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This game was atrocious last night. No other way to say it. I still have faith that we will pull this out because we have 3 aces facing the Giants a second time around, plus 2 of the 3 games will be in Philly. With that said, if I’m GM Rueben Amaro, Jr, I’m taking a looooonnnnngggg look at my core guys. Specifically, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins.

Lets start with Jimmy – He can not hit from the left side. I don’t know if it’s injury or because he’s lost it or what but he needs to stop switch hitting. He also really needs to stop swinging long ball every friggin’ at-bat. You all know what I am talking about. I think it was the 8th inning, Werth just tied the game up with a double and no one out. Jimmy steps up, and pops out to short. What the hell was he thinking? First off, if you are swinging in that situation, you need to pull the ball to get the runner to third. Secondly, YOU BUNT IN THAT SITUATION!!!! Listening to WIP this morning, Ricky Bottalico gave it a good term “his glory swing”. In other words, Jimmy was not thinking about the team. Jimmy was thinking about Jimmy.

Chase – This is going to be much shorter. Promise. Chase had surgery 2 seasons ago for a hip flexor thingymabob. We all know that. It was well reported. In fact, he played with it for most of the season. What was under-reported is that with these surgeries the hip does not heal 100%. At best, you get 90% of what it once was. It’s also degenerative, meaning that his hip is going to get worse, not better. So the Phillies need to do one of two things; 1) Get a decent backup and sit Chase once or twice a week, whether he likes it or not; or 2) Trade him. Trade him now while you can get something for him. Don’t let this linger.

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