The fact that the Phillies have started the season with three straight losses has been lamented on here and many other websites as well. Dwelling on the pain and suffering of yet another dreadful beginning to the season is not going to do us or the team any good. Like Phil Mickelson choking on the 18th, I'm asking for a mulligan, and that opportunity presents itself tonight against the Florida Marlins. It's an absolute must-win situation for the Phils, and they will not disappoint. They've been coy with the NL so far and have been hustling them with that opening series against the Braves. Now that everyone thinks the Phillies suck, they come storming back and spear the opposition through their overly confident hearts. Have no fear, our boys have finally come to rule the roost. We're going to have ourselves a good ol' fashioned fish fry.
But then again, there's always the possibility that the Phils continue to find ways to lose and send me prematurely to my quiet resting place (no, really, I plan on being cremated and put in a Phillies urn). At least there God would surely grant me visions of Phils as World Series champs and let me chill with Whitey and Vuk.
Gone Phishin' Part II:
Yesterday Patty G broke out the big bucks to haul in Francisco Rosario ($100k), and now today he reeled in Rick Bauer and attached him to a minor league contract. It's obvious that Gillick is worried about the bullpen, and for good reason. Hopefully Rosario and/or Bauer can help. Bauer has previously pitched with Baltimore and Texas. For some reason the Rangers decided they didn't need him this season, that's scary in and of itself, and released him. He had a fine season in '06 racking up 71 innings in 58 games to the tune of a 3.55 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. If he can duplicate those numbers, he's more than worth the risk. My guess is that he'll actually start out in Ottawa and be summoned after a few more Ryan Madson meltdowns. I'm also holding out for the chance that he's related to Jack Bauer of 24...that dude kicks ass!