**I'm posting this here altho it was composed after the Saturday game and before the win today.
There's something about the other team clinching a postseason berth and doing the happy dancing and spraying champagne on your field that can cause fits of righteous distress, and for the weaker amongst us the chugging of Maalox especially when that other team is the New York Muts. Worse, yes there is worse, which is that team with 2 red birds perched on the ends of a bat doing same.
Meanwhile the Phillies continue the seemingly never ending descent into the baseball abyss. If they should win tomorrow, the season ends 71-91, better than the 2015 log of 63-99, but the differential between runs scored and allowed is almost equal to that of 2015 and after tomorrow may be worse. Looks that in reality my preseason guess of 55-107 really wasn't that far off. Some relief pitching and real hitting are needed for any legit chance of not ending next season @ 54-108. Yes, losing 2/3 of the games.
Phillies ownership talks a great game. (Hi there John Middleton. Where you been all season?) but what we've seen betwixt the foul lines in 2015 and 2016 can get those of us who saw the 1962 Muts (40-120) thinking about which team really had less talent. At least that first Muts team had baseball brains on the field and in management the latter of which was proven beyond doubt in 1969.
I guess in fairness it must be stated that nobody expected Ryan Howard to snap that Achilles tendon in 2011 after signing that megacontract effective with the 2012 season. He's never been anywhere near the pre injury player. Big guys who have that injury rarely play really well again. Nobody expected both Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee to almost simultaneously have their bodies wear out beyond pitching repair when they did. Not their faults. MLB level replacements were not anywhere near ready.
One REALLY wonders about the fellows who are there now. Reinforcements particularly bullpen and corner OF are needed now or those of us brave enough to venture forth will next season mostly be able to buy discounted box seats 1/2 hour before game time directly behind the Phillies dugout. Turn off that cellphone during the game if you're sitting there and be sure to bring your glove. It's foul ball territory.
The infield should be OK with Joseph, Hernandez, Galvis and Franco with Blanco as the reserve, and Rupp being the main catcher. BTW, he does bear some resemblance to Clay Dalrymple but with a bat unlike # 11.
Maybe Mackanin might appreciate some help from us peanut galleryites. Seems like he knows baseball and has the support of the players, but we don't know about him as a MLB manager because he lacks MLB talent with which to manage a game.
No Maalox moments here. Nor any resort to strong adult beverages. There are always worse matters. **