We didn’t get Cliff Lee or Roy Halladay, or for that matter Jared Washborn, but we did get George Sherrill. Big deal you say? I am going to suggest that it is bigger than the Phils getting Cliff Lee – here’s why: The Phillies are heavily left-handed and another solid lefthander on our pen, who can also close, IS HUGE! In a playoff game, Randy Wolf will be in the pen and lefties might as well leave their bats on the bench when he’s pitching. Kuo and maybe Elbert will also be in gthe pen, so we are in a position to handcuff the Phillies LH hitters. Beerleaguer.com (a Phillies blog) says this:
“I keep hearing how the Lee deal makes the Phils the favorite to win the NL pennant, but I say look out if they face the Dodgers this time around. George Sherrill gives them an extremely effective right-left combo at the back end of their pen, and one the Phillies would be highly susceptible to if they had to face LA in a post-season series. I don’t often find myself saying this, but I agree strongly with Sam Donnellonwhen he says that Sherrill is the guy the Phillies perhaps should have spent more time targeting, and that the back end of their bullpen is more likely than not to do them in. It’s now four months into the season: Lidge still sucks, Madson has proven himself to not be a viable backup option, and I surely hope they aren’t counting on Myers or Martinez to be options in those roles down the stretch. The Phillies have one of the best teams in the league, no doubt. But their division makes them look better than they are. I don’t look at them as having a decisive edge over anyone other divisional leader.”
Every team has warts. We didn’t acquire the best record in baseball without being a real contender. We had a bad spell – hopefully it is over. Hopefully, tonight we will resolve JasonSchmidts’ situation. We lost Kuroda (our opening day starter) and Manny for over 50 games each. They are back, and we should get Wade and Belisario back soon. Tony Abreu is hot and Doug M. is looking like he’s ready to play. We have options. Josh Lindblom is pitching very well at AAA (I told you this Spring he’d help us THIS year). Charlie Haegar? Well, I won’t go there, but stranger things have happened!
We are not as bad as we looked against the Cards. What is important the rest of the way is that Joe rests our young pitchers as much as possible, so that they can be fresh for the playoffs.
Joe has shaken up the lineup a little. I still don’t endorse it, but here it is:
- Furcal, SS
- Ethier, RF
- Manny, LF
- Blake, 3B
- Loney, 1B
- Kemp, CF
- Martin, C
- Hudson, 2B
- Schmidt, P