There are those in the Delaware valley that have come to the determination that the baseball gods are angry with the Philadelphia Phillies. Their stud second baseman, closer, third baseman and number one prospect are on the shelf and members of their vaunted pitching rotation are getting smacked around. These people are freaking out. It is March. The month after February and before May. The baseball games that are being played currently do not officially count. They count even less for veteran pitchers. Jake Fox is the major league leader in home runs and Jeremy Reed is spring’s batting champ. Jake Fox and Jeremy Reed. Lets consider this a theme for today’s baseball game.
The Phillies played the baseball team from Canada today sending Cliff Lee to oppose Jo Jo Reyes. Reyes, who is not very good, gave up three runs including two home runs. Lee, who happens to be good at throwing a baseball, was touched for seven hits and five runs in four innings. Lets stick with our spring training theme for today. Jo Jo (I still can not get over the fact that a grown man playing major league baseball player goes by Jo Jo) has an ERA of 3.46 this spring. 2008 Cy Young award winner Cliff Lee’s ERA this spring? 5.46. Cliff had a 5.68 spring ERA in his best season. For those of you giving credence to the spring training statistics, take of a look at the respective careers of Reyes and Lee.
Freddy Galvis is major league ready in the field and very much still a minor leaguer at the dish. The light hitting, slick fielding shortstop has ten homers in over 1400 at bats in his minor league career. Mr. Galvis homered today off of former Nationals crap-bag Mike Hinckley. Galvis is the most prominent minor league shortstop in the Phillies system, but he is still far from major league ready. Galvis had an error today and hit a two run home run in the ninth inning. Spring Training is all about defying convention.
The Phillies were beaten today by a score of 7-6. Lee and Kendrick gave up all the runs. Good thing that it is spring.
Next, Roy Oswalt starts against the Pirates tomorrow at 1:05.