I made this graphic on Saturday. But after the last two days, I think my confidence is down well into the "David Bell Zone." I was just too busy or lazy to change it last night.
Last night the combined average of the 2 and 3-hole hitters (Valdez and Ibanez) was in the .220s. Not a single player in the lineup last night ended the game batting over .280. The everyday right and left fielders are a combined ~.226. The Cardinals unintentionally intentionally walked Howard the first three times up because they know nobody else was likely to hit a ball out of the infield. During the road trip the team is hitting less than .220. And stats aside, they look pathetic and completely impotent.
No Utley. No Victorino. Four at-bats a night for Pete Orr. And basically nothing from Ibanez, Francisco, and Ruiz. It's pretty bad right now.
Offense Stock - Free. Free fallin'.
Joe Blanton is just back from the DL and is apparently still pitching with elbow discomfort. Roy Oswalt is just off of the DL yesterday, so who knows what he's going to be like in his next start. Cliff Lee walked everything that held a bat yesterday.
But we got Doc and Cole, who are pitching great. And to be fair, Lee is throwing well enough to win more games.
Starting Stock - Stable.
While I gave the offense the benefit of the doubt, I must have been in a bad move when I created the bullpen graphic. Either that or I just watched Danys Baez pitch, which is more likely.
Lidge on the DL. Contreras on the DL. But credit to the Phils for holding it together relatively well. Honestly, I think my confidence is down because 1) I still remember David Herndon 2) Romero and Baez really do look like garbage and 3) there is no depth. Props to Madson and Bastardo (and Worley, so far) but they need some help down there.
Bullpen Stock - Rising slowly.