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Upcoming “World Series Preview” Not A Great Time to Remind Phillies of World Series

If you’re like me, you spend a copious chunk of your concerned about Alex Rodriguez.  How is he?  Is he currently in a fountain?  How’s that hip flexor rotating?  Does he mind if I trample these azaleas while peering innocently through his window?  What brand of night vision goggles best picks up his actions?  What kind of cereal is that?  Looks neat.  Has his Twitter changed from “Tell me something good tweoples!”?

Wait that’s Nick Swisher.

Ha, ha. Just a nonstop thrill ride with this guy.

Man, the Yankees are too cool to even keep track of.  Anyways, if you thought one “hip flexor issue” could keep A-Rod crippled and hovering close to death like you wanted, you were wrong, and possibly a bit of a sick freak.  The man is going to be just fine for the upcoming with the series against the Phillies.  Huzzah.

And speaking of being sidelined by injuries, and then not again, it’s time to check in on (one of) our little rehabilitating wonders.  His name is J.A. Happ, and it’s going terribly.

He gave up six hits and four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in Reading, throwing in four strike outs and a walk, just because he’d thought it’d be funny to walk somebody.  And it was hilarious.  It was also very, very poor pitching.

Here’s some video evidence.

So, if you thought anything would really be different for the upcoming Yankees series tomorrow, you were dead wrong, idiot.  We are coming off a win against the Red Sox, but that win was preceded by two dumbly played losses.  Not a lot you can really draw from a victory being buffered by monstrous catastrophes, other than Cole Hamels pitched effectively against a powerful lineup.

Is calling this series a “World Series preview” an accurate assessment or a sick joke that has you laugh-sobbing on the way to and from the bathroom?

Right now, its a World Series reenactment, and boy, I don’t know if you remember, but the memories I’ve got of the 2009 World Series are a place I go to a lot when I need to cheer myself up or remedy the rainy day blues or start a fight with my neighbor while he’s taking out his garbage.

Pitchers scheduled for the Phils-Yanks series:

C.C. Sabathia (6-3), A.J. Burnett (6-4) and Andy Pettitte (8-1).

Roy Halladay (8-4), Kyle Kendrick (3-2), Jamie Moyer (6-6).

Oh, yeah.  Sick joke.  Hell, I’m laughing already.  Jamie Moyer got 9-runned in the first inning of last start.  Meanwhile, ESPN’s current MLB cover story is “HOW FUCKING AWESOME ARE THE YANKEES HA HA YEEE-AAHHH.”

I have seen no evidence that the slump is over, and I’ve had no immense epiphany regarding every facet of the Phillies working together in any sort of competent way at the same time.  We are still in the throes of a dispiriting downfall, and we just happen to have the unfortunate luck of facing off against a phenomenal team who happens to have stepped on everybody but Cliff Lee’s face just a few mere months ago.

We could take this series.  We could do it.  But I feel like we’re trying to do a 180 with a Hummer in the middle of my apartment.

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Topics: A.J. Burnett, Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte, C.C. Sabbathia, J.a. Happ, Jamie Moyer, Nick Swisher, Phillies, Red Sox, Roy Halladay, World Series, Yankees

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  • http://bureaucratist.blogspot.com bureaucratist

    It kills me to say, but I expect to get slaughtered in this series. We may make a run at 100 losses this year, forget about waiting until next year.

    • http://www.tango-echo.com Justin Klugh

      People say its early, and we can make up for lost time. We could also lose more time. I CAN’T GET A READ ON THESE PHILLIES.

    • http://bureaucratist.blogspot.com bureaucratist

      I don’t know what the mystery is, Klugh. What’s so difficult to get a handle on? It’s two months into the season. Either Utley is seriously injured (doubt it) or his career is over (look at his trends the last three seasons if you don’t believe me). Howard is hitting for a high enough average that he should be absolutely mashing; he isn’t, which tells me that he’s well into the downslide of his career now (look at his trends the last three seasons if you don’t believe me). There’s more, but without those two this is a BAD team. I hate it as much as you do, but it’s going to be a long summer if you’re waiting for them to get better.

  • http://phillies.gearupforsports.com John Stapleford

    Morning, everyone. I happened to write an article for GUFS ( gearupforsports.com ) called “Phils v. Yanks: World Series Preview?” but I hope your venom wasn’t meant for me. The gist of my article is that you can’t have a meaningful World Series Preview in June. I despise Interleague play in part because it sets up false ideas like this.

    If the Phillies and Yankees both manage to make it back to the World Series, it will be because both teams played well enough to get there. That will take some serious improvement for the Phils. Our offense will have to show up for one thing. Thus, the team that could make it to the World Series might have the same players but it would hardly be the same team.

    I got a little off track because I happened to read the “probables” just like you did. How someone can be so brutal about Jaime Moyer after one terrible game is beyond me. In fact, our “slump” is not because of poor pitching even though we’ve pitched terribly against the Red Sox and badly against the Yankees. It is because the offense decided to take an unscheduled vacation and because our defense has been spotty.

    Luckily, history does suggest that we will play much better when this Interleague nonsense goes away for another year. I hope our team’s management screams bloody murder about this morphing of MLB into the NFL every year at the GM meetings.

    Without Interconference play, the Phils would likely win another 10-15 games per year.

    John
    Gear Up For Phillies Baseball