Personally, I prefer a good cookie that is moist with a consistent amount of dough and sweet chocolaty goodness in every bite that doesn't break apart upon consumption. A dry crumbling cookie that has a few chocolate chips dispersed here and there is not satisfying my sweet tooth. Since sweeping the Braves in Atlanta the Phillies have played the Marlins, Cardinals, and Red Sox going 3-6 in that period losing each series. Consistency? Ha! Crumbling cookie? Yes!
On the horizon, the AL West leading Angels followed by the surprising and overachieving Athletics. In other words- things aren't getting any easier! The Phils have a rough schedule up until the All-Star break and if they can't find a way to play better against better competition they just might break by that point. This is a good test for them to see if they are truly as good as they think they are, guess we'll have to wait and see.
*Chase Utley is in a horrible slump, as he's been unable to get a hit in his last 20 at bats dropping his average below .300 (.294). Now's not the time to play limbo Chase and see how low you can go.
*Since Ryan Howard's breakout game that was supposed to erase all of our bad memories and set him on the path to greatness for the remainder of the season on Monday night he's 1-8 with 5 k's.
*Bold prediction- look for Tom Gordon to go on the DL soon and not be activated until following the All-Star break because he looks toasted.
*Greg Golson has been DL'd in Reading. This is upsetting because it finally seemed like Golson was turning the corner in his career to becoming a legit prospect warranted by stats rather than the tag of 1st round pick. .299, 22 extra base hits, .785 OPS, 17 sb.
*Lakewood Blue Claw teammates Michael Taylor and Drew Naylor have been promoted to Clearwater. Taylor is a huge (6'6" 250 lb) outfielder that has power and speed. He was making the Sally League his woman- .361, 40 r, 10 hr, 50 rbi, 10 sb, .995 OPS. BloodStripes' Aussie country mate Naylor is fanning over a batter an inning and has really propelled himself into the Phils prospect list- 5-3, 2 CG, 87.1 ip, 97 k, 2.99 era, 1.03 whip.
*Adrian Cardenas has been on fire since being un-DL'd, ripping apart Florida State League pitching with a .324 avg, .892 OPS, 31 r, 8 sb, and 18 extra base hits all in just 45 games.
*Catcher of the future Lou Marson is making me pine for his promotion with every passing game Carlos Ruiz struggles, as the 22 year old Lou is putting on a hitting clinic in Reading with a .348 avg, .907 OPS, and BB to K ratio of 43:39. Marson is looking like a leadoff batter with his .463 on base %, and he's thrown out roughly 30% of base stealers.