Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2012 Chachi Transactions #13 Roy Oswalt

Mets 6, Phillies 3
Game 51 - Tuesday Night, May 29th in Flushing
Record - 26-25, 5th Place, 4 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Joe Blanton got hammered again and the Phillies offense couldn't compensate, as the Mets won, 6-3.

What It Means:  Blanton continues to struggle, just when the Phillies needed him most.  Here's the hard, cold facts from a Todd Zolecki tweet: "Joe Blanton had a 2.81 ERA in his first seven starts.  He has a 12.51 ERA in his last three."

What Went Wrong:  Blanton gave up two home runs, including a solo shot to Mets starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner.  It was Hefner's first big league hit.

Featured Card:  The Phillies news came quickly on Tuesday afternoon.  First, we learned that Roy Halladay would miss 6 to 8 weeks with a strained muscle in his right shoulder.  The good news is that it's not structural, so Doc won't need to go under the knife.  The bad news is that the Phillies will be without Halladay's services until the beginning of August at the earliest.  The word is he's going to be shut down completely for next three weeks.  (Ironically enough, the dire news was delivered exactly two years to the day after this happened.)

Second, Roy Oswalt is officially out of the running to replace Halladay in the rotation as the semi-retired righty signed with the Texas Rangers.  Oswalt returns to the Lone Star state after his brief sojourn in Philly.  On a positive note, at least now Topps will stop including Oswalt Phillies cards in its 2012 releases.  Oswalt had his team option declined way back on October 24th, but that hasn't stopped Topps from including him as a Phillie in their Series One, Opening Day, Heritage, Gypsy Queen and Bowman sets.

Presented here is Oswalt's first unofficial Rangers card and the latest addition to the Chachi Transactions insert set.

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