It's a marathon, not a sprint. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Sometimes I need to be reminded of this during the baseball season.
That said, it's never to early to take stock of the Phillies. And so, I will. Here are some thoughts on the season so far.
- I'm not the first person to say this and I won't be the last, but Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball. In addition, he's fun to watch. He works fast and doesn't mess around on the mound. If only he could hit...
- Ross Gload has flat out stunk so far this year. He reminds me of So Taguchi, during So's unceremonious Phillies tenure. Taguchi suffered from a lack of at-bats and I'm hoping Gload will get the benefit of a start here or there to get himself going.
- Danys Baez throws very hard, but he often throws very straight.
- Jose Contreras has been a beast so far this year. He could turn out to be the Phils most important offseason acquisition.
- I just watched Jason Giambi rip a single off of Kyle Kendrick. That's never a good sign. While the 4th/5th starter spot has been an issue, the Yankees proved last year that you can win it all with just three solid pitchers. The Phillies have the potential to head into the playoffs with one great, and three good pitchers. The three good pitchers would be Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton and JA Happ. I don't need to tell you who the great one is.
- Don't forget about Jimmy! James Rollins was off to a torrid start before suffering the calf injury that has shelved him for almost a month. While Juan Castro and Wilson Valdez have been serviceable in his absence, a healthy J-Roll at the top of the batting order will only add greater depth to the best lineup in the National League, if not all of baseball.