Help is on the way, dear! Help is on the way!
– Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s not the Phillies’ offense that has been the problem of late. In their last seven games, they have scored 9, 7, 4, 4, 9, 3 and 5 runs, respectively.
They’ve lost five of those games.
With Roy Halladay out for at least another month, Cole Hamels scuffling, and Cliff Lee incapable of getting a win, the Phillies can actually use some pitching help.
So why not take a look at 33-year-old Ben Sheets, who has pitched 199 innings since 2008, the year the Phillies won the World Series.
Righty Ben Sheets threw for scouts today in Monroe, Louisiana, MLBTR has learned. Scouts from the Phillies, Braves, Yankees, and Angels were in attendance.
MLBTR points out that Sheets has suffered two partial flexor tendon tears and had up to three procedures performed, including Tommy John surgery, in 2010.
Would it kill Ruben Amaro to, just once, not pursue aging, white, 2003 late-round fantasy standouts? Just once, Rube. Try this instead:
Hey, this is Ben Sheets’ agent. I’d like you to come watch him pitch.
OH MY GOD. REA… wait, Ben Sheets? The career 3.79 ERAer who’s been bagging groceries since before Chase Utley’s knees fell off? No thanks.
Try that, Rube.