I wish I felt like commenting about today’s game, but I can’t, I really can’t.
They are so erratic. One day you think they might be working out the problems, the next, it seems worse than before.
There’s so many things going wrong at the moment and while I have never been a big “Cholly” fan, I think the fact that he keeps juggling the line up like a jester at a renaissance faire isn’t helping either.
I look at the team and most of the guys are over 30 and like all high-caliber athletes of this age, injuries become an issue, a part of their daily life. It’s expected. HOWEVER, the answer to this is NOT to go out and get MORE older players.
They have some really good players in the Pharm system. While yes, there would be a learning curve by bringing any of these younger guys up…but would you rather lose some games due to a guy getting used to the Show or because he forgot his BenGay that morning?
Freddy Galvis is a prime example. No one talked about him, or even gave him a second thought until Chase Utley got hurt. Then it was a mad scramble to find someone to fill his place. Guess what? You took a guy you’d been developing and plugged him in and guess what…IT WORKED! Sure there’s been a few oops! moments…but Freddy has stepped up and grown into the position. He’s doing the job.
Look at the hole in the outfield, this is the one position that really gets me steamed….Raul Ibanez is gone, so do they get a young guy? No they get Juan Pierre. Pierre is a nice guy, don’t get me wrong, but he’s shown that his wheels just aren’t as fast as they used to be or frankly, as fast as they need to be to be successful. They’ve given hardly given John Mayberry Jr a shot, but what about all the other outfielders in the system? Domonic Brown, Derrick Mitchell, Tyson Gillies, Jiwan James and may be Steve Susdorf as well. Granted, none of these guys has yet to see regular season action in the Bigs, but instead of just “shuffling the line-up” or just suffering with what is already there, why not give one of these guys a shot? It can’t hurt. Give some of these young guys a chance, there may be some “learning curve” but look at Freddy, he’s doing better than most.
Additionally, with Ryan Howard out, Nix, Wiggington, Thome and Mayberry have been platooning first base. How is anyone going to get into a rhythm throwing to first when any one of FOUR different guys could be standing there? Frankly, Nix and Wiggington aren’t doing so hot there and they’re not hitting. I love Thome, but he slid into 2nd yesterday and pulled his back. He spent the spring sitting on a step stool to take ground balls because his back wouldn’t let him bend over repeatedly to field them. Mayberry might grow into it but how can he when he is never left to play there long enough to really get the feel?
I look at it this way, we are having problems, there’s no offense, may be if you give a younger guy who’s hungry, who wants to show what he can do, a chance, he may surprise you. At least give them a game or two to try. May be they can at least hold their own in the field and may be give a little pop to the bats or in Mayberry’s case, let him play every day for a while and see if he develops.
If what Cholly’s doing now isn’t working so well, what could it hurt to give some of the other, younger guys a shot? They might find someone like Galvis, who can come in and shake things up.
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Isn’t that what Cholly’s doing? Every day he shakes up the line up with the same set of old players and nothing really changes. STOP THE INSANITY! Try something else!
I feel for the pitching rotation. They’ve put up a solid fight, but no matter how good the pitching is, you can’t win without runs and with the line up we have right now…we just don’t have the runs.
May be it’s the fatigue talking, may be it’s my repeated disappointment in the losses, but I look at the Phillies and the Pharm system and keep thinking they have got to be able to do better…don’t they?