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Keep The Change: Home, Sweet Home

BeermanNow this is a homestand. Winning games late. Coming back in games. Holding onto leads. This is reminiscent of 2008.

With the Pittsburgh Pirates coming into town this weekend, the Phillies have a chance to go 10 games over .500 heading into the All-Star Break, and a realistic opportunity at a 9-1 home stand. A far cry from the last time the World Champs were at home.

But what’s changed?

Rollins is rolling

Last week, I was set to pose the question of what you would do right now with Jimmy Rollins. He responded so quick that the question never got the chance to be raised.

Rollins steamrolled through the Mets and has hit safely in every game on the homestand. His average is up 18 points since the start of last Friday’s game, and Rollins has scored seven runs during the same stretch.

We’ve heard it and seen it before: as Rollins goes, so do the Phillies. Well Rollins is “going” and the Phightins are winning. Go figure.

Werth it

While kudos go out to Shane Victorino on snagging the last All-Star spot, I’m not sure I wouldn’t have looked over to right field for the second most-deserving Phillies outfielder.

Even prior to Werth’s four-game homer streak, he is putting up numbers that deserved to be recognized. Despite his average of .268, Werth has 20 home runs to go along with 12 stolen bases 54 runs, 59 RBI and an on-base percentage of .373.

To put that in perspective, he is tracking: .268, 117 R, 40 HR, 107 RBI and 24 SB.

Werth is on track to have more homers, runs batted in and runs scored than Ryan Braun, Carlos Lee and Miguel Cabrera.

Pedro and Halladay

With the expected signing of Pedro Martinez and the nonstop Roy Halladay rumors floating throughout Citizens Bank Park, a couple fans asked me what I would do if I was the general manager.

The way I see it, Martinez is a low-risk, high reward deal. I’ll take Martinez over Rodrigo Lopez and Antonio Bastardo any day. If he doesn’t have it, then you go back to the drawing board like you have since Brett Myers went down. If he is serviceable, he might even be an upgrade over the inconsistent Jamie Moyer.

As for Halladay, I don’t care what it costs. You don’t turn any deal down. With no team wanting to step up and seize the National League, the acquisition of Roy Halladay makes the Phillies the hands-down favorite to win the senior circuit. The Dodgers may have the best record in the National League, but I’m not sold on them. The bulk of their wins came when the NL West was awful. With the Giants and Rockies turning their seasons around, the Dodgers are sure to come back down to Earth.

Inserting Doc into the rotation gives the Phillies a 1-2 punch that can’t be touched in the National League — maybe even baseball. Sadly, I think any deal bringing Halladay to Philadelphia almost guarantees the departure of J.A. Happ to Toronto. They want a Major League-ready pitcher as part of the deal. To that I say, thanks for your time Happ, but “smell ya later.”

Here’s hoping the Doctor is in … and soon.

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  1. Josh

    July 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    As much as I want Halladay to be a part of this team, getting rid of Happ would be a big mistake. He’s been the Phillies’ most consistent starter of the season, and if the other guys pitched as well as Happ has, we wouldn’t be in the market for Halladay in the first place.

    He’s definitely an upgrade, but think of the other talent the Phils could bring in with the $15,000,000 difference in salary.

  2. Chuck P

    July 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Happ is a high 80’s fastball guy… he locates well, mixes speeds and has a workable curve. The ceiling is kind of limited, isn’t it?

    The difference is not the performance of the other pitchers, it’s the fact that Brett Myers is injured, leaving us without a #2. In a postseason series, we won’t survive without a #2.

    We can still scrap to win the NL East but we might as well forget about defending (if we go with what we’ve got). We can keep our prospects and pick up a FA after this season and go for it next year… I would rather trade Happ and a couple of decent prospects for Halladay and go get it this year and next.

  3. Mazinman

    July 10, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Halladay is a special kind of talent that is still relatively young. You cannot get more consistant that he is and having the duo of Halladay and Hamels in the playoffs is just devestating. Not only that but, worse case scenario, if we fail to resign him we get some first round draft picks back for him so he helps restock our system.

    I like Happ a lot but Halladay is a truly elite pitcher. Thats not the kind of thing you turn down if you can get him.

  4. Chuck P

    July 10, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    By the way… nice to see Tim Malcolm contributing once again.

  5. Geoff

    July 10, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Um, we can meet their price…according to the latest news they want TWO prospects who are ready next year and a few decent prospects in the lower levels.

  6. The Big Dipper

    July 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Isn’t Pedro considered a major league ready starter? Can you say sign and trade.

    And this isn’t Tim Malcolm, it’s Nick the Beer Guy. Get it keep the change.

    The Big Dipper

  7. Brian of CO

    July 10, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Alot of people keep talking about Halladay and how he is 0-3 in the last 3 starts. Can you really go by that? Especially after looking at the last start, he only gave up 3 runs. That is a quality start, and if giving up 3 runs is a poor outing for him, SIGN THE GUY. We keep talking about prospects. We can give up a few prospects which really have NO IDEA what they can do, or get Halladay and know EXACTLY what you are getting, a QUALITY starter, with a MUCH higher chance of repeating, not to mention, wouldnt we have him through the rest of this season AND NEXT?

  8. Mazinman

    July 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Nick, your post is labeled as it came form Tim Malcolm. Thats why the confusion.

    Everyone is hungry for this trade because we can sense what will follow it. Baseball is an unpredicatable game so its hard to say anything is a sure thing but getting Halladay makes is as sure a thing to return to the World Series as possible.

  9. The Beerman

    July 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Ahh just realized it was posted under Tim…sorry for the confusion guys.

  10. Grrrumpy Miner

    July 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Nothing is a sure thing…the Dodgers aren’t exactly a slouch team full of scrubs and question marks,and the NL West is pretty competitive.Plus last I checked you have a manager out there I think won 4 World Championships last I checked.I am not counting the Phils out,I do tip my Mets cap to them but the Dodgers deserve some respect too.

  11. Mazinman

    July 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Grrumpy, what I meant to say is that it would make them as sure as thing as it is possible to say. Baseball is unpredictable and anything can happen but I do think that getting Halladay makes the Phils the best team in the NL.

  12. Grrrumpy Miner

    July 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    You are right Mazin in anything can happen and I know it only too well lol….Mets spit the bit in 07 and the Phils won correct.Who would have thunk it that this Mets team would be so ridled with injuries to key players and players like Wright have nobody to protect him in the line-up.Makes me look forward to 2010 and a fresh start with HEALTHY players and losing high payroll players like Delgado and Wagner.Now I am not annointing anyone the NL East and its still anybodys Division (Nats are done)

  13. Greg B

    July 10, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Bastardo can be the MLB ready pitcher.
    Package Drabek up already and quit whining. Cant miss prospects all get their bumps and bruises before settling in (i.e. Hamels, Lester, Chamberlain) if they pan out at all. Halladay is top of the line. The Yanks could have had Santana, now they have Philip F$*$ing mopping up messes in the ‘pen.
    Bottom line is we have two former MVPs, a MVP in the wings, a free agent having an MVP-type season, PLUS two All-stars. That doesn’t EVER happen. All the other pieces are here and you guys want to wait on Kyle Drabek?

  14. Greg B

    July 10, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Philip Hughes… sorry

  15. Andrew

    July 10, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    When the mets lose their coach and GM and Beltout and delgado. They will be on my radar. Until that happens i do not consider them a threat in any way.

  16. Grrrumpy Miner

    July 10, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Well andrew,virtual lock on Delgado that he’s gone,Beltran has 2 more years coming on his 7 year deal,Manuel I really can’t blame him because of the deluge of injuries and the scrubs,schlubs and furniture movers he has on the field,bench and bullpen… for Minaya,his 3 year kicks in 2010 and probably has a picture of Fred Wilpon in a “Compromising Situation” so bottom line Delgado GONE,Manuel 50/50 Beltran til 2011 and Minaya stays.

  17. psujoe

    July 10, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Why the Francour for Church rade?

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