Question- Who can you trust on the Phillies to get the job done? Answer- Trust no one! Another notch in the loss column last night has the Phillies exiting April with a slightly less crappy 11-14 record as compared to the past two Aprils of 10-14. Just when the bullpen seems to be shaping up with Ryan Madson pitching better, Gas-Can Geary being his typical reliable self, Brett Myers finding his relief niche, Tom Gordon being a "flash in the pan", and 6-Finger-Ant becoming the trustworthy setup man...boom, walk-off 3-run homerun. The one thing you can count on from the Phillies is consistency in their inconsistency, which gives me a bloody headache. Message to Dave Navarro- Perry Farrell called and he says Jane said she's done with Sergio, he treats her like a rag doll...whatever the hell that means.
Finally April has come to a close, and we can move on to the "actual season" for the Phillies now. See the Phillies look at April as still part of spring training and don't think the games really matter, too bad MLB doesn't see it the same way. Jimmy Rollins, Jamie Moyer, Geoff Geary, Cole Hamels, Aaron Rowand, and Pat Burrell had decent months, but the rest of the cast and crew struggled. Ryan Howard still hasn't found his stroke, Utley was horrendous for 2 weeks, the rotation has been shaky, the bullpen has lost too many games already, the bench is iffy at best, and our manager remains a bumbling backwood bumpkin.
Believe it or not, I'm still optimistic about the Phillies season. Reasons- 1. The offense hasn't reached it's full potential yet. Howard's unproductive bat won't stay that way much longer, and Wes Helms hasn't shown his true worth yet. 2. Since returning to the rotation, Donut-Eater has only given up 3 earned runs in 3 starts. 3. Freddy Garcia is still working his way into shape and is a better pitcher than he has shown so far. 4. Brett Myers is transitioning to the bullpen and will find a way be successful as either a setup man or closer. 5. Jamie Moyer and Cole Hamels will continue to be our dynamic duo of lefties. 6. Rollins, Utley, Burrell, and Rowand will continue to be solid producers. 7. Victorino and Ruiz are still learning how to be everyday MLB players. 8. Adam Eaton can't possibly be this bad.
Question- Why in the hell has Abe Nunez started 3 straight games? Answer- Charles Fuqua Manuel is our "trustworthy" head honcho and dislikes winning. Last season- 322 at bats with a .211 average and .576 OPS, firmly garnering the moniker No-Hit Nunez. This season- 33 at bats with a .182 average and .441 OPS, adding Bag-of-Crap-Nuni to his nickname "bag of tricks".
On the mound tonight- Cole Hamels vs. Mark Redman.
From Phillies.com in regards to our three outfielders of Burrell, Rowand, and Victorino who lead the NL in assists with 11- Call them "The Three Musket-eers" or "Murderers' Throw" or even "The Phiring Phillies." Clever stuff, wish I would have thought of it myself.