Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Are We There Yet?
A win is a win...ugly as it may have been. Ugly may not be the word, because that Rowand/Utley collision was gruesome, and Rhodes closing was repulsive...but remember a WIN is a WIN! There were positives in the game last night: #1 The Phillies are finally at .500. #2 That Donut-Eatin'-Summabitch Lieber continues his resurgence (4 quality starts in a row). #3 Nunez is finally dead smack sitting on the Mendoza line...go get 'em tonight Abe! #4 Utley and Rollins are making a case for best middle infield in the NL. #5 Burrell had a great game last night all-around, batting, running the bases, and fielding...didn't think we'd be mentioning the last two did ya? #6 The Phils are trying to leap frog their way into the front of the Wild Card pack...keep going boys!
*Flash Gordon was just put on the DL retroactive to August 13. As mentioned above Rhodes is not very good at closing, in fact good shouldn't even be mentioned in regards to that situation.
*Bench- Sandoval and Roberson are bad. At least Roberson has speed and is useful as a pinch-runner for Burrell. However, they have absolutely no pinch-hit value, batting .136 and .179...ouch! We need a pinch hitter pronto!
*Rowand- that collision last night thankfully did not cost the Phils Utley, but it may land Rowand on the DL or at least have him out of the lineup for an extended period of time. Although, Rowand isn't great at the plate, he's the best option we have because an OF of Burrell, Victorino, and Dellucci makes the bench all the weaker.
P.S. So the question remains...are we there yet?