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Good Help Is Hard to Find

amaro.jpgPhillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. posed a question to reporters this afternoon at Tropicana Field:

“You don’t see a whole lot of pitching moved. How much pitching moved last year? Two? Three?”

Let’s see. CC Sabathia went to the Brewers. Rich Harden went to the Cubs. And Joe Blanton went to the Phillies.

That’s about it, right? That’s not much, but the Phillies have been pretty successful in recent seasons finding starting pitching help before or after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They hope this year is no different. They acquired Cory Lidle on Aug. 9, 2004, from the Reds. They acquired Jamie Moyer on Aug. 19, 2006, from the Mariners. They acquired Kyle Lohse on July 30, 2007, from the Reds. And last year they got Blanton from the A’s on July 17.

But this year could be difficult.

“I think things will heat up late because everybody is still kind of in it,” Amaro said. “There’s no real team bailing or stepping out of this thing. There’s going to be a pretty vicious fight for probably two of the divisions in our league and the wild card. There are so many teams that are still involved. I don’t expect that to change a whole lot in the next month, but it’ll start to crystallize a little more into July.

“The availability really isn’t there. The number of buyers and the number of sellers aren’t close to equaling each other.”

That seems to be the case. Several teams have scouted Pedro Martinez recently, and he hasn’t pitched since last season when he went 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA with the Mets. The Phillies have no interest in Martinez, but it shows not a lot of teams are making their pitching available.


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Meet the Mets

reyes.jpgPhillies fans hate the Mets and Mets fans hate the Phillies, which means this weekend is a big weekend at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies meet the Mets for the first time in 2009.

What happened since the last time they met Sept. 5-7, 2008?

Let’s see:

– The Mets blew a 3 1/2 game lead with 17 games to play, a year after they became the first team in baseball history to blow a seven game lead with 17 games to play.

– The Phillies won the World Series.

Other than that, not much. But this weekend should be fun. I’m not going to say these two teams hate each other, but there is a healthy rivalry between the two. The Phillies don’t like some of the Mets’ antics during games (i.e. showboating, which mostly seems to involve Jose Reyes.) A day after Shane Victorino hit a grand slam off CC Sabathia in Game 2 of the NLDS, somebody from the Phillies took the photo of Victorino rounding the bases in USA Today (Victorino had his finger pointed in the air) and wrote “Reyes” over Victorino’s name on his jersey and replaced Victorino’s No. 8 with Reyes’ No. 7.

Baseball is funny like that. Guys can pimp home runs, but not too much. Guys can celebrate, but not too much. I asked somebody last year what the difference is between Reyes’ elaborate handshakes with teammates after he homers and J.C. Romero pounding his chest after he strikes out a batter to end an inning? He said the difference is that Romero’s actions aren’t premeditated, while the the other stuff (I recall Fernando Tatis doing a quick slide step across home plate after he homered last year at Shea) is.

Hey, if those things get under the Phillies’ skin and boost the rivalry, I’m sure fans are all about it.

Play ball.


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