Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wilson Valdez- I Am Legend
Wilson Valdez just cemented his place in Philadelphia Phillies lore by becoming the first position player to start the game in the field then pitch in relief and win the game since Babe Ruth did it back in 1921 (90 friggin' years ago!). He also went 3-6 with a walk, to go along with his scoreless 19th inning he worked. Just like Matt Stairs and the Moon Shot and Roy Oswalt manning LF, he now becomes a legend.
Fun Facts and Thoughts:
*Wilson Valdez now has more wins this season than John Danks, Jo-Jo Reyes, Tim Stauffer, and Ubaldo Jiminez, who all have 8 or more starts. Of course Zack Grienke has out-homered him, but whatever.
*Carlos Ruiz played 3rd base for the 2nd time in his career (also did it for an inning back in '08).
*Danys Baez pitched 5 innings of scoreless baseball. Yep, he's earned his given name back with that yeoman's effort.
*600 total pitches were thrown last night by the Reds and Phillies pitchers.
*Kyle Kendrick struck out both batters he faced last night. He only had 8 K's in 24.2 IP coming into the game.
*Perhaps Amaro was right, in that Domonic Brown isn't ready. Albeit in a small sample size, but he looks completely outmatched (1 hit in 14 AB).
*The Phillies have to play a game today at 1:05. It's time for one of those Cliff Lee complete game shutout gems.
*Jose Contreras is ready to be activated from the DL. Demoting Herndon would make sense, plus they get a fresh arm in the bullpen.
*The Phillies have the best BB:K ratio in the Majors (135:409), but have 3 pitchers on the staff with more walks than strikeouts (JC Romero, David Herndon, and Kyle Kendrick).
*Since the beginning of 2009, JC Romero has walked more batters than he has struck out in each season, totaling 50 walks to only 47 K's in 65.1 IP. That's bad.