115 thoughts on “General Phillies Chatter, Week of 29 August 2011

  1. Really good article on David Herndon at the Phillies website. I think he’d be a solid 7th inning guy in the bullpen unless they give that job to Worley.

  2. A few changes since last week…

    1. Starting Rotation stays the same…

    2. I’ve replaced Schwimer with Herndon. I see more upside in Schwimer and believe if he impresses he will overtake Herndon and Kendrick but for now Herndon is on a scoreless streak and Schwimer looks like a rookie with great stuff getting adjusted to the big leagues.

    3. For position players, I’ve replaced Moss with Martinez. It sounds like Moss is going to get a September look but at this point until he does I’m going with MiniMart.

    4. I’ve moved Contreras (elbow surgery) and Juan Perez from next in line to longshots. Perez has struggled recently and I find it hard to believe they’d hand him the ball in a close spot in October. Contreras is having surgery which should mean he is done for the year.

    5. I’ve added Savery and DeFratus to the list as longshots as both are pitching well enough to at least enter the conversation.

    6. In each list below, I’ve put the players in order from most likely to make it to least likely, in each section.

    25 Man Roster:
    Starting Pitchers (4)
    Halladay
    Lee
    Hamels
    Oswalt

    Relief Pitchers (6)
    Madson
    Bastardo
    Stutes
    Lidge
    Worley
    Herndon

    Catchers (2)
    Ruiz
    Schneider

    Infielders (8)
    Howard
    Utley
    Rollins
    Polanco
    Gload
    Valdez
    Orr
    Martinez

    Outfielders (5)
    Pence
    Victorino
    Ibanez
    Mayberry
    Francisco

    And Those Not on the Roster:
    Next in Line (4)
    Moss
    Schwimer
    D Brown
    Kendrick

    Long Shots (9)
    Blanton
    Savery
    Aumont
    DeFratus
    Carpenter
    Zagurski
    Kratz
    J Perez
    Contreras

    1. Brown has to make it over either Mini Mart or Valdez, in the playoffs his LH bat and ability to draw a walk and steal a base are valuable. In the playoffs there will be less need for Valdez since you won’t be having to give infielders days off and if there is an injury you can add him if you need.

    2. I remember something the Ironpigs announcers said that may pertain to Perez. They were talking about Joe Bisenius and they thought that what messed him up was that the Phils sent him down and he never understood why. He was pitching well, but there were other considerations, and this threw him off mentally and he got released. It took him awhile to recover and last time I checked he is playing for the White Sox organization. He has a big arm. Anyway, Perez, I thought, was throwing the ball well aside from some clunkers and provided some good depth in the bullpen as a lefty. Maybe being sent down though he had done fairly well messed him up. I still think he can help the club as a second lefty. He starts throwing balls, yank him. But if you can get him to stay in the strike zone, he is devastating. He may be able to keep this up for one or two lefthanded hitters.

      1. Joe Bisenius had that one great year—-I think 2006–split season with CLW and Reading–his peripherals were outstanding that year—after that everything was mediocre. And he did play with the Nats for awhile last year. Perhaps he was not informed of his deficiencies at the time he was sent down, who knows for sure. Perez on the other hand has been around for long time and knows his limitations—control for one.
        DIdn’t Sox try to straighten him out a few years ago?

    3. Curious on your reasoning why the Phillies would keep Orr on the playoff roster over Domonic Brown.

      I don’t see what Orr brings to the table that Brown doesnt? And on top of the fact that Brown does everything that Orr does (except play infield, which doesnt matter since you have Valdez and Martinez on the roster), Brown is a better runner and has alot more pop….

      1. As do I. Orr offers nothing to the postseason roster whatsoever. He wouldn’t even be an option for Charlie.

        1. I respectfully disagree. Kathy Orr could significantly assist the team with its problematic weather forecasting. Think of what a resource should would be! Going to start Roy Halladay in the rain? Let’s ask Kathy. Thunder coming your way while Bastardo is warming up in the bullpen? Call Kathy. She definitely deserves a spot on the 40 “person” (don’t be sexist!) roster.

      2. In my personal opinion, I agree 100% with everyone that Dom is a better option than Orr or MiniMart. I like his speed, his plate discipline, and his ability to provide a long ball in a key spot possibly. I consider Orr to be an okay option but he does not possess those three benefits that Dom does.

        The reason I leave Dom off is that I am assessing what I think the Phillies will do, not what I would do, and I take their comments about Brown to mean they want him off playing and working on his game elsewhere, outside the pressure and spotlight of being a bench player.

        As for the 10 vs 11 pitcher debate on the NLDS Roster, they potentially play 5 games in 7 days. Not only will they have just 4 starters going, but some of those starters would be available out of the pen for some of those games, for example, the Game 2 starter would be available to work Games 4 or 5 if necessary. Even if a reliever pitched in all 5 games, he wouldn’t have to pitch 3 straight days like he would in the NLCS or WS, so that is why I’m going with 10 pitchers rather than 11 pitchers. Having extra bench players would allow the Phils to more liberally use someone like MiniMart as a pinchrunner, or to replace Ibanez with Mayberry in the late innings without the fear of running short of position players.

  3. I agree but my assessment is what I think the Phils will do, and my opinion of that. I believe they are considering not calling Brown up in September and having him go get more at bats and fielding work elsewhere.

    1. Phil………Roster Expert——LaMar already is on record as saying after the year they are going to let Brown ‘get away from it all for awhile’. I take that to mean, he will be called up after the ‘Pigs season is done sometime in Sept, and then come fall—-time off for himself, and then maybe some FIL. Not many options—he doesn’t loke winter ball in the Caribbean, and has already played in the AFL, 2009.

      1. I was under the impression that Brown is just 2 days away from qualifying for a full year of MLB service, so…I will defer to others on this but if Brown is done with the big club for the year, does that give the Phils another year of control?

  4. thought this might be worth a read:

    Outside Perspective: A TOP 10 List with reasons: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=328681

    top 20
    1. Trevor May, RHP Clearwater, 21
    2. Sebastian Valle, C Clearwater, 21
    3. Jesse Biddle, LHP Lakewood, 19
    4. Freddy Galvis, SS Lehigh Valley, 21
    5. Phillippe Aumont, RHP Lehigh Valley, 21
    6. Brody Colvin, RHP Clearwater, 21
    7. Justin DeFratus, RHP Lehigh Valley, 23
    8. Julio Rodriguez, RHP Clearwater, 20
    9. Michael Schwimer, RHP Philadelphia, 25
    10. Jiwan James, OF Clearwater, 22
    11. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP Clearwater, 21
    12. Austin Hyatt, RHP Reading, 25
    13. Aaron Altherr, OF Williamsport, 20
    14. Joe Savery, LHP Lehigh Valley, 25
    15. Harold Garcia, 2B Reading, 24
    16. Dave Buchanan, RHP Clearwater, 22
    17. Carlos Rivero, 3B Reading, 23
    18. Cesar Hernandez, 2B Clearwater, 21
    19. Lisalberto Bonilla, RHP Lakewood, 21
    20. Zach Collier, OF Lakewood, 20

    Mike Drago’s ballot

    1. Trevor May
    2. Sebastian Valle
    3. Jesse Biddle
    4. Freddy Galvis
    5. Justin DeFratus
    6. Jiwan James
    7. Brody Colvin
    8. Phillippe Aumont
    9. Joe Savery
    10. Julio Rodriguez
    11. Harold Garcia
    12. Michael Schwimer
    13. Aaron Altherr
    14. Jonathan Pettibone
    15. Kelly Dugan

  5. good prospect link with list below: http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=328681
    top 20
    1. Trevor May, RHP Clearwater, 21
    2. Sebastian Valle, C Clearwater, 21
    3. Jesse Biddle, LHP Lakewood, 19
    4. Freddy Galvis, SS Lehigh Valley, 21
    5. Phillippe Aumont, RHP Lehigh Valley, 21
    6. Brody Colvin, RHP Clearwater, 21
    7. Justin DeFratus, RHP Lehigh Valley, 23
    8. Julio Rodriguez, RHP Clearwater, 20
    9. Michael Schwimer, RHP Philadelphia, 25
    10. Jiwan James, OF Clearwater, 22
    11. Jonathan Pettibone, RHP Clearwater, 21
    12. Austin Hyatt, RHP Reading, 25
    13. Aaron Altherr, OF Williamsport, 20
    14. Joe Savery, LHP Lehigh Valley, 25
    15. Harold Garcia, 2B Reading, 24
    16. Dave Buchanan, RHP Clearwater, 22
    17. Carlos Rivero, 3B Reading, 23
    18. Cesar Hernandez, 2B Clearwater, 21
    19. Lisalberto Bonilla, RHP Lakewood, 21
    20. Zach Collier, OF Lakewood, 20

    Mike Drago’s ballot

    1. Trevor May
    2. Sebastian Valle
    3. Jesse Biddle
    4. Freddy Galvis
    5. Justin DeFratus
    6. Jiwan James
    7. Brody Colvin
    8. Phillippe Aumont
    9. Joe Savery
    10. Julio Rodriguez
    11. Harold Garcia
    12. Michael Schwimer
    13. Aaron Altherr
    14. Jonathan Pettibone
    15. Kelly Dugan

  6. Moyer, there’s our 2nd lefty for the pen! Probably not….

    I can’t see Pete Orr on the postseason roster unless there’s an injury to others. I do however think Kendrick will be on the squad as the experienced long man and that they’ll carry 11 pitchers. I think there’s a chance that they will replace Martinez with Dom or another lefty bat if they can find one. Moss has a shot to be that guy I suppose since he’ll likely get a September call up. Martinez’s status will depend on the health of Rollins and Polly.

    1. Don’t think that they can use Moss in the postseason unless he is at least on the 40 man roster by the end of August. He might even have to be called up by then, So far, from what I can tell, he is not even on the 40 man roster. So, while he might be called up in September, they only have today and tomorrow to make a move with him if they are thinking of him for the postseason.

      1. Question: We know anyone in the organization can replace someone on the 25-man roster during the post-season due to injury, but must be pitcher for pitcher, player for player. However, let’s say Moss’s season is over and he is on a 1-yr contract. Does that mean he is still in the org and can be used to replace, say, Ibanez, if an injury were to occur? Or is he out of the organization on the last day of his minor league season? I know he’d have to be placed on the 40-man at that point, but can he be?

  7. I may be overstating but i regard last nights win as very important. A good first step on the journey home.

  8. Yeah, I think we needed a win too. The Braves are still very much in it and the Phils’ level of play has slowed down a little after the great road trip they had.

  9. Should have been expected that their player would slow down after playing over .900 baseball for a couple of weeks. Amazing how quickly expectations get raised.

    They played .500 baseball for the stretch where Hamels & Owalt missed starts, Madson blew just his 2nd save on the season, and they had a couple of other games where the starter’s were pulled early due to rain.

    The Phillies just need to play .500 baseball for the remainder of the season to win 100 games and take the division easily.

    1. All you say is true 3up3kkk, and you could be right, but putting the numbers aside, I had just had a gut feeling about the team.

  10. Repeat post, so it’s not lost in the middle:

    “Question: We know anyone in the organization can replace someone on the 25-man roster during the post-season due to injury, but must be pitcher for pitcher, player for player. However, let’s say Moss’s season is over and he is on a 1-yr contract. Does that mean he is still in the org and can be used to replace, say, Ibanez, if an injury were to occur? Or is he out of the organization on the last day of his minor league season? I know he’d have to be placed on the 40-man at that point, but can he be?”

    1. It’s just like everything else, where you are a member of that organization until 10 days after the World Series.

  11. GENERAL QUESTION to the group:

    I am going to my first Iron Pigs game this Friday…I am psyched…they were sold out so I bought General Admission. I wanted to see if anyone has any advice for me, players to look for, some good place to check out at the game before or after etc…any advice on any part of the trip, game and stadium is appreciated!! THANKS!

  12. Any idea what it would take to get Bill Bray from Cincy? 650K annual salary, 1 year of arb left and a solid lefty(.192 BA for lefties). He also does OK against righties.

    1. psujoe……Before 2010—Mike Zagurski. Now–who knows! Will cost somebody to get him. He is Cinncy’s number one LOOGY, isn’t he? Aroldis Chapman is almost there…but he may start someday..

      1. Just a thought, but I wouldn’t trade too much. I’m jst not real comfortable with Lidge or Herndon and Schwim gets hit pretty good by lefties. Savory isn’t ready. Phils are probably done making deals at this time.

        1. I believe at this point it has to be a waiver deal. Sort of what went on with Jim Thome last week. I don’t think Cincy is waiving Bray anytime soon.

          1. Bray cleared waivers already. From MLBTR, list of relievers that cleared waivers.

            Relievers

            •Bill Bray, Reds – Bray has been decent this year, and a little tougher against lefties. He’ll be arbitration eligible for the second time this offseason.
            •Hong-Chih Kuo, Dodgers – A dominant reliever last year, Kuo has dealt with a back injury and anxiety disorder as his control has eluded him.
            •Huston Street, Rockies – Between a recent triceps injury and the $9MM+ owed to him through 2012, Street was expected to clear.
            •Brian Fuentes, Athletics – He’s owed over $6MM through next year, and has been mediocre for the A’s.
            •Jon Rauch, Blue Jays – Rauch is affordable, but he’s on the DL for an appendectomy and wasn’t great before that.
            •Mike Gonzalez, Orioles – Gonzalez has been dominant in August, and against lefties. The problem is that he’s still owed almost a million bucks.
            •Kevin Gregg, Orioles – Gregg might be the worst reliever holding down a closer’s job, and he’s owed at least $6.4MM through next year.
            •John Grabow, Cubs – He’s been ineffective even against lefties, and he has over $700K remaining.
            •D.J. Carrasco, Mets – The Mets signed Carrasco to a two-year deal in December – their biggest acquisition of the offseason – but optioned him to Triple-A in April. He stayed there until mid-June.

  13. If it were me I would promote Galvis and Dl Gload tomorrow as insurance.And even find a way to slip Savery.in. If he REALLY isn’t ready September will tell the truth rather than a guess.

    1. Contrary to the beliefs of some, if they have one player on the DL they can add any player in the organization as of August 31 to the playoff roster if needed. No need to add by 31st. Looks like Jose Contreras to the 60 day DL to make room for the big John Bowker acquisition, so that is taken care of. Also they can recall Harold Garcia and Drew Naylor and other long injured minor leaguers for more space, if needed.

      1. They talked to a NL scout right after the trade and he said that he thought Pence would rake because teams wouldn’t be pitching to him “like he was Babe Ruth” anymore. Seems simple enough to me.

        When you factor in the $2 million we got in the deal to cover this year (which I am guessing got them Santana), paying $25 million for 2 1/2 years of Pence is outright robbery. We certainly gave up a lot, but the fit simply could not have been better – especially at that price.

    1. He is supposedly making $12 million or so each of the next two years. That seems like an awful lot of money to pay an extra outfielder. I don’t know how much, if any, the Giants would pick up. So probably not.

  14. Actually, according to Todd Zolecki on Phillies.com, by designating Rowand for assignment, the Giants will have to pay his next year salary. That makes it more feasible. In ten days, the Giants will have to release him if no team trades for him and the Phillies could just pick him up.

    1. But whose place would he take on the roster? I guess if they were willing to put him in place of Francisco, it might make sense…but other than that, I don’t get it.

  15. Please…no Rowand. Living in the Bay Area I’ve seen him deteriorate into less than a decent MLB player. He can still field CF well but his offense is less than terrible. For him it was an end of the rainbow find when he got a $60 million contract. Even if he ends up signing with another team (for a pittance) the Giants will still owe him the balance of his for the last year of that contract.

    I’m happy for his bank account; more pleased that the Phils identified holes in his game and were pleased to substitute Vic in CF. Props to the Phils for making a wise and informed decision.

    OTOH, the choices made by the Giants in the last few years have not been so good…aside from Vogelsong. Giving Huff a multiyear contract for plenty of gold; Ross also signed for several years for good gold; signing Tejada who can’t field at SS and can’t hit, just given his release; relying on Torres to equal his surprising “breakout” last season, now back to “normal” .230s. The loss of Posey was a real blow and it is doubtful (IMO) that he will be able to return and play catcher having had a terrible ankle fracture so 1st base would be in order for the future. Their only slugger/hitter is Sandoval who now has about 15 HRs playing in PacBell, a park suitable for pitchers not sluggers, excepting for Bonds.

    A question that arises: will superior pitchers Cain and Lincecum re-sign with a team that won’t get them wins despite their talents? The Giants MUST make significant off-season moves to re-gain cred but are still under obligation to pay Rowand, Zito, Huff, etc. which could limit their ability to get real help.
    This off-season weill be a make or break for them…

    1. ArtD…….and now the Giants have to deal with losing Robin O’Connor…. who?
      ‘The San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series thanks to great pitching performances from Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Brian Wilson.
      And they got timely offensive contributions from the likes of rookie Buster Posey, Aubrey Huff and Juan Uribe. You remember those guys. How could anyone forget? And what about Robin O’Connor, a payroll department manager? There’s no way the Giants get past the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS without her.
      Wait. You say you don’t remember O’Connor? Well, she must have played a big role in winning San Francisco’s first World Series, because she got a huge bonus from her teammates. KGO-TV in San Francisco is reporting, in fact, that O’Connor — who had an annual salary of $80,000 — was paid $1,513,836.28 between June 2010 and June 2011. That’s what an affidavit from an FBI special agent says. O’Connor, who was fired in July after working for the team for four years, has been arrested for embezzling money from Giants players. The U.S. Attorney’s office doesn’t want the Giants saying which players O’Connor allegedly bilked, but it figures that an embezzler would siphon funds from where they would least be missed. The Giants with the biggest paychecks this season are Barry Zito, Lincecum, Aaron Rowand and Huff. All make at least $10 million a year’.

  16. Phils will need to keep on the 40-games-over-.500 pace for another 27 years to reach .500 for the franchise – emphasizing how awful it had been and how awesome it is now.

    1. It was extremely awful for only approx thirty year period from 1918 through 1948. The Phillies had 30 losing seasons in 31 years. (In 1932, they finished over .500 by the narrowest of margins, going 78-76.)

      1. 55 to 62 wasn’t so great
        66 to 73 either.
        Mid 90’s yuck.

        Lots of bad teams… enjoy today… makes me laugh when people bitch around here.

        1. From ’18 to ’48, they finished with the worst record in the NL 16 times and the second worst record eight times. Worst or second worst team in the league 24 times in 30 years! Phillies fans who complain about the late 50s, late 60s and mid 90s don’t know how good they had it. Those were the typical down periods nearly every franchise goes through from time to time, and they were interspersed with playoff appearances and trips to the World Series. The Phillies from ’18 to ’48 might have been the worst professional sports franchise in American sports history. If you’ve been a fan since 1962, you’ve never seen your Phillies lose 100 games in a season. If you were a fan from ’18 to ’48, you saw them do it 12 times. Jumpin’, learn your history, son.

          1. From 1935 through 1946, the A’s were just as bad as the Phillies. There was no joy in Mudville during those years.

    2. Agree that the whole terrible franchise thing is way overblown. As Ron mentioned, they were terrible for 30+ years at the beginning of last century. Quite similar to the modern day Pittsburgh Pirates.

      As an aside, how many people heard that the Braves also recorded their 10,000 loss on July 31st of this year?

  17. It all started when they cut Alexander’s pay after a 3o+win season because the Federal League folded. In fact one of those losing years the team hit nearly .300 and lost I think 109.

  18. The young guns are 21-2.
    Bastardo today was as good as any pitcher I have seen recently except Beckett a few years ago who went about 3 incredible inning then got a bister.

    1. Bastardo is the best reliever in baseball this year.

      .112 BAA so far (and something like .087 since June 1st)

      1. That’s an historically low BAA and, by this, I mean that nobody in MLB history with at least 50 innings pitched has had a BAA this low. Wow! It’s fun to watch.

    1. I saw Travis D’Arnaud and Anthony Gose Thursday night at Trenton and Travis was hitting .313 and Gose was below .250 and not walking. Travis had a great season and a great game. I always thought Travis was the player the Phillies would really miss but we did get Halladay so we can’t complain. Did you see who is manager is? Sal Fasano of Sal’s Pals fame is the AA Manager of the Toronto team and they looked good.

  19. Bastardo again. You keep wondering when he is going to have an off day but it doesn’t happen.
    In fact he has pitches he hasn’t even used yet. He and Madsen have been quite a pair. Nice job by stutes also.
    42 games over is incredible. The Braves will be over 90 and well in the backstretch.

  20. Since I cant sleep I looked up Worley’s season. The Phils should stop complaining about injuries because that is what got Worley in. Two great starts (ERA 0.75)(better than I remembered) ,two
    successful reliefs and THEN he didn’t pitch for 11 days, one screw up (lousy lineup) and back to the minors
    The reason I looked this up is the rookie of the year race. Vance won’t win but it could of been closer.
    Brian Schneider is credited with getting Worley throw his two seamer which he didn’t throw in the minors. That is a form of advancement I never even fully considered (the catcher /teacher)

    1. Worley has perhaps 5/6 starts left this year—he wins five and gets to 15 for the year—he is in as Rookie of the year. If not, then Kimbrel for the Braves.

  21. Michael Taylor made his ML debut for the A’s last night, went 0-3 with a K and a BB. Had a alright year in AAA, dealt with injuries again, but looks to have regained his power from 2 years ago.

    1. Of the 120 plus rookies of the year awards–NL and AL—-only been three relievers to win it—-Worley wins 5 more and gets 15 wins–he gets it—they normally vote starters over relievers.

      1. Neftali Feliz
        Andrew Bailey
        Scott Willamson
        Todd Worell
        Steve Howell
        Off the top of my head… and there were other relievers who won and none of them had 42 saves or K ratios of 15 per 9.

          1. How about:

            Greg Olson
            Kurt Sasaki
            Huston Street
            Joe Black
            Butch Metzger

            Not bad when you figure that not many rookies get opportunities to pitch in high leverage situations right out of the gate.

    1. I think Kimbel’s saves number is just too gaudy and they will give it to him short of Worley getting to 16 wins….too bad

      1. Kimbel had people who backed him from the beginning. Worley allowed one run in first two starts, was demoted to relief, left to sit nearly two weeks, lost a game with Sardinha
        catching and wasted 5 starts in the minors. That is the difference. Worley could have over 15 wins easily. What were they thinking?

    2. yes–I am aware……and he deserves it…..but there is a bias among the voters when it comes to startes vs relievers. It may have changed a bit, but years past —90s and prior—-a reliever was looked on as second-class vs starters in the rookie balloting.

  22. Jon Pettibone get hurt today? After he fielded the ball back to the mound to end the 2nd he was replaced in the third.

  23. I think Freeman is more likely to get ROY than Worley. If it’s not Kimbrel or Freeman I’d be very surprised.

  24. Charlie gets a brain cramp,right Antonio. Lets hope he gets it out of his system before the playoffs. Herndon postseason hope not.

  25. the only way herndon should see the eighth or seventh inning is if the phillies are up or down 6 runs or more. charlie has blown three games imo in the last three weeks, bastardo looked like his arm was going to fall off last night.

      1. Stutes has been in pressure situations. THAT is a whole new ballgame. And Stutes is a rook in a long season adjustment. If your life depended on it who would you like to see come in?

  26. I really was unfair to Bastardo and his record. Cholly is so sensitive to vets and could give a s… about rookies. He does the lip service but this and Worley’s record is the test. Herndon doesn’t seem to like the pressure the rooks live on. Holy cow we would be in the stratus if we never heard the name Baez (still don’t know what that was all about)

  27. Twice now Schwimer came in following Haladay and blew the game for him. Way to make ur mark son. I really starting to not like him.

    1. I’m guessing Rueben might throw in a real nice crib to Mrs. Kendrick if Kyle comes back early. I’m not sure how long paternity leave lasts but hopefully he would come back soon and if Lehigh wins tonight and Gwinett loses you might see someone like Perez or Zagurski come up. They are both on the 40 but behind in the depth chart in the bullpen to guys like Aumont, De Fratus, Schwimer , Savery, etc. The also have Feirebend, a lefty, to help out for Lehigh in the playoffs.

  28. Phillies don’t win protest. The call was right and the Marlins deserved to win. Phils had many opportunities to win, played bad. Joe West should not have used instant replay there, though. That can only be used for homerun calls. The question there was not about a homerun but about fan interference. Joe West has a history, I think. Hasn’t he been involved in controversy before?

  29. “Ruiz sacrificed to pitcher”
    “Gload hit for W Valdez”
    Given the fact that you were short of pitchers.why?
    Only a cad like me would point out that Ruiz is hitting .471 the last seven day and Polanco .143

    1. 5 for 37 with 1 walk, with 3 of the hits being doubles. That is what Gload has done in July, August and early Sept. Cholly really gets a comfort level with vets who aren’t performing. Not Gload’s fault, he’s hurt. RA really should have stepped in and DLed Gload. Don’t tell me someone like Moss couldn’t hit better than this.

      1. Valdez pretty much tearing it up in August/Sept, certainly hitting far, far better than Gload, so why would you even consider PH Gload?

        1. I know I have said it before Cholly is a one trick pony. Albeit a great trick that works and works ‘keep the players happy’. He looks back not forward. That is Cholly but I don’t understand why they don’t get him help.

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