You make enough predictions and some are bound to come true. Example- I called Aaron Rowand's homerun on Saturday. I also forecast Tom Gordon's blown save on Friday (even Ray Charles from the grave saw that one coming). In addition, I said the Phillies would yank Jon Lieber in the neighborhood of 75-80 pitches even if he's pitching well (pulled after 77 while throwing a 1-hitter). Furthermore, I said Ryan Howard's injury, if not serious, could be a blessing in disguise because he needs a mental and physical break. Guess what? His injury is not serious, only missed 3 games. His mental health restored- 1 homerun, 3 RBI, and 1 walk yesterday...the return of Oracle Carson. Then again I'm the optimistic fool who predicted 92 wins (only 86 more to go) and a World Series championship from this club.
Going with the theme of predictions, I will also want to point out that I said the Phils needed one solid game of production offensively or a big inning to get this offensive monster kicking and screaming. 9 runs yesterday, capped off by a 4 run 9th inning ought to do it. Chase Utley is hitting the ball again, and as mentioned above Howard is back in the lineup and looks to be taking a better approach. The rest of the regulars have respectable batting averages- Rollins (.280), Victorino (.297), Helms (.286), Burrell (.302), Rowand (.355), and Ruiz (.283). Now if Fuqua could manage to keep No-Hit Nuni and Anti-Hit Barajas out of the lineup, we may actually see the Phils get on an offense roll and begin winning with regularity.
J-Roll is no stranger to foretelling of future outcomes, "The Phillies are the team to beat in the NL East this season.". Here are some more predictions from the omnipotent one- If Uncle Cholly continues to use Brett Myers in pointless relief situations (see yesterday's 9th inning of a 9-2 game) he will wear him out by July. If you're a betting man, it's safe to lay some money down on Matt Smith walking at least 1 batter per outing (8 games with 8 walks in only 3.1 IP). Patty G is an intelligent man, as he picked Antonio Alfonseca off the scrap heap, and not just because he's pitching outstanding, but because I see him as a great draw at the Ringlin Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus...extra revenue! He could chill out under the big top with the bearded lady, the kid with lobster hands, and goatboy.
Ok, enough of Jimmy's envisions, here's one of my own- Phils beat the Ass-tros tonight to extend their "winning streak" to a mind-bottling (it's when your thoughts are all mixed up and stuck like in a bottle) 3 games.