunning ease before walking the bases loaded and giving up a game winning double! Like if we never had to go to the bullpen and played 7 innings like Little League we'd be the '27 Yankees. And Roenicke can spare me the song and dance about 'getting Greinke out of whack' if we would have left him in after 7 innings. The guy hasn't pitched in 10 days and was only at 87 pitches. You pulled him because you're going to trade him and every scout at that game last night had a Ron Burgundy pleats situation that you didn't want to ruin. Just flat out dealind on the mound, making defensive plays like Ozzie Smith and hammering home runs like Pedro Cerrano. Not a bad showcase.
PS: I was acutually defending Manny Parra to a lot of people this season because he really seemed to have his act together in the last two weeks. Pffft. At this point I don't care if goes somewhere else and turns into Sandy Koufax. Get rid of him and I don't care for what. Hell just park his butt outside of Miller Park with a 'free' sign around him like he was an old dirty couch.