Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Six feet and ten inches may seem like an imposing size for a batter at the plate, but certainly not when it's the elderly pitcher Randy Johnson. However, to feeble minded Adam Eaton he must have made him quiver with fear because Eaton gave Johnson the Barry Bonds treatment by walking him with the bases loaded. C'mon, dude's strikezone is as big as a Volkswagen Beetle for crying out loud (red Punch Buggy, no hit backs)! For Eaton the game was a return to form, bad form that is, that we came to know all too well last season. Freakin' Eaton only managed to last 4 innings surrendering 3 back-breaking walks and 5 hits, one of those being a 3-run dinger; era now up to 5.63. I dislike Eaton, this should come as no surprise. He is in a Phils uniform though, so I root him on and hope for the best, but am often left feeling deflated due to his poor performances and the fact that he still has another year left on his contract.
*Pedro Feliz wasn't sold to the Philadelphia Phans as an All-Star caliber 3rd baseman with a great bat, but the organization and baseball analysts did pop forest size wood over his defense. His bat is doing exactly what most predicted, which is not much, but his defense has been shaky at times and last night he committed his 4th error of the season.
*Speaking of errors, the Phils are back on an error binge, making 2 miscues in Monday's game and 2 more last night. Season total now up to 28.
*Ryan Howard as a pinch-hitter this season is a brief and ugly story; strikeout every time. Charlie really isn't doing him any justice by giving him an "off" day then turning around and letting him flail and fail as a PH.
No More Basket?
*Former Phillies 1st round pick and basketcase Gavin Floyd is finally fulfilling his "prospect" title as he pitched a near no-hitter for the second time this season. While in Philly he was a complete mess, walking nearly as many batters as he struck out accompanied by awful era's. Last year he moved on to the ChiSox and continued to flounder, but got a boost of confidence when being named to the rotation for them this season and has succeeded thus far with a 3-1 record and 2.50 era. I must admit that I was rooting against him in the 9th inning as I watched ESPN's bonus coverage...I'm an A-Hole, I know.