Friday, August 08, 2008
Still in 1st Place
Phillies blanked by a rookie 3-0 against the 2nd place Marlins, still in 1st place.
Ryan Howard has 147 strikeouts on the season along with 14 errors, still in 1st place.
Bottom of the lineup is anemic when it reads Jenkins, Bruntlett, and Ruiz, still in 1st place.
2007 MVP and leadoff hitter is putting up inexplicably low #'s, still in 1st place.
Adam Eaton started 19 games and pitched in 21, still in 1st place.
Opening Day starter was demoted to the minors midseason, still in 1st place.
Top setup man is on the DL with no timetable for return, still in 1st place.
As you can see, negatives are abound with this team. As an obsessive over-the-top fan that writes a blog I feel I've become hypercritical of the Phillies. I love the Phillies, even when I "hate" them, I still love them. As a kid, the Phils were typically pretty bad, aside from '93 of course, and I just enjoyed them because they were my team and I loved watching baseball. They had losing season after losing season and were never really in contention. As I got older I still loved watching them and just hoped for the day they would break the .500 barrier. That year happened in 2001 and I was ecstatic. Then I wanted more, I wanted playoffs, and for the next handful of seasons they flirted with the NL East division lead and/or Wild Card, but came up empty handed. 2007 was the season it finally happened, and I was thrilled to be a playoff team, I honestly didn't care that they were swept by the Rockies. Now here we are in 2008, the Phils are in 1st place, and I have the audacity to say they "suck" and rant and rave about everything that is wrong with them. It's time I appreciate what I have, which is a team playing winning baseball that is competitive and actually has a damn good chance at making the playoffs this season. I'm not saying being a detractor is wrong, because that's a way of venting frustration and can often be humorous, but I needed to say this today...they're still in 1st place.
Phils traded for lefty specialist Scott Eyre of the Cubs yesterday, sending Single A pitcher Brian Schlitter way of the Windy City. Eyre will be available for tonight's game against the Pirates, and it's expected that JA Happ will return to Lehigh Valley to focus on being a starter again where he's of more value. That means Les Walrond probably remains with the Phils as the guy mopping up the slop innings. Eyre can be very good at times and very bad at others, but he's worth a shot. Other news, like Corey reported yesterday Tom Gordon's health is sketchy and Pedro Feliz is mending.
2008 Summer Games:
The opening ceremonies begin tonight in Beijing, China for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Phillies minor leaguers Jason Donald (SS) and Lou Marson (C) will be representing the the United States. Each has turned the corner in their progression this season in the minors and have put themselves high on the prospect list. Golden wishes to Team USA.