The Phillies have awakened this week against the Yankees with a bang, letting the young guys finally play consistently, giving the old tired look of Utley, Howard, and Ruiz a rest.  Utley, the consummate tight-lipped player who never admits anything is wrong, finally went to the DL after it became painfully obvious that his .179 batting average and .532 OPS was not just a slump.

Ironically Utley adopted Cody Asche last year, insisting when he came up that Asche have the locker next to him, and Cody has displayed the same tight-lipped demeanor as Chase with offensive production almost as limited.  Whether or not Asche can swing a bat in the major leagues as well as Chase did for many years remains to be seen, but I like that the Phils are giving him an opportunity to sink or swim.

Asche was displaced to left-field because the Phillies hoped Maikel Franco would emerge to be the superstar at 3B they’ve lacked since Mike Schmidt handled the hot corner as a kid out of Dayton, Ohio with two very bad knees.  Franco is certainly on fire this month, but you won’t see Phillies fans rushing to fill the seats at Citizens Bank Park just yet.  After all, it was only two years ago that Domonic Brown excited the fan base with six torrid weeks of long ball that landed him on the All-Star Team, only to disappear after pitchers made adjustments, as they inevitably do, that DB couldn’t counter.

So we’ll enjoy being Francophiles while it lasts, loyal to a Phault ….

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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3 Responses to Francophilia

  1. doctuhdon says:

    I like everything about Franco: his bat, his glove, and his demeanor. I think he is absolutely the real deal, and destined to be a future All Star. I’m still puzzled by Dom Brown’s demise; I thought he was Daryl Strawberry II, but he has degenerated into a nonentity.

  2. Dom’s potential stardom seemed brighter because Amaro hyped him so much as an untouchable that he took on the aura of star quality. He compressed the first 8 years of Straw’s legacy into 6 weeks. As pitchers got wise to busting him inside, or going with slow stuff, he hasn’t been able to adjust. That’s why we can think Franco is the real deal, but we haven’t yet seen that he’s capable of the adjustments the league is sure to make against him. Trout yes. Harper yes. Franco hopefully.

  3. doctuhdon says:

    Amen !

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