Don't look now, but the Phillies just became a winning baseball team. Who knows how long it will last, as they could uncerimonously slip back to .500 this afternoon and below again next week. However, as of this moment this morning, all is good in this hood as the Phils sit at +1 in the victory column (25-24), same spot as they were in last year through 49 games.
Fabio Castro and Matt Smith are officially on notice, because left-handed reliever "Fat Mike" Zagurski just came up from Double A Reading and pitched back-to-back games without issuing a walk. In fact, he's pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and is quickly becoming a fan favorite. Supposedly Zagurski's nickname is "Bronko", which isn't bad by any means, but I perfer the NoFx lead vocalist/bassist "Fat Mike" reference myself.
"Friday night we'll be drinkin' Manashevitz. Goin' out to terrorize goyem. Stompin' shagitz, screwin' shicksas. As long as we're home by Saturday mornin', Cause hey we're the Brews. Sportin' anti swastika tattoos. Oi, Oi we're the boys. Orthodox, hesidic, O.G. Ois." (The Brews by NoFx)
Shiver Me Timbers:
The Pirates may only be 21-27, but in the weak NL Central that's not too shabby (they currently are 3rd right behind the Cubs). I don't expect them to contend with Milwaukee this season, but a record close to .500 would be a huge step in the right direction. Things have been shaky for the Buccos all-around this season. Key offensive players (LaRoche, Sanchez, Paulino) haven't contributed like expected, the bullpen has been poor much like their state buddies the Phils, and the rotation has suffered their lumps as well. Things will get better, as LaRoche is starting to hit again and join forces with Jason Bay and X-Man Nady to form a solid middle of the order, Sanchez will show that his batting title was not a complete fluke, and Zach Duke and Paul Maholm will settle down and help stabilize the rotation with Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny. A ray of light- the offense has produced 19 runs in the last 2 games.