How can you blame RAJ for the Phillies performance this year?!?!? They won 102 games last year. Howard and Utley are hurt. And he's taken the Phillies to the post-season three years in a row.
Idiot. Get a life!!!!
<Okay, buddy. Relax and untwist your panties. Lee was very good for us down the stretch, through the play-offs and into WS. Do not even try to say otherwise. >
2009 September 2-2 5.59 ERA through 5 startsHis start in October 0-1 5.2 innings 4 earned runs
Pitched great in the playoffs except his last start in the WS. Pitched great in the playoffs for Texas except his last start in the WSPitched great all year for us last year, except his playoff start. 6 IP, 12 hits, 2 walks, 5 ER
I must admit, even I didn't see THIS happening this soon, don't think any of us did. But it can't be a total surprise, and I still can't believe some people didn't prepare themselves for this. The sad thing is we actually probably could have "tread water" until Utley and Howard came back, if we spent wisely this offseason. We've had a ton of close losses and if Pap's/Qualls/Schneiders/Nix/Thome money was spread more wisley across the board we could have won a few more games.
Being forced to sell at the deadline is the best possible thing at this point and is really starting to look realistic.
"How can you blame RAJ for the Phillies performance this year?!?!? They won 102 games last year. Howard and Utley are hurt. And he's taken the Phillies to the post-season three years in a row.
Idiot. Get a life!!!!
It's only because Howard and Utley are hurt. Otherwise, things are fine!
I agree. As I've written a couple of times recently, while I thought disaster was coming, I didn't think it would arrive THIS SOON.
Basically, I think the Phillies have a world of problems at this point, and cleaning house EVERYWHERE organizationally and starting over makes a fair amount of sense to me. The GM function is lacking, but so is the internal scouting function. The instruction, coaching and development IMO all need work. I basically don't see an area of organizational strength.
"...It's only because Howard and Utley are hurt. Otherwise, things are fine!"
-- And Stutes and De Fratus. They make a HUGE difference. ;-)
15 points of BA and 24 points of OBP over 40% of the season if a heck of a lot less than what you're talking about. Jimmy Rollins is not having a good season, but what you're complaining about changes nothing. MAYBE 1 game if they're lucky.
If you think ONE PLAYER'S being off his career averages by that little is going to affect the outcome of where this team finishes relative to the playoffs, well that's your right, but it's an opinion this isn't mathematically supportable.