The Dodgers are hoping their under-the-radar, low-cost add-on of lefty reliever George Sherrill is enough to counteract the Phillies’ splashy addition of Cliff Lee.
“I keep hearing how the Lee deal makes the Phils the favorite to win the NL pennant, but I say look out if they face the Dodgers this time around. George Sherrill gives them an extremely effective right-left combo at the back end of their pen, and one the Phillies would be highly susceptible to if they had to face LA in a post-season series. I don't often find myself saying this, but I agree strongly with Sam Donnellon when he says that Sherrill is the guy the Phillies perhaps should have spent more time targeting, and that the back end of their bullpen is more likely than not to do them in. It's now four months into the season: Lidge still sucks, Madson has proven himself to not be a viable backup option, and I surely hope they aren't counting on Myers or Martinez to be options in those roles down the stretch. The Phillies have one of the best teams in the league, no doubt. But their division makes them look better than they are. I don't look at them as having a decisive edge over anyone other divisional leader.” - RSB
“Sherrill would be an upgrade from Romero and could step in as closer should Lidge continue to flop. The Dodgers got him for a couple of C-level prospects. But we can't have more spending, can we?” - clout