"...Let's find a good lineup, today generated some runs. Let's try this for a game or two and see how it goes..."
-- Today, the two runs in the 7th scored because Neil Walker missed the throw from the pitcher on Galvis' sacrifice bunt. Both were unearned. Essentially, the Phillies went to Pittsburgh and scored 4 earned runs in 28 innings against a Pirates' rotation ranked 29th in baseball, and a bullpen of no names in front of Joel Hanrahan. The Phillies scored a grand total of ZERO earned runs against the Pirates' BP in 10 innings.
This was putrid bad. People can gloss over it as only 3 games all they want, but one of three things is the case:
1) They're really bad offensively;2) They weren't prepared to play this series;3) They were just really unlucky this weekend, and were the victim of bad bounces and/or a poorly timed team-wide slump.
I'm not saying No. 3 isn't possible, but I certainly wouldn't bet on it being the only applicable reason.
My money is on 2. From the head of the snake on down the line. I like Charlie Manuel, but I don't think he is suitable for managing this type of team. He was basically handed a team on the verge of something special and he didn't have to do much in-game managing. 2008 was his easiest season as the bullpen had clear roles and the lineup was pretty much set in stone as well.
And for the kool-aid drinkers, I'm not talking about just setting the lineups, but the situational hitting, the situational pitching, using the "red light/green light" scenarios while players are at bat, etc. It really wouldn't surprise me to see Sandberg be the successor, because he seems to have that fiery type of managerial style. At least publicly. Not saying that Charlie doesn't get on his guys, but who really knows outside of the locker room.
I'm really hoping that the Phillies let this whole thing playout. Don't make any rash decisions, or stupid ones either. If Utley sits out. If Howard can't come back. Don't acquire a replacement. Stick with what you have. If anything, and as unpopular as it will be to say, I'd try to find a way to get Dom Brown into the lineup as a regular. There is no way to see what a person has to offer without giving him a shot that doesn't have him looking over his shoulder the entire time. Granted that will have to include possibly trading away Juan Pierre, but you need to know what you have.
Minor league games? None
What's your pt? If he was ML ready, why did they re-sign Rollins?
because rollins has a better bat
"Minor league games? None
What's your pt?"
youre telling me you can look at him and see he cant hit major league pitching, you know this from 3 games?
They gave him 3 yrs. Why do that if they have a "ML ready" SS in the minors?
So assuming Rollins is here for those 3 yrs, the earliest Galvis is playing SS on this team is the 2015 season correct?
at short, likely, but he could play 2nd or be a utility guy.
as far as why 3 for rollins, because he probably goes to the brewers if they offer 1 or 2.
you dont have to believe it, but galvis was likley the guy to get a good amount of time at short if rollins left.