Brett Myers gets the early season nod for the Anticlimactic Asshat Award, better known as the AAA (which is where he should probably be pitching). It seems that when the Phils get on a roll and establish a high (13 games above .500/4 game lead on the Marlins in the NL East), overhyped hyperactive buttplug Myers knocks the team down a couple rungs on the ladder. He was named the #1 starter this spring but has only 3 wins. However, he does lead the Majors in mistakes with 18 gopherballs served up (on pace for 44). This all hearkens back to Brett's childish mindset of pouting until he gets what he wants, but the problem is Brad Lidge is kicking ass as the new closer and there's no need for Brett in the bullpen, so he won't be getting that role anytime soon. Therefore, Brett needs to suck it up and perform in the rotation, but his offseason preparation as well as work between starts has not been taken seriously and has left Brett without quality arm strength, and mix that with a feeble mind and you have a recipe for disaster. I am thoroughly disappointed in Brett Myers performance this season, and it's obvious that he's went from 1st starter in the rotation to questionable/replaceable 5th. Message to Myers- Quit being a bitch and go pitch!
Another dubious leader of mistakes is Mr. Ten-Million-Dollar-Man Ryan Howard, with a MLB leading 89 k's (on pace for 218). Howard is never going to be a contact hitter, contract hitter yes, but not contact. The problem with all those punchouts this season is that the hits aren't coming with them as he's batting a woeful .211. People keep saying he's coming out of his funk, but a 2+ month batting average hovering around the Mendoza Line and an ever-mounting heap of strikeouts is not a funk it's a poor approach to the game. Baseball is survival of the fittest and Ryan Howard is about to go the way of the Dodo Bird. Evolution suggests that as your environment changes so should you to best adapt to your surrounding. Howard's refusal to adapt is hurting this club from the cleanup spot in the lineup. He may have 49 rbi, but he'd be leading the World in that category if he were only producing close to career norms. Message to Howard- Don't pout when you make an out, adjust your swing and knock the next one out!
Tonight- Cole Hamels looks to get the Phils back on track after Myers derailed them last night. Marlins send lefty Andrew Miller to the mound.