The two rain delays in Philly took the opportunity away from Pedro Martinez to build his arm strength up by going 6+ innings, and also deprived him of a chance at a win. He looked sharp through 2 innings, but it was only two innings. The rain also took last night's game away from the Reading Phillies, in which they are fighting for a Double-A Eastern League playoff slot.
That crafty old goat Jamie Moyer swooped in on the opportunity for a win and got it, with 4 terrific innings of long relief following the double delay. It was Grand Pappy's team leading 12th win this season and 258th of his career. The rain also forced a double header in Reading tonight, in which I have tickets and get two games for the price of one. Brett Myers will be pitching in one of the games too, so I've got that going for me which is nice.
Since August 13th (15 games), Ryan Howard is: 20-60 (.333), 16 r, 3 dbl, 11 hr, and 29 rbi. WOW!!!
The bench isn't crippling the Phillies right now, but when it comes to the playoffs that will likely be a different story. One can look at last October to see the significance of having a quality pinch hitting option (EX- Stairs, Jenkins). Currently with Greg Dobbs DL'd, the only decent PH the Phils have is Ben Francisco. Miguel Cairo, Eric Bruntlett, Paul Bako, and Matt Stairs (no hits in last 26 ab) are all batting below .200. You've got 3 days to make a deal Ruben- do it, do it.