It was a shame that Chase Utley, Ryan Madson, Shane Victorino, and Michael Bourn got hurt when the Phillies were playing arguably their best ball of the season and making a push for a spot in the playoffs. However, the way the Phils have played the last two games is shameful, because they're back to pitching poorly, playing shoddy defense, and performing like crap in situational hitting. Utley and Victorino did "all the little things right" that were important to winning, and without them this is going to be a very long DL stint.
Shame- Ryan Howard can't play defense, make consistent contact, or do anything beside hit homeruns. He dropped a foul pop-up and botched a throw on a JC Romero pickoff of Soriano that cost the Phils 2 outs last night. Howard also struck out with the bases loaded and no outs in the 1st inning and made the 1st out of an inning at 3rd base later in the game. I'm a fan of Howard's because I like sluggers, but that's all he can do. It's a shame that he doesn't play smarter more fundamentally sound baseball. 4 k's last night...good job buddy!
Shame- Our left-handed relievers can't throw strikes. JC Romero loaded the bases last night with walks, but luckily escaped without giving up a run (not that it mattered in the end). Our lefties in the bullpen have combined to walk 37 batters in only 36 innings: (walks) Romero- 11, Matt Smith- 11, Fabio Castro- 5, and Mike Zagurski- 10.
Shame- Our leadoff hitter hasn't been Vic, Bourn, or J-Roll the past 2 games. Who has it been? The prototypical leadoff hitter Greg Dobbs on Tuesday and the strung-out coke-head Chris Roberson yesterday...no wonder we're back to losing.
*Afternoon game in Wrigley today to wrap up the 4 game series (2:20 start). Phils desperately need to win in what will be Kyle Lohse's Phillies debut. I hope he throws a gem just so we can get some momentum back on our side and head to the land of beer and cheese (Milwaukee) on a high note.
*To answer the question of Iguchi moving to 3rd when Utley comes back- (from Phillies.com) Though he doesn't have to think about it yet, Manuel said that playing third base is an option for Tadahito Iguchi when Utley returns. He said Iguchi will probably take grounders there. "You have to watch him take ground balls, see how he reacts," Manuel said. "He's played mostly second the last two or three years. I'd like to see how he throws and how he reacts. It's a reaction more than a range."