There's lots to talk about this morning, so let's get down to the nitty gritty.
-- The Dodgers allowed Fabio Castro to keep it close yesterday, not the other way around. Castro walked six batters in five innings and was helped by guys swinging at balls well out of the zone. The Phillies got away with making a big mistake with Castro.
-- Recognizing he was no good, the Phillies already demoted Castro to Triple-A Ottawa. Right-hander Brian Sanches has been recalled. Feel free to speak up if you’re just a little tired of watching the revolving door of pitching futility spin round and round. Sanches has given up 11 homers in 34 innings this season and has proven numerous times to be ineffective in the bigs. The Phillies have no depth, but there must be some other way to think outside the box.
-- Geoff Geary represents the most recent pitcher to spin through the revolving door. On the stat sheet, he threw a two-inning, one-hit shutout yesterday, lowering his ERA .23 points. In real life, he killed any chance for the Phillies to get back in the game.
-- Tom Gordon pitched the eighth inning, faced four batters and couldn’t retire a single one. Along with Geary, Ryan Madson, who’s hurt, and Matt Smith, who's out with Tommy John surgery, these were the four pitchers who were originally slated to close out games and help win a World Series.
-- Time to give credit, and that credit goes to Chad Billingsley, who was superb. The 23-year-old's fastball was the best I’ve seen this season, painting the black and dialing it up to mid-high 90s late in the contest. After the game, Aaron Rowand conceded they were simply beaten by the better man.
-- Ryan Howard is still swinging at slop. Nothing more to say, except now the manager seems to be outwardly frustrated by it.
-- Chase Utley and Adam Eaton will make rehab appearances with Reading. Eaton will start the first game of Friday's doubleheader and is expected to throw 40 pitches. Utley is scheduled to play either first or second base in the first game of today’s doubleheader and be the designated hitter in the nightcap. He's expected to play second base on Saturday. This is actually Utley's first appearance in Reading. He skipped Double-A while in the minors.
-- Reposting from the previous thread, all this unrest about Brett Myers being converted to a reliever, Gordon, etc. falls back on the GM, who didn't prepare the team with an adequate bullpen.