Don't mess around with the guy in shades, oh no! Say hello to a Phucco, a man with a cannon from the outfield, a former 1st round pick (18th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 1980, a man that wore shades to the plate...Glenn Wilson. Glenn Wilson played for the Phillies from 84-87, racking up an eye-popping 60 outfield assists during that span (with a career high 20 in '86). Whenever Chris Wheeler draws back on his memories of Glenn, he always remembers to add about his rocket arm. Wilson's finest season of his career was '85 when he was an All-Star, finished 23rd in MVP voting, and batted .275 with 39 doubles, 14 homeruns, and 102 rbi. As mentioned above, Glenn also played with the Pirates (88-89 and '93). Lets not forget that he rocked the token 80's stache too.
The Phils are set to open a 4 game weekend series against the rival and NL East leading New York Mets with a day/night double-header today. Taking the ball in the 1st game will be former Twins phenom J.D. Durbin, and pitching the nightcap is King Cole. Durbin is filling the vacancy left by Donut-Eater Lieber, and either him or tomorrow's starter (J.A. Happ) will be looked upon to make some more starts down the road. This is a huge series as well, because the Phillies currently sit 3 games back of the Mets. Lets go Phils, screw NY!
Rattle and Hum:
In order for J.D. Durbin to pitch today he had to be added to the Phils active roster, which meant Yo-Yoel Hernandez was optioned back to Ottawa. Hernandez was like most of the Phils' relievers, sometimes good, but mostly crappy. The Phils weren't done shifting the roster around yet, as Chris "East vs. West" Coste has been summoned to take the place of Jayson Werth. Yes, the same Jayson Werth who scored the winning run in last night's game is heading to the DL with a left wrist injury, but the injury wasn't suffered during his pinch-running appearance. Another move is pending, as J.A. Happ will have to be activated much like Durbin, meaning another bullpenner will be getting sent down (preferably Jose Mesa).
Can I Kick It?:
*With a fruitless pinch-hitting appearance in last night's game, Pat Burrell's dive to sub .200 came more of a reality as the average is down to .203.
*Another stat I like to keep track of is the ridiculous amount of strikeouts racked up by Ryan Howard. He k'd 3 times yesterday and now has 82 punchouts on the season and 10 in the last 3 games.
*2007 NL MVP: Chase Utley- .331 avg, 58 runs, 30 doubles, 15 homeruns, 64 rbi, 6 sb, and a marvelous .999 OPS.
*I know we all grow tiresome of Jimmy Rollins' bouts with pop-ups, but he is an excellent shortstop. He's always been slick with the glove, possessed good speed, and now he's proving to be quite the capable batter as he has already reached the quadruple-double (double digits in doubles, triples, homeruns, and stolen bases). Way to "clutch up" in extra innings yesterday.