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.