Phillies (36-42) at Florida Marlins (35-40)
Friday - 7:10 - Cliff Lee v. Josh Johnson
Saturday - 4:10 - Cole Hamels v. Mark Buehrle
Sunday - 1:10 - Oh no, it's Joe - Ricky Nolasco
What Happened To...
Hanley Ramirez? In his first five years in the majors, Ramirez hit .313 with a .906 OPS. In his last 170 games, he's hitting only .250 with a .778 OPS. What happened to Hanley?
Did They Overpay?
The Marlins gave Jose Reyes $106 million over the next six seasons. Reyes is hittting .269 with a .727 OPS. And I'm not surprised. Last year Reyes posted an OPS 100 points higher than his career average. Reyes is a good player, but why would anybody except a player entering his thirties to change his career trends? And Reyes' career has been filled with injuries, inconsistencies, occasional great seasons, declining speed and pompous showboating. Just like the Jayson Werth deal, this was a bad contract the day it was signed.
What I'm Listening To:
Everclear - Invisible Stars - I was in my teens when Everclear released "Sparkle and Fade" and "So Much For The Afterglow." While I was mostly listening to punk rock and the Wu Tang Clan during this time, these two albums (along with the indie label release "World of Noise") made Everclear my favorite band. I've only listened to this album once but this album is basically an attempt to recreate 90's era Everclear, even re-working a few of the hooks from previous songs. And they do a pretty good job. As an Everclear fan, I'm excited. However, if I wasn't an Everlcear fan I would think to myself, "Why don't I just listen to the the 90's albums they made in the 90's and ignore this 'new' stuff?"
What I'm Drinking:
Woodford Reserve - I've recently shifted my focus away from Irish whiskey to bourbon mainly due a bottle of Woodford Reserve that was given to me as a gift. Unlike beer, I'm not very good at picking out the fine flavors of whiskey, but I do know when one is good and this stuff is liquid gold. [If any whiskey drinkers read this, give me some recommendations in the comment section. I don't know what to try next...]
Raul Valdes, Starter?
I've been a little busy the past week so I haven't had time to rant on the Phillies, and even though I'm a little late I have to talk about one thing - that Raul Valdes start was some serious bulls**t.
No offense to Raul or all the people that love that 34 year old no-talent reliever, but he isn't a major league starting pitcher. He's not even a minor league starting pitcher. And the fact that a major league baseball team, let alone one that theoretically is supposed to contend for a playoff spot, cannot find a qualified pitcher to start a game, really grinds my gears.
Isn't this the reason organizations have AAA teams? Is Lehigh Valley basically Dom Brown, Frenchy LeReliever and a bunch of useless players that will never play for the Phillies? If so, what's the point?
And it's not like they didn't have room for a spot starter. I could see if there wasn't room on the 40 man roster or there wasn't a guy available to send down. But the team designated Chad Qualls a few hours later. Why didn't they do that earlier so they could bring somebody up to start?
And it's not like they didn't have somebody deserving of a spot start. Tyler Cloyd is 8-1 with a 2.11 ERA. I don't know if Cloyd will ever make it as a starter in the majors, but nobody will know if he never gets a chance. And is there any better time to give a 25 year old starter with a stellar AAA ERA a chance then in a game where you don't have a starter? Hell, even Dave Bush would have given the team a better chance to win.
Amaro dropped the ball on this one and it may have cost the Phils a win.