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Friday, June 5, 2020

Phillies OF Nick Williams not happy with Gabe Kapler’s lineup decisions

Gabe Kapler

Gabe Kapler continues to ruffle feathers in his first week as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

After being left out of the lineup once again for Thursday’s 5-0 win over the Miami Marlins, Phillies outfielder Nick Williams expressed some displeasure with Kapler’s decision-making, hinting at an excessive reliance on analytics.

“I guess the computers are making it, I don’t know,” said Williams of the team’s lineups, according to Matt Breen of the Philly Inquirer. “I don’t get any of it but what can I do? I’m not going to complain about it because I have zero power. I’m just letting it ride.”

Though they won on Thursday, the Phillies are just 2-4 to start, and Williams has only been in the starting lineup for two of those games. Meanwhile, the first-year manager Kapler has taken heavy criticism from the outside for his perceived overthinking in managing both his hitters and his pitching staff.

Based on Williams’ comments and those from another Phillies outfielder as well, it sounds like Kapler is quickly losing support from the inside too.

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