Thursday, August 24, 2006
Not all wins are created equal, as evident by last night's 2-1 victory over the Cubbies. Myers looked hideous for the first handful of batters, opening up and throwing everything high and to the right. Then all of sudden he was ON! I don't know about the rest of you, but Myers is one of my favorite pitchers to watch when he's on, because he reminds me a big ol' right-handed power pitcher from back in the day. Last night's win also featured yet another yackem-jackem by the Mammoth himself, Ryan Howard. And to top it off, Joe Thurston, a name mentioned months ago on here, got a crucial pinch-hit in the 9th in his Phillies debut.
BloodStripes- the theme of this blog is a dedication to you my man! For being a loyal reader, commenter, punk fan, and now fellow Oracle with the predicted Howard homer.
Besides Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the Phils are a collection of minor threats.
*Bullpen- Geary, Sanches, Fultz, Castro, Beard, Rhodes, and Madson are not very intimidating alone, but mix-n-match them strategically, and you have yourself a suitable relief core.
*J-Roll- manages to get himself out enough to keep his name out of elite short stops, but look at his numbers and tell me he isn't one of the best.
*Rotation- Hamels, Moyer, Lieber, Wolf, and Myers can all dominate on any give day, but at their perspective points in their careers don't really scare anyone, but don't look now...the Phils rotation is 5 strong.
*Outfield- Dellucci, Burrell, and Victorino each have their own style of play, and really are not all that opposing, but together they are succeeding.
*Catcher- Lieberthal and Coste are actually hitting fairly well from the catcher position and more importantly throwing runners out...ever Lieby.
*So can a bunch of minor threats be a major menace to the rest of the league?