By: Seth Everett
Let’s just play already! I feel like I’m on Spring Break. The Phillies haven’t played since that drubbing of the Braves on Sunday. Since then, I’ve been asked more stuff about the All-Star game than anything about the Phillies. Can we move on?
The Phillies get back in action Friday vs. the Mets, who have been more active than them this week. Sandy Alderson found a taker for Francisco Rodriguez, and now he tries to prove to their fans that they aren’t throwing in the towel.
It’s fireworks night, so “Extra Innings” on WPHT might be an adventure after the game.
The Phillies will welcome back Vance Worley. He was sent down only so he could pitch in rotation because of the off-days this week. It was NOT a demotion.
I look for a better performance from him than his last outing at Citi Field. He had been jerked around because of the Phillies’ uncertainty with injuries to Joe Blanton & Roy Oswalt. Subsequently, this time he has been handled perfectly. Look for Vance to pitch well.
The Phillies will go with All-Star Cole Hamels on Saturday & Kyle Kendrick on Sunday in the series finale. That’s important to set the rotation from here going forward.
For any series, the Phillies did not want Worley & Kendrick to ever go back to back in a series. This way, Hamels separates them, and Halladay/Lee can open the Chicago series at Wrigley Field next week.
Here is my schedule for the series. Friday, I’ll have “Extra Innings” on WPHT live from Citi Field. Saturday, I’ll start my day on WIP from 8-10 a.m. Then, back over to WPHT, where I’ll have “Inside Pitch” at 3 p.m., and “Extra Innings” after the game. Sunday, I’ll host “The Baseball Show” on WPHT after the finale.
I’ll also have photos and more video from Citi Field for this site on Friday.