I'm disgusted. I'm ashamed. I'm befuddled. But who's to blame? Today marks the return of the Saturday poll, as I will breakdown the candidates for biggest disappointment of the 2007 season. The Phillies record is now 13-16, bad enough for 4th in the NL East, ahead of only the Montreal Expos or Washington Nationals...does it really matter? Moyer was pitching brilliantly again last night, and it looked like the Phils would be able to pull within 1 game of .500, but alas Ryan Howard continues to suck, Wes Helms still can't do something right, and Charlie Manuel walked Bonds for no good reason leading to an Antonio Alfonseca meltdown.
*Ryan Howard- The Mammoth, the Blaster Master, the reigning NL MVP is having an abysmal all-around season. His defense is suspect, his base running is unintelligent, and he's now as useless as a 2 dollar bill batting .200 on the nose. Along with that horrendous batting average comes only 4 homers and 37 strikeouts in 90 at bats. He is still getting walked, but it's only based on his reputation of the previous season as he wouldn't strike fear in a little leaguer with that aimless hack of his. How many more wins would we have, if the real Ryan Howard stood up?
*Adam Eaton- being called Gavin Eaton, Adam Floyd, and Adamn Eaton (because he's not worth "a damn" thing) is not flattery. Already being deemed a huge mistake by Pat Gillick for signing this turd torpedo to a 3 year 24.5 million dollar deal, his performance is suggesting we remove him from the rotation- 8.18 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, .315 average against and only 1 quality start in 6 attempts.
*Wes Helms- just like Eaton above, Helms is starting to be referred to as David Helms and Wes Bell. Why? His fielding is piss-poor (4 errors) and he is a ground ball double play waiting to happen at the plate (6 times this season already). He has a modest .277 AVG, but that's empty, because his OPS is a Bell-like .654, hell I think even David "H-Mo" Bell squeaked out better numbers than that.
*Freddy Garcia- he was supposed to be the stabilizing force in the rotation, our "rock" if you will, but it's more like rock bottom now. A 6.05 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, and a .325 average against does not inspire confidence, nor will it get you past the 5th inning too often. Between Garcia and Eaton we're going to need a designated reliever to log all those innings in mop-up duty. To look on the bright side of this, Freddy is only making 10 million this season.
*Tom Gordon- on the DL, 3 blown saves, 4.82 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, . 308 average against, 7 million dollars, and being lied to yet again by the Phillies organization. He is truly a "flash in the pan".
Well I guess, I should stick up for myself,
But I really think it's better this way.
The more you suffer.
The more it shows you really care Right? Yeah!
(Offspring- Self Esteem)