Would you be happy with a 5-2 record on a 7 game roadie? I would be. And I'm pretty sure the Phils would be too, because they went into PNC on Sunday and played the final game of their trip like they couldn't wait to take their 5 wins and head back to Philly.
Some credit must go to southpaw Paul Maholm though, who pitched a gem. The Phils managed only a Pat Burrell double and Eric Bruntlett single, both coming in the 5th inning. Burrell also smashed a liner to left that was tracked down by Jason Bay. Other than that...nothing. The ugly facts:
- The team was 2-26 overall.
- Mendoza Watch: Five of the eight position players that started yesterday are hitting below .220 - So Taguchi, Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard, Pedro Feliz, Eric Bruntlett.
- Brett Myers has a worse ERA than Gavin Eaton. And how Myers-esque was it that he walks the opposing pitcher, loses focus, and gives up a dinger to the next batter.
Pirates Pay Morris To Not Pitch
Subtititled: If you don't have anything good to throw, don't throw at all.
Like Jason Kendall before him, Matt Morris will get paid huge dollars to NOT play for the Pirates after the Buccos determined his best contribution to the team would be to not contribute at all.
At first I felt bad for Morris. He seems like a nice enough guy and getting booed off the mound to end your career is a little sad. But then I remembered the $10 mil, and I don't feel so bad anymore...
The move to send $10 million home cements last seasons trade with the Giants not only as Dave Littlefield's worst, but possibly the worst in Pirates history.
The release of Morris opens a spot on the roster and in the starting rotation. Maybe they can tap that great resource in San Francisco and get Barry Zito. He's a great pitcher who doesn't make too much money...