(Editor’s note: Alright, so that might be the cheesiest post title ever).
My apologies for skipping out on the links yesterday. I had a solid slew ready, and my Internet decided it would be better served not working. I couldn’t do anything with it before I went to work, so yesterday’s links are now gone forever (Editor’s note: My God, it really is that dramatic). But let’s move on.
On the Anquan Boldin front: this is similar to what I wrote yesterday, though it focuses a bit more on why a deal is unlikely (Editor’s note: Can we all agree that anything Andy Reid says can be thrown out the window? He has steadily refused to offer any insight into anything. If you asked him if he was thirsty, he would probably say, “Well, I think I’m doing pretty good with the saliva I have right now. I’m not worried about a drink at this time. If a great drink is out there, I’ll consider my options then, but at this time, I’m moving ahead with the saliva I already have. My saliva will do its job, that’s not a concern”). Getting another playmaking wideout on this team has been favorite subject since TO left for Hell – it hasn’t changed now. If anything, it has just become an even more drastic need.
I’m not sure where this Brett Myers was earlier in the year, and quite frankly, I don’t care, so long as this version of Myers sticks around. Guess that trip to the Minors was gold. Last night’s Phillies recap.
So, Theo Ratliff is a Sixer once more. If all goes well, the Sixers will win their first ten, be the early favorite to win the East, and trade Ratliff halfway through the season for Dikembe Mutombo. I know this is an acquisition to compensate for the injury to Jason Smith, but the Sixers have certainly made their move this offseason. If this team meshes, they should be a top four team in the East this year, especially given the fact that the East is far inferior to the West. Their defense and transition game, along with the improvement in the half-court game by adding Elton Brand, should be a positive combination.
As posted over at the 700 Level, Baseball is going to employ instant replay. It will be limited to boundary calls, thankfully. One of the signs of the Apocalypse is using instant replay to determine plays on the field (safe/out plays) and to develop a technology to call balls and strikes (Editor’s note: I’m fairly certain that comes after locusts…yeah, locusts).
So, Fox’s Dayn Perry attempted to come up with a list of baseball contender flaws coming down the stretch. Read the whole thing if you choose, but I’ll put the Phillies section here.
Fatal Flaw: Right field
The Phils have some holes in the lineup. The one that stands out — and not in a good way — is right field. In the NL, just the Braves and Nationals have gotten worse production from the position, and once you adjust for the home parks in question, Philly’s right fielders have been the worst in the league. Fortunately for them, Jayson Werth has settled in at the position, and he’s doing a much better job.”
Alright, so the Phillies fatal flaw is in right field, even though “Jayson Werth has settled in at the position, and he’s doing a much better job.” (Editor’s note: That makes sense how? ). I can think of a few things I would put before I mentioned right field – overall offensive consistency, offensive production from the 6-7-8 hitters, and a fifth starter to replace Kyle Kendrick. I’ll grant that Geoff Jenkins has been a disappointment, but Jayson Werth has 17 HR’s and an OPS of .839, which is higher than the rest of the Phillies team, except for Pat Burrell (.940) and Chase Utley (.922). Werth looks like the perfect fit to hit second in this offense – we have many more concerns than this.
This should make you feel especially lazy: the inspiring story of South Africa’s Natalie du Toit, who competed in the open water swiming marathon. Which is a 6.2 mile swim. Oh, did I mention she completed it with only one leg?