Chase knows drama. The bullpen doesn't.
Making his 2012 debut a week before the traditional mid-point of the season, Chase Utley homered in his first at bat. He was followed by blistering hot Carlos Ruiz, who homered to give the Phils a 2-0 lead over Pittsburgh. Regrettably, the bullpen didn't get the script before the proceedings got underway and failed to realize the Phils were supposed to win this one.
Why, inquiring fans want to know, are Chad Qualls and Joe Slavery still on a major league roster at this point? Because casting for sacrificial lambs closed a few weeks ago.
Utley's will-he-or-won't-he comeback story had the stuff of Hollywood written all over the opening act. Whether he will come back after intermission (he is being given today day off as planned) remains to be seen, but at least we know the guy is giving his all. So, too, are Qualls et al, the problem being they don't have much to give to begin with!