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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Myers the Joker & Other News 

Over the weekend, Brett Myers pranked poor Kyle Kendrick into believing that the Phillies were going to deal him to the Japanese Big Leagues for a Japanese player, a ruse that left Kendrick completely floored. Here is the link from Yahoo! Sports and some video of Kendrick's reaction - courtesy of Comcast Sports Net - to the news. Well done, Brett Myers!

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.

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Beltran’s prediction for 2007:

“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.”…
The Mets should have been in the playoffs last year, it was the worst collapse of any baseball team with that big of a lead with 17 days left in the season. So perhaps he should start walking the walk.. Beltran hasn't done anything really good lately...
The team has had it's share of ruses .... cut the jokes, this isn't bloopers and practical jokes...

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 !!
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