Why is Jose Mesa in the Major Leagues? He undeniably sucks, and that's my objective opinion. Based on sheer facts alone (26 runs/21 earned surrendered in 23.2 ip) the man shouldn't be in a MLB bullpen or even the Mongolian Mink Molesters bullpen for that matter, but yet there is Charlie Manuel waving for him to come in and offer "relief". Thanks for walking in a run Jose, and that majestic blast from the bat of Carlos Lee was fun to watch as well...who cares about winning after all?
Why is Brian Sanches allowed to pitch? It's no secret that I think Brian Sanches is a Triple A pitcher at best and therefore shouldn't be stepping on MLB turf, but there he sits in the Phils bullpen ready to come in and issue bases on balls. In his brief career he's issued 22 walks in 30.1 innings pitched with a Rick Ankiel-like 9 in 9.1 ip this season. I don't understand where his wild side is coming from though, as he only walked 4 batters in 30 innings in Ottawa this season and 13 in 43.2 ip the season before. Must be the noteworthy job Rich Dubee is doing...
Why is Shane Victorino so literal? The "Flyin' Hawaiian" took flight last night with an Aaron Rowand-like reckless abandon. With the previously mentioned Brian Sanches laboring on the mound to throw strikes in the 7th inning of last night's game, Vic decided to make a crazy ill-advised leap into the Houston stands in an attempt to catch a foul ball. If he made the play, it would have been far more awesome than that rim-job Derek Jeter's seat biting play and would have possibly saved the game. But instead all Vic got were some bruised ribs and scared Phillies fans. Shane had this to say, ""When I was going after it, I wasn't thinking about hurting myself. I was trying to make the catch. After I looked at it, it was a stupid play."
Why do Phans think we have a shot at the playoffs this season? The Phillies record is a middle-of-the-road 42-41, our pitching staff is one of the worst in MLB, our manager has less brain capacity than a cloned gnat, and our GM throws away more money than a tv televangelist does on strippers.