Monday, May 18, 2009

Congratulations to Sergio Escalona

Because Chan Ho Park got hammered yesterday, Sergio Escalona, a rookie left handed reliever called up from AA Reading to help out, not only made his major league debut in yesterday's game against the Nationals, he pitched a solid inning in relief, and got the win.  Congratulations to Escalona for notching a win in his major league debut.

Luckily, the Kardiac Kids known as the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies scored a lot of runs to make up the ugly deficit that was created by Park's incendiarye performance put up a 3-spot in the 8th inning to win the game.  I've said it before, this team never quits and doesn't understand the meaning of the word "quit."  They've come from behind so many times already this year that it's difficult to keep track.

As for Park, I'm guessing that Charlie Manuel has probably seen enough.  A starting pitcher that can't get anyone out isn't much use to the team, which is somehow 20-16 and just a half game behind the Muts.  Even columnist Paul Hagen of the Daily News is now wondering aloud whether it's time for J. A. Happ to be given a place in the starting rotation.  I certainly think so.

There's also the Jamie Moyer question.  It's clear that the 2009 edition of Jamie Moyer is very different from the 2008 edition and that Moyer is not getting people out.  An elder statesman like Moyer deserves some respect and some slack, but in the midst of a pennant race, even Charlie Manuel has to be asking himself how long he has to hang in there with his elderly starter.

The Phils are hanging in there against the Muts with incredibly inconsistent pitching.  If this team can get ever its starting pitching righted, they should cruise to another division championship. 

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