It's nice that the Phils can have Bruntlett, Harman, Taguchi and Gavin Eaton in the starting lineup and still win a game. However, I think this was more of a reflection on the futility of the Pirates than the greatness of these Philly scrubs. As a fan of both teams who rarely gets to watch a Buccos game (thanks MLB blackout restrictions!), it was sickening to see the state of the Pirates. A first basemen hitting worse than Ryan Howard. A former batting champion hitting .212. Doug Mientkiewicz at third base? Seriously? There are no better options anywhere?
Howard Contributes Some K
In his two "off-days", Howard is 0-3 with three K's. I think this situation has been handled poorly by Charlie Manuel. As if striking out twice on his first day off wasn't enough, Charlie decides to run Howard out last night against notorious lefty-killer Damaso Marte. The odds Howard, in the midst of the worst slump of his career, comes off the bench in the eighth and has a quality AB against a tough lefty? Very low. There is a cliche about managers "putting players in position to succeed." Well, Manuel set Howard up for failure. And now he's had the two worst off-days imaginable.
She's A Hurdler
Jayson Werth, who has been doing a great job filling in for the injured Shane Victorino, went yard again last night. However, it unfortunately was not followed by a shot of his mom celebrating the dinger. So from now on, every Jayson Werth homer will be celebrated with this...