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The Week in Review

No-Show of the Week

You know, I almost feel bad doing this, mostly because he seems like a genuinely good guy. But Kyle Kendrick has been absolutely killing the Phillies, and he did it again this week. His line against the Marlins on Tuesday: 1 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 2 walks, 7 runs! Wait, did you catch that? Hold on, let me give that to you again. 1 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 2 walks, 7 runs! (Editor’s note: Could you repeat it one more time?) 1 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 2 walks, 7 runs! Kyle, baby, we need you to step it up. (Editor’s note: Insert 70’s soul music in the background here). I know we boo sometimes, sugar, but it’s because we care – because we need you. Just give us a few more quality starts, and we won’t boo you no more. Please, please don’t do us no harm, Kyle – we can’t bear it no mo’. (Editor’s note: The Pundit is so tender, isn’t he?)

Stud of the Week

M-V-P! Well, maybe. Ryan Howard has been hotter than a pudding wrestling match between Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel lately. (Editor’s note: Ah, the clash of the Jessicas. This claim, of course, is absolutely absurd. Nothing is hotter than that. And pudding is delicious.). His line for the week: 12-34 (.353), 8 runs scored, 14 RBI’s, 4 HR’s, 4 doubles. The big fella just might carry the Phils into the postseason all by himself. He either scored or knocked in 18 of the Phillies 57 runs this week, a cool 32%. That, people, is MVP production. Jimmy Rollins has been ridiculous lately as well, setting the table and scoring runs like the Jimmy of last year. I give it to Howard by a nose because it has seemed that, with runners on, he has been completely locked in, but Rollins comes a close second.

My All-Encompassing Thought of the Week

Monday Night Football, when the Eagles are playing, and especially when its against the Cowbitches, requires a special sort of preparation. First, it is important to watch with a group of people, to maximize the energy and positive karma for the good guys. Make sure that, if you have any lucky jerseys or hats or boxers (Editor’s note: I never leave home without my lucky Eagles Speedo), you are wearing them for the game. While a professional spread isn’t necessary, one should be offering or offered with appropriate football cuisine: hot wings, pizza, french fries, veggies and dip, potato chips, one of those 17 foot long hoagies, those little pepperoni’s and cheese trays, etc. Greasiness is next to godliness. Beer. And maybe some more beer. Plus, the beer. That all goes without saying. But don’t be afraid to up the ante a bit. Make yourself a T.O. voodoo doll. Randomly start up the E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES chant. It might be best to start this early in the day – nothing says “Hey, I’m an ambitious and enthusiastic worker” like doing the Eagles chant all day long during work. That’s pretty much a guaranteed raise, trust me. Full body paint is acceptable, unless you’re excessively hairy and/or packing the ol’ gut keg. Go crazy, people. (Editor’s note: Who does The Pundit hang out with?)

Painfully Specifiic Thought of the Week

Pat Burrell is having a bizarro world version of his season last year, but in reverse. Last year, he struggled early in the year, and came on late – this year, he was on fire early in the year, and has since disappeared. But look at his numbers from the two years: 77 runs, 121 hits, 26 doubles, 30 homers, 97 RBI’s, 114 walks, 120 K’s, .256 AVG last year, compared with 68 runs, 123 hits, 30 doubles, 30 homers, 77 RBI’s, 94 walks, 127 K’s, .250 AVG. His walks and RBI’s are each down, but everything else is pretty much spot on. Just in reverse. I’m not sure what it means, but can you imagine if Pat the Bat could produce consistently for an entire year? He’d be a force to be reckoned with.

Moment of the Week

How ’bout them Phillies, sweeping the Brewers in 4 straight games? The Phillies had the look of a playoff team, and the Brewers had the look of a team that was just hanging on for dear life. It’s like when you’re at the bar, and you see a guy trying to run game on a woman, but she seems half-interested and he’s refusing to take the hint. Then, another guy checks her out and they do the whole “we’ll talk for awhile but we’re going to hook up later” eye contact sex-glance. He starts in, and the first guy sees what’s happening, and makes a drastic move, like asking her to dance or seeing if she wants another drink, but all three know that that this guy is old news and the new guy is moving in for the kill. Think of the Wildcard as the hot chick, the Brewers as Mr. Old News, and the Phillies as Johnny Smooth. They know what to do; they’ve done this before, while the Brewers blew it last year and have the look of a team that might blow it again. Of course, if the Phillies keep playing their cards right, they may be able to flip the Wildcard for her even hotter friend, the Division Title. God, she’s sexy. The Mets have been suave thus far, but they couldn’t close before – here’s hoping they get too drunk and start humping her leg on the dance floor or something. (Editor’s note: Let’s get Mr. Met plastered!)

Go get ’em, birds. E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!

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The Week in Review

No-show(s) of the Week

Kyle Kendrick and Joe Blanton, come on down! Let’s combine the stats Blanton and Kendrick offered up against the Nationals this week: 8 innings pitched, 14 hits, 10 runs allowed, 6 walks, 3 K’s. And guess what? The Phillies lost both games. To the Nationals. Not cool. The Phillies have been getting quality, quality starts from Cole Hamels, Brett Myers and Jamie Moyer. Hell, call Myers the Second-half Messiah, ‘cuz he resurrected, baby! (Editor’s note: Now hold your horses – that’s just sacrilegious). The Phillies can’t afford such a drop in performance from Kendrick and Blanton; I’m not asking them to suddenly channel Nolan Ryan, but 10 runs allowed in 8 combined innings is a surefire formula for failure 2 out of every 5 games. It puts an incredible amount of strain on the bullpen and a lot of pressure on the offense. You are, as they say, only as strong as your weakest link(s).

Stud of the Week

I don’t care if it was against the Rams, though it certainly helped: Donovan McNabb looked sharp. 21-33 for 361 yards and 3 TD’s. Yeah, that’s a damn good start. He made smart decisions, was accurate when he had guys open, and showed solid pocket presence. That, and he’s my starting fantasy quarterback. I don’t think I need to say much more than that, do I? Oh, and a quick shout-out to the Eagles receiving corps and L.J. Smith – a job well done, gentlemen. Doesn’t mean I’m retracting on my Anquan Boldin stance, because the Rams secondary was, um…well, were they even on the field? (Editor’s note: They were there in spirit, I think). But, a nice job turned in by all. Bring on the Cowbitches.

My All-encompassing Thought of the Week

God, its awesome to have football back. Does any sport cater to a gathering quite like football? Wings, veggies, dip, chips, some brews, a bunch of good people, and good ol’ Eagles football. It’s heaven, just pure bliss. Football has something for everyone, even the most casual fans. Big hits, graceful catches, ridiculous runs, bone-crunching hits. Yup, I love football. (Editor’s note: Understatement much?) I don’t think I’m going to have anything else to say about that, mostly because I’m recovering from a few too many cold ones and a bunch of greasy food. And that’s just the way I like it.

My Painfully Specific Thought of the Week

Yeah, Pat Burrell is AWOL. I didn’t want to No-show him again this week, especially because Kendrick and Blanton were far too detrimental to the Phillies against the Nationals, but the Fightins could really use his production right now. Burrell had an absolutely horrendous August: he hit .181 with an OPS of .618 and 29 K’s, the worst numbers he put up in those categories all year. To his credit, Burrell was huge early in the year, along with Chase Utley. But for the Phillies to really make their push, they’ll need Burrell to wake up. Charlie has been trying to compensate for his lack of production, mostly moving Jayson Werth all over the lineup. If Burrell starts hitting like he was early in the year, and the Phillies keep their bats hot, they’ll swing their way back into the postseason. They may do so anyway, but Burrell is a very important part of this lineup, especially hitting after Howard, When he’s swinging well, teams aren’t as likely to pitch around Ryan Howard. But if he can’t get it going again, Howard will see less pitches to drive, and the juggling lineup routine will continue.

Moment of the Week

The Red Bull Soapbox Race was an absolute blast. The fact that it was pouring all day actually made the event even more fun, in no small part because of the hordes of beautiful women walking around in wet t-shirts. It was a sloppy, wet, drunken mess of humanity (Editor’s note: Reminds me of all that was good about college) that booed when the racers didn’t crash at the end of the course and cheered when they did. The group I was with managed to find the perfect vantage point, perching on top of a small utility garage right behind the finish line. It was certainly better than standing ground level, where you were lucky to see past all of people crowding around the guard rail. That, and truly motivated drinkers requesting showers of beer made for a great downtime activity. While all of the above was classic, the highlight of the day had to be the Michael Jackson Car. The car itself was simple, with Michael Jackson hunched over on a small platform attached to the back of the soapbox. The car rocketed down the course, crossing the finish line without breaking. As the car neared the emergency hay bales, the crowd started hollering, hoping and praying that Michael Jackson was going to go balls-out in his game of chicken with the hay. We were not to be disappointed; the Jackson car rammed into the the bales head first at roughly 30 MPH, as the crowd exploded with excitement. That explosion, however, was not nearly as epic as the soapbox’s, which flipped both itself and its two inhabitants clear of the sizable stack of hay. It was a glorious collage of arms and legs and wheels and hay decorating the rain splotched sky. Michael Jackson probably got a good 8 feet of air as he somersaulted toward the pavement. It was horrifying and spectacular and utterly ballsy and one of the craziest things I have seen in a good while. (Editor’s note: Does anybody else get the impression that the Michael Jackson car was some sort of religious experience for The Pundit?) The entire day was a testament to human ingenuity, enthusiastic, drenched and drunken Philadelphians, and some good old-fashioned soapbox racing fun. Lucy and I termed it the Carcrash Downpour Derby. Thank you Red Bull for a truly fun day – we hope you will come back soon.

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Waking with The Pundit

Quick hits this morning.

The Phillies lose to the Nationals. Oh Kyle Kendrick, why do you do it to me?

Your daily Eagles fix – Lito is back in the news. Oh, goody.

The Sixers continue to add to their roster. Everybody give a nice, warm Philly welcome to Donyell Marshall.

It sure has been a rough stretch for Roger Clemens – can’t help but feel a little bit sorry for the guy, especially after this.

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Linkoln Blogs

(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.

Required Reading

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.

An solid piece on Cole Hamels by E. James Beale over at Citypaper.net. It’s a bit long, but if you read one of these links, check this one out.

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.

Philadelphia Phillies

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?

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The Week in Review

Every Sunday, I’ll give out a few awards / thoughts on the week that was. Let’s get to it.

The “No-show of the Week” goes to Kyle Kendrick. In two starts this week, Kendrick has lasted a total of 7 innings, allowing 13 runs (all earned) on 15 hits, 8 walks and one hit batter.  The Phillies lost both games.

The “Stud of the Week” goes to Michael Phelps. Duh. Normally, I’ll reserve the awards for Philly guys, but its pretty hard to ignore the man who took home 8 gold medals for the US swimming team, upping his Gold medal total to 14, and his total medal count to 16, both records for a male Olympian. Unbelievable.

The Pundit’s “All-encompassing Thought of the Week” is a thank you note to the Olympics.

“Dear Olympics,

I would just like to thank you for providing us with compelling storylines, exciting competitions, and breathtaking finishes. It has certainly been a memorable first week, and I am looking forward to even more world-class competition from the next. I would also like to thank you for distracting me from the Phillies 1-5 West Coast trip. If the Phillies have been like my wife for much of the summer (Editor’s note: Oh, that’s just sad), then you, the Olympics, have been like my bottle of Scotch.

Your Friend,

The Pattison Pundit”

The Pundit’s “Painfully Specific Thought of the Week” is for two Phillies, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard. During this week’s West Coast trip, neither, on paper, has looked very effective. Rollins is 4-26, while Howard is 2-19 with 10 K’s. However, each have a job to do: Rollins is supposed to be getting on base and scoring runs, while Howard’s job is to knock runs in. Though it hasn’t been pretty, Howard has done his job, with 6 RBI’s. Rollins, on the other hand, has been less then productive. With 4 hits, 1 walk, 1 stolen base and only 2 runs scored, Rollins has not been setting the table during the Phillies struggles. To put that in perspective, Shane Victorino, who didn’t play one game against the Dodgers and only pinch-hit in another, has also reached base 5 times and scored twice – in 9 less at-bats.

The “Moment of the Week” goes to the US Men’s 4×100 freestyle relay team, specifically Jason Lezak’s anchor leg, where his 46.0 second split set a world record and completed a legendary comeback against the favored French team. Much discussion after the race was centered on Michael Phelps, and the preservation of his 8 Gold quest, but this moment far transcended that. Watching Phelps hysterically cheer on his teammate down the stretch, I got the impression that, though it may have been in the back of his mind, Phelps, like anyone watching, was competely lost in the drama of the moment. Lezak’s magical comeback was in many ways a metaphor for what sports often become: moments in time that represent the hopes and dreams of so many people. With his team’s finish on the line, with the possiblity of Olympic history for Michael Phelps on the line, with the chance to disprove the French’s predictions on the line, and with American Olympic lure on the line, Jason Lezak swam the leg of a lifetime. That’s the stuff of legend, folks.

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