Monday, August 21, 2006
Question of the day: Can the Phillies actually win the NL Wild Card?
Answer: Why Not?!
Now, I know I answered the question with a question, but honestly that is the best way to riposte. As of today, the NL Wild Card shakes down like this...Cincy, S.D., 'zona, and Philly. That's right, at a record of 61-62 the Phils are only 2.5 back of the Wild Card and just got a bit stronger in the rotation. The Phils traded for a 43-year-old left-hander in Jamie Moyer. He's better than Scott Mathieson, which looks to be heading to the bullpen...we all knew it! Moyer's record is 6-12 this season, but he has the 2nd lowest run support in MLB. He's been pretty consistent over the years for the M's, and now hopefully comes to Philly to add a stabilizing force to the rotation so that we have 5 decent starting pitchers down the stretch run. Caution- Moyer's post-All-Star ERA 7.15, Home ERA (SafeCo) 3.80, and Road 5.29...let's hope Moyer is a bit rejuvenated by coming back to his home state of PA and back in the thick of a Wild Card race.
Nuggets of Joy:
*Lieberthal- I've been extremely harsh on him over the years, and would continue to be if not for his new role on the team. He's no longer the starter, and all of a sudden I don't mind him. In fact, I like him as a backup catcher, he's hitting better and playing better defense now that he's only starting about 3 times a week. I still want to see a Ruiz/Coste backstop next season, but for now Lieby is playing out his final games in Philly with class and production.
*Legend & Lore- Fabio "Model Dictator" Castro now up to 14.1 IP of ZERO run baseball for the Phils!
*Nunez- now batting a whopping .198...still don't like him, but I am rooting my ass off for him to break the Mendoza line.
*Howard- 43 homeruns...holy shittah!
*.500- finally, tonight against the Cubbies.