The Phillies sure do love walking off against the Reds. And hoo boy, does Maikel Franco love making that happen. Even in these dark, crappy times, there are bright spots. Maikel Franco: Reds killer and third baseman of the present/future.
|CINCINNATI REDS||PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES|
|Brandon Phillips - 2B||Ben Revere - CF|
|Joey Votto - 1B||Jeff Francoeur - RF|
|Todd Frazier - 3B||Chase Utley - 2B|
|Jay Bruce - RF||Ryan Howard - 1B|
|Brayan Pena - C||Maikel Franco - 3B|
|Zack Cozart - SS||Cody Asche - LF|
|Skip Schumaker - LF||Freddy Galvis - SS|
|Anthony DeSclafani - RHP||Carlos Ruiz - C|
|Billy Hamilton - CF||Aaron Harang - RHP|
So how many more starts do you think Aaron Harang has before he regresses hard? Like, super duper hard? I say two, since I'm feeling generous. I'd like the Phillies to trade him literally as soon as humanly possible. Aaron Harang is good, but he's not this good. This isn't going to last forever. Every pitch is precious! Every single one is a pitch he could be throwing for another team in exchange for a brand new player. Cash in now, Phillies! Don't wait! OPERATORS ARE STANDING BY!
I guess last night's offensive performance of one hit over the first eight innings (off Mike Leake of all guys) was so stupendous that Ryne Sandberg decided keep nearly the whole thing. The only change is that Ben Revere is leading off and playing center instead of Odubel Herrera. I mean, I don't watch the Phillies to see them score runs, I watch them to see Jeff Francoeur hitting second. That's a good thing, too, since with Francoeur hitting second, you won't see the Phillies scoring a lot of runs.
HAR HAR HAR HAR
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