Thursday, September 10, 2009

Getting Ready For October

With less than one month of regular season games left on the schedule (25 games) and a 6 game lead in the NL East, there are a handful of things that need to be done before postseason play begins in October.

1) Get Raul Ibanez back as a force in the middle of the lineup. Over the past few games his bat has started to come back from the depths of nothingness, to being a potent backup plan should Utley, Howard, and Werth falter. He's been able to gap some doubles, launch some homeruns, and collect some rbi for the first time in about a month. The offense runs much better when Raaaaauuuullll is hitting.

2) Get healthy. The pitching staff is beat up, with Scott Eyre and JA Happ currently in pain, and JC Romero and Clay Condrey still DL'd with no return in sight. With both Eyre and Romero out that could prove costly come October when a trusted lefty in the pen is a big deal. Right now Jack Taschner and Sergio Escalona are Manuel's options, not exactly ironclad.

3) The 9th inning. Charlie Manuel is tired of answering questions about the closer's role. It was Brad Lidge's up until the end of the game Tuesday night, but not it seems it will be a 3-headed monster for the remainder of the season with Lidge, Ryan Madson, and Brett Myers coming in for save situations. I'm okay with the "closer by committee" scenario for the rest of the season if Charlie can mix and match the whole way to another World Series championship. There's time to figure out who is closer this offseason and next spring.

Paul Bako and Kevin Spacey have a similar resemblance.



Andrew said...

According to, the Rockies designated right-hander Adam Eaton for assignment in order to clear 40-man roster space for infielder Mike McCoy.

Eaton, 31, posted a 5.63 ERA in eight innings of relief for the Rockies back in August shortly after inking a minor league deal. He was also released by the Orioles earlier this season and will finish the 2009 campaign with an 8.08 ERA in 49 innings (eight starts).

-released by 3 teams in the same year. get the hint yet???

GM-Carson said...

Eaton will probably sign a minor league deal this offseason, but as far as seeing back in the majors...I wouldn't count on it.

Jay Ballz said...

I trust Sergio more than Taschner. Hopefully, either Eyre or Romero get right by the playoffs.

GM-Carson said...

Romero keeps getting "shut down" every time he goes to pitch off a mound or something like that, so I doubt he'll be ready. This injury with Eyre is new, and hopefully short lived.