Adam Eaton takes the mound when the Phillies face left-hander Oliver Perez and the Mets tonight at 7:10 EST.
Summary: Eaton, representing the Phillies biggest free agent acquisition since Jim Thome, allowed seven hits and eight runs while walking four over 4 2-3 innings in a 8-4 loss to Atlanta, part of the Phillies' 1-6 start. Perez (1-0, 1.29 ERA) gave up one run and five hits while striking out six in seven innings of an 11-1 win Friday in Atlanta. The former Pirate is 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in five starts against the Phils. On Monday, the Phillies bullpen squandered another lead when relievers Matt Smith, Geoff Geary and Jon Lieber allowed a 5-3 Phillies lead in the 7th vanish into an 11-5 romp. The Mets are 5-2 on the season.
Apples for apples report: The Phillies traded second baseman Brent Abernathy to the Washington Nationals for future considerations. The Phillies have replaced Abernathy at Ottawa with infielder Joe Thurston, who started the season at Double-A Reading. Thurston spent most of spring training as a non-roster invitee with Washington until he was designated for assignment and signed with the Phillies.
Pitchers stepped up to bat for Coste: According to the Daily News, Jamie Moyer, Randy Wolf, Cory Lidle and Cole Hamels had gone into manager Charlie Manuel's office last season to say how much they liked throwing to catcher Chris Coste. It wasn't enough. Last year's feel-good story finds himself back in Triple-A and is the subject of today's article entitled "Life Stynx." Here's what Coste had to say.
"The signings of Rod Barajas and Jayson Werth pretty much sealed my fate," Coste told Paul Hagen. "There will be theories that it was because I hurt my hamstring and didn't get to play much in spring training. But, honestly, once those two guys were signed, I became totally obsolete."
"There was no need. I wasn't going to play third. I wasn't going to play first. So my only option was to catch. Well, they got Jayson Werth. Pat Gillick said on many occasions, with me sitting right next to him at different functions and the Fanfest in January that Werth can be the third catcher, no problem. So when I heard him say that with me sitting right next to him, that was writing on the wall."
Speaking of obsolete, one week into the season and catcher Carlos Ruiz has already won the starting job away from Barajas. It's one thing if Manuel and the pitching staff had concerns at the position with Ruiz and Coste and made a push for Barajas. But clearly, based on today’s account, they did not, leaving one to assume that GM Pat Gillick either got scared or flatly ignored their input. It even sounds like Gillick made a concerted push for Werth, a catcher in another lifetime with a past connection to 68-year-old GM, to serve as the team's emergency catcher, pushing Coste out the door even further.
Yesterday, we talked about the many reasons why the Phillies never win. Perhaps the subtext should include an organization that doesn't always treat their players with respect.