Friday, 7:05 - Roy Halladay v. Kyle Lohse
Saturday, 7:05 - Cliff Lee v. Jake Westbrook
Sunday, 1:35 - The Vanimal v. Lance Lynn
The Cardinals are playing to get in the playoffs while the Phillies are just playing.
St. Louis sits 5 games out in the NL Central (3rd place) and 2.5 games back of Wild Card #2 leader Pittsburgh.
What to Watch For This Series:
- Will Vance Worley continue to struggle with his elbow injury? Will the Phillies shut him down if he does? Will any Phillies broadcaster even mention that he's pitching in relatively meaningless games with bone chips in his elbow?
- Can Cliff extend his lead over Robert E. to three games?
- Can Michael Martinez get his average (.135) higher than Roy Halladay (.188)?
Irritating Read of the Day:
Check out the Phillies team report on Yahoo!.
Here's KK talking about his role and his last start - "I guess that's how it is with me. "It's been, 'What have you done for me lately?' You always want to pitch good. It was a bad outing, but you've got to move forward."
And here's the mention of Tyler Cloyd - "The Phillies have a young pitcher in Triple A, Tyler Cloyd, who has dominated at Lehigh Valley this year with a 2.12 ERA. However, he is not considered a hard thrower and most scouts seem to believe he doesn't have consistent enough stuff to get out major league hitters on a regular basis."
And finally, Charlie Manuel on the 5ht starting spot - "Rich (Dubee) and I will talk about it. It's not like there are a whole lot of options there."
So, KK is a whiny little baby who knows he should be in the bullpen or AAA yet still thinks he's Roy Halladay because he grew a beard that one time. And the 'scouts' don't THINK that Cloyd can get anyone out so they don't seem to want to give me a chance, an idea that Charlie reinforces with the 'no a lot of options' quote.
I have news for the scouts - Jamie Moyer and countless others didn't throw hard but were successful. And I don't want to hear about what you THINK will happen because the only thing that matters is the results on the field. And currently, his results are awesome and he deserves a chance to fail.
It just infuriates me that they won't give a guy a shot because he might not do well, but guys like KK and MM fail over and over again and are rewarded with more opportunities...
What I'm Drinking:
Bellringer Gin - I picked up this bottle of gin to make some gin and sodas. It cost me $13. Let's just say, you get what you pay for. It's 94.4 proof, but after that I have nothing positive to say. I should have just bought a handle of Banker's Club...
What I'm Listening To:
Everlast - Songs of the Ungrateful Living. Everybody knows "Jump Around" and "What It's Like" but the rest of Everlast's work, like this album released in 2011, is largely unappreciated. One my favorite songs on this album is "Sixty-five Roses," a song about dealing with child with a serious health issue. Kind of a "downer" but it's still a great tune.
Dumbest Thing I've Heard This Week:
NFL commissioner wants American Football as an Olympic sport. Seriously.
There's Our Old Friend:
Shane Victorino hasn't been in LaLa Land very long but he intends on staying.
Victorino had this to say a few days ago - "I don't want to just be a two-month or three-month rental. I want to be here. Don't get me wrong. I still miss Philly and I still miss everything about that place, but... I'd love to stay here for the next however many years."
Good for Victorino. He has family in Vegas and there aren't many other places to play major league baseball that are closer to Hawaii. He was a good player for the Philles and unlike some other former Fightins (see: Rod Barajas) I wish Victorino nothing but the best. Also, I didn't want the Phils to re-sign him or his diminishing skills.