WSBGMs is guaranteeing a Phillies victory today. What makes me so confident? For one, Roy Halladay is on the mound, who happens to be a perfect 5-0 in 5 starts against the Mets since joining the Phillies with a 2.09 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and a 3:35 BB:K. Oh, I'm not finished yet. The 2011 Philadelphia Phillies are a perfect 9-0 in day games this season, and today's game just so happens to have a start time of 1:10.
Roy Halladay v. Mets + Day Game = Guaranteed Win
*I'll give bitching about Ryan Howard's contraction extension a reprieve, seeing as the man is on pace for 175 RBI this season (27 RBI in 25 games).
*Raul Ibanez is now 0-30. You know how some site's have "beat the streak", where you have to pick a different batter every day with the hopes of them getting a base hit. Well, I'm thinking about flipping the script, and starting my own "beat the streak", where you select a different player everyday who will go hitless (must be in starting lineup). Raul would be a safe pick.
*The Indians had two players go Howard last night and still managed to pull of the victory. Asdrubal Cabrera and Matt Laporta each went yard, struck out, biffed plays in the field.
*Joe Blanton's DL stint is unfortunate, but I'm happy Vance Worley is getting the chance to impress. He's now 2-1 with a 0.95 ERA in 19 MLB innings (7 games, 3 of them starts).
*David Herndon blowing the shutout = Triple-A.
*Brad Lidge has been cleared to begin a throwing program starting today.
*JC Romero tossed a bullpen session yesterday and will go again on Sunday. If all is well, he'll do a brief rehab stint and possibly activated May 4th.
*Domonic Brown continues to only do 50%. That is, bat .500, going 2-4 in his third straight rehab game at Clearwater.
*Chase Utley's knee remains dead as Phillies Nation patiently awaits for reincarnation.
*Chooch is day-to-day with a sore back. Hence catcher Dane Sardinha's call-up from Lehigh Valley (Mike Zagurski was demoted).
*Joe Blanton's elbow isn't bad and will likely begin throwing in 2-3 days. Get him back, healthy, and pitching well again so we can trade his ass for a bat.
*Jose Contreras continues to progress and could begin throwing sometime next week.
*And only because he's my Phantasy team's namesake (Suck My Bocock), Brian Bocock will begin a rehab assignment in Clearwater. Not that anyone really cares.