Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Meanwhile, in copycat news, Carlos Beltran has issued a declaration that the Mets are now the team to beat in the N.L. East, a boast Jimmy Rollins and the Phillies are wisely ignoring. Funny thing is, the Mets were the team to beat last year and they choked. Win some games in late September this time, Beltran, than we'll be impressed.
The Phillies signed 33-year old Kris Benson to the roster last week. Benson, who missed all of 2007 with injuries, was a former first pick in the 1996 Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Benson never quite became the player that the Pirates envisioned and dealt him at the trading deadline in 2004 to the Mets. The Phillies decided to give Benson a shot. Generally speaking like some of Benson's numbers: in 2004, for example, he posted a 2.14 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which is very impressive. In '04 he also only allowed 0.67 HR/9. In 2005 he posted decent numbers once more: 1.93 K/BB ratio, 1.24 HR/9. He really struggled in Baltimore in '06 (11-12, 4.82 ERA, 1.51 K/BB), but if he sticks with the Phillies, they could have a dynamite #5 starter or long-reliever.
Let's just hope that his wife doesn't show up in training camp ...
Tomorrow: some thoughts on the Phillies - Howard arbitration battle.
“We’re gonna be in the World Series. We’re gonna get there, we’re gonna get there. I have faith that we’re gonna get there. There are so many good people here, so many good players that have been waiting for this moment and we are gonna accomplish that.”…
Kendrick looked dazed at the news, though. It was worth a laugh... now back to work and Benson, don't bring your Mrs. around Myers, he's liable to give her a 'smackdown' - he likes that !!