Philadelphia Phillies – Building a Boomtown

The Phillies are turning Philadephia into a Boomtown . . . . The Philadephia Phillies are still leading Major League Baseball in homeruns.  The Phils are currently at 77 longballs so far for 2008 with their impressive offensive line-up.  That comes out to 1.43 dingers each game until tonight.  Their boomsticks are not limited to only homeruns since they are currently 6th place in MLB in hits and 7th in batting AVG.  Check-out the following Phillies stats here.  Go Phightins !!

 

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Phillies – Utley is Back in the Chase

 

Do you see any resemblance?  No, well both of them have the ability to unleash their bats and cause untold havoc on their opponents . . . .   Utley was back in his rare form yesterday when belted in 6 RBI’s against the Colorado Rockies.  The Philadelphia Phillies as a team knocked in 20 runs on 19 hits and rung the bells from Philly to Gotham.  Jamie Moyer was able to collect his 5th win of the season thanks to his unrivaled offensive barrage by his teammates.  Chase Utley went 3 for 6 with a 3 run homerun in the 1st inning to answer back to Ryan Spilborghs 3 run homer in the top of the 1st.  Chris Coste and So Taguchi both had a 3 hit game along with Pedro Feliz going 4 for 6 at the plate.  The Phillies have had an incredible streak over the past 2 games having slugged 35 runs scored on 35 hits.  Maybe this is just a little payback from last year’s post season?

Phillies – Team of Brotherly Love

There are many reasons that someone may pick the Phillies to be their fan favorite.  It could be because of their incredible comeback wins.  The Phillies may be your team because of their unprecedented offense or the bold statements of their current 2 National League MVP’s.  My reasoning goes to the basics of the team including the teamwork and the ability to mesh as a cohesive unit.  I enjoy that they just have fun playing with one another.  The pure basics of the game like it was played when I was in Little League with my friends.  That goes with the Shane Victorino shaving cream pies in the face or to the Kyle Kendrick trade rumors thanks to Brett Myers.  The Phillies are a difficult team not to like even with their “Red Goes Green” recycling initiative.  They never blame one another for losses, but instead they just understand what needs to improve and they continue to work on it . . . . . . . Baseball at it’s fundamentals is just a game!  Enjoy.

Houston – Phillies have Lift-off

Jenkins, Burrell, and Utley went deep space nine on the Houston Astros in yesterday’s odessey.  All three of them were able to hit the long-ball out of Minute Maid Park.  The Philadelphia Phillies knocked in 15 RBI’s on 16 hits while unleashing an offensive fury that has been building all year.  The Phillies had 6 players in their line-up have a 2 or more hit game including Cole Hamels going 2 for 2 with an RBI.  Cole Hamels was only able to complete 4 innings while giving up 7 hits during his outing in Houston.  When asked Charlie Manuel had said that he was having command issues trying to locate his fastball.  Well, the Phillies are homeward bound to start off a 10 game homestand in which they will face the Rockies, Marlins, and a 4 game series against the Reds.  So, let’s see if they can take the “on the road” offense back to Philadelphia with them . . . . .

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs – Mud Hole

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs are currently .300 winning percentage.  Does this sound like a good team to you?  Well little can be said for the stats surrounding the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, but they pulled their heads out of the trough.  The Iron Pigs have won 15 out of 50 games, but 11 of those wins have come within the past month of May.  You can check out the team stats here .  They have come along way since last time I went to see them play the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca Cola Park.  Most of the team’s batting averages were not even at the .200 mark.  I was almost embarassed for them, but when you check their stats now it is plain to see that they have made tremendous strides in their offense.  Maybe you can say that they are a fair weather team, but I can say they can keep their snouts high with the type of baseball they have been playing in May.  Go out and support your local AAA affliate baseball team . . . . .

Phillies – Adam Eaton in Search of a Win

Adam Eaton of the Philadelphia Phillies is still in search of his first win in 2008.  Adam Eaton has pitched in 10 games this season with 3 losses and 7 indecisions.  He has yet to have the backing from the Phillies offense to be able to walk away with a win.  Adam is currently sitting a 5.37 ERA for the year.  This does not accurately depict how well he has performed for the Phillies since his disappointing 2007 season with a 6.29 ERA.  The Phillies have already comitted 36 fielding errors in 2008 along with a .981 fielding percentage.  With with steady hand of Pedro Feliz added to the infield along with an already impressive line-up you would think that it would not be an issue.  Adam has pitched well enough to remain in the starter roll even with Kris Benson waiting in the wings.  I would question Kyle Kendrick this year along with his side kick Brett Myers.  Only time will tell whether Kris Benson will take over a starter role and if Adam Eaton will ever get support from his all star line-up . . . . . .

Lidge – Closing the Door 12 Times

There is something to be said for not worrying about the 9th inning anymore.  With the acquisition of Brad Lidge from the Houston Astros that is no longer a concern.  Brad has saved 12 / 12 games so far in 2008 which proves himself worthy of replacing Myers as the closer.  That is 100% in my play book . . . . .   He also has a 0.43 ERA as well as 24 strike outs due to his awesome slider fastball combo.  My only concern with Lidge would be that the Phillies are going to need to spend some $ to be able to keep him next year after his contract expires.  This years’s $6,350,000.00 is not going to cut it to keep him in Philly.  I would like to see Lidge be able to beat his Houston record of 123 saves, but only in the city of brotherly love.