Saturday, July 07, 2012
The reinforcements? They've won only 1 of the 9 games since Utley has returned, and lost last night in Howard's. Halladay is supposedly coming back shortly after the All-Star break, but it doesn't matter. This team is dead, this season is over. The sooner Amaro admits this, the better. Anybody that is set for free agency should be made available on the trade market in hopes of retooling the team for next season. Hamels and Victorino have the most value and should be able to get good talent in return. Players like Pierre, Blanton, Wigginton, Polanco, and Fontenot might net the team some minor league depth in the form of a "prospect" that could pan out down the road.
It is clear that the current cast of characters is not winning, which includes manager Charlie Manuel. If overhauling the team is in the works for the last 2 months of the season and some youth are being given a chance to play, then Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg would be my preference to man the helm. What's the worst that could happen, they continue to lose? Yeah, that's already the case.
This team might still be historic though- going from 100+ wins to 100+ losses in the matter of one season. Yikes!!!