A pair of Kansas City relievers have new homes, as the Phillies and the rest of baseball close in on the non-waiver trading deadline.
Elmer Dessens and Mike MacDougal are like pawns in a game of chess. Lame prose, but I can think of no better analogy than the weird imagery that's actually in my head:
“Elmer Dessens and Mike MacDougal are like those galloping infantry monkeys at the end of ‘Planet of the Apes’ that get torched by the ship’s thrusters.”
In case you missed it, none of this impacts the Phils. Dessens was traded to the Dodgers for Odalis Perez and prospects in a salary dump for L.A. MacDougal will help the White Sox's bullpen.
After last night’s loss, the Phillies should be official sellers if they weren’t already. Time to pick up the phone and call some people back, Dr. Zaius. All eyes have been on Bobby Abreu, but some other names are starting to float. Jon Lieber and Cory Lidle have been linked to a couple report out of Boston. As for our own monkeys – Franklin, Fultzy, Frenchie – no word yet.
Tonight’s starter Miguel Batista (9-5, 4.58 ERA) has been the subject of trade speculation – I think. Ryan Madson (8-7, 6.25 ERA) has not – I think.
It’s hard to keep track. It’s easier to tally up Chase Utley’s consecutive games with a hit – 24 of them, the longest in the majors this season. Hopefully some day, after the deadline, that information will make its way higher into these pregame stories.
In other news, David Bell homered last night and is riding a 8-game hitting streak. Ryan Howard hit No. 32, which tied Albert Pujols for the league lead. Cole Hamels had an interesting night, giving up 7 runs in 5 innings but with 12 strikeouts.
The Phillies go with their standard army of monkeys tonight. You know what I'm talking about.