Game chat: Not sure how many of you are engaging in Beerleaguer or watching today's game, but for those of you sticking it out, here's a topic worth exploring. Did the Phillies see it coming? At least some of it? Think back to November and early December when Jimmy Rollins was still unsigned and Aramis Ramirez was still on the market. Interest in Ramirez was legitimate enough that Phillies team adviser Pat Gillick traveled to the Dominican Republic to meet with him in person. The concept of signing Ramirez, trading Polanco and allowing Rollins to walk was a track the Phils must have strongly considered. Throw Michael Cuddyer into the mix, as a possibility at a number of positions, including left field, and it definitely shows the Phils had some inclination the left side of the field wasn't going to get it done, specifically, doubts about Polanco, who has a robust 81 OPS+ and has taken the field more than anyone would prefer, and John Mayberry Jr., who is a major disappointment at .226/.262/.377. With Mayberry, there was definitely some mistrust since the Phils went out and signed Juan Pierre, Laynce Nix and also brought Scott Podsednik to camp; the Nix injury being one of the more underrated misfortunes of the season, along with Domonic Brown's stunted development.
Just something to consider as you watch Cliff Lee try for his first win. The Phils, who suffered an 11-1 ambush Tuesday night, have lost six in a row.