Saturday, July 05, 2008
Stuff for Saturday
Any Phillies win is good, but a Phils win against the rival Mets with Johan Santana on the mound is extra sweet. Putting the sprinkles on top of the chocolate dipped ice cream cone was the snazzy Stars & Stripes caps for the 4th of July "Welcome Back Veterans" theme. I believe I'll get the credit card ready for an online purchase of that item following this post.
Here's some breaking news, Kris Benson got lit up yet again in a minor league rehab assignment. He's now started 4 games lasting all of 15.2 innings while allowing minor leaguers to bat .358 off of him that has resulted in 3 losses and a 9.19 era. I think it's safe to assume Benson is not the answer to the Myers Dilemma. Brett Myers himself probably isn't the answer to the Myers Dilemma either. JA Happ, who pitched okay last night, may be the answer, but I don't foresee Charlie and Gillick being too patient with him. But who knows, maybe everything will all of a sudden "click" for Benson, and we'll finally get the long awaited arrival...of Anna that is.
Independent League refugee RJ Swindle spent a couple days in the Majors, but never got the opportunity to pitch in a game (he was optioned back to Lehigh Valley in favor of Happ). Upon his return to the Lil' Piggies, Swindle was awarded the loss in the game last night that Kris Benson started. The Great Rock and Roll Swindle's tour in Philly never even got to the main stage, having to settle for playing for change on the street corner unplugged for the time being instead.
Burrell for All-Star:
Pat Burrell has never been an All-Star, but he definitely deserves it this season. 16 out of 32 ESPN baseball analysts think so too. In what may be The Bat's last year in Philly, I truly hope he gets the Mid Summer Classic nod.