The Angels swept away any thoughts that the Phils are prepared to roll with the big boys, taking all three games from the home team with a 3-2 win yesterday.
Real quickly, because I intend to take the rest of the day off. Jim Salisbury provides the gory details. Read him for the full summary, then come back here to vent. As frustrating as the week unfolded, in my opinion, yesterday produced more positives than any game this series, which speaks to recent futility of this team. Cole Hamels got smacked around early and left a fastball up to Casey Kotchman, but eventually settled in and pitched his game. Three runs should have been a small enough deficit to overcome, but a litany of non-producers made sure it stuck.
My least favorite Phillie at the moment has to be Geoff Jenkins, who’s hitting .154/.250/.346 this month. No more free passes for Jenkins. His first at bat, first-pitch swinging against a so-so Serena Weaver, was something you wouldn't expect from Greg Golson. His 78 OPS+ means that so far, this signing has been a mistake. I'm not surprised by that.
So Taguchi hasn't fit in, either. He's managed to produce absolutely nothing. Literally nothing. His main purpose is to spell Pat Burrell defensively, and he can't do it. Charlie Manuel should actually consider using Eric Bruntlett in that role, which means Taguchi would serve no purpose. One of the best hitters in spring training (along with Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz), looks like he drained the tank in Clearwater. Frankly, the 39-year-old looks like he's done.