After a disappointing start to the Phillies’ series with the St. Louis Cardinals, the “Fightins” came back with two powerful wins, including a 4 homerun outburst in yesterday’s game. In fact, Jimmy Rollins, void of anything resembling his former self of the last three seasons, went yard in back to back games, with a grand slam just to prove he still has it. Of course, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez got their turns to hit the long ball.
Regardless of all the homeruns and power hitting, it is quite satisfying to know that the Phillies can bounce back from a tough loss. Equally comforting is that the bottom of the pitching rotation got the job done over the last two games. Even the bullpen has slightly steadied – of course with big leads, it really doesn’t matter.
The Phillies are still in negotiation with the Blue Jays for the Roy Halladay services. It appears the Blue Jays are asking for the farm, when the Phillies want to only give up the barn. Our take here at Philatude is – you have to do whatever it takes to win another World Series. I’d be satisfied giving up prospects now to win another championship. If it means overpaying with prospects to get a pure number 1 pitcher, I would do it. Imagine a rotation of Hamels, Halladay, Moyer, Blanton and a shadow of his former self, Pedro Martinez heading down the stretch of the season and into the playoffs. I am assuming that JA Happ has to go to the Blue Jays for Halladay. It would be a tough rotation to get any traction on and put together decent consecutive games. Simply put – the Phillies should get Halladay to give them the best shot at winning the Series.
Unless a monumental collapse occurs, the Phillies should be in control of their destiny.