Bad Thing- Jimmy Rollins is hitless in his last 27 at bats. Yes, the same Jimmy Rollins that was the 2007 NL MVP. The same Jimmy Rollins that remains leading off for the defending World Series champions. The same Jimmy Rollins that is batting .205 with a .569 OPS. That Jimmy Rollins is now officially classified in the "suck" department. This isn't a slump, this isn't a funk, it's a shitty season. He is currently ranked 4th from the bottom in batting average among qualified batters and 2nd from the bottom in OPS (Brian Giles is the lowest of the low).
Bad Thing- In 15 starts this season Cole Hamels has failed to go 5 innings in 5 of his starts, that's 1/3 of the time. In 6 of his starts he's allowed 4 or more earned runs. His stats are not of ace quality, with a 4-5 record, 4.98 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and an unbelievably high .312 batting average against. The 25 year old had two very strong seasons in 2007/2008, but he's completely crapping the bed this year.
Bad Thing- The Phillies grasp of 1st place in the NL East is coming close to being no longer. With last night's loss, they fell to 39-36 on the season with a microscopic half game lead on the Marlins. Let's not fool ourselves, this team is just not the same team from '08. The pitching staff is disgusting from rotation to bullpen and that won't be getting better unless an overhaul is made (like a Roy Oswalt and LaTroy Hawkins addition).
Good Thing- prospects and teammates Michael Taylor and Kyle Drabek continue to dominate the minors. Drabek picked up his 5th win in Double-A Reading last night, going to 9-1 on the season with 2.58 ERA and 104 k's in 101.1 ip. Taylor went deep for the 15th time and upped his batting average to .350. He also has a 1.020 OPS with 14 stolen bases, 53 runs, and 58 rbi.
Tonight- 2009 staff ace JA Happ looks to salvage the final game of the series. However, Javier Vazquez and his 125 k's and 3.04 ERA will likely halt any idea of sneaking out of Atlanta with any pride. The Phillies are his favorite team to face with a career high 11 wins and 138 strikeouts against them.
Awesome- this jersey kicks so much ass! Picture courtesy of Who Does He Play For?