5/3 Week in Review
2-1 vs. NATSTOWN
1-1 vs. NYM (1 PPD.)
The Phillies had a pretty average week this week. Whenever NATSTOWN comes in for a 3 game set, you'd love to sweep them, but the bats fell silent on a Wednesday night 4-1 loss. Chan Ho Park continued the cycle of bad pitching on Friday, giving up 7 ER in 4.2 IP with 7 walks. He was horrible, and the natives turned on him in the first inning. He needs to go ASAP IMO. I have a feeling that when Romero comes back, Happ will move into the rotation full time. Even with the so-so pitching, the Phils are sitting at 12-10, 1/2 game behind Florida.
This week also saw the return of Carlos Ruiz to the lineup from the DL. He isn't too much of an upgrade over the Coste/Marson platoon, but he is a marginally better hitter and provides a little bit more defense behind the plate.
The Phils scored 31 runs this week, moving them into 5 place overall in runs scored this season. This number seems like it should be higher, but when their bats go cold, they go cold. There is no middle ground it seems with this team.
2 @ STL
2 @ NYM
3 vs. ATL
A seven game week. If you have any Phillies on your fantasy team, start them this week, unless they pitch.
The Michael Jack Schmidt Hot Hitter of the Week:
OF, Raul Ibanez: (18 AB/.500 BA/3 HR/ 9 RBI)
What a pickup Raul Ibanez has been thus far for the Phillies. I was surprised and concerned for Philadelphia's offense when they let Pat Burrell go and signed another lefty in Ibanez, but it doesn't seem to matter at all. He has fit in well with the team and in the lineup, and the offense hasn't missed a beat. Whether or not he can keep it up all year at age 36 remains to be seen.
The Steve Carlton Hot Pitcher of the Week
RP Clay Condrey (4 G/ 4.2 IP/0 ER/2 SO/1 H)
Again, a reliever is the hot pitcher of the week. Condrey is as deserving as anybody, but because he is normally buried as the 11th or 12th pitcher, he gets the nod this week. He appeared in almost every game this past week and did not allow a run to score. While Clay isn't the most reliable RP that the Phils have, it's nice to see one of the forgotten relievers pitch in to help the pen from taking on more water.
The Harry Anderson Cold Hitter of the Week
OF Jayson Werth (18 AB/ .111 BA/5 K/0 HR/1 RBI)
While Werth did walk 4 times this week, this is a putrid line for a hitter that generally hits in either the 2, 5, or 6 spot in the lineup. I wasn't sold on Werth as the everyday right fielder for the Phils at spring training, but he is sound in the field and can get hot at the plate. Hopefully this week is just an aberration.
The Adam Eaton Cold Pitcher of the Week
SP Chan Ho Park (0-1/4.2 IP/ 13.50 ERA/ 7 BB)
He narrowly edges out Joe Blanton (4.1 IP/6 ER/3 HR) for sucky starting pitcher of the week, partly because I had to suffer through his craptastic start this week. I've seen prettier car crashes. Anyway, Park's velocity is down (He was hitting 86-88 on his fastball consistently) and he doesn't throw strikes. He's 35 and looks to be at the end of the line. Again, he is a #5, but still, considering how awful the rotation has been this year, you'd think the brass would try to solidify the rotation in anyway. That means banish Park to the pen and give Happ a try. He can't be any worse.
Edited by bandito0, 04 May 2009 - 01:02 PM.