Pap was back on the hill for the Phillies last night, he earned his 121st save as a Phillie, of course he heard boos
The All-Star Break probably gave this team a good chance to rest and get ready for the final 71 games of the season. The season is a little more than half done, but we'll still call it the '2nd Half'.
The team earned it's 4th win of the 18 games that Pete Mackanin has managed last night in the first game of a three game series with the Miami Marlins.
Jeff Francour helped seal the victory with a 3-run homer in the 8th inning and All Star reliever, Jonathan Papelbon got the save in this game for his 121st save of his Phillies career last night. Of course the fans let him hear it for saying that he wanted to be traded off of this team.
This team doesn't need the talent of Jonathan Papelbon anymore. Management has known about this for a long time, the Phils aren't going to contend for anything this season and didn't contend for anything in the last couple seasons, so why have a big salaried guy like Papelbon on the staff? His talents are really being wasted, but instead of staying quiet, like a few other players have been on this team that are making millions and not even producing, Papelbon has stated that he'd like to move on.
Papelbon is very close to vesting a contract that would keep him in Philadelphia for another contract year, though the team can even trade him under those circumstances so maybe the vesting portion of Papelbon's contract is not an issue anymore with the team.
It was nice to put a 'W' in the win column last night, is this the start of better things for this team?
On the horizon, Aaron Nola is scheduled to debut on Tuesday for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.