Philadelphia - Mid Season Update

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Youthful Ignorance

When Jesus Martinez fills out his lineup card every night, he is penciling in 4 rookies. Nearly half of his lineup has less than 2 months of experience in The Show, but that hasn't stopped the Flyers from taking a 1 game lead in the final playoff spot in the Silver. For good measure, he's handing the ball to a rookie every 4th day, and his best reliever has only received 4 major league checks.

"Enthusiasm is contagious. These guys don't know even know they aren't supposed to be winning." said Martinez after Tuesday's 5-3 win over Calgary, a win that brought them within a game of 3rd place.

July's shakeup, after the appointment of a new general manager, saw the departure of several long-time Flyer's that helped the team secure the playoffs in the past. Weldon Davey, Rob Cummings, and Javier Munoz were traded and vereran DH Peter O'Herily was first waived and then shipped to AAA Allentown. In return the Flyers received Nicolas Simon and Anibal Padilla and about 2 million dollars cleared off the 2017 payroll.

The Flyers have the worst offense in baseball, however, they have improved from their historically bad efforts early in the season. A trio of rookies are leading the offense, Mark Alston, Rus Goodman and Chris Howard are batting 3-4-5 in the lineup. Combined with rookie SP Les Williams they have the top 4 rookies in WAR.

"It's going to be a dog-fight from here on out," said Martinez "We have 5 teams within 3 games of 2 spot with 30 games to go. I hope these kids are ready for it."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:26