I'm turning over a new leaf and changing my ways. No more drinking. No more cigar smoking. No more finishing off an entire dozen Dunkin' Donuts and excusing it as "support for Jon Lieber." Heck, I even like moving Brett Myers to the bullpen. No joke, I'm actually glad Myers moved to the pen. Here's why:
It's only a temporary move. The Phils have 6 starters right now and one of them has to be traded. The one to be traded: Jon Lieber, who before two days ago was sitting in the bullpen, chewing sunflower seeds and watching his trade value drop. Now he's in the rotation and with a little luck and karma, will have a solid outing or two, at which point he can be dealt, opening up a starter spot for Myers. And in the meantime, the Phils run 5 worthy starters out there and Myers sures-up the set-up spot.
Let's say Lieber to the pitching-starved Cubs for Jacque Jones, thereby allowing Victorino to move to center after Rowand is dealt to his old club, the White Sox, who are without Scott Podsednik and would be willing to deal a reliever to the Phils for their old friend. Sound about right, don't you think?
Hopefully this, or something like this, will happen, and Myers' stint in the pen will be about as long as a Brittney Spears rehab stay.
Of course, it this doesn't happen, and Myers toils in the pen all year while Adam Eaton gets his ass handed to him every 5th game, I'm picking a new team to blog about...
The Omnipotent Arm
I found this at Deadspin.com concerning the move of Myers to the bullpen: (By the way, you know you have a great team blog when you have to go to a general sports blog to get info on your team. We suck.)
When we eventually tracked down Myers, someone asked if he'd be able to throw harder now that he was working in shorter bursts. "Let me let you direct that question to my arm," Myers said, putting his arm in the writer's face.
This blew me away. Brett Myers' arm, thought only to be able to throw baseballs and hit women, can talk. And not just talk, it can respond to direct questioning. Well, if anyone has a question for Myers' arm, post it in the comment section. I'll see what I can do about getting said arm to answer a few burning questions.
Speaking of the King of the Cruller, Lieber spins his magic against Cincinnatti and Kyle Lohse. Lohse comes in to the game with a 2.53 ERA. Hopefully, somebody will remind him before tonight that he's Kyle Lohse and that he had an ERA over 7 two years ago. At the plate, Josh Hamilton has 4 homers for the Reds. If he keeps hitting like that, the Reds might give him a contract extension, and that could mean a lot of smack. Ken Griffey will be in RF, unless he pulls a hammy at breakfast, and he looks kind of fat and old. Hasn't he ever heard of HGH?
My prediction: Phils in a runaway. They haven't really blown anyone out yet, they're due.
Brett Myers' Arm's prediction: "What's the deal with that mascot? Who ever heard of a man with a baseball for a head? That's just stupid. Phils win based on more believable mascot."