“Roy’s Ready”

23 Mar

That was Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel‘s 2-word response when asked about Roy Halladay‘s pitching performance against the Red Sox this week.  He went 7 1/3–one run, 6 strikeouts.  He’s only allowed one run in 18 1/3 innings so far this Spring.  So, as Charlie said, Halladay’s definitely ready.  But is anybody else??

For a team that entered Spring Training seeming to have all the answers, the Phillies will break camp with a catcher’s mitt full of questions.

Who’s going to play second base?                                                                                 Who’s going to bat third?                                                                                                  Who’s going to protect Ryan Howard in the line-up?                                           Will Brad Lidge‘s fastball clock higher than the speed limit?                          When’s the first Dollar Dog Day?

While I don’t claim to have the answers to these questions here are some things I do know:

John Mayberry is batting .365 with 5 home  runs and 11 RBI.                         Ryan Howard is batting .294 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI.                            Shane Victorino is batting .333 with 17 hits and 7 doubles.                                  And Rauuuuuul is batting .294 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI.

The aforementioned Roy Halladay has a 0.48 ERA so far this Spring and all of the starters have looked pretty good.

And while those things might have been expected, what Spring Training is complete without the unexpected?

For example, who could’ve predicted that Josh Barfield, Pete Orr, and Michael Martinez would end up with more at bats than Domonic Brown?  Or that former Met Luis Castillo would be the latest addition (emphasis on the word latest) to Phils camp?  Castillo arrived later than expected missing his first game.  Not exactly following in the footsteps of the guy he hopes to replace, huh?

And then there are always those things that just seem to stay the same.

After a collision with Raul Ibanez we thankfully learned that Shane Victorino is as hard-headed as always.                                                                                      Everyone who reports from Spring Training never fails to gloat about the beautiful weather.                                                                                                                     And a call to the Bullpen still means we’re in for a white-knuckle ride.

But what most fans know is that none of this really matters.                           Because as every fan knows, once the real games begin anything can happen.

Oh, and by the way, the first Dollar Dog Day is Monday April 18th.


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2 Responses to ““Roy’s Ready””

  1. Drew March 25, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    Loving all the statistics and game tidbits in here! This will be my one stop Phillies update location as the season heats up. And you guys must go to the first dollar dog day in my honor.

  2. Hal Rosenbluth March 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Glad to see the Rooster starting to crow. Chase starting the season on the DL could be a blessing in disguise as it allows Valdez to show his stuff…won’t lose anything in the field and his bat has been strong. Let Chase take as long as he needs, but make a decision soon as to surgery, or not (players always wait too long and miss more games than necessary) and Phillies management should weigh in.

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