I hate the West Coast. I've never been there, probably never will be, but I know I hate it. Why? I'm an East Coast dude both mentally an nocturnally...stuff happens too late out there for my liking. For example, I was growing very tired around 10:45 pm last night and decided I saw enough of the Phils vs. Dodgers game and it wasn't worth staying up to watch (score was 3-1 Dodgers in the bottom of the 1st). Thankfully I opted for some shut-eye rather than suffer through the 10-3 thrashing Brad Penny and the Dodger's offense inflicted upon us. That puts the Phils record at .500 for the 12th time, and now have allowed the enemy a 10 Spot for the 11th time this season. Playing .500 baseball isn't going to get you anywhere is this league, and with this pitching staff the Phils will be lucky to out-slug the competition enough times to hover around that mark. They may make another 2nd half push, but I'm afraid it will be all for naught, because just like the West Coast it will be too late.
Rowand vs. Abreu:
Somebody on another blog said Aaron Rowand has no trade value and directly compared it to the Bobby Abreu situation last season. Personally I was a fan of Abreu and thought we got ripped off in the "deal", but this is an unjustified comparison. It's not unfair in the sense that Abreu has had a superior career to Rowand, it's unfair because of what stage of their careers each were at as the trading deadline approached.
1st- Rowand is having a better year than Abreu was. Rowand is having a breakout All-Star season offensively and his defensive prowess is very hyped, opposed to Abreu who seemed to lose all power and became warning track shy on defense.
2nd- Rowand is younger than Abreu and probably at the peak of his career rather than the decline like Bobby.
3rd- Rowand's 4+ million dollar contract is easier to manage and take on for a contending team than Bobby's 10+ million for last season and this season. That's why Abreu went to the Yankees as they were the only ones willing to take on that kind of money and risk.
4th- Fence-Face is a tough ass and Baby Abreu is not.
*I'm not advocating the trade of Aaron Rowand quite yet, but if the Phils do become sellers, I would think he'd fetch more than a marginal left-handed reliever and minor league fodder.
*Pat Burrell has a 7 game hitting streak and has raised his average to .230...hopefully raising his trade value too (I know, wishful thinking).
*I like Grand Pappy Moyer, but his era is now resting on the brink of crappy (4.99). Manuel allowed the veteran of veterans to take his lumps last night by allowing all 10 Dodger runs.
*It's a shame the Phils are going to fall out of contention because Chase Utley is really having an MVP-like year.
*Sorry my post wasn't funny today, but loss #10,001 seemed to hurt me more than the Special 10K, and we have J.D. Durbin and his 13.50 era starting the game for us tonight and nothing is funny about that.