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Yesterday morning I was reading through previous days news and noticed the Phillies lost in the 9th inning on a three-run HR allowed by Antonio Alfonseca.  Later as I read through the boxscores - rotonews first, boxscores second (Sorry, Christina Kahrl), I saw the pitching one for the Phillies.

Brett Myers pitched the 8th.  What?  Charlie Manuel didn't leave him in a for a two-inning appearance in a tie game?  Exactly why was he moved to the bullpen if not to provide valuable innings?

In my generosity, I thought maybe Myers spot in the order came-up in the top of the 9th, and he was removed for a pinch-hitter.  Nope.  The Phils went down one (Utley), two (Howard.  Ouch two of my players.), three (Burrell).

I'm at a loss.  I've been holding out judgment about the Myers move, but, if he isn't there to pitch important innings late in the game, then what is going on?  In a conspiratorial train of reasoning, I recalled Myers had lost 25 lbs in the off-season.  Is there something in that piece of information that would explain removing him from the rotation and then not pitching him in a high pressure innings?