Plenty of digital ink has been spilled about Pat Gillick's poor decisions, but a handful of players, acquired on the cheap, have contributed to the playoff run.
Fundamentally flawed to fundamentally sound: A couple of points before we get to Value Village. Go back in the Beerleaguer archive and you’ll find three or four entries on playing poor fundamental baseball early in the season: base-running mistakes; fielding miscues; tactical errors. Watching Chipper Jones botch his throw yesterday, along with the mistakes the Mets have made all month, reminds me that those days have basically disappeared. Not only have the Phils risen to the occasion with their bats, and lately, their relief pitching, they’ve played crisp, clean innings. Captained by Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, they’ve been a smart baseball team.
Value Village: Elections were held for Mayor of Value Village last night and J.C. Romero edged Greg Dobbs by a hair. Regular readers recognize “Value Village” as the term assigned to Pat Gillick’s vast stable of cheap acquisitions, most of them plucked from the waiver wire. Although Dobbs’ 55 RBIs and clutch base hit last night is nothing to sneeze at, Romero has filled the single greatest pound-for-pound void on the entire team: left-handed relief. Before Romero, they auditioned Matt Smith, Fabio Castro and Mike Zagurski. Try imagining any of those failed experiments pitching last night’s eighth inning. Kudos to Gillick for recognizing the need and pouncing on Romero. For finishing runner-up to Romero, Dobbs has been given the honorary title of Value Village Viceroy.
Weather: Checking the hour-by-hour forecast, Accu-Weather finds party sunny skies with a shower or thunderstorm lingering, a high near 88 degrees. The most likely time for showers appears to be 5 p.m. and again at 10 p.m., neither considered severe or lasting.
Wild Card scenarios: After listening to Howard Eskin and callers mangle the Wild Card scenarios yesterday on the drive home, ESPN's Jayson Stark finally sheds some light on the National League’s possible wacky finish. [Link]
Send out an APB for T.J. Bohn: As some of you may recall, the Phillies signed outfielder T.J. Bohn off waivers from Atlanta the other day, cleared room on the 40-man and assigned him to the active roster, according to the Phillies Web site. However, he’s yet to appear in the press notes and is no longer listed on the active roster. Nobody cares about this except Beerleaguers, so I thought I’d pass it along. Update: Bohn has a sprained ankle (hat tip to Crazy Jon).
Rollins makes history again: Finally, Jimmy Rollins' first-inning triple was his 19th of the season, equaling the club mark set by Juan Samuel in 1984. Rollins also became the fourth player in history to have 700 at-bats in a season during the game. The most amazing part: He shows no signs of slowing. Is it too early to talk about a second contract extension?