The key to improving the offense isn't adding a right-handed bat. It's getting more from the left-handed thunder, and managing the lineup properly, argues one reader.
"The keys are to get Polanco back, get the batting order settled and get the left-handed hitters producing. That means Utley, Rollins, Howard and Ibanez. Four of your first six in the batting order most nights. Its not like they will be seeing Sabathia and Cliff Lee on these potential playoff teams. Most of the playoff teams feature RH starters. So your LH hitters should have an advantage. And the need for a true RH bat, very unimportant in the grand scheme. When they finally get everyone healthy, it will be up to Cholly to put a batting lineup together specifically aimed to thwart the Braves in the playoffs. The Braves are going to load up with Sherril, Venters and O'Flaherty in innings 6-8. You know that going in. So splitting the LH hitters is imperative." - denny b.
Phillies can afford to deal prospects: "I'm of the opinion that the Phillies can well afford to give up two of three from the mix of Singleton/Cosart/Colvin. Especially now that Polanco is down for the count, I don't see any way this team can expect to continue coasting without inserting another veteran position player onto the roster. A bullpen arm would be nice, but I'm more wary of the Phillies again failing to advance far enough in the post-season because of a wholesale lack of offense against top-tier pitching." - RSB
Need for RH bat overblown: "They do not 'need' a RH bat. The offense needs some stiff like Ryan Ludwick like it needs a hole in the head. And why in the world would you bench or trade Brown for three months of Carlos Beltran? Please God don't let that come to fruition. One hitter isn't going to make a huge difference unless you get a guy like Kemp, and that isn't going to happen. The offense is good enough right now to win a championship. The smart move is to go out and add a bullpen arm that really will improve the team." - Iceman
Beltran makes sense: "I would most definitely not trade him (Brown) for three months of Beltran. But I absolutely would bench him for Beltran - Beltran is the better player. Well, actually, I'd bench Ibanez for Beltran, but Charlie won't do that because Raul is a veteran, and veterans are allowed to have sub-.300 OBPs for the whole season and play terrible defense and still be considered a key player on the team." - Jack
Howard, Pena parallel: "Looking at the box score from last night, I had no idea that Howard and Carlos Pena have virtually the exact same numbers. Howard: .246/.342/.453 with 18 HRs; Pena: .230/.342/.463 with 20 HRs. Pena is going to be a free agent again this year. I wonder if he'll get close to a 5 year, $125 million deal." - Jack