Something that I know, that you may or may not want to know, and even if you do or do not know, I am going to tell you anyway:
The Phillies have not played well this spring. In fact they've been outscored 128 to 86, a difference of 42 runs. Spring Training record- 7 wins, 12 losses, and 1 tie. Average runs per game scored- 4.3. Average runs per game surrendered- 6.4. Charlie Manuel is pissed at players being nonchalant, and fans are pissed at Gillick for compiling yet again a very questionable pitching staff.
Yesterday I read a shocking notion for trading "troublesome and over-rated outfielder Shane Victorino for pitching". First off, that would leave us with an outfield of Burrell (should be a DH), Taguchi (singles hitter), Werth (question mark), Jenkins (platoon), and Snelling (unknown commodity). Personally I would not be comfortable heading into the season with that group. Secondly, Victorino is an amazing talent with tremendous speed, a killer arm, great range, and improving offensive skills. He's not a free agent for 4 more seasons I believe, so why bother trading him for some 1 year fix in relief like a Brian Fuentes? Also, since when is he "troublesome"? He's hyper, but that's one of his endearing qualities. I wasn't a believer of Vic a couple seasons ago, but Corey has always liked him. Count me in as a believer now, and if that makes him "over-rated" then so be it. If not for injuries last season, Vic would have eclipsed 100 runs, 45 stolen bases, and 55 rbi...pretty damn good for a switch hitting 2-hole hitter. In light of this trade request, I want to recall the equally dumb proposal of sending Aaron Rowand to the Padres last spring for Scott Linebrink. I was one of the idiots who wanted that trade done, thankfully for the 2007 NL East champion Phillies, Gillick didn't see that as a wise move.
*Kris Benson has been scratched from his minor league start this afternoon...bummer!
*Brad Lidge is still making progress on his surgically repaired knee and hopes to pitch in a game this week.
*Every Tom Gordon fastball is a homerun waiting to happen.