OSWALT INJURY UPDATE:
-Roy Oswalt is out until at least August with a mild bulging disk in his back. He is scheduled to see an orthopedic surgeon in Dallas for further information on his injury. Oswalt admitted that he had lost six pounds worrying about his back and whether or not he would be able to pitch again. So for those who believe Oswalt just wants to hang ‘em up, he’s telling you otherwise.
It’s going to be a wait-and-see approach with Oswalt. They’ll figure out the best way to rest him, injection schedules, etc. There seems to be a chance Oswalt may not be able to help out for the rest of this season.
For those of you who can remember the name Josh Outman will remember a guy who won 14 games at Single A Lakewood and then 10 more at Clearwater two years later. Outman was one of pieces that the Phillies sent to Oakland to bring big Kentucky Joe Blanton to Philadelphia. Since coming to the majors in 2006 Outman has faired well going 10-4 in 22 starts.
The Athletics are very familiar with Roy Halladay as well. Halladay, from all his time in Toronto, is 6-4 in 13 games with a 4.54 ERA against the A’s. Doc will look to continue to stay hot winning his last four decisions. He does have three no decisions in his last seven starts. Just like Cole Hamels, Halladay has felt the effects of low run support only allowing three, four, and one earned run in those starts. The Phillies have, however, won all seven of those starts and are 13-3 will Doc on the hill.
Also like Hamels, Halladay is going for win #10 today to be the second National League pitcher to reach double digit wins. Division rival Braves saw Jair Jurrjens reach that number last night. Jurrjens, in my opinion, holds a slim lead over Hamels and Halladay as the top pick to start the All Star game in two weeks. Halladais 3-0 with a 2.09 ERA in his last five starts against Oakland.
Today we will hopefully see the offense wake up and give a collective ‘my bad’ for the lack luster support given to Hamels and Vance Worley in this series.
Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Howard 1B, Francisco RF, Ruiz C, Ibanez LF, Valdez 2B, Halladay P
Anchor Steam is a bay area beer, brewed in San Francisco. Oakland is close enough, though. LIberty Ale is bright and beautiful, a crisp yellow color and it’s even tastier than it looks. While you watch the Phillies beat up on some guy Moscoso, go for Anchor Steam. You’ll be impressed if you’re new to it. I might go pick up a few myself. -by Pat