The bullpen has been a joke almost the entire season. A long, exhausted, painful, unfunny joke. Do I need to remind anybody that Jose Mesa is a member of this relief group?! Are you aware that our #1 starter at the start of the season is now our mental midget closer?! Can you honestly tell me you trust any pitcher out there with a lead?! Like Bob Dylan said, "the times they are a changin'", because over the past 2 weeks our bullpen has been- dare I say- truth worthy and good. Most notably JC Romero, Tom Gordon, and Brett Myers who have appeared in 5 straight games now, and even Gas Can Geary has seemed to put on a flame-retardant suit for the time being. Overall, the bullpen has posted a 1.84 era over the current road trip.
Highly touted pitching prospect Scott Mathieson, who spent this season recovering from Tommy John surgery, is set to go under the knife yet again. During a rehab assignment Mathieson felt discomfort in his repaired arm and was shut down, and it has now been recommended he get it "cleaned up" via surgery. Reports have him ready for spring training next season, but as we all know- the Phillies have a tendency to lie in cases like this. Also getting sliced-and-diced will be minor league starting pitcher Zack Segovia.
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*I love Ryan Howard's power. I hate his lack of contact. The man is about to set the single season strikeout record, and with every mounting k I get more and more disgusted. Howard currently has 194 k's, and that's with a 15 day stint on the DL, and will undoubtedly crush the strikeout record set by Adam Dunn at 195. I find it revolting that a player can fail to put the ball in play 38.3% of their at bats. I'm not advocating the exile of Ryan Howard or anything ludicrous like that, I'm simply stating my displeasure for his way of making outs. Here's the stat I'll leave you with, when Howard puts the ball in play he is batting .429.
*Disney doesn't like failures. The warm and fuzzy story of Chris Coste has gotten ugly lately, as his batting average has gone from .365 on August 2nd dipping down to .281 after last night. He's now 5-34 in September, which equates to a horrendous .147 average. Once again, I'm not promoting the deportation of Chris Coste, I'm just pointing out his recent struggles...still better than Rod Barajas.
*At the beginning of the season, who would have thought our staff ace end up being some barely known commodity that began the year in Reading? The barely know commodity is Kyle Kendrick, and he's been everything we could have hoped for and more with a 9-4 record, 3.83 era, 1.28 whip, and 115 ip in 19 starts.
*The Phils are now 15 games above the mediocrity mark of .500 with a 85-70 record, and are winners of 9 out of their last 10 games. Going into Sunday they still trail the Mets by 1.5 in the East and now only .5 games back of the Padres for the Wild Card. 7 games to go...bring it on!