Everybody Loves Music! (A Break From The 1-3 Start)
A few thoughts: These first four games have been mostly ugly and it is not encouraging at all when compared to the Nationals and Braves. (I predicted this team to finish third in the NL East, but still challenge for a wild card. My third-place prediction looks good, but the Phillies aren’t making me look real good about their chances to win 87-91 games.) That said, it’s just four games. The Phillies have had poor starts in the past. The only difference this time is this team is coming off a down year, not a World Series championship or 102-win season. It’s not like you can say, “They’re fine. They won 100 games last year.” They’re coming off an 81-81 finish.
But take a deep breathe. I read wide-ranging tweets yesterday, everything from releasing or demoting Jeremy Horst (1.15 ERA in 32 appearances last season with left-handers hitting .170 against him) to releasing Chad Durbin (historically a slow starter, his career ERA in April is 1.75 earned runs higher than his career ERA from May through September) to fans drawing concrete conclusions about the offense, bullpen and rotation after just four games.
Let’s reserve judgment a little further down the road.
You know, like next week …
In the meantime, I know many fans enjoy this, but here’s the current Phillies’ at-bat/warm-up music as of today (courtesy of Phillies music director Mark Wyatt):
- Domonic Brown: Pop That -French Montana
- Kevin Frandsen: Snow (Hey Oh) – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Freddy Galvis: Dime Te Me Va Dobla – Chimbala
- Ryan Howard: Started From The Bottom – Drake
- Erik Kratz: Collide – Skillet
- John Mayberry Jr.: Cashin’ Out – Cash Out
- Laynce Nix: Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love) – Jay-Z
- Humberto Quintero: La Cosita – Juancho de la Espriella & Silvestre Dangond
- Ben Revere: Feel Me Flow – Naughty By Nature and S.C.O.M. – Fort Minor
- Jimmy Rollins: Function – E40 and R.I.P. – Young Jeezy
- Carlos Ruiz: In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins
- Chase Utley: Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
- Michael Young: So What’cha Want – Beastie Boys