Thursday, August 01, 2013
The Howard Update
Located on our right sidebar, you can see the extensive list of players that have committed The Howard (strikeout, error, and homerun in same game) this season. Currently Pedro Alvarez of the MLB's best record Pittsburgh Pirates leads the way with 4, but Milwaukee's Juan Francisco made a move up in the standings, and now that the ChiSox Adam Dunn is manning 1st base regularly, it could be a fight to the finish for the crown.
Last night Chase Utley recorded his first Howard of the season, but because the Phillies are one of the worst teams in baseball this season, it did not end in a win for the good guys like it typically does.
*Darin Ruf has reached base safely in 28 straight games. Which is awesome, considering he has only played in 31 games in his career. Maybe Amaro should sign him to a 5 year $125M extension right now.
*Michael Young is not part of the team's 2014 plans, so the failure to trade him is inexcusable. The Phillies season is a lost cause, so why not give Cody Asche the last 2 months to test his mettle and try to get something or some sort of value for Young? Amaro sucks.
*The Phils have the 3rd worst run differential in baseball with -81; only the Astros and Marlins are worse.
*Two disappointing, big contract pitchers square off against each other tonight in Philly (Cain vs. Hamels). Cain is currently sporting a 4.79 ERA, by far the worst of his career, and Hamels leads MLB in losses with 13.