Hope everyone had a good off day.
I generally like to start off my blog posts by pretending some of you actually give a crap about my life on the road, so here's our Tuesday Morning anecdote: A couple other beat writers and I took the red eye back from San Francisco after Sunday's game. We got into Philadelphia at about 6:30 a.m., at which point I picked up my car from the Economy lot and headed home. It was rainy and overcast and 50 degrees (San Francisco and Philadelphia have a lot in common).
So I get home, and in the spot where I usually park my car in front of my apartment, there is a fallen down tree. And under that fallen down tree is a car.
The only moral to the story is this: As life-force-sucking an experience as a red eye flight back from San Francisco can be, it's nowhere near as bad as waking up for work on Monday morning and realizing that there is a tree trunk jutting through the rear window of your Honda Civic. . .
With that in mind, let's start off another week . ..
My first thought: Where do the Phillies stand in this NL East? We're roughly a quarter of the way through the major league season, and I'd say the division is as unsettled as it was in spring training. In a story I wrote for today's paper, I wondered allowed whether the Florida Marlins are for real. A lot of it depends on your definition of "real," but I really don't think they'll make a serious push for the playoffs. Look, they're playing great right now. But they've taken advantage of a great schedule, they recently got swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a quarter of their wins have come against the Washington Nationals.
Here's Jayson Stark's take on the situation. . .
And here are some other things to keep your eyes on. . .
1) Bill Conlin checks in with some thoughts on the amateur swingologists who have checking in about Ryan Howard's (slump). . .
2) Zen and the art of hitting the cover off the ball: Paul Hagen on a swing that has no holes. . .
3) Phillies fan favorite Kyle Lohse has a 13.50 ERA in his last two starts. He allowed seven runs on eight hits in four innings his last time out. He pitches tonight for the Cardinals.
4) Check out this story on a kid from Florida State named Buster Posey. He played all nine positions in a game yesterday. Granted, it was against Savannah State. I have no problems with the 'Noles pulling a gimmick like this. College baseball is never in the headlines, and Posey is one of the top prospects for this year's draft. Plus, he's one of the few college baseball players whose GPA (4.00) is higher than his ERA. Why else do I care about Buster Posey? I got a chance to talk to him this spring prior to a scheduled exhibition between Florida State and the Phillies. The game was ultimately rained out. But Posey will be facing professionals before long.