I Beg To Differ:
Shane Victorino had this to say following last night's loss, "It seems like everybody wants to count us out. I'm not counting us out, and no one in here is counting us out." I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you guys are royally screwed! Only 22 games left to play and 6 back of the Mets in the NL East and 3 back of the Wild Card with 2 teams (Padres and Dodgers) ahead of them. Although not mathematically eliminated, your current play on the diamond finishes the equation which equals COUNTED OUT.
You's Gonna Get a Whoppin':
When manager Charlie Manuel was asked about using Chris Roberson as a defensive replacement again, he said, "I don't know yet. I plan on talking to him." What the hell does "talk to him" mean? Maybe Unka Chollie is going to take lil' Chris behind the woodshed for a good ol' fashioned butt-beatin'. Always the genius strategist, Manuel put Roberson in RF in Wednesday's game, where he committed an error and allowed 3 catchable balls to drop for "hits" and didn't have his shades on for the 1st 2 hits during a bright and sunny day game. Personally, I would have kept Jayson Werth in RF who is the better fielder with the better arm and placed Roberson in LF replacing Burrell...but hey, I was never the Japanese League MVP now was I.
I need to start this section off by saying that I do appreciate Ryan Howard's power and that I enjoy watching him hit. Now on to the negative- all he can do is slug and he rarely hits anything anymore, so there's not much joy in my enjoying of his at bats. It is true he has 37 homeruns and 113 rbi, but he also has 171 k's in only 453 at bats. Truth be told, when he makes contact the ball is jolted with a force that is imposed by only a few other men in baseball, but he simply does not make bat meet ball enough. He is purely an all-or-nothing slugger this season and that sickens me, because I'm scared it may become his career trend. Howard is fundamentally unsound in the field as well, where he has poor instincts, terrible range, and a horrid throwing arm. I'm not asking him to pick-it at 1st base like JT Snow, but the effort he's given this season is disgusting.
Penis Rhymes With Ennis:
Today's starter is innings-eater and shutdown staff ace John Ennis. I know everyone is excited to watch today's gem pitched by another Phils starter in the long lineage of excellence. We've had master twirlers Jamie Moyer, JD Durbin, Fabio Castro, JA Happ, Zack Segovia, Kyle Kendrick, Cole Hamels, Adam Eaton, Freddy Garcia, Kyle Lohse, and Jon Lieber take the mound in the starting format this season, so it's fitting that Ennis gets to do the same.
*Have faith, we're still in it, this team never gives up, they've got plenty of fight in them...ah, who am I foolin'?