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- Pete Mackanin as manager – The guys like Pete and he is smart baseball man; I think he will do as well as can be expected with a team full of average players.
- Micky Morandini as the new first base coach – A welcome blast from the past.
- The end of the Domonic Brown experiment – I was really at the end of my rope with this guy. Sorry, he will not be missed.
- Ken Giles – Seriously, Giles was the ONLY reason I though watching the 2016 would be bearable, and now he is gone. Who else am I supposed to root for (maybe Aaron Nola)? And this is a clear sign the Phillies are still many years away from competing.
- No more Jeff Francour? WTH? It is not official, but with the addition of so many new outfielders, one can surmise that Frenchy will not be back. He was the only other entertaining guy on this roster…boo!!
- We are still stuck with Ryan Howard’s salary – I don’t mind Howard himself, I just wish the Phillies didn’t still owe him like a bazillion dollars.
Not Sure Yet
- New GM Matt Klentak – I thought this was a good idea until the Giles trade, which reeks of a move Ruben Amaro Jr. would have made. Is this younger, hipper guy just Ruben 2.0 in disguise? That may be a bit harsh; we shall see.
- New President Andy MacPhail – I hesitate to be excited about this because of the above mentioned issue with Klentak. But also, frankly, because the guy’s name includes the word “PHAIL (fail).” Not to mention that MacPhail has not seen any major success since the Twins won the World Series in 1987 and 1991.
- Everyone picked up in the Ken Giles trade – these do not appear to be impact players and could be a waste of time.
- Adding Peter Bourjos (wait, who?) – Outfielder Bourjos hit .241 in two seasons in the majors.
- The signing of 32-year old righty Charlie Morton – meh.
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Photo by Jenn Zambri
Today, with the bases loaded, 2 outs and Ryan “Steroids” Braun at the plate, friggin’ Aaron “I hang ‘em, you bang ‘em” Harang gave up a grand slam home run. The Brewers were them up 0-6 by the 5th inning. And this is a perfect example of how bad Phillies pitching has been.
Sure, the Phillies had the best record in baseball coming out of the All-Star break up until about a week ago. Well, they have now returned to earth, mostly thanks to crapping pitching. After sweeping the Padres last weekend, the Phillies lost 2 of 3 to the Diamondbacks and will now get swept by the Brewers (they are losing 0-6 in the 7th as of the time I post this). Aaron Harang is a large part of the problem, with a 7.75 ERA in his last 7 games prior to today’s game.
But he is not the only one. Jerome Williams, although better his last few starts, still has a 6.00 ERA in his last 15 games. David Buchanan was finally sent down to the minors with a 9.00 ERA, also in his last 15 games. After allowing 25 earned runs in 3 games, I am not even sure he belongs in the minors; perhaps bagging groceries is in his future? Rounding out the starting pitching nightmare are Aaron Nola and Adam Morgan, who have been okay, as far as rookies go.
A few guys in the bullpen look awful as well. Justin DeFratus is pitching himself back to the minors with an 8.68 ERA in 7 games. Adam Loewen has a 15.43 ERA in his first two appearances for the Phillies, prior to today. Luckily, the rest of the pen has been ok, but with all the starters leaving games early, that may change due to exhaustion. And while the offense is still racking up hits, they are suddenly having trouble scoring those runners. The bad starting pitching has put more stress on the hitters and they are shrinking under the pressure, which is not unusual for a young team.
But what really has me stressed out is the impending departure of my favorite player, Chase Utley. Nothing is certain yet, but it does look like a lot of teams are bidding on him since he cleared waivers. Since coming off the disabled list, Utley is batting .500 with 5 doubles, a homer and 5 RBI in 26 at-bats, proving he is healthy again and upping his trade value. Sure, trading him is the right thing to do so he will have a shot at another championship, but it doesn’t make it suck any less. I have been admiring Utley for 13 years; this team will not be the same without him. But for now, he is still here…stayed tuned!
The Phillies are off on Monday and then play two games against the Blue Jays starting on Tuesday. Game time is 7:05pm.
Yes, miracles never cease. The Phillies won a game last night! About an hour and a half before game time, however, it did not look like a game would be played. In Delaware just before Wilmington, the river overflowed and started to flood I-95. Then it took me ½ hour just to pass through Wilmington as I-495 to Philly is closed, and will be possibly for a year (gasp!) due to a bridge problem. Finally, I thought I was home free…then the heavy rain and floods came.
While contemplating building an ark, I inched down I-95 at about 15mph and struggled to see through my windshield. There were accidents all over the place. But the time I passed the airport in south Philly, I seriously thought I might not make it to the stadium as the water was so high on the road I might have floated away. After I finally parked, I had to trek through water 6 inches deep, well above my ankles, just to get into the stadium, which was equally flooded. But there was no way I was not getting my free Chase Utley bobblehead!
So I guess three miracles occurred last night. I made it to the game without having to build an ark, the sun came out 20 minutes before game time and then the Phillies actually won. Amazing! A.J. Burnett had a relatively easy job though. Only 1 batter in the Padres starting line-up was batting over .250. And some were batting under .200. This is a very bad team.
Then again, so are the Phillies. But the offense actually did score some runs, mostly thanks to Marlon Byrd who had 4 RBI on the night with a 3-run bomb in the 4th and a sac fly in the 6th inning. Utley, Ryan Howard and Ben Revere each had 2 hits each and Utley picked up another RBI. It looks like he intends to swing his way into the All-Star game again this year. Utley is batting .318 with 31 RBI and 4 homers so far.
But what is a Phillies game without an error? Howard let an easy ground ball sneak right between his legs in the 1st inning. Amazing. The rest of the fielding was pretty good though. Both Revere and Domonic Brown had impressive, diving grabs in the outfield, which was nice to see.
And then Jonathan Papelbon earned his 300th career save, but he did not exactly do it convincingly. Papelbon gave up 2 hits and then hit a batter to load the bases before finally recording 3 outs.
Also, before the game the Phillies signed their first round draft pick, Aaron Nola. And rookie reliever Ken Giles, who was called up on Sunday, still has not gotten into a game. And so we wait…
Here is the Photo Album from the game. The Phillies play the Padresagain tonight at 7:05pm and Cole Hamels will pitch.
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