Phils' Manuel says Giants staff 'not overpowering'

August 4, 2011, 5:15 pm
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Phillies manager Charlie Manuel likely wasn't trying to create a war of words or give the Giants some headlines for the clubhouse bulletin board.

But when he entertained the question Wednesday of "what makes a great pitcher?" in advance of his club's four game series in San Francisco, he pointedly excluded San Francisco's staff -- specifically Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain -- from the category of great.

That's not likely to go unnoticed by anyone wearing Orange & Black.

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His point seemed to be that his guys, in particular Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay, occupy the next rung up on the ladder.

Here are Manuel's comments to the Philadelphia media:

"What's a great pitcher? A great pitcher is a guy who pitches quite a few years, and he has some 20-game seasons and stuff like that," Manuel said."Lincecum and Cain and their two lefties (Jonathan) Sanchez and (Madison) Bumgarner, they're good pitchers. They're very good pitchers. I said our team can hit them. Their stuff is not so overpowering and great that we can't hit them. That's what I meant, but it doesn't matter. Whatever Lincecum thinks -- good."

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