On Saturday night, the Philadelphia Phillies watched as two of their most tradable assets, Cliff Lee and Antonio Bastardo, had rough outings with less than a week to go before the trade deadline. Lee pitched just five innings and allowed three runs on nine hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and clearly is still struggling to find his groove on the mound. Bastardo imploded for the second straight game, giving up four runs in extra innings to hand the Diamondbacks the win.
Yes, the Phillies have seen better days.
As the Phillies watch as their top tradable prospects at the trade deadline continue to struggle, there might be a bright spot among all the chaos. Grady Sizemore, who joined the Phillies earlier this month, has been very impressive, hitting .341 over the course of his 11 games since joining the team and going 12-for-30 as the Phillies’ leadoff man.
When healthy, there is no question that Sizemore is a great addition to any team. He possesses a blend of power and speed that is exactly what you want to see in your outfielders. The issue for him has always been the “healthy” part.
Sizemore has dealt with a myriad of injuries during his career, which have prevented him from taking his game to the next level and possibly becoming one of the elite power hitters in MLB. The result is that he has bounced from team to team, struggling to find some consistency in his career. However, when given the chance, he has always strived to make the most of every opportunity, which is exactly what he has done with the Phillies.
With Domonic Brown struggling and Marlon Byrd, the only real asset the Phillies have at the trade deadline, there is a great chance Sizemore could start playing every day as soon as August. If he stays healthy and continues to impress, there is no reason he couldn’t be a member of the Phillies’ starting lineup for the long haul.