What happened? Flyers fold, Phils sweep and suddenly Rich Hoffman is dispatching a Cole Hamels report from up yonder.
The Phils have roped together eight straight wins for the first time since 1991. If April wasn’t such an arbitrary deadline, the Phils are only a few wins shy of that hot start everyone wanted. Spot them two more to make it 19-12, and before the season you would have taken it, even with the easy schedule.
Nevertheless, their record stands at a dexterous 17-14 heading into a three-game set with the division-leading Mets. The offense is hot, the bullpen hotter, and Billy Boy decides now is the perfect time to throw gas on this fire. Just curious. What does charred rat smell like? Credit literary genius Pat Burrell for that spot-on descriptor.
Meanwhile, Cory Lidle has been elected locker-room liaison and continues to lay it down. "That's dumb," Lidle told the Inquirer after Wagner said his team turned against him last season. "Honestly... This is a team. If one of us doesn't get it done, it's not one person. It's everybody. For Billy to say that, I think he started talking and the words kept coming and I think he wanted to stop but couldn’t."
If Wagner believes the Phillies are still too soft, he should take it up with Aaron Rowand or Tom Gordon, actual winners, not pretenders living in a dream world. Tell us, Billy, how did it feel when you struck out Biggio?
God, I'm fired up! I hate the Mets, loathe Wagner, and I'm fighting the urge to tear down my cubicle walls.
Speaking of dream worlds, here's a window into mine. Each game this series will feature blown saves at the top of the ninth, followed by saves at the bottom by the half-priced replacement. Methuselah Franco will account for all Mets scoring. In my dream world, he's sitting on the Phillies' bench.