What would you like to hear first, the good or the bad news? Well, since I just popped my daily dosage of Prozac, I'll hit you up with some cheerful information.
*Our starting outfield is Pat "P.I.M.P." Burrell in LF, Aaron "Fence-Face" Rowand in CF, and Shane "Tsunami" Victorino in RF. Jayson Werth is a shoe-in to be the 4th outfielder with Karim Garcia, Gregg Dobbs, and Michael Bourn battling for that last spot. When spring training first began I actually made a case for Chris Roberson to make the squad because of his defensive skills and speed on the base paths. It didn't take long for the Phils to figure out Roberson can't hit, but guess who can hit that also has the same positive attributes as him...Bourn. Bourn is hitting .341 this spring and just notched his 6th stolen base last night. I want Greg Dobbs on the bench because he can play corner infield, but Bourn can play CF and his speed is amazing. I bet you thought I was going to make a lame "Bourne Identity" quip...crap, I just did.
*Victorino, Utley, and Helms have been swinging hot sticks in the Grapefruit League and I expect this success to carry straight into the real season...because we all know the importance of spring stats by now.
*Eude Brito had his 2nd consecutive successful outing. He could be the useful longman in the bullpen we need. Why am I now mysteriously hungry for some Taco Bell?
*Rule 5 pick, Jim Ed Warden, has settled down recently and may actually land in the 'pen. I'm rooting for this guy because his name is so hick-ish that it will supply me with fuel for this blog.
*Tom Gordon pitched without discomfort, which is an accomplishment for the elderly reliever. Somebody please get this man some Geritol.
*Jon Lieber has been sentenced to the bullpen, more on this on the flip-side.
*Any time you trade complete crap, in this case the Headcase known as Gavin Floyd, for a proven winner and workhorse, Freddy Garcia, you have to suspect something is fishy. Phillies fans were harshly smacked in the kisser with that reality yesterday as Freddy Garcia was pulled from his start early due to tightness in his right bicep. Oh Sugar-Snaps!
*Jon Lieber is back in the starting rotation. Donut-Eater, banished to the bullpen for all of 3 hours, was summoned back into the starting 5 because of the injury to Garcia. Hopefully Lieber can churn out 2 or 3 quality starts until Freddy is ready (ha, that rhymed) in turn increasing his trade value.
*Like an infectious S.T.D. (just ask Burrell), once the injury bug bites one player more are to come as the disease spreads. Carlos Ruiz is also banged up with a sore right shoulder and Chris "East-vs-West" Coste is nursing a hammy.