Phils take series finale from Cards 9-2, Jays reject Phillies counter offer…

For me the important part of today was another win, which in reality is what gets you to another post season, and without getting to the post season you can’t win another World Series.

In a game that had a freaky 1st inning, yes for me it was freaky, it’s not often you see the top of the 1st score a run and move a runner from 1st to 2nd on a fly ball, well it happened, but that wasn’t the freaky part, the bottom of the 2nd, it all happened again, exactly the same, it was like one of those if you can do it so can wee things from the movies. it looked as though it would be a very nail bitting game, by the end of the top of the 5th inning. It was just 3-2 Phillies, but the bottom of the 5th inning produced the 2nd 2 run homer from the Phillies by way of a deep to centerfield shot that hit the top of the center blanton.jpgfield batters-eye wall from Ryan Howard, at that point I felt with Joe Blanton on the mound the Phils were on there way to a victory. The game had the Phillies hitting 4, 2 run homers from Utley, Howard, Rollins and Ibanez….coupled with the first inning run it gave the Phillies another hard hitting win.

Even with the long balls and the double plays, for me the guy that made today was Joe Blanton he came into todays game with an ERA of just 0.83 for the month of July, and today he showed us why, he continued to get his pitches in the right location, keeping hitters off the bases. He went a solid 8 innings, giving up just 7 hits and 2 runs, while walking 1 and striking out 6…. The last 3 batters he faced just put an exclamation point on his perfomance, striking out in order, Lugo, Pujols and Holliday to end the top of the 8th. This is the type of trade deadline acquisition that has helped the Phillies. He’s not a media man, he’s not a look at me type guy, he goes out there and gets the job done and he works hard between his starts. I am not saying he’s better or worse than anyone else, my point is as far as acquiring someone, this guy was one of the better mid-season acquisitions the Phillies have made over the past few years. Well Done Joe keep it going through August….


So the Blue Jays turned down the counter offer the Phillies made for Roy Halladay, that is understandable, you see there are other teams still making offers and they want to get the maximum they can for him, the fact is other teams now know what they won’t except, so they have a lead role to offer something better than the Phillies offered. There are also reports that the Angels recieved a list of demands from the Jays for Halladay to go to them, it is reported that they like the Phils believe the asking price is too high.

I have read a lot of comments on blogs lately regarding this subject, me personally I am at the point where I say if they don’t like what we are prepared to give then walk away from the deal. Lots of people think Halladay is going to bring us another World Series, well he won’t, it’s a team thing, yes he does have the stats that say he will help the Phillies in acheiving that goal, but for me any trade is risky, regardless, some say the risk is minimal for the Phillies, on paper that maybe, but in reality, no one knows for sure, because there are no guarantees.

It would be nice to add to our starting rotation, in a manner that will improve it, not just add to it with more #4 and #5 rotation pitchers. I would like to see a serious consideration given to Lee at Cleveland, no he’s not Halladay, but he’s more affordable and would still increase our chance of another World Series.

So for all those commenters on the Halladay stories that say the Phillies blew it by rejecting the Jays outlandish request, I say this —- now you’ve got more days to whine, complain, attack management and continuously comment as if it was your discision and that you believe you are the almanac and crystal ball of baseball, and when others dont agree with you, you still have time to turn your frustrations out on them and start bad mouthing each other in the comments of a news story that most people have read and moved on from, sometimes days, but definately hours before you’ve started insulting each other.

It’s off to Arizona for the Phillies, and then onto the west coast for a road trip that will take us into August and past the trade deadline, so who will join the Phillies on the road, anyone or no one???


10 Comments on “Phils take series finale from Cards 9-2, Jays reject Phillies counter offer…”

  1. matttan7 says:

    Wow, the Phillies are on a roll now. I saw that game on TBS too. Ryan Howard is a a huge boost for the Phillies. The Cardinals are not really playing that great right now.

    Matthew T.

  2. Jane Heller says:

    I think the trade deadline is an exciting time, although I feel sorry for Jays fans having to put up with the constant rumors about Halladay. It must be such a downer to think he’s leaving, as well as a distraction to the players. It’ll be interesting to see which team finally gets him – and Lee – or if they stay where they are.

  3. carolmwl says:

    Success seems to indeed breed success, Peter. You’re right, I think – when Howard homers, others then do it too.

    It was SUCH an enjoyable game today. =) Love these stress free ones. I guess I dont like living on the edge. =)
    carol How ‘Bout Those Phils?

  4. redstatebluestate says:

    They better woo the Jays quick, though Blanton looked like he could take you all the way. I’m in pain, man. PAIN.

  5. phillies_phollowers says:

    I don’t feel like complaining about the non-trade…I am getting tired of the hoopla. Besides, I like Happ…would hate to lose him :O(


  6. ibleedpinstripes says:

    I really can’t wait to see what happens with Halladay. If he ends up with you guys, I wouldn’t doubt you’d at least win your division. And honestly, I hope he goes to the NL, that way we rarely see him anymore! =)

    – Lisa

  7. indianslove says:

    I hope Lee isn’t traded. I suppose we could do something..I just doubt a huge amazing comeback. It just doesn’t happen in Tribe history, it’s more heartbreak than not. At least, so far šŸ™‚ I really cant wait to see what happens to Halladay.


  8. raysfanboy says:

    Great job beating down the Cardinals. I–and the Cubs–thank you. It feels good looking at the NL Central and seeing the Cubs back on top where they belong and the Cards, well, who cares about the Cardinals?

    Man, we are getting beaten down around here. The Yanks came into town hot and might just be hotter right now. We need two teams to take them down. The game matched the weather–gloomy and gross.

  9. diamondgirl55 says:

    I know, we lost to the Indians and in Seattle! Boo :[ It’s ok though, someone has to lose! Congrats to the Phillies for winning the series against the Cards! That’s amazing! :] xoxo

  10. diamondgirl55 says:

    I know, we lost to the Indians and in Seattle! Boo :[ It’s ok though, someone has to lose! Congrats to the Phillies for winning the series against the Cards! That’s amazing! :] xoxo

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