Gavin Floyd and the Phillies will try to put the finishing touches on an excellent homestand when they face Steve Trachsel and the New York Mets tonight at Citizen's Bank Park.
The Phils are looking to bounce back after a flat 13-4 loss at the hands of the Mets last night. The loss snapped their nine-game winning streak, the team’s longest since 1991.
Believe it or not, Gavin Floyd (2-2, 6.16 ERA) enters the game seeking his third-straight win. Floyd received a show of faith from the team yesterday when they elected to keep him in the rotation and move Ryan Madson to the bullpen in order to make room for golden-armed prospect Cole Hamels. The curtain goes up on the ballyhooed phenom tomorrow night in Cincinnati.
Meanwhile, the other phenom, Floyd, has had his share of growing pains the past two seasons, mainly trouble with his command. The knock against him continues to be his frazzled confidence, though critics have also pointed to a delivery that makes it easy for hitters to spot his release point. Floyd leads the Phillies in allowing the most home runs (7) and walks (17).
He’ll be opposed by right-hander Steve Trachsel (2-2, 4.96 ERA), who has been a thorn in the Phillies’ side thoughout his career. Trachsel is 10-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 27 starts against the Phils, including a 6-3 record and 3.52 ERA on the road.
During his chat on ESPN.com, Rob Neyer said that Mike Arbuckle’s name has been floating around as a candidate for the Royals GM job.
The Phillies have had their share of bad front office people over the years, but I struggle to call Arbuckle one of them. Arbuckle has been primarily responsible for player development and scouting, an area that often meets harsh criticism. However, the Phillies currently have nine players on their 25-man roster (36 percent) that were originally drafted or signed by the club, including Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell, Jimmy Rollins and Brett Myers. He managed this while constantly working with a short deck of draft picks and losing players in bad deals. Under Arbuckle, the minor leagues underwent something of a revival starting around the time of Scott Rolen, but recently, the system has been worn thin again.
Arbuckle was interviewed for the vacant Cincinnati Reds job this offseason.