You can’t get into the Reading Eagle's Court Street entrance without passing Stu the Security Guard. When he’s not chasing away solicitors or signing off on deliveries, he follows his favorite team, the Buccos.
Zach Duke: He had a rough year last year. Opponents hit well over .300 against him (.359). Hopefully the new pitching coach (Jeff Andrews) will help him get back on track. ... Matt Morris: He’s terrible. He can’t get anyone out. Ryan Howard should have no trouble breaking out of his slump against this guy. ... Ryan Doumit: He’s been a good hitter the last couple seasons and hits for power from the left side. He’s had injury problems. He's getting most of the starts behind the plate ... Jason Bay: Another guy who was banged up last year, playing through a knee problem. He’s been getting on base a lot so far; a lot of walks. ... Nate McLouth: He’s a guy to watch. He had a good last half of 2007, takes lots of walks, steals bags, and has pop for a leadoff hitter. He’s off to a good start. ... Xavier Nady: Off to a good start and another guy who’s been hurt a lot, he might have had 100 RBIs if he would have stayed healthy last season; he settled for 72. He’s supposedly been on the trading block for a year and a half, but he’s still here. ... Adam LaRoche: Off to his usual bad start, hitting just over .100. (career in April .175/.269/.325). I’m not worried about him. He’ll figure it out.