Posted on: September 14, 2009 2:28 am

Phillies Bullpen...???

With Ryan Madson blowing his 6th save on Saturday and Brad Lidge almost blowing his 11th on Sunday afternoon, what do the Phillies do with the bullpen come October? Do they leave Lidge of the postseason roster? Madson is just 8/14 in save chances and thats a worse clip than Lidge at 29/39. Tyler Walker has been a great since joining the club in July, but is he the answer? He was alright as a closer for the Giants in '05 converting 23/28 with a 4.23 ERA, but that was a 4 years ago. Scott Eyre has an elbow problem isn't available at the moment. Chan Ho Park has been great out of the pen this year with a 2.57 ERA over 49 innings in 37 games. But he's just 2/6 for his career in save chances, including 0/1 this year. Who knows if J.C. Romero or Clay Condrey will even be back for the playoffs, let alone able to close. Right now the Phils best bet for a closer might be Brett Myers, assuming he's not throwing back-to-back games. He was an excellent closer in '07 converting 21/24 with a 2.87 ERA over 53.1 innings in 48 games with 3.5-1 strikeout to walk ratio. Charlie might just have to go closer by committee or by situation. But if they want to repeat they're gonna need to get some consistency from the back end of the pen along with Park and Walker.
Category: MLB
Tags: Phillies
Posted on: September 14, 2009 2:10 am

What do the Eagles do now?

With Donovan McNabb out for a presumed 2-4 weeks, likely 2 or 3 games with a bye in week 4, what do they do with the quarterback situation? AJ Feeley has not been picked up by anyone, but in order to sign him they'll have to release someone from the 53 man roster. They can't go into next weeks game against the Saints with just Kevin Kolb and McNabb has a #2 with the hopes that Kolb can get through the game without injury. They need to bring in a QB, preferrably someone familiar with the offense. That really leaves 2 options, Feeley and Jeff Garcia. Since McNabb should be back in a couple weeks, Feeley is the best option as they should probably carry 4 QBs for the remainder of the season with Michael Vick nowhere ready to start, if necessary, and Kolb having shown nothing to give fans confidence in him. Feeley has shown he can run this offense and run it well against good teams and on the road in tough environments. The Eagles need to sign him ASAP before the Rams make a run at him, assuming those rumors are true.

But who do they let go of? If it were me, I'd try and get what I can for WR Reggie Brown or just release him. He's rarely going to be active since he doesn't play special teams and he was a ghost in the pre-season with just 5 catches. Bring in a 4th quarterback and run the offense with the other 5 WRs on the roster; DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis, Jason Avant, Jeremy Maclin and Hank Baskett. The Eagles offense flowed much better late last season when they stopped trying to get all the receivers playing time and just went with a consistent group.

Defense played great today. Big props to Sean McDermott with a great game plan. Rough first drive, but fantastic after that. 169 total yards with just 86 yards rushing and only 31 after that first drive. Hastled the QBs all afternoon resulting in 5 sacks and 7 turnovers. Just a great job. Gotta forget about it though and get ready for a great New Orleans Saints offense.
Category: NFL
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