Posted by mattsmith on 5th October 2009
So much has been made out of the Phillies’ pitching situation heading into the playoffs, it’s easy to forget that this team has one major flaw outside of a guy whose name rhymes with “Lad” and “Bridge”…
The bench is weak.
But it’s not a lost cause, either.
There are two semi-not-really-controversial moves/switch-a-roos that should be made for the NLDS.
John Mayberry Jr. over Matt Stairs
So what if Mayberry failed to live up to the spring-training hype. And who cares if he has career minor leaguer written all over him.
Matt Stairs doesn’t deserve a spot on the roster.
I know, I know … he’s a power lefty and a folk hero. He can suck 90 percent of the time and make up for lost time with one swing of a bat. Heck, I’ll be the first to admit that the Phillies MIGHT NOT have won the World Series without Stairs’ moonshot in Game 4 against the Dodgers.
But… c’mon, this guy flat-out cannot hit any longer. He’s old, beer-belly fat and Canadian. What more prove is there that this guy just doesn’t have it anymore?
Stairs can’t even catch up with a juicy fastball — his pride and joy. What does he have, one hit since July?
I understand that you’re losing the THREAT of a pinch-hit homer in late innings… but I’d gladly take my chance with Mayberry, who has shown flashes of power, if not an inability to hit any pitch that doesn’t stay straight in the zone.
Not to mention, Mayberry can run a little bit, so he can be used in pinch-run situations if need be.
Miguel Cairo over Eric Bruntlett
Ugh. Well, this isn’t exactly a huge, earth-shattering decision. Both guys a borderline terrible, but I’d give Cairo the nod because he has shown to be a better hitter in limited action this year.
Like Stairs, Bruntlett can’t hit a lick.
Maybe Bruntlett is a better fielder… who the hell knows?
Here’s how the bench should look on Wednesday:
Outfielders – Ben Francisco and Mayberry
Infielders: Cairo and Dobbs
Catcher: Paul Bako