You wish you had the Phillies problems? Okay I understand that as a Yankee fan your life is in turmoil because it's the second week of April and you haven't clinched the division yet. But let's examine the facts of this young season so far.
Maybe you have stranded a few more runners than the Phils, but that only really matters when you lose every game. Right now you're at .500 and sitting comfortably is second place after putting a hurt on the defending Central Division Champions last night. Most of the time runners LOB isn't that big a problem for the Yankees, you may leave 15 on but you knock ten in and your staff only gives up six.
My fightin' Phils on the other hand leave fourteen on base while only scoring four and despite the fact that their starting pitching for the most part has been stellar, their bullpen has the ability to give up seven runs in an inning.
But this year aside, because it is still young and thing could change lets consider this:
My fightin' Phils have missed the playoffs each and every year since their heartbreaking loss to Toronto in the World Series in 1993 and haven't won a championship since 1980. Your Yankees haven't missed the playoffs since 1994, and have won how many championships? I think it's twenty-six right, that's more championships than any team in any sport right?
So Brian, and believe me it pains me as a Phillies fan to say this, you can't even compare the Phillies to the Yankees. The two aren't even in the same league, and this comparison goes much deeper than the simple fact that one is an NL team and the other an AL team.
And as far as your trade for Cole goes, I said we should hold onto him like grim death, not trade him for grim and death, I will however take that bum A-Rod off your hands, who do you want for him Abraham Nunez?