Philadelphia Phillies (23-24) @ Washington Nationals (24-23)
Friday, 7:05 - KK vs. Jordan Zimmermann
Saturday, 7:15 - Petite Bone vs. Dan Haren
Sunday, 1:35 - C'mon Hamels vs. Stephen Strasburg
R - 159 (28th)
AVG - .225 (29th)
OPS - .653 (29th)
For as much flack as the Phils get for their offense, the Nationals is actually worse. Bryce Harper/RF, Ryan Zimmerman/3B, and Ian Desmond/SS are the only hitters doing well. Adam LaRoche/1B has been a disappointment and Danny Espinosa/2B has been Least Valuable Player of MLB worthy (.487 OPS). Jayson Werth is hurt...again.
ERA - 3.53 (7th)
WHIP - 1.25 (9th)
Good news and bad news. Bad news first- Zimmermann and Strasburg are high quality and back end of the bullpen is solid with Clippard and Soriano. Good news- Haren continues his downward spiral and the bullpen lacks a reliable lefty (Zach Duke does not count).
Amaro is F'n Stupid:
As I reported before the Phillies even reported, Chase Utley has been placed on the DL. Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis are capable backups, so Utley's roster spot is wide open...for Michael Martinez. I can't believe this shit. Amaro is dumb and getting dumber. Mini-Mart sucked in 2 seasons with the Phils (.188/.512) and sucked this year down at Triple-A (.239/.590). He been a terrible hitter his entire career, both minors and MLB. Amaro and Manuel's man-crush on him is inexcusable. This is proof that Rube shouldn't be a GM. His insistence on keeping Martinez around should have him publicly flogged. Good thing the Phils aren't at home tonight, or I'd start a campaign for eggs, rotten fruit and vegetables to be hurled onto the field in protest of this move. I'd call it Campaign Chagrin. What are the alternatives? Cesar Hernandez, Darin Ruf, Josh Fields, a 3-legged dog, the corpse of Bea Arthur, John Kruk's uni-ball...anything but Michael f'n Martinez!
I'm chugging the happy juice and going with Phils taking 2 outta 3. This will put them at .500 and on even ground with the Nationals for 2nd place behind the Braves in the NL East.