Following last night's crappy pitching performance, Adam Eaton had this to say, "This year mirrors '04. I was healthy all year with good stuff. But for some reason, I pitched great, but give up a three-run homer late in the game and we'd lose. It's frustrating not to produce when I have my health on my side." Sorry to burst your bubble there Eaton, but who the hell ever called your stuff "good" or referred to your pitching as "great"? If someone truly believes that garbage, then I have a unicorn and leprechaun I'd like to hire out to them for their 'shroom parties. Every time I think about Gavin Eaton I cringe, because I know we're stuck with this poop-popsicle for the next 2 seasons. Lets be completely honest here, Eaton has been one of the worst starting pitchers in MLB this season and currently is sporting a 5.87 era and 1.54 whip, so maybe it's him Kyle Lohse should be replacing in the rotation rather than JD Durbin.
Pay attention and keep pace please...Chase Utley, Ryan Madson, Shane Victorino, and Michael Bourn have all been placed on the 15 day DL. Tadahito Iguchi, Gas Can Geary, Jayson Werth, and Chris Roberson have taken their places. Kyle Lohse has been added to the rotation with JD Durbin going into the bullpen and Clay Condrey sent to Ottawa. Brett Myers is also back from injury and Mike Zagurksi has been sent to Triple A. Also of note is that the newly acquired Julio Mateo will be heading to Reading until the Phils figure out how to use him. *I've got an idea...plug him into the bullpen!
Joys & Concerns:
*Losing Vic and Utley from the 2 and 3 holes of this lineup is a big blow to the offense. Therefore we need our other players to step up. Burrell has been doing a tremendous job, and I'm sure he's sad to see July pass (.435 avg, 6 hr, 22 rbi). Rollins and Rowand continue doing things to help the motor chugging along, but our big man has fallen into a slump since his buddy Chase went down. Yep, Ryan Howard is in a funk again going 3 for his last 17 with 1 rbi and 9 k's.
*What to do about 3rd? Greg Dobbs and Wes Helms suck at fielding, but Abe Nunez is good. Wes Helms and Abe Nunez suck at hitting, but Greg Dobbs is good. That makes two sucks for Helms, and 1 suck a piece for Dobbs and Nunez. Based on this highly complicated equation I figure Helms should never start at 3rd base and Dobbs and Nunez should split time. Of note: No-Hit Nunez has no hits in his last 16 at bats.
*Our defense was horrible last night. Burrell, Dobbs, and Eaton all contributed to the loss and our big oaf Howard had a ball roll right under his mitt but it was ruled a hit. Our pitching is crappy enough, it doesn't need aided by sloppy defense.
*Hooray Chris Roberson, he of a career .195 MLB average coming into the game and was batting .266 in Ottawa, had his career game going 4-4 with a rbi and stolen base. Bask in the glory now, because it will never happen again.
*Iguchi was a great pick-up! In his first 4 Phillies games, he has 6 hits, 2 doubles, 1 homerun, 4 runs, 2 rbi, 5 walks, and 2 stolen bases, which is good for a .462 average and eye-popping 1.425 ops. It's safe to say he won't be continuing this level of success, but enjoy it while it lasts.