W L GBThings aren't looking great for the Fightins right now but over the last three years the Phils have been in similar positions and have come back to make the playoffs. So instead of focusing on the negatives (ie the offense, the bullpen, 60% of the rotation...) I'm going to point out that the Phils sit only 2 out of the Wild Card. And I'm not even going to mention that still puts them in 6th place in the WC race...
Colorado Rockies 50 41 --
Cincinnati Reds 51 42 --
San Francisco Giants 50 42 0.5
Los Angeles Dodgers 49 43 1.5
New York Mets 49 43 1.5
Philadelphia Phillies 48 43 2.0
Now, if they are still in 6th in the WC and third in the NL East at the trade deadline, the Phils have to sell (Werth...), but we'll burn that bridge when we get there.
The poor Pirates. Not only are they putting the finishing touches on another losing season, a few minor league pitchers are jumping ship (walking the plank?). AAA pitchers Hayden Penn and Vinnie Chulk are leaving for Japan. I guess if you aren't good enough to pitch for the worst team in baseball, you might as well try a different league.
David Herndon has only given up a run in 7 or his 29 appearances. Unfortunately, like yesterday's appearance, he's given up multiple runs most of those times. In most years his 4.18 ERA would be enough for me to call for this guy to be sent down, or in this case offered back to the Angels. But he still has a better ERA than Contreras, Baez, Lidge and Madson. So until they have somebody proven to be better, they might as well stick with the guy for awhile.
KK hasn't started a game in 11 days so he should be well rested when he meets the Cardinals tonight. Blake Hawksworth, who started the season in the bullpen, goes for St. Louis. Hawksworth gave up a run in relief and took the loss when the teams met earlier this season. Unlikely to be a pitchers duel. Bet the over.