How will history judge Ed Wade?

Don't look so happyEd Wade is one of the more maligned figures in recent Phillies history. In his eight years as the club's general manager, the Phillies failed to make the playoffs eight times.

But when Wade comes back to Philly today, he'll see a team that he played a big role in shaping.

How many times was he presented with the opportunity to trade Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels or Chase Utley?

Wasn't he the one in charge when the organizaton decided Jimmy Rollins was its leadoff hitter of the future?

Paul Hagen spoke at length with Wade earlier this week, and also chatted with Phillies assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who served as Wade's assistant. Here's the story.


Speaking of maligned figures, Adam Eaton was actually moved up in the rotation today to face the Astros. It isn't a huge move - Eaton is on his fifth day, thanks to yesterday's day off - but how many people out there actually thought the Phillies would ever be in a position to juggle their rotation to get Eaton on the field?

Yeah, it's only two starts. But they've been two good starts.

Can he keep it up?


Eaton squares off against Shawn Chacon tonight.

Here's a look at some things to look at:

  1. Chacon spent most of last season as a reliever - just 4 of his 64 games were starts. He has lasted 6 innings in both of his starts, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits in a 3-2 loss to the Padres and 3 runs on 4 hits in a 5-3 loss to the Cardinals
  2. Chacon, who is 1-2 with a 5.87 ERA in 10 career appearances against the Phillies, has walked 8 and struck out 6.
  3. This is his first start at Citizen's Bank Park. In 4 relief appearances he has a 7.36 ERA.
  4. Lance Berkman is 4-for-12 with a home run off of Eaton.
  5. The Phillies will honor Jackie Robinson prior to the game. Short stop Jimmy Rollins will wear Robinson's No. 42 if he is able to play with a sprained ankle. 
  6. The Phillies (6-7) haven't cracked .500 yet this season.
  7. Eaton is 3-1 with a 4.42 ERA in 6 career starts against the Astros. He allowed 7 runs in 12 innings in 2 starts last season . .Chris Coste is 2-for-2 with 4 RBI lifetime against Chacon.
  8. Rollins is 4-for-11 lifetime against Chacon.
  9. Pedro Feliz is 5-for-20 with 2 home runs against Chacon.
  10. Tickets are still available by calling 215-463-1000.