We’ve arrived at that point in the season when we can expect to hear the “he’s killing us” line more frequently.
Charlie Manuel? “He’s killing us.”
Bill Dancy? “He’s killing us.”
Arthur Rhodes? “He’s killing us.”
Pat Burrell? “He’s killing us.”
David Bell” “He’s killing us.”
The pitching staff? “They’re killing us.”
Manuel’s offenses are too numerous to list here, but one that caught my eye this morning was an item in the Inquirer in which he publicly acknowledged teams have been inquiring about Carlos Ruiz. Of all the possible deals this team may be contemplating, why would Manuel make public one involving Ruiz? Now I begin to understand who was behind the notion that Ruiz was “overmatched” his first time up while loveable and immovable Sal Fasano was viewed as a first string catcher. Manuel just loves losers, especially veterans who are hanging on. By the way, did you notice the screamer Ruiz hit to Vinny Castilla in the seventh inning? Charlie probably saw that as just another instance in which the young catcher was “overmatched”.
What will it take for the Phillies to realize that Bill Dancy cannot coach third base? His colossal mistakes in judgment now cover two seasons. The most recent offense came last night when he waved around Pat Burrell, yes, that Pat Burrell, from first on a double by Aaron Rowand. Naturally, the leaden footed one was out at home. With the possible exception of the aforementioned Fasano, there cannot be a slower runner on this team than Pat Burrell, and that is not taking into consideration his injured foot.
Arthur Rhodes has developed a nasty habit of pouring gasoline on fires. When he isn’t issuing free passes, his pitches usually have some of the plate, especially the middle portion. That little hitch in his delivery is no doubt the result of the aged one’s attempt to get a little more on the ball. His ERA over the last several games could be nearing triple digits, but his manager is quoted in today’s paper as having confidence in him. They make a fine couple.
David Bell? Well, he’s on the list on principle.
The Phillies finally get a good start from a young pitcher and said young pitcher, Scott Mathieson, shoots himself in the foot by yielding a first-pitch two-run homer to his opposite number, the first in Jake Peavy’s career. All Phillies pitchers should be made to write on the blackboard 100 times each “The opposing pitcher is not an automatic out.”