The Funny Thing About Polanco’s Back, Jules…

Polanco

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…is that it has landed him on the DL.

The Phillies were at first optimistic about Polly's back – at least publicly – but a bulging disc is exactly what ails Roy Oswalt right now… and those things don't just go away quickly.

Polanco has struggled a ton since the beginning of May, and it's not going too far to say that the one consistent right-handed bat the Phillies possess is in serious jeopardy of not performing at an all-star level for the rest of the season.

The move is retroactive to July 5. He will be eligible to come off the DL on July 20th. Ryan Madson was activated to take his spot on the roster.

Mini-prediction (semi-unrelated): The bullpen is going to be what makes or breaks this team. The lineup, even with a big trade deadline acquisition, probably isn’t going to hang crooked numbers on a consistent basis. The starters are going to do what they do, crush. It's the bullpen that will take this team as far as it can go. If they continue to do what they did in the first half – with Stutes, Bastardo, and Perez surprising lineups – the Phillies will be almost impossible to beat. If they can't sustain the level of play they displayed in the first half, it will be difficult for the starters to carry the team to the World Series, without support from one other group. The bullpen is the real x-factor here. And yes, I hate myself for using that term.

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11 Responses

  1. Well, at least Madson’s back, and that’s the important thing for me. I’m used to the fact this lineup is no longer capable of pounding opponents into paste, despite what happened last Sunday which was more the exception than the rule. I agree wholeheartedly that the Phils will only go as far as the bullpen takes them.

  2. If you guys keep making this joke I swear, I will get 10,000 copies of Superbad and just pelt you with them. Seriously, it was funny the first two times, but that ship has sailed.

  3. @L2112Lif whoa there, grumpy mcgrumpster. just chill out a bit. it’s not a big deal.
    but i agree. the bullpen is, and really always has been, a very important part in a playoff run.

  4. @Steve I’ve averaged about two-hours sleep over the past three days, drive 45-minutes to my pop’s place so I can make enough money to drown my sorrows in a bottle of vodka, and have lost much of the data for a 12-minute long piece of music I’ve been writing. Sorry if I’m grumpy.
    Joking about the vodka, if only I made enough for that part to be true…

  5. No, L2112Lif’s is right. It shouldn’t come as a surprise though, as Kyle has a habit of doing nothing but repeating something he saw somewhere else.

  6. Which is funny because Nicole, if that’s a real name, has a habit of repeating what other idiot bloggers say about someone who is more successful then they are.

  7. lol, so pitching is going to make or break the Phillies, eh? Wow, welcome to the show Kyle. In case you haven’t noticed (despite the fact that seem to just be in avoidance of it – if you can’t tell, it’s really starting to bother me), the Phillies are now a pitching team, not a hitting team. It’s not the mid- to late-’00’s anymore. So of course pitching will be key. And please stop portraying the Phillies’ league-average offense as being poor because that is false. The Phillies offense is average. It’s just not up to what our expectations had became.

  8. Using Boyo’s grammatical stylings:
    The funny thing about Kyle Scott’s back, Jules…
    … is that it ends with an arse and a vulva (not nessissarily in that order).
    For realsies, after the jump.
    Hahahahahahahah

  9. Kyle, the problem is that I like your articles, and I enjoy what you write here… But seriously, look back at how many “TFTA Blank’s Back… Jules” jokes you have here. I know, I KNOW you can do more than that.
    Oh yeah… Fuck success, I’m 21 years old, I’m still building my education, my resume, and my musical repertoire. I’m not an idiot, and I am *JUST* getting my chance to perform.
    Calling your readers idiots… Who are you, Lebron James?

  10. L2- I’m using the title to mess with people a little bit. I know it’s old, believe me. Just trying to hammer the point home about how many back injuries we’ve had this year.
    And trust me, Nicole is not a reader. It’s a troll. I can very easily see what people comment on – and which name they use – and it’s likely a disciple of another local blog who takes every opportunity to hate here.

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