Monday, August 01, 2005
Am I surprised that the Phillies were to passive at the trading deadline? Not really. I'm actually glad because I didn't want to see the team do something boneheaded like make a deal for Pirates centerfielder Matt Lawton, one of the worst defensive outfielders in baseball. The Phillies held on to Wagner and Howard and their prospects.
Part of the reason why the Phillies didn't do much was because other teams didn't do much: this was one of the most passive trading deadlines I've ever seen. Whatever happened to a blockbuster deal like last year's moves by the Red Sox to send Nomar to Chicago? So many teams think they are in the thick of a pennant race that nobody wanted to be the MLB's Sam's Club, selling players for discounted prices. Even the Pirates, usually sellers at this stage of the season, were pretty passive.
Well, with 56 games left the Phillies are doing alright: taking 3 of 4 from the Rockies nicely salvaged the sweep in Houston and landed the Phillies 2.5 games out of the wildcard. At the moment the Phillies are 6.5 back of the surging Braves who look to capture their (yawn) 13th, 14th, 15th ... whatever ... pennant. Growl.
Aside from a four game set with the Nats the Phillies will send the month facing off with NL West and Central teams. This is the team for the team to strike:
Central & West: 28-17 (.622)
East: 20-26 (.434)
See you tomorrow.
I think they could make it, I just can’t see them making it if that makes any sense. Either way I still love this team and I’ll live and die with every pitch
I'm not usually as bitter as I am this year, but I've grown tired of the typical Phillies behavior. They hang around enough to make it interesting. When they go on a losing streak and its just about time to say bring up all of the prospects, they win a bunch of games and are back in it. Then repeat. And in the end, disappoint.
I'd love for a final two months with them playing like I know they can play, I'm just not holding my breath.
But all the things I said about the hitting have happened in the past. Libby seems to save his best hitting for the last month in the season. Bobby goes into these funks and breaks out of them, Thome has carried the team with his bat.
I’m not really that bitter about the team. It’s all about perspective. If baseball did their playoffs like the NFL The Phillies would have been a playoff team 2 of the last 3 years I think and would be right in it again this year. These teams Wade has put together are a lot more fun to watch then most of the teams I grew up watching. I like Ed Wade and I like this team. I just want to be in some playoff baseball again. That to me would be enough.
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