Rewind time to last season...Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee on the mound for a double header. Confidence of sweep in favor of the good guys- high. Now, back to present day. Confidence level- low. My fantasy team could use a complete game shutout from Ol' Girl Parts and Lee needs to get a win (it's nearly July for crying out loud!). Game 1 start time has been pushed up to 1:05 (previously 1:35). Sweeping the double header, and therefore the series, would be a big boost to an otherwise demoralized squad. Does the climb back to .500 begin today?
*Jim Thome became the all-time leader in walkoff homeruns, now with 13. He was also supposedly paid $5000 for bailing out Papelbon's blow save.
*Chase Utley is rumored to be returning to the Phillies this Wednesday. I hope that doesn't mean Mike Fontenot is sent to Lehigh Valley with Michael Martinez remaining. Mini Mart is bad. Really, really fricken bad. He does not belong on a MLB roster and probably not even a Triple-A one either.
*Did you see Raul Valdes spinning 2 innings of magic yesterday? Yeah, I like him. He's really nothing special, but I've taken a liking to him because of his performance in a small sample size and the raw deal he got from the Phils a couple weeks ago. This kind of reminds me when Chris Coste was getting screwed and then finally got a chance for his 15 minutes of fame.
*With yesterday's win, the Phils climbed out of last place. For this I would like to thank the over-hyped Miami Marlins for sucking worse that my beloved Phightins.
*Remember when Placido Polanco had his average up to .294 a couple weeks ago and people thought he was actually still good? Yeah, back down to .269 with a .653 OPS. Of course, it's not as bad as Ryan Zimmerman's .218/.590 season. Looks like Washington may have inked another bad long-term contract (previously Jayson Werth).
*Juan Pierre .328/.765 with 16 SB. Not something I saw coming.