As of 4/13/17, our Philadelphia Phillies are 3-6. Yeah, not good. Clay Bucholz and his enormous salary are 0-1, injured and have a 12.27 ERA. Unless he is the next ageless Jamie Moyer, the Phils are likely to lose 40-year old Joaquin Benoit to retirement. So far, the Vince Velasquez of last year looks like a fluke, at 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA. And players like Jerad Eickhoff have no offensive help at all, with a loss somehow while posting a beautiful 1.98 ERA for a starter. Meanwhile, players such as Nola have tons of offense, with a win yet 4.50 ERA. So how do we fix it?
Well, Clay Bucholz has to go. I don’t care if he always has a slow season start, we need players who will constantly perform. Maybe we could send him and Tommy Joseph to the Athletics for SP Sonny Gray and former Phillies CP Ryan Madson. Sonny Gray might be a price, but it would be a price worth paying. When your career record is 38-31 for the lowly A’s, you have to be good. Plus, he won’t have to pitch as much, so he won’t get hurt.
Also, let Daniel Nava play more. In 7 at-bats, he has 4 hits, a double, .571 batting average, 2 homers and 2 walks. He has been out once! He has more homers than Mets star slugger Curtis Granderson. If we do trade Tommy Joseph like I think we should, who will replace him at 1B? I’ll give you a hint: his last name is Nava.
Hopefully, the Phillies can pull this out, but it looks slim. Don’t be surprised if the Phillies are out of playoff contention before you can say, “Joe Carter”.