As promised, here's Ben Keeler's second batch of games, this time focusing on the positive.
April 21 – Phillies 4, Reds 1: After the team meeting, Cole Hamels dazzles, a triple play is turned, and the Phillies actually won an April game. May 9 – Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 3: Ryan Howard comes off the bench to hit a grand slam, erasing the Phillies 3-0 deficit to the D-backs. May 15 – Phillies 4, Brewers 3: Carlos Ruiz’s walk-off home run beats the Brewers. (Could be substituted with the comeback with six runs in the 8th the night before.) June 7 – Phillies 6, Mets 3: Pat Burrell's home run off Billy Wagner sends it to extras and we sweep the Mets. June 13 – Phillies 8, White Sox 4: Sweep of the White Sox, Kyle Kendricks’ ML debut, Aaron Rowand's slam, Phils reach their high water mark of four over and actually win a Business Persons Special at Citizens Bank Park.
Reds trade rumor: Yesterday on Glen Macnow's 610-WIP radio show, Bucks County Courier Times scribe Randy Miller said the Phils have a good shot at trading for Reds starter Kyle Lohse and reliever David Weathers.
If there’s one National League team you can count on being sellers, it’s the 36-52 Reds. Lohse, a 28-year-old right-hander, is 5-10 with a 4.47 ERA with 70 strikeouts and 28 walks in his walk year. He was acquired by the Reds in a July 2006 trade with the Twins after pitching himself out of Minnesota’s rotation. Lohse makes a lot of sense as a rented fifth starter – shades of another modest Reds pitcher the Phils traded for several season ago: Cory Lidle. Weathers was the reliever I wanted this winter. The right-handed horse is 1-3 with 17 saves and a 3.27 ERA and is way better than anyone the Phils currently have in the bullpen. His contract runs through 2008 at $2.75 million, which is another attractive feature for the bullpen-deprived Phils.
The Reds could ask for a young outfielder, such as Michael Bourn, a catcher, such as Carlos Ruiz, and most certainly young pitching.