Stuck on .500, that's what we will be at least until Tuesday with a much needed off-day today. The Phils have been seesawing back-and-forth over the past 5 games. Last Wednesday they won to reach the elusive "even ground" mark for the first time all season and were 20-20, then they lost on Thursday. Have no fear, the Phils evened things back up on Friday at 21-21, but then again faltered to eclipse .500 by getting blown out on Saturday. Then of course yesterday they win again, leaving their record at 22-22.
It's like we're treading in cold water, just trying to keep from going under, but too afraid to actually emerge because of shrinkage. We've been getting quality starting pitching, aside from Moyer's mishap Saturday, and the offense has been punchy scoring in bunches. We're screaming at a wall (.500), but it seems like it's never going to fall. Someone who could help knock down that wall- Ryan Howard, as our power threat may be coming back to the lineup by this Friday to help with consistency. The bullpen remains the team's Achilles Heel, but a healthy Ryan Madson is better than a wild Fabio Castro, who was just optioned to Reading. Tom Gordon will be returning in a couple weeks as well, and maybe he'll be better in less pressure situations and getting more rest in between outings now that Myers is the closer. Here's to hoping those 3 reinforcements are enough to make that .500 barrier come crumbling down like David Hasselhoff did on the Berlin Wall.
"I'm gonna knock it down, Any way that I can. I'm gonna scream, I'm gonna yell. I don't want to have to use my hands. It's like screaming at a wall. Someday it's gonna fall. You're safe inside and you know it. 'Cause I can't get to you. And you know I resent it. And my temper grows! It's like screaming at a wall. Someday it's gonna fall!" (Screaming at a Wall by Minor Threat)