It’s officially called tasseography, or the practice of reading the leaves, no doubt reading too much into symbols. I’m at serious risk of Dubeeography here, but I choose to interpret pronouncement by the Phillies pitching coach that nothing is wrong with his starting staff as of dubious value. Instead I take it as a sign that the starting pitcher today against the Pittsburgh Pirates is not Kyle Kendrick, as would normally be his turn, but Aaron Cook. A veteran sinkerballer, Cook would only be owed $1.625 mill if he makes the major league roster, a relatively low risk investment if you feel there’s a high probability that one of your starters isn’t right. So Cook becomes a middle reliever who can easily go a couple of innings if guys like Halladay or have trouble making it beyond the 5th inning. That was a role that Kyle Kendrick played previously, but he is secure in his starting role this year. Hence the nod to see if Cook’s last outing against the Rays was a fluke, or if he really has the stuff to make our staff as a spot starter and innings eater. At lease let’s hope that’s all today’s start means.
We’re back in Clearwater Beach this AM after working a few days in NJ, and will head over to the ballpark soon. Not sure if we’ll stay for the Meet n’ Greet after the game with Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, for their Hamels Foundation Malawi School Project. In any event, let’s hope the only smoke blowing this afternoon at the ballpark is from the Hamels’ barbecue, and not the pronouncements that everything is just fine with Cole’s counterparts.