Philadelphia Phillies: Songs to Describe Each Star at the All-Star Break
Sometimes the best way to categorize things is through song, and this is one of those times.
To describe each star on the Philadelphia Phillies' roster for the 2012 season at the All-Star Break, I have chosen one song to epitomize how they have fared.
The Phillies have had a disappointing season, and the stars of the team have been all over the place. Some have emerged as studs, while others have flopped.
To be clear, stars can be players who had prior success and whom we expected to play well, or those who have come on during the season.
With that, these are the musical counterparts to the top players the Phillies have at the halfway mark of the season.
Chase Utley: "I'm Back" Eminem
Chase Utley missed most of the first half of the 2012 season with an injury, but he came back in style.
In his first game of the season, on June 27, Utley smashed a home run and went 3-for-5.
This incredible game reminded us that he's back with the Phils, and while he's not 100 percent, he's doing better in his return than expected.
Jimmy Rollins: "Average Joe" Chuckz
Jimmy Rollins is having an average season.
Almost all of his stats are exactly average, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
J-Roll is having an average year for his career—nothing really stands out about him.
Hunter Pence: "Drop the Ball" Anthrax
Hunter Pence is usually an excellent fielder, but not this year.
At the halfway point, he has five errors (courtesy baseball-reference.com), which is one behind his career-high of six in a season.
He also has the lowest fielding percentage of his career.
This song by Anthrax is also fitting because it sounds like something Pence would play while walking up to the plate.
Carlos Ruiz: "The Champ" Nelly
Carlos Ruiz is having the best season of his career.
He leads the Phils in batting average (.350) and on-base percentage (.412), and he's right behind Hunter Pence in home runs and RBI.
Chooch is an All-Star and is also in the top five for batting average in the NL. He's been on fire.
Roy Halladay: "Things Get Worse" Eminem
Roy Halladay is having a rough year.
Everything looked promising in the beginning, going 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA, but after being shelled by the Braves for eight runs, he's collapsed.
His ERA is around four, he's lost five of his last six decisions and he's currently on the shelf.
As Eminem tells us, things have to get worse before they get better—hopefully Doc can prove that.
Cliff Lee: "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" Starship
Cliff Lee just picked up his first win of the season on July 4.
It couldn't have come at a better time, as the Phils flopped down the stretch, and it was their only win during the last 11 games of the season.
What's even better is that it was against the New York Mets.
Phillies fans can only hope that this becomes a trend, and that nothing can stop Lee now.
Cole Hamels: "All I Do Is Win" DJ Khaled
Cole Hamels has been a monster.
In a contract year, he has been impressive, going 10-4 this season.
Even when things aren't going his way, he does enough to win, including when he gave up six runs against Minnesota The Phils won 9-8, and he was credited with a win.
Hamels has been pitching well, and it truly seems like all he does is win.
Domonic Brown: "Call Me Maybe" Carly Rae Jepsen
Domonic Brown saw a lot of action in the majors last season, but this year he has yet to play in an MLB game.
He's been stuck in the minors all year, and right when it looked like he was ready to be called up, he was injured.
Brown is still waiting for the call, just like Carly Rae Jepsen.
Jonathan Papelbon: "All-Star" Smash Mouth
Jonathan Papelbon is an All-Star once again this season.
This is the fifth Midsummer Classic he will be a part of, but it is the first in three years.
Papelbon will finally be back in the festivities, and he has lived up to expectations in Philly.
Ryan Howard: "Achy Breaky Heart" Billy Ray Cyrus
Ryan Howard has been hurt for most of the season.
After tearing his Achilles in the postseason, he was originally scheduled to return for the start of the season, but he did not return until July 6.
He's played a total of two games so far this season, and he can truly be described as achy and breaky.