The Phillies have played well since the various trades that shuffled several people off the team, there’s no denying that. Powered by the bats and what has turned into a decent starting rotation, they’ve picked up some games in the wild card hunt and face the WC-leading Reds the next 3 games. But how have the guys who were dealt played? Let’s check it out:
Bobby Abreu (New York Yankees)
- 37 AB 405 avg/ 488 OBP/ 568 slugging – 1.056 OPS
- 3 doubles, 1 homer, 5 RBI, 7 runs, 5-5 SB
He was struggling mightily in July, ending up with a 680 OPS with very little power. However, he’s turned the jets back on, and he finally hit a home run after having gone 163 atbats without smacking one. He even played a couple innings of CF when Johnny Damon was taken out of a game. The guy is getting it done.
Cory Lidle (New York Yankees)
- 1-0 1 GS – 6 IP 1 ER, 4 hits, 2 walks, 1 HR, 5 Ks
Not much to work on, but he does go today for the Yankees. He threw one pretty good start so far.
Sal Fasano (New York Yankees)
- 13 AB 154 avg/ 154 OBP/ 231 SLG – 385 OPS
- 1 double, 1 single
He hasn’t had many atbats, but he hasn’t really done much with them either. No loss here.
David Bell (Milwaukee Brewers)
- 36 AB 250 avg/ 300 OBP/ 361 SLG – 661 OPS
- 2 doubles, 1 triple, 4 RBI, 4 runs, 0-1 SB
He’s also struggled to hit, and slid into a little controversy with Cardinal’s manager Tony LaRussa with a borderline allowable takeout slide. He won’t exactly be missed, but he is still outperforming Abe Nunez, even considering how poor Bell is actually hitting. Imagine that.
Rheal Cormier (Cincinnati Reds)
- 0-0 6 G (4.1 IP) 6.23 ERA 2.08 WHIP
- 2 HR, 2 walks, 1 K
Cormier has pitched in 6 of 10 games since coming over to the Reds, and has given up a run in 3 of them. He’s also allowed two bombs, and has yet to have an appearance where he hasn’t given up a baserunner. We ain’t missing much here.
Ryan Franklin (Cincinnati Reds)
- 1-0 2 G (5.1 IP) 5.06 ERA 1.31 WHIP
- 1 HR, 2 walks, 5 K
In his first appearance with the Reds he went 4.1 innings in a blowout and gave up his 11th homer of the year. His second outing came in the game where David Ross slammed a homer to win the game, so he got the win there. He won’t be missed.
So 4 of the 6 who were shuffled off have not really done anything since we lost them, and we got back a couple of organizational fillers and some maybes. That’s not too bad there. The problem goes back to the Abreu deal and the absolute lack of talent recieved for Abreu and Lidle. Both are likely to continue their good starts with the Yankees, and we did not get back anything other than a viable LOOGY in Matt Smith(still in AAA) and some maybe sorta kindas in prospects in the lower levels. But I guess it was all about dumping money. I’m still not convinced they’re going to bring the payroll back over 90 million next year, let alone 80 million.