So Matt Klentak didn't trade Jeremy Hellickson.
I don't think this was the screw up everyone else thinks it was, but I wish we knew what offers were made.
While everyone is pointing to the chances that the Phillies could get a draft pick if the right-hander turns down a qualifying offer this offseason as the main factor in the Phillies' decisions, I think another factor hasn't been talked about.
Just look at the previous highs in a season for the Phillies young hurlers compared to this year.
Aaron Nola: 187/111
Jerad Eickhoff: 184/132
Vincent Velasquez 124*/102.2
Zach Eflin 131/123.2
Jake Thompson 132/129
Ben Lively 143/74.1
So, aside from Nola and Eickhoff, you're about to blow past the supposed innings limits on Eflin, Velasquez and Thompson.
I think there's a solid chance we see Ben Lively eat some innings in September. Maybe even Adam Morgan or Brett Oberholzer.
But having Hellickson around definitely eases any concerns. It's a lot easier on the young guys if he, Nola and Eickhoff shoulder the bulk of the upcoming innings.
That being said, with all the rumors that swirled around, it was a bit of a disappointment to not see something done.
As a professional journalist, the trade deadline bothers me. I see a lot of bad journalism out there. At one point, I saw two respected national journalists tweeting out conflicting reports on Hellickson. One said he was staying, the other said he was out the door.
Now I know a journalist is only as accurate as his or her sources. These two beat writers are being fed information and they parroted it out. I'm just not sure why. I don't get the point of the reporting. It doesn't make them more accurate. No one outside the industry gives a jolly damn about who got it first. Anyway, that's another discussion for another day.
Let's look at the Phillies first series in the dog days of August.
Tuesday, Aug. 2: 7:05
Wednesday, Aug. 3: 7:05
Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.09) vs Zach Eflin (3-4, 4.23)
Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.63) vs Aaron Nola (6-9, 4.78)
Jeff Samardzija (9-7, 4.30) vs Vincent Velasquez (8-3, 3.32)
What we know about the Giants
It's an even numbered year and the Giants are again World Series contenders. Owners of the fourth best record in baseball, they don't get the attention the Cubs and Nationals do. But they are a force to be fearful of. The rotation is lights out. The lineup isn't spectacular, but there isn't an easy out in the bunch.
Madison Bumgarner is younger than Hector Neris. Think about that for a minute. Bumgarner is already a World Series legend, three time World Series Champion and four-time All Star. Dude has a 2.09 ERA, a 10-6 Record, a .987 WHIP and is allowing 6.7 hits per nine innings against 10.2 whiffs.
He pitches tonight against Zach Eflin, a kid who already has two complete games on his resume.
If that doesn't interest you as a baseball fan, I don't know what would.
What we can't wait to see
Aaron Altherr and Maikel Franco ended the Braves series on awful skids. Altherr was 0-9 with a walk. Franco was 0-17.
They're going to face some premiere pitching in this series and watching how the young sluggers respond will be interesting.