Its official, Roy Oswalt will join the Philadelphia Phillies, ending a ten-year run with the Houston Astros.
Roy Oswalt is entering the final stages of his career, so it’s nice to see him get one more crack at winning a championship before its all over. Although he has aged and has had some back issues in recent years, Oswalt is an upgrade and will fit right into the Phillie rotation by making his debut this Friday in Washington. The Phillies gave up the young J.A. Happ and two prospects in the deal, which could be considered a huge loss down the road if Oswalt does not deliver another championship to Philadelphia, but young talent was going to be the price to pay for any team, regardless of where Oswalt would have ended up. It will be interesting to see how the move to a contender will impact his numbers, and to see whether Charlie Manuel views him as a second or third starter in a battle against Cole Hamels.
So much for the speculation of what Marlins management plans to do at the deadline because it looks like Chris Coghlan made the decision for them.
If you hadn’t heard, Chris Coghlan tore his meniscus in his left knee while giving teammate Wes Helms a pie in the face following his walk-off hit over Atlanta, and will likely be out for the remainder of the season. Since when did celebrations become so dangerous? With Coghlan down, Florida is now expected to hold onto fellow outfielder Cody Ross who was rumored to be on the trading block. Logan Morrison got the call after Coghlans placement on the DL and will be thrown into the fire as the Marlins starting left fielder, even though he has a reputation of being terrible in the outfield and is better at first base, his natural position. As a highly touted prospect in Triple A- New Orleans this season, Morrison batted .324 in 53 games. Although he only had five home runs for the Zephyrs, he has shown the occasional pop by hitting 24 home runs in 128 games with Single A- Greensboro, but don’t expect to see much of that at the major league level.
Tim Hudson has been lights out for the Braves this year…and the guys at Talking Chop want to know why.
This is how good Tim Hudson has been this year, his 2.40 ERA is good enough for fifth best in the NL, and opponents are only hitting .220 off him, ranking seventh for the NL. Clearly, the key has been his rising strikeout total and for the season, 63.1% of his outs recorded have been via the ground ball, well above his career average of 49.2%. Hudson, along with Derek Lowe and Tommy Hanson, have been carrying much of the load for Braves starters in 2010, but now with Jair Jurrjens back in the mix (4-1, 2.84 ERA since return from DL), its going to be even harder to top the division leaders.
Could Omar Minaya’s best move of the off-season be the signing of R.A. Dickey?
R.A. Dickey was brilliant again for the Mets today, going 8 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and no runs. After the game, Dickey had some strong words for the media regarding the heart of the team by saying “You can say a lot of things about the 2010 New York Mets, but you don’t ever say we don’t play hard…These guys don’t give up and its an honor to be on the team.” I love the fire Dickey brings to the Mets, and hate to disagree with him when I say that at times it does seem like him and Angel Pagan are the only ones who care. The reason why many Mets fans have come to love Dickey and Pagan is because every night they take the field, they play as though their job is always on the line…which it is. Thanks to their hard work, they may have played themselves into a new contract with the team.
Federal Baseball recaps a newsworthy day for the Washington Nationals.
Scott Olsen returned to the Nats and earned his first victory since April 30th in a 5-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Olsen was put on the roster this morning as a result of Stephen Strasburg landing on the 15-day DL. The Nationals have been lacking a left-handed starter since the demotion of John Lannan, so look for Olsen to be a mainstay in the rotation. Olsen expectedly was a little rusty making his first appearance since May 21st, but was just good enough to grind through and earn the win. Expect tomorrow to be just as hectic as today, as Roy Oswalt will make his Phillie debut at Nationals Park.