One of the best pitchers of the past decade is set to join the Phillies upon waiving his no-trade clause and whether or not Philly is picking up his 2012 option ($16M). Roy Oswalt would be an excellent addition to a staff already headlined by Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels. That would give the Phils a top 3 in the rotation that rivals any team in baseball (Cardinals- Wainwright, Carpenter & Garcia, Giants- Lincecum, Cain, & Zito, Rangers- Hunter, Lee, & Wilson, and Atlanta- Hudson, Hanson, and Jurrjens (when healthy). JA Happ would head to Houston along with some prospects (rumored- slugging firstbaseman Jonathan Singleton of the Lakewood BlueClaws). *Added Bonus- imagine turning to "The Roys" in in the playoffs.
Dude is a freakin' beast. 8th complete game of the season which is 1st in the NL by a long shot. Other NL Ranks: 12 W- 3rd, 171 IP- 1st, 149 K- 1st, 1.02 WHIP- 3rd, 2.21 ERA- 2nd. Cy Young? Yes, screw Josh Johnson and the Marlins.
The most hyped rookie debut since Cole Hamels back in 2006, Brown did not disappoint. 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 rbi. That'll do. I'm happy to hear Manuel plans on starting him regularly in Victorino's absence. Gotta think Dom is a better option than Gload or Francisco.
As predicted earlier in the week, the win streak will rest upon the shoulders of Kyle Kendrick to carry onto 8 in a row. KK has done a decent job as 5th starter this year, and he is far from the problem of this team's previous woes. Offense is back...winning. Pitching is back...winning. They go hand-in-hand for a winning combination in my opinion.
Possible targets (as per MLB Trade Rumors.com)- Miguel Tejada (I'd rather not, he's gone downhill in a hurry), Jose Bautista (good luck with that one, dude leads MLB with 30 homeruns), Scott Downs (high asking price by Toronto, but very good reliever), Kyle Farnsworth (okay), Christian Guzman (if he comes cheap, do it), Aaron Cook/Fausto Carmona/Jake Westbrook (unlikely with hopeful Oswalt addition), Joe Beimel (he'd be a Phucco, do it), and Octavio Dotel (still k's tons of batters and is just as good as Lidge at closing, also would make him a Phucco).
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