With the Major League Baseball trade deadline looming, what happens in Philly land? All of Philadelphia knows this Phillies team is either underachieving or, just not a contender. So, quality pitching and a center fielder are the glaring weak spots.
Joe Girardi is hell-bent on not burning out his starters. So, as was the case in the last Yankees game. What may be the only marketable player in Spencer Howard was yanked after getting up for one measly hit, after three innings. Five ineffective pitchers later, the bullpen is now taxed. Why not let Howard go, for the Girardi complete game? Five innings that could have showcased the kid. Why use him as a starter? Put him in as your closer. If he gets shipped, he will go to the bullpen.
Speaking of the bullpen, why does “Analytics” Joe insist on using “Home Run” Hector Neris every game? The guy is not a major league pitcher. Craig Kimbrel would look good in Phillies pinstripes but at what cost? Alec Bohm? Andrew McCutchen? Again, what tradeable commodity do they have?
With the Major League Baseball trade deadline looming, Girardi and GM Dombrowski cannot fix this mess anytime soon. What you see is what you get. Just my .02.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.