Balls, Sticks, & Stuff
8/19/2004
 
News, Notes, & Quotes
The Phillies continued their slide Wednesday night, losing to the Astros 9-8. Twice the Astros came back against the Phillies, erasing a 3 run deficit in the 4th inning and a one run deficit in the 8th. The loss dropped the Phillies 9.5 games behind the NL East leading Braves and 6.5 games behind the Wild Card frontrunner, the San Francisco Giants. The Phillies have lost 6 in a row and 8 of their last 10...

...Carlos Beltran drove in the two winning RBI in Wednesday night's contest, which brings a certain bit of irony since the Phillies apparently tried to acquire Carlos Beltran recently. Peter Gammons reported on ESPN.com yesterday that Beltran was placed on waivers, the Phillies claimed him, but the two teams could not reach a deal...

...In attempting to deal for Beltran, Phillies brass has apparently decided that Marlon Byrd is ideally not the player they would prefer to have in centerfield for the long-term. Additionally, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Charlie Manuel is again scouting the Rangers after having scouted the team during the run up to the July 31st trading deadline. Manuel appears to be evaluating Gary Matthews, Jr. (no where near his father's rank of sergeant) for centerfield as well as Brian Jordan...

...If the Phillies do make a deal it is possible that the price, or part of the price, could be Placido Polanco. Numerous sources are reporting that he has also cleared waivers. The Angels reportedly have some interest in Polanco, and the Athletics still do after a flirtation in July, and if the Astros can move Jeff Kent, its possible that Polanco may become part of a deal that could re-materialize there...

...Ed Wade was non-committal in his committment to Larry Bowa, "Bo' is our manager...You can interpret that any way you want." Balls, Sticks, & Stuff knows how phans would like to interpret it...

...Jayson Stark and Bill "One Chair" Conlin have recently commented on how the Pharm system is not nearly as phull as we have been lead to believe. In today's Philadelphia Inquirer, Jim Salisbury has written a piece which appears to have originated straight from the Phillies P.R. department. The story examines the "high ceiling" of Scott Mathieson, the Phillies 17th round pick in 2002. Mike Arbuckle gushes about Mathieson's body-type ("we aren't selling jeans here!"), arm strength, and overall make-up. All of this may very well be true, but 91 K's, 46 BB's, 111 H's in 110 innings is not an Untouchable in the making.




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