If three-consecutive near shutouts isn’t proof enough of the quality of the Phillies’ staff, take a look at the desperate measures taken by other clubs.
Via email, Beerleaguer’s senior correspondent frames it thusly: “We cannot complain about this year's pitching. You see what they’re getting from Joe Blanton, Cliff Lee, Pedro Martinez, and even Kyle Kendrick the last few games. Now, take a look at last night's starting pitching match-up for the Reds and Astros: Justin Lehr against Yorman Bazardo, two journeymen who were in spring training with the Phils. Each went five innings and combined to allow nine runs and 18 hits. We saw former Phillie Zach Segovia last night with the Nats, and he was on the mound last Thursday when Matt Stairs cleared the bases. In addition, this season has seen the returns of former Phillies Eric Milton, Kris Benson, Adam Eaton, Freddy Garcia, heck, even Paul Byrd. At least Brian Sanches is having a good year (4-2, 1.90, 48/25 K/BB ratio, 52 IP).”