Thoughts, lists and other compulsive bits about baseball from comedian filmmaker television producer/Red Sox fan Paul Francis Sullivan....
feel free to call him “Sully.”
Monday, April 19, 2010
A silver lining for Phillies and Giants fans
OK. I know the Phillies lost a close game to the Marlins and the Giants coughed up an 8th inning lead to the Dodgers...
And I always think that I would rather have my team win ugly than lose with dignity. And I also know that Phillies games against the Marlins will probably be vital in terms of shaving down the magic number.
And I know the Giants fans NEVER want to lose to the Dodgers. But Cole Hamels pitched a damn good game against a tough hitting team. And Barry Zito has been terrific so far. Had the Giants kept that lead, he'd be 3-0 with a sub 2 ERA... along with his teammate Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay, Adam Wainwright and Ubaldo Jimenez.
He's been so bad since crossing the bay after the 2006 ALCS that people forget that the Giants best paid pitcher was actually once quite good.
If Hamels and Zito are good this year, it will be like the Phillies and the Giants each made a great trade. Crappy Hamels for good Hamels... Overwhelmed by the contract Zito for Taking them by surprise Zito.
Or put simpler: A lousy albatross head case dealt for an effective top the rotation guy.
Or put even dumber: Getting a number 2 pitcher in exchange for someone who pitches LIKE number 2.