Who's On Third?
November 6, 2007
There’s buzz on the message board now that Pat Gillick said the Phillies don’t have third base on a high priority.
As Pat has indicated pitching remains the priority, a very high one. You’ve read it here and elsewhere, getting quality pitching is going to be very difficult. The Mets are looking for an innings-eater starter. Welcome to the club.
I can understand the buzz that the Phillies didn’t get enough offensive production out of third base. What people tend to forget, the Phillies get sky-high offensive production out of shortstop and second base, two positions that are weak on many, many other clubs.
The Silver Slugger Awards will be announced on Friday. If Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley don’t win (offensive excellence at their positions), then they need to reconsider the parameters of the awards. The numbers that pair put up and will continue to post, give the Phillies a huge edge.
Pitching—starting, setup or relief. That remains the major shopping list.