Nothing makes me chuckle more than the reactions of fans and critics during the first couple weeks of the baseball season. A team or player has a rough start? Time to panic! A light-hitting second basemen hits three home runs in his first two games? Time to be on the official 73 watch!
Now the reason I say “chuckle” and not “ROTFLMAO…” is because I am ever-so-slightly guilty of letting my emotions get the best of me in situations like that. Yes, after the first game, I thought the Phillies were going to score 1,500 runs this season. And yes, it didn’t help I was consuming Yuenglings while pondering this amazing feat.
The first series of the season is in the books for the Phillies, and taking two of three from their fellow NL Easterners, the Washington Nationals, is a nice, solid way to start out the ’10 campaign. But alas, I am just a tad caught up in a few things that I saw on that field in these three games:
Raul Ibanez’s .091 batting average.
He suffered a summer swoon last season after landing on the DL for a strained groin and suffering through a sports hernia. This swoon seemed to continue into Spring Training with Ibanez batting way below .200. Has he yet to shake off the rust, or is this a bad sign?
Cole Hamels’ 2010 debut.
Not bad. Not great. He got the win, but labored through five innings, throwing 103 pitches. Five strikeouts, but four walks… again, it’s early.
Kyle Kendrick’s return to the starting rotation.
I wish Joe Blanton a very speedy recovery. Speaking of Kendrick’s eventual return to the bullpen…
Nelson Figueroa and Danys Baez.
Consider yourself warned.
OK OK, it’s early, I know I know. Practice what I preach. I’m a very positive person, and I am fully aware the good extremely outweighs the “iffy” when it comes to this club. I just can’t believe I have gotten to a stage in my Phillies fandom that I am holding them to such high standards. Everyone should have these problems.
Anyways, next up for the Phillies is a three-day trip to Texas to face Ed Wade’s Houston “Phillies’ sloppy seconds” Astros. The Phillies’ own 2009 NL Rookie of the Year runner up, J.A. Happ, will start the series and looks to build on his very successful first full season from last year.
If not, I am going to be SO worried.
About the Author
Written by Bryan Sargent
Bryan Sargent is a lifelong Phillies fan, currently residing in the least hospitable city for such a person as himself, New York City. This coming January he will be attending Phillies Phantasy Camp in Clearwater, FL. He is currently documenting the entire process on his blog (http://www.bryansargent.com). You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter @BTSargent.