Funny how one flaw makes a Ferrari lose its luster.
That’s how many fans must be feeling as the club gets set for four with Milwaukee. They’re thinking, ‘What does it matter as long as the Phillies can’t finish?’ Morose, but on the mark. Morose is my middle name lately. One reader emailed to say he “detected a certain wistfulness” in my posts, a yearning for something different. Perhaps, but maybe there’s more: perhaps a deep mistrust of where Brad Lidge and the Phils are taking us. Such a glaring variable from the 2008 formula has been stuck in my craw for months. Otherwise, the similarities run deep, which doesn’t exactly inspire a virtuoso's touch. Do you realize that hitting leaders Shane Victorino (.295) and Chase Utley (.294) have nearly identical averages from a year ago? It bugs the hell out of me; don't ask me why. Even for this resourceful scribe, capable of 20 column inches on the signing of Pablo Ozuna, this season has often read like a dense chapter of Upton Sinclair.
Oops, forgot to preview the Brewers. Here: Happ vs. Suppan; Lee vs. Parra; Pedro vs. Looper; Blanton vs. Bush.