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The month begins (WAS) and ends (NYM, WAS) with guaranteed series wins, but in the middle are lots of good teams.
The cakewalk that was April is over. The Phils are finally going to get tested. The long roadie against three good teams followed by a homestand against three quality, hard-hitting foes will likely lead to some .500 baseball. The panic button pushers and the drama queens could be in full force in a few weeks...
Although I probably don’t have to, I feel it’s necessary to say the following: I wish no ill will toward David Herndon. I don’t know David Herndon. He’s probably a nice guy. I hope he has a long, productive baseball career with the Phillies. But right now, he needs to the GTFO of Philadelphia. Trains, planes, automobiles – better send him to Lehigh Valley.
The former Rule 5er is sporting a 9.28 ERA through 10.2 innings of relief. I don’t know what his xFIP or SIERA is because I don’t care. He cannot get anyone out and because he stayed on the roster all of 2010, he can be optioned down, which needs to happen NOW.
Utley played three innings of a “semi-simulated” game yesterday, per the Philadelphia Iquirer. He hit, ran the bases and took grounders at second. My favorite part though is that “to simulate a game, he sat in the dugout in between ‘innings’ for a few minutes.” Although Charlie Manuel witnessed the workout, there was no word on whether he further aided the “simulation” by shoving both of his hands down the front of his pants for the majority of the innings.
After getting Herndon sent down, my next biggest priority is making sure that Ibanez never sees another left handed pitcher the rest of the year. He can still play against some righties. Some. He’s currently…