"Watching Doc pitch is watching an artist at work. You absolutely cannot miss his starts. He is amazing. He's probably the best athlete (meaning best at what he does) that I've ever seen play in Philly."
I wonder if Roy Halladay will follow in the footprints of Prince and turn himself into a symbol.
John Lannan was tossed from his MLB debut. That fateful day he cracked Chase Utley with a pitch, breaking his hand. Yesterday Lannan didn't have Utley to aim at, so he hit Ryan Howard instead...on the wrist. Howard was taken for x-rays following the game, and they came back negative (thank God!). He says he's sore, but hopes to miss no time. In Phillies speak, that means 15-day DL bound.Over Lannan's 98 MLB starts he's hit 21 batters, with 8 of them being Phillies. That's f'd up!
Now that the season is starting to settle into regularity, the offense will begin to show its flaws. One of those flaws is an ancient left fielder with a slowing bat in the form of Mr. Raul Ibanez. To keep him "fresh", Manuel should sit Ibanez against some lefties in favor of southpaw basher John Mayberry. Looking ahead to this weekend series with the Marlins, they'll be featuring entirely RHP, so last night against Lannan would have been the opportune time. Ibanez last night- no hits in 4 at bats, with 3 K's.
Some of you may recall Joe Savery was the 19th overall selection of the 2007 MLB draft, made by the Philadelphia Phillies. I envisioned him becoming a dominate closer for the lone fact that his last name would have made for a nice play on words. However, his life as a pitcher was just not meant to be as the Phils cut ties with the lefty in that capacity late last season. Now Savery is attempting to make a name for himself as a potent bat. He's currently in Single-A Clearwater knocking the snot out of the ball: (16-25) .640/1.547, 5 R, 3 DBL, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2:2 BB:K. His ability to play the field is still in question, as he's seeing most of his at bats as a DH and some time at 1st base. Maybe he'll displace Ryan Howard in a couple seasons. Ha!