Drought Alert- Chase Utley now without a hit in his last 23 at bats spanning 6 games. He's too good of a hitter for this to continue much longer, but it sucks nonetheless.
Hiatus- Following the great awakening Ryan Howard experienced (3-5, 1 triple, 2 homeruns, 4 rbi) against Boston on Monday he's fallen back asleep (1-11, 7 k's) in the 3 games since. I know Corey and I have been critical of him this season, but he truly deserves it. Dude is on a pace to strikeout 225 times, shattering his own horrific record of 199...but strikeouts don't matter according to the omnipotent statheads.
Drought Alert 2- Last Friday was a special night, 20 runs scored by the Phillies in one game has that sort of effect. However, since the 20-2 drubbing of the Cardinals, the Phils bats have been putrid posting a .214 batting average in the past 6 games and have scored only 21 runs (3.5 per game).
Power Outage- Geoff Jenkins was signed to compliment Jayson Werth as the left-handed part of the right field platoon. Jenkins has been an utter disappoint since coming to Philly posting a weak .697 OPS with only 17 extra base hits in 199 at bats. In fact, the RF platoon of Jenkins/Werth has combined for some of the worst offensive output in the NL for their position. I wonder if this lack of production has anything to do with both of them having ordinary names with retarded spellings...just a thought.
Drought Alert 3- Sweep of the Braves = awesome! Losing 2 out of 3 to the Marlins, Cardinals, and Red Sox = pathetic! Phils lost again last night to the Angels making them 3-7 over their last 10 games. Last nigth was extremely pathetic as they only had 2 hits, meaning that 3 Angels alone outhit them in the game (Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero 3 hits apiece and Howie Kendrick with 4).
Missing You- Kyle Lohse making all of $4,250,000 is now 9-2 with a 3.63 era and 1.22 whip on the season. Hindsight indeed is 20-20, but he'd look damn good in our rotation in place of one of our scrubs (Eaton, Myers, or Kendrick).
Drought Alert 4- The thing about droughts is that everything becomes so dry that the slightest spark can catch the whole damn thing on fire. The Phils are waiting for that spark, and hopefully it comes sooner rather than later.
Fun with #'s- Angels slick fielding bat wielding firstbaseman Casey Kotchman has less strikeouts (99 in 1018 ab's) in his career than Ryan Howard does this season (104 in 279 ab's). Also, up until last night he committed less errors in his career (6, but now 8 because of 2 misplays last night) than Ryan Howard has this season (7, 38 in his career).