|Bill S watches this Weather girl everyday. He know ZERO Spanish|
It’s good to start with something positive.
Saturday afternoon the Phillies lost another one. For those counting at home, this is the 8th road series they have lost and brings them to a 5 game skid mark. So far, this season has been full of embarrassing streaks.
I was lucky enough to not watch the game on TV. Instead of sitting inside on a beautiful Saturday, I took the kids into the back yard and listened to the radio broadcast. It is really nice to sit outside, have a beer and watch the kids play all while listening to a ball game.
Baseball is the only sport that is just as good to listen to as it is to watch. If you haven’t, or it has been a while, give it a try sometime. The Phillies radio broadcast is a fun listen – even for a team that can’t find many wins.
Larry Anderson calls the Phillies hitters 1 dimensional. Opposing defenses set their players up in perfect position for each hitter because they know where the ball is gonna be hit.
Ryan Howard could be batting .400 if he would only smack a ball down the 3rd base line every now and again. Friday night the Marlins had 4 infielders on the same side.
Chase Utley is hitting the ball hard and has nothing to show for it. He hits the ball hard to the same places all the time.
Darrin Ruf still gets to sit on the bench and have an at bat here and there. It’s a shame he’s not allowed to play every day.
What does Grady Sizemore’s bat bring to this team or lineup? Why is he even here?
Cole Hamels didn’t do much to help himself get out of Philadelphia. A strong outing versus the Marlins would have had Rubens phone ringing off the hook. Instead, once again, he made the big mistake pitch prolonging his quest to break free to the land of a contending team.
A strong outing by Cole could have led to a big offer.
The Red Sox lost their everyday catcher on Friday night. Their everyday catcher who is not really an everyday catcher. A team looking to win a World Series needs an ace on the mound and a solid catcher behind the plate.
The Red Sox have a lot to offer. Hamels and Ruiz could bring a nice return.
At this point, Ruben would be smart to make a Hamels deal happen now just in case his May, June and July aren’t as strong as the Phillies hope.
What if his trade value goes down? Rubens has said all along he needs a big win from the Hamels trade. What if by holding on to him too long leads to a big loss?
I like Ruben as a guy but as a GM I am not sure he has the vision to know when to make the deal and who to take in return.
The biggest thing we’ve learned this week is that while the Phillies haven’t been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention theoretically they have been.
The best part about baseball is another day another game. Even though this Phillies team is tough to watch I still find myself tuning in.
I will watch the Phillies so you don’t have to!