A discussion of yesterday's comeback and the rest of the day's news.
Like many, I was so disgusted with Adam Eaton, I turned off the game and missed yesterday’s thrilling comeback. You couldn’t have written a better ending than Aaron Rowand robbing Ryan Braun in center just as Corey Hart did to Tadahito Iguchi the previous night. Somehow, someway, Jose Mesa managed to escape the rest of the 11th inning with a save. The magic act continues for Joe Table. Before that, the rest of the bullpen cruised while the Brewers, apparently, fell asleep.
The offense salvaged what was destined to become another loss attributable to Eaton (9-8, 6.11 ERA), the league’s worst starting pitcher over a long enough period of futility. After the game, Eaton told reporters that perhaps he needs to pitch with “more conviction,” then couldn’t decide whether that was the right terminology. “I’m thinking out loud to you guys,” he resolved.
Meanwhile, some of the out-loud thinking in yesterday’s thread included such observations as Eaton is a bum, Eaton sucks, Eaton is baseball's worst off-season free agent signing and I hate Adam Eaton. One reader even suggested the Phillies send Eaton down like Rick Ankiel so he could change positions.
If you believe Eaton is on the verge of losing his job, don’t bet on it. J.D. Durbin wouldn't be any better, plus, Durbin has been somewhat useful in long relief. Based on how he’s done in first innings, Eaton would be a nightmare in relief. They’re tied up with Eaton for two more seasons; they’ve got to find some way to make it work. The problem sounds more mental than physical, but this slow start stuff has been going on almost his entire career.
In any event, the Phillies wrapped up their injury-riddled road trip a controllable 3-4 and lost only 1 ½ games on the Mets, while staying 2 ½ back in the Wild Card.
Abridged Metsblog: Speaking of the Mets, time to check in with Metsblog as the Mets prepare for a huge series with Atlanta starting tomorrow. (Tuesday: Carlyle vs. Perez; Wednesday: Smoltz vs. Hernandez; Thursday: Hudson vs. Maine)
Metsblog proprietor Matthew Cerrone, otherwise known as Bizarro Jason Weitzel, reports on some buzz out of Florida that Pedro Martinez will make a minor-league rehab start this week. “There is a sense of urgency, because the Mets would like to get Pedro at least five or six major-league starts before helping out during the playoffs, assuming the team gets to October," he writes. "As it is, if Pedro makes four minor-league starts right now, and has no set backs or misses a day, he will be back by the end of this month, leaving him the roughly five to six desired starts in september with the Mets.”
Phillies acquire infielder: Gookie Dawkins, 28, was assigned to the Lynx roster, completing a July 31 deal with the Mariners, which would apparently be the Julio Mateo trade. Dawkins spent the entire season with Tacoma, hitting .250 with four homers and 32 RBIs in 81 games. He’s seen spot action in the show and made his Major League debut with the Reds in 1999.
Thurston clears waivers: Call off the APB - Joe Thurston has been found! The 27-year-old infielder cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and was reinserted into the Lynx roster. Thurston had his contract purchased by the Phils the day after Chase Utley went down. Thurston wasn’t needed because the team traded for Iguchi, who appears to be earning some early accolades from the Beerleaguer peanut gallery.
Savery off on right foot: Phillies 2007 first-round pick Joe Savery pitched three scoreless innings in his professional debut Saturday. Savery, the 19th player taken overall, gave up a hit and struck out two.