When Wes Helms was signed to be the Phillies 3rd baseman this past offseason I was admittedly excited. Why the excitement? I was happy-slappy because that meant the Phils weren't bringing back David Bell and weren't going to hand over the hot corner to a man who cannot hit, Abe Nunez. I saw last season's .329 AVG, 10 HR, and .965 OPS in only 240 plate appearances and figured that would translate well at Citizens Bank Park and into the Phillies lineup. I have been wrong so far. He has a hollow .284 batting average accompanied by .661 OPS...what the hell happened to your pop? Not only has he disappointed with the stick, his glovework (or lack thereof) and arm have lead to 6 errors so far and many other botched plays. I knew he wasn't going to be Brooks Robinson at 3rd, but I didn't expect him to be a matador either. Every time a ball is hit his way, I hold my breath hoping that he doesn't "oley" another one off to the side of him. If he actually manages to field it cleanly, I'm still holding my breath ready to turn blue, because his arm has worse aim than a liquored-up hick with a sawed-off shotgun.
*Burrell may have lost his power/mojo thanks to his engagement (6 doubles and 1 Hr with a .368 slugging %), but he is still getting on base a ton (4 walks last night and 30 walks with a .449 on base % on the season).
*Ryan Howard went deep over the centerfield fence last night. Now we're all wondering, "Is this the game that everything starts to turn around for the Blaster Master?".
*Shane Victorino was amazing in the Giants series- 10 for 17, 1 double, 1 homerun, 7 runs, 4 RBI, and 6 stolen bases. Message to Manuel- keep Vic in the lineup, as he is a table setter (.392 on base %), has awesome speed (13 sb's), plays great defense with a rocket arm (screw Roger Clemens), and has enthusiasm for the game.
*Major letdown, Freddy Garcia, is supposed to pitch tonight, but his start is in question because of an unfortunate incident where he was shagging fly balls during batting practice and ran into a cart in the outfield. Are we ever going to have a healthy Garcia?