Saturday, September 22, 2007
8 is Enough?:Now with only 8 games left to play in the regular season and 1.5 back in both the NL East and Wild Card races I'm wondering if the Phils have enough time. It's conceivable that the Phils could win all their remaining games and still fall short of a postseason berth. This seems all too familiar to seasons past when the Phils came oh-so-close to fall 1 or 2 games short of the ultimate goal of the playoffs. As the number of games left on the schedule dwindles it feels as though the "games back" number increases...never has 1.5 felt so large.
Square Pegs in the Oval Office:
There were 2 too many dumbasses in the White House yesterday, as Charles Fuqua Manuel and 6 of his players paid President Bush a visit. Imagine the conversation between the two brainiacs Manuel and Bush...
Fuqua- "Um, gee, ah, this is quite, duh, um, place you got here. It big!"
W- "Why thanks, you know we grow 'em bigger in Texas. Course this is Washington, but it's a helluva state too."
Fuqua- "Washington? We're on the Left Coast?"
W- "Well yeah, notice the Starbucks on the corner and all the rain...Seattle's best for ya."
Jimmy Rollins is having a tremendous all-around season and is finally getting noticed for it on a national scale. Sarge keeps pounding the "J-Roll for MVP" drum every chance he gets, and others are starting to jump on the bandwagon...the more the merrier. 132 runs, 201 hits, 38 doubles, 18 triples, 29 homeruns, 90 rbi, 37 stolen bases, 362 total bases, .295 batting average, and a .876 OPS to go along with his outstanding fielding and clubhouse leadership. Matt Holiday, Prince Fielder, and David Wright are also having terrific seasons, but in my opinion Rollins edges them out.
Price of Inflation:
Allow me to take this moment to make something abundantly clear- I HATE ADAM EATON! Every time he takes the mound I honestly wish I could bum rush the field and kick him in the nuts with steel-toed boots. I hate his face, I hate his demeanor, I hate his contract, but most of all I hate his pitching. 3 years 24.5 million is the price we paid to get a pitcher with a craptacular 6.33 era, a shitorific 1.61 whip, a near Tony Gwynn-like .299 average against, and a measly 5 and a half innings per start.
JC Romero, Tom Gordon, and Brett Myers have been used in that exact order for the better part of September. Believe it or not, the trio has pitched rather effectively. However, yesterday marked the 4th straight game in which Manuel used the 3 of them, and that means all of them are probably unavailable for tonight's game in Washington. Phillies.com had this to say about the situation, "Brett Myers, Tom Gordon and J.C. Romero checked their extremities while warming up in the bullpen.". I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't want to read about Myers, Gordon, and Romero peeping in on their man-pieces during the game...save that stuff for the showers!