The old definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It applies to the Phillies, their fans and just about everything we’ve seen so far this season.
---- The Phillies faced Aaron Cook two weeks ago and had the same impatient approach. Yesterday, they scratched out two runs and managed just one hit over the final five innings. After the game, Charlie Manuel had this to say: "We got real aggressive. We got impatient and we started chasing bad balls."
Wasn’t there a meeting?
---- Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News said Jon Lieber did a "workman’s" job yesterday. I thought that was a good word for it, and agree he did a nice job.
---- Dozens of offseason articles focused on Jimmy Rollins, his hitting streak and his new approach, with the idea that 2006 would be the year he would become an elite offensive performer. After yesterday, he has a .309 OBP, which is lower than what it was last year when most people were calling for his ouster from the leadoff spot.
---- Sal Fasano is believed to have a winning influence on the pitching staff. In games started and finished by Fasano, the Phillies have one win.
---- With the loss last night, the Phillies cannot finish April with a winning record, which had been the preseason goal.
---- At the moment, Rangers fans are laughing at Pat Gillick for solving their pitching problem. Seriously. Check out the Rangers' chat rooms. Vicente Padilla is 2-1 with a 3.64 ERA with his new team.
---- I suspect the Phillies are not going to wait long on Cole Hamels. I also suspect they’re going to make more roster moves over the next few weeks, which could include the addition of catcher Carlos Ruiz and more pitching help. Anyone think Fasano will have trouble clearing waivers? No? Didn't think so.
---- One important idea worth remembering is Gillick has yet to put his stamp on this club. Why would anyone believe for a second that Gillick will be patient with Gavin Floyd, a pitcher covered in red flags that he did not draft?