Aaron "Fence-Face" Rowand was released by the San Francisco Giants the other day and as soon as he clears waivers the Phils might throw an old dog a bone and bring him back to Philly for the final month of the season. He wouldn't be postseason eligible, but it would be a feel-good story and I'm sure the Phans will love it.
To create space on the 40-man roster, Andrew Carpenter was released and those cost conscious San Diego Padres picked him off the waiver wire. Carpenter is expendable, compiling a 1-1 record in 11 games with a 8.53 ERA over the past 4 years with the Phillies. The converted starting pitcher had a great season in Triple-A as a reliever, striking out over a batter and inning and posting a 1.79 ERA. Good luck to him.
Blanton, Bullpen Ace:
If Joe Blanton returns to the mound in a Phillies uniform this season it will be in a relief appearance. Yesterday, Blanton had a 1-2-3 inning for the Lakewood BlueClaws, which is an encouraging sign. Showing that his arm is healthy might increase his trade value, which is currently nothing.
88 wins in a season is no big deal unless you're talking about a team's record in the opening days of September. The Phils are now a franchise best 42 games over .500 and are showing no signs of slowing down.
The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw is having a helluva season, and so are the Phils trio of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Cliff Lee. With each likely making about 5 more starts this season, a lot is yet to be determined in this final month, and one of those things is the Cy Young. Doc is having a nearly identical season to last year, which in case you don't remember, he was the NL Cy Young. Hamels may have missed 2 starts, but his overall numbers are still very impressive. Then you have Lee, who has pitched 2 of the best months a pitcher in the history of the game has ever had. My gut tells me Halladay repeats.