Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Planet of the Apes
What is going on in the City of Brotherly Love? It appears to me that the Phils have taken offense to all the Mets fans showing up in their home park, and have been beating the hell out them since arrival. The Phillies offense has gone apeshit! Just when the fanbase started to doubt whether this team was actually better or not, they rise to the occasion and start knocking the crap out of the ball and opposing pitchers (Pedro & Orlando).
Since the trade deadline and the departure of Sir Walks Alot, the Phillies offense has catapulted from 4th in the league to now #1 after last night's bombardment of runs. If not for some faulty starting pitching and bullpen meltdowns, the Phils would actually lead in the hunt for the Wild Card. As of today, they are still on the outside looking in at 2.5 games back on Cincy. So, to me the Wild Card remains a possibility because the starting pitching is slowly getting better with Hamels continuing progression, Wolf's return to health, Lieber pitching more like his old self rather than the Dunkin Donuts spokesman, and Myers being Myers. That's 4 starters that will at least give you a chance to win. Mathieson is still learning, and the Phils are still learning about him...as he may be best suited for a relief role. The bullpen needs Flash to get healthy and Rhodes to keep pitching pissed off! The offense needs to keep going out there and putting up 5 to 6 runs a game, and all may end up being well in Phillyville.
*I'm not going to bash Bobby Abreu for his approach to hitting, I'm just going to say it obviously did not mesh with what the Phils offense is built upon...aggressiveness. David "Dude I'm getting a" Dellucci has played above expectations and has outperformed Abreu and fits in better with the Phils current hackers.
*Jimmy "Super Fly Snuka" Rollins is the accelerator of this offense. When he's on, the offense is on, and vice versa.
*Randy "Howling" Wolf likes to swing the bat, and I love pitchers who aren't afraid to try and get a hit or work a walk for themselves.
*Shane "Flyin' Hawaiian" Victorino is fun to watch. His style of play fits in beautifully with the New Look Phillies. I love watching him run around the bases!