Monday, August 09, 2004

Maybe Next Season is the Time

Out: Pat Burrell, facing season-ending surgery.

In: Cory Lidle, acquired from the Reds for two minor leaguers, neither of them a blue-chipper, and a PTBNL.

Burrell had dropped off after his promising start, but still showed enough flashes to provide some measure of protection for Jim Thome. If Chase Utley is even remotely ready for leftfield, I'd run him out there over the Doug Glanville/Jason Michaels combo any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

As for Lidle, he's no one's idea of a Cy Young Award candidate, but the guy does eat innings, and if there's one thing the Phillies' staff needs, it's that. Much of the bullpen's struggles this year can be attributed to the increased workload forced upon it by ineffective starting pitching. Lidle, who doesn't walk a ton of guys, looks to be able to hold down the fort -- and make no mistake, that's why he's here, not because anyone thinks he's going to have a Randy Johnson- or Livan Hernandez-like impact -- better than Paul Abbott.

Regardless, each passing day seems to bring news that buries the Phillies deeper and deeper. This season of promise increasingly feels destined to end in all-too-typical disappointment.

3 Comments:

At August 9, 2004 at 5:50 PM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

I'm sorry to say that this season was over months ago. The Florida trip was just the final nail in the coffin. What was that, twelve in a row??? Like I said at the start of the season, the problem with the Phils was their pitching. Unfortunately, I was correct.

 
At August 10, 2004 at 12:53 AM, Blogger gr said...

over? NOTHING'S over until WE SAY it is. was it over when the germans bombed pearl harbor? WHO'S WITH ME?

 
At August 10, 2004 at 1:34 AM, Blogger Brian said...

Shawn,

Pitching has been the culprit, coupled with untimely offensive lackluster games. But, I hate using and saying this, injuries to our pitchers have killed us.

To be where we are with losing Wolf and Millwood, to the DL at points and Padilla for over a month, our star closer going down every week, and our best reliever now out is pretty amazing.

And that we have one "good" OF left.

I'm surprised we're still in it. After the Cubs series I thought it was all over.

 

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