The Phillies performance against the Pirates and Dodgers really bugged me. The defense had more holes in it than mosquito netting, the pitching was about as effective as Dollar Store bug repellent, and the offense seemed to be in their cocoon stage of their metamorphosis from awesome to crappy. Speaking of bugs I recently flashed back in time on a Monday rather than Friday, because of an episode of My Boys showing a brief glimpse of a 1962 Mel Roach card. Mel Roach wasn't good, in fact he was bad. He looked goofy and had a goofy last name...possibly why he got an obscure reference on a tv show. Mel Roach's life-time stats are good for a laugh much like the comedy series My Boys (I recommend- Mondays at 10 on TBS). Roach started his career in Milwaukee in 1953, where he played until getting traded mid-season to the Cubs in '61. His stay in Chicago was brief as he went on to end his career as a Phillie in '62 when he batted .190. With a .190 batting average, you may think the Phils got the shaft, but Roach actually stunk his entire career- 8 seasons with only 119 hits and a .238 average while playing some outfield and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd base. Essentially he's utterly forgettable except for that name.
Papa Roach offers these calming lyrics for a tortured Phillies Phan's soul.
Cut my life into pieces,
I've reached my last resort.
Suffocation, no breathing,
Don't give a f**k if I cut my arms bleeding.
Would it be wrong, would it be right?
If I took my life tonight, chance are that I might.
Mutilation out of sight,
and I'm contemplating suicide.
Cause I'm losing my sight, losing my mind .
Wish somebody would tell me I'm fine.
Nothing's alright, nothing is fine!
*Despite playing terribly over the last two series, the Phils still remain in contention. They are 5 games back of the Mets in the NL East, and 2 games back of the Padres for the Wild Card. No doubt they've screwed themselves lately, but they have an opportunity to make up ground with a weekend series at the Cit with San Diego. In my opinion, our only hope at the playoffs is via the wild card, so this series could determine the fate of our season.
*Chase Utley begins his rehab assignment for Reading tonight, but I'm not counting on him to save this team. I don't think inserting a rusty or even blazing hot Utley into this lineup is going to fix Ryan Howard and his clueless approach at the plate. I know Chase doesn't pitch, so his return doesn't change the fact that we're screwed with the worst starting rotation in baseball and a pile of poop for a bullpen to boot. I'm glad Chase is coming back, but there's a lot wrong with this team right now that even the team MVP can't change.
*Following 5 innings of 1-run ball, thee Model Dictator Fabio Castro was optioned back down to Ottawa for Brian Sanches...oh, playoffs here we come!