So, I missed the game again tonight, being surrounded by depressed Cubs fans and all, but I from what I’ve read and seen, things are looking up. Besides the wins in 4 out of 5 games, the bullpen tonight fully lived up to the high expectations set for it. A little run support, as Jakesg asked for, did the trick as Aaron Fultz got the W and the backend troika didn’t self destruct. Ryan Howard hit another dinger which is great for the rookie. I just hope the Phils don’t come to rely on the kid too heavily: a small strikeout-laced slump with heavy pressure to perform could really mess him up.
Hmm, speaking of which, Gavin Floyd was less than stellar again tonight. Something has to be done with that fella. Maybe a workout with Pods would do the trick…or even a trade perhaps? Because as Jim noted, Brito and Tejeda are ready and willing and have so far performed excellently despite their "as needed" status in the rotation.
So going into Wednesday, as you all know, the Phils are 1 game behind the Marlins - who have been knocking the Astros around the past couple days. Not to look past the Braves, but this weekend series will be huge. HUGE!!!!!!! Sure the Astros series last week was big, but the sweep was surprisingly not completely devastating (but let’s all collectively *sigh* as we recall another Phillies sweep in midst of a playoff race). The history and rivalry that is growing between the Fish and the Phils will make this series interesting, if not nail-biting. The Marlins are like a 1 ton monkey on the backs of the Phillies and we all know the current squad is not in the habit of bucking trends. But this is a great opportunity to prove that they are indeed a playoff team – the team Ed Wade thinks it is and not the team everyone has watched in agony the past few years. Please prove us wrong guys.
P.S. The ESPN article referenced above gives a clue to the trivia answer, but it is not the one we are looking for…