Saturday, February 02, 2008

Is it time for spring training yet?

Screw winter, I hate it! Snow blows, ice irritates, wind chills chap, and slush sucks! I'm ready for some baseball, even if it's in the form of glorified stretching for pitchers and a bunch of squatting for catchers- bring on spring training. In about 12 days pitchers and catchers report for the Phils on February 14th in Clearwater, Florida. The rest of the cast (infielders and outfielders) join in the festivities 5 days later on February 19th with first game action against the Cincinnati Reds coming February 27th. Not many question marks are on the horizon for the Phils this spring as their everyday lineup and bench seem set, and the rotation also appears that way. Things to look for: What to do with Wes Helms? Can Adam Eaton pitch effectively enough to be the 5th starter? Who fills out the bullpen aside from JC Romero, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Chad Durbin, and Tom Gordon? Don't worry though, I'm sure Mensa member Charlie Manuel will straighten it out beautifully.

~Carson

6 comments:

GM-Carson said...

I really hope Helms is dealt before spring training starts because I don't want him taking bats away from people who might actually contribute. There's simply no room on the bench for him with Bruntlett, Taguchi, Coste, Dobbs, and Werth. Hell, Chris Snelling is probably going to get pinched because the Phils actually have a bit of depth- more so than in the past couple seasons at least.

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTR-
According to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, southpaw Odalis Perez worked out for the Phillies on Saturday in the Dominican Republic. Perez may hear back from them today.

Perez, 29, posted a 5.57 ERA in 137.1 innings last year for the Royals. His last major big league success came in 2004, not coincidentally when he pushed his groundball rate up to 52%.

*Wow, really, Odalis Perez? C'mon now, let's not get stupid.

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