Scott Podsednik's walk-off homer against a lefty in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Pirates tipped the scales among readers who have been waivering betwen Podsednik and Juan Pierre for the final outfield spot.
"You have to start with two baseline facts. First, Pods didn't play in the majors last year and was injured most of the season; second, when Pods last played in the majors, he was considerably better than Pierre. The Phillies didn't really need spring training to know what Pierre can do, because he has done the exact same thing two years in a row. They did need to assess where Podsednik stands in relation to his 2010 performance. While spring training can't definitively answer this question, it's enough to say that all of the avaialable evidence suggests that Podsednik is still better than Pierre, just as he was before." -bay_area_phan
"There isn't a single thing that Pierre could do better than Pods this season except, possibly, hit for average. Pods is better on defense, a better base stealer, better OB man and has more power (although that's not saying much.)" - clout
"This bit from Salisbury's 'Phillies' roster puzzle still unfinished' column further indicates Cholly has already made up his mind on Pierre vs. Pods: 'Podsednik has more juice in his bat, but Pierre gets on base more,' manager Charlie Manuel said." Huh? Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't Pods got more base hits than Pierre so far in spring training? Cholly appears to think Pierre is still the hitting machine he was in his Marlins days. Podsednik will probably be released in June, since Cholly will still be holding on to Pierre at that point, saying 'he was good last year, he just needs more time.' " - AT