Flip Flop Working

May 19, 2007

Tonight’s Lineup
Rowand, cf; Victorino, rf; Rollins, ss; Utley, 2b; Burrell, lf; Dobbs, 1b; Nunez, 3b; Ruiz, c; Moyer p.

Desperation? Panic?
I believe those were the descriptions when Brett Myers was moved to the bullpen and Jon Lieber back in the rotation. 

As had been mentioned here before, Myers to the pen was talked about in spring training.  Lieber and Freddy Garcia came down with spring training injuries a change couldn’t be made.  When they both returned from the DL, the time came.  Efforts to add depth to the bullpen kept coming up empty so we decided to fix it from the inside.

The Phillies are 18-12 since then, Myers has five saves and Lieber has worked at least six innings in each of his last five starts. 

The bullpen is still a bit thin but Ryan Madson should be returning next week.  It is unknown when Tom Gordon can begin pitching competitively again. 

Why Not
Bob Schaumann won the Cole Hamels autographed baseball because he was the first one to respond to Thursday’s trivia question.  Omar was second by seconds.  So, let’s give a Hamels ball to Omar, too.

Favorite Team?
The question was posed in yesterday’s Phillies Insider: Were the 1993 Phillies my favorite team?

Favorite team of characters, yes.  But, I have to stick with the 1980 Champs.  The parade down Broad Street is still the No. 1 thrill, hopefully until this November.  The last game of the World Series this year is November 1.  Perhaps a victory parade could be part of the Thanksgiving Day parade, a Philly tradition.

1 Comment

Eckersley and Smoltz are really the only two pitchers that first come to mind when it comes to making that transition, but Eric Gagne did it, Ryan Dempster did it… shoot Mariano Rivera did it as well. But the thing they all had in common was they did it in spring training.

That’s why I think the panic button people were going insane because the Myers move was done during the season.

So far it’s worked out, he’s got the arm for closing and from what’s been going on, he’s got the guts to close as well.

And sidenote: Thanks for the ball again!!! I do appreciate it!

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