OK guys, it’s not funny anymore.
If you didn’t believe the city of Philadelphia sold it’s soul for a championship two years ago, and a repeat appearance last year in the World Series, it’s hard to argue against it after the first 6 weeks of the season. After Brian Schneider was put on the disabled list over the weekend, Carlos Ruiz came up gimpy after running from first to third on a double by Wilson Valdez. And yes, Wilson Valdez had a hit! But all joking aside, this is getting a little ridiculous.
Yes, the Phillies still lead the NL East. And yes, they’ve done so with what seems like half of the opening day roster. However, with the pace this team is on, we’ll have Nelson Figueroa as our ace and Paul Hoover batting cleanup by July. Hoover, by the way, is the only healthy catcher on the roster, with Jayson Werth as the emergency backup. Not to pile on, but wouldn’t it be cool to see Werth behind the plate?
But seriously, we can only hope that Chooch’s injury isn’t serious, or his might be the most significant of the season to this point. Not only is he one of the best game callers behind the plate, the pitchers on the staff trust him like no other, and on top of that, he’s 3rd in the NL in batting average, and 2nd in the Majors in on-base percentage. It also has to be a shame for him personally, because he was certainly playing himself into some serious All-Star Game voting contention.
In more bad-newz news, Brad Lidge returned to Philly today to have doctors look at his elbow, which he is experienced stiffness in after pitching on Sunday. With Lidge and Madson out of commission for the time being, it looks as though Durbin and Contreras will take over the 8th and 9th inning duties, respectively. This will most likely prompt a roster move to bring Bastardo back up from AAA if Lidge goes back on the DL. With Romero not looking too good, and Herdon being shaky at best, we could be soon longing for the days of Ryan Madson being the closer.
On the plus side, it seems as though Jimmy Rollins is well on his way to returning to the team in the near future. He played in an extended Spring Training game today in Florida, going 3-6 at the plate, but without playing in the field. Rueben Amaro stated that he would like Jimmy to play about 5 rehab games before coming back from the DL.
Oh yeah, the game today…. After plodding through 6 innings average innings, Halladay finally cracked by giving up a two run triple to Brad Hawpe in the bottom of the 7th to tie the score at 3-3. The game eventually went into extra innings, where the aforementioned Chad Durbin promptly gave up a solo homerun in the bottom of the 10th to Miguel Olivo, capping off his five for five day at the plate. Olivo is a catcher…. Man, this is getting depressing!
But in the end, it’s all about wins and losses. And the Phillies will play the Rockies again in about 40 minutes, barring a sudden snow storm. Who plays baseball in 45 degrees with a chance of snow in May by the way?