Umpire "Cowboy" Joe West is bullshit. He gave the Marlins the win yesterday. While it's true the Phillies bats didn't do much and David Herndon sucked for a second consecutive day, the fact remains the umpire blew the game. He shrunk the strike zone in the 14th inning. He used instant replay against its intended use. He awarded an out on a play that is never ruled fan interference (because jumping against and above the wall can not be considered an automatic out). Screw the Marlins dump of a stadium. Screw the Marlins' manager Jack Mackeon. And screw umpire Joe West.
*Herndon threw 69 pitches yesterday, but only 27 for strikes. Yep, his unexpected string of successful outings has been brought to a screeching halt.
*I hope Chase Utley decides to start hitting again. With yesterday's 0-7, his average is now down to .263. Bleh.
*Losing 2 of 3 to the Fish is bad. It was an ugly weekend for the Phightins.
*Braves are in Philly for a 3 game set starting today. Phils better pull their heads out of their collectives asses and take care of business, because things could very get interesting otherwise.
*Question- why are the Phillies shorthanded in the bullpen? It's September, call-up some warm bodies that are on the 40-man roster (Mathieson, De Fratus, Perez, Zagurski) and use them in case of emergency or blowout (ex- yesterday's 14 inning game).