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Phillies Acquire Roy Oswalt

Why do the Phillies get all the Roys?

The Phils sent JA Happ, Anthony Gose, and Jonathan Villar to Houston in exchange for Roy Oswalt and a considerable amount of cash — the Astros will be picking up about half of the $22M left on Oswalt’s contract.

This gives the Phillies a starting rotation that starts with Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels — not too shabby.

Meanwhile, the Mets did nothing — and why would they? After a full day of meetings on Monday, they came to the conclusion that the team is just fine the way it is, with enough talent to get into the playoffs. They proved that beyond a measure of doubt by taking two of three from the Cardinals in their first series after the pow-wow.

Everyone criticizing the Phillies for this deal claims that Oswalt is old and stinks. Let’s hope that’s the case. And let’s hope he’s not one of the top ten pitchers in the NL (WHIP and Ks aren’t really indicative of a pitcher’s value, right?). Though, pitching isn’t everything in baseball — you still have to score runs. And we know the Phillies struggle mightily offensively.

If nothing else, this trade sort of fulfills at least one of my predictions from this year — though, it does appear Jayson Werth is still in Philadelphia. One out of three ain’t bad, right?

In other news, the Marlins jettisoned Met-killer Jorge Cantu to Texas, the Orioles sent Miguel Tejada to San Diego, and the Nationals traded Matt Capps to Minnesota for young catcher Wilson Ramos.

I wonder if the Mets considered acquiring Tejada to play 2B? That’s really the only position where the Mets had an opportunity to upgrade. He was playing third in Baltimore, and likely will do the same for the Padres, moving Chase Headley to the outfield.

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Phillies To Acquire Oswalt?

According to ESPN columnist Jayson Stark, via Twitter:

According to sources close to the situation, a Jayson Werth trade is imminent and further, the Phillies have stepped up their efforts to acquire an arm with the news that Jamie Moyer has an elbow strain.

With Werth slumping badly lately, the Phillies are looking to dump him for pitching and to make room for phenom Domonic Brown, who is hitting .360 with 4 HR in his first 20 games in AAA. The Astros could be interested in dumping Oswalt’s salary and taking on Werth, who is likely to be a Type A free agent and net the ‘stros two first-round picks when he walks in the winter. Though, the Phils might also have to add in a young pitcher such as J.A. Happ (who was pulled in the third inning of a minor league start) or Andrew Carpenter.

More likely, though, the Phillies will be trading Werth to a team hungry for a bat (Rays?) in return for a player (Andy Sonnanstine?) or players who will then be moved for the arm or arms they need. In addition to Oswalt, the Phillies have reportedly been in discussions for Dan Haren, Jeremy Guthrie, and Ben Sheets.

Meanwhile, the Mets might be interested in Jake Westbrook.

Can you imagine a Phillies team with Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt heading their starting rotation? Yes, they are struggling all around right now but what a shot in the arm (pardon the pun) such an acquisition would be. Just as significant, the Phillies would start the 2011 season with the two best Roys in baseball.

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Mets Game 123: Loss to Phillies

Phillies 4 Mets 1

This time, the bullpen couldn’t hold the fort.

Phillie killer Tim Redding allowed no runs and only one hit through five frames, giving the bullpen a golden opportunity to hand him and the Mets a win. Four innings was all they had to cover, but one night after shutting down the Phils, the bullpen caved.

Immediately upon being inserted into the game to start the sixth, lefthanded specialist Pat Misch walked Shane Victorino and allowed a homer to Chase Utley to give the Phillies a lead they’d never relinquish.

JA Happ scattered 8 hits through 7 innings to get the win for Philadelphia.

Notes

Luis Castillo collected another two hits, and is now at .317 on the season — fifth in the NL.

Jeff Francoeur scored the Mets’ only run, driven in by Omir Santos.

Jerry Manuel needed six arms to cover those final four frames.

Next Mets Game

Game three of the series begins at 1:10 PM on Sunday. Oliver Perez pitches against Pedro something or another.

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Mets Game 56: Win Over Phillies

Mets 6 Phillies 5

Johan Santana tried to give this game away three times, took it back once (with his bat!), and in the end wound up a winner.

Fresh off the harsh criticism of Larry Jones, who termed the park “a joke”, Citi Field played like Fenway Park on Tuesday night, as seven big flies found the seats.

The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the game thanks to homers by David Wright and Carlos Beltran, but the Phillies fought back with four of their own on “taters” by Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, and Jimmy Rollins.

However, the Mets rallied in the sixth, with Johan Santana delivering the key hit, a two-run double to right that tied the game (it was an old-school “slash” / “butcher-boy” show-bunt-but-swing play). Moments later Alex Cora ripped a single up the middle to score Omir Santos with the go-ahead run.

Ryan Church blasted a solo shot into the homerun apple beyond the centerfield fence to provide an insurance run, and Santana cashed in that policy immediately, yielding a homer to Chase Utley to lead off the top of the eighth.

Bobby Parnell came in relief of Santana and gave up a single to set the stage for Pedro Feliciano, whose first pitch resulted in a double play and fourth pitch finalized the inning. Talk about efficiency.

As usual, K-Rod kept things interesting but ultimately earned his 16th save of the season.

Notes

Johan was none too happy about being removed from the game in the 8th after giving up a homer to Chase Utley. He held the ball up to Jerry Manuel’s face and expressed his protest, though I’m not a lip reader and couldn’t make out what he said. ** UPDATE ** Apparently, Santana said to Manuel, “I am a man!”, though Jerry wasn’t sure what exactly that meant. Maybe Johan said it in Spanish, and really meant “mensch“, but something was lost in the translation?

Rollins came into the game hitting .222, but collected three hits and two RBI. This combined with a two-hit game on Sunday suggests he might be coming out of his season-long slump. Great timing, J-Roll … you couldn’t wait a few more days?

Everyone in the Mets lineup had a hit except leadoff man Luis Castillo. David Wright and Alex Cora were the only Mets with more than one (they each had two).

Is K-Rod earning his salary? Sixteen saves and only two earned runs in 28 innings pitched.

Next Mets Game

Game two begins at 7:10 PM on Wednesday evening. Mike Pelfrey faces Cole Hamels.

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