Yesterday was a crazy day. WSBGM's was busy celebrating its 1 year inception into the blogsphere, while the Phillies were making news of their own. I'm a bit shocked and happy at the same time about some of the moves made, and here's why...
1. #5 will bat 5th- Pat Burrell sucked in August and September (remember sugarcoating a turd doesn't mask the fact that it's still a turd), and he's sucked this spring. So what is Manuel to do? Bat him 5th of course, right behind the reigning NL MVP as protection. Makes perfect sense to me, and I truly feel Burrell will rebound nicely- .225, 22 HR, 67 RBI...pschye! In all honesty, I think Burrell should bat 5th unless he struggles mightily for the month of April, in which I would then flip-flop Helms to 5th and Burrell to 6th. But Pat's our boy, he won't let us down.
2. K.G. hits the waiver wire. No, not Kevin Garnett...can you imagine him in a baseball uniform? Karim Garcia got the axe yesterday and I'm shocked. I believe Charles Fuqua Manuel to be an excellent talent evaluator and he had gone on record as to saying he thinks Karim was better than David Dellucci...so why the release then? I know why he was released, he's no good!
3. One of my fantasy baseball teams' namesake, Ugueth Urbina "Urbina's Alibi", was sentenced to 14 years in prison yesterday. Here in Philadelphia we love employing future criminals.
4. Greg Dobbs, Michael Bourn, and Chris Coste are left battling for 3 bench spots. Coste is just now returning from an injury compounded by an illness and probably isn't baseball ready quite yet. Dobbs has been a man on fire, and I can only hope this continues all season, because we're going to need him to be a quality pinch-hitters. Bourn is being groomed as the future starting CF and leadoff hitter of this team and his learning curve may be accelerated depending on the state of Aaron Rowand (injury or traded).
5. Freddy Garcia and Jon Lieber are both playing catch (aw, just like father and chubby kid) and are working their way back from injuries which aren't believed to be serious. Both may begin the season on the DL, but an April return is likely. This may lead to a spot start for Zach Segovia.
6. Brett Myers has been pitching like an ace in his last 2 outings, allowing ZERO runs. He's our #1 and brace yourself- he's going to win 20 games (27 to be exact).
7. Jim Ed Warden was offered back to the Indians and they welcomed him with open arms. Basically we just rented him for $25k. So much for all those back-wood redneck jokes I had lined up.