Philadelphia Phillies – Atlanta Not So Brave

    

     The Philadelphia Phillies brought down the tee-pee in the Atlanta Braves series last night.  The Phillies defeated the Braves in a 4-1 victory while displaying their prowess in their division by sweeping the Braves both times they met this year in Atlanta.  Cole Hamels showed his ace status by pitching 8-2/3 innings while allowing 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and administering 7 strikeouts.  The Phillies offense also showed up for the 3rd consecutive day placing 8 hits on the board with 3 of those hits being homeruns from Chase Utley (24), Ryan Howard (22) and Pedro Feliz (10).  Some other notables are Pat Burrell going 2-4 and Pedro Feliz 3-4 while both of these players are breaking through a hitting slump.  The Phillies are hoping for the reversal of the overall offensive slump that they accrued after sweeping the Braves the 1st time.  Sweeping them the 2nd time around should place them back on track to dominating the N.L. Eastern Division once again.

     Tonight starts the 4 game series with the Phillies hosting the Mets at Citizen Bank Park.  J.A. Happ the rookie sensation will pitch tonight away from his normal home at Coca Cola Park and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.  Happ (3.54 ERA) which had started for 1 game last year against the Mets is hoping that his new bag of tricks will help defeat his rival Johann Santana (3.01 ERA) which he faces on the mound tonight.  J.A. Happ has proven himself at the AAA level with 3.54 ERA, 38 BB, 104 strikeouts over 101.2 innings pitched.  You can check out more J.A. Happ stats as well as Kris Benson and Brett Myers here.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .276
Victorino, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .265
Utley, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .300
Howard, 1B 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .219
Burrell, LF 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .278
  Werth, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268
Jenkins, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .239
Feliz, 3B 4 1 3 2 0 0 0 .267
Ruiz, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .208
Hamels, P 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .279
  Gordon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 4 8 4 1 8 11
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Philadelphia Phillies – High Noon In The Lonestar State

    

 The Philadelphia Phillies won last night while hornswaggling the Texas Rangers in a 8-6 showdown.  The Phillies were able to match bat for bat against the Rangers that lead the majors in runs and RBI’s.  Also, Cole Hamels pitched his 8th win of the year while Brad Lidge was able to close the door on 19/19 saves.  Chase Utley and Ryan Howard smoked the longball out of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX.  This ties Chase Utley (23 HR) with Dan Uggla (23 HR) from the Florida Marlins with the most homeruns in the majors in 2008.  This surpasses last year’s 22 HR produced by Utley and we are only 82 games into the season.

     The Phillies pull  ahead in the N.L. standings with the eastern division all losing in yesterday’s games.  The Florida Marlins fall back to 2 games behind the Phightins with losing Dan Uggla to an ankle sprain.  The Braves and the Mets fall back to 4 games with the Mets losing the last 2 games during their subway series with the Yankees.  The Washington Nationals bring up the rear of the division with being an inflated 12 games in the defecit.

     The Phils are still trying to determine what they will do with Brett Myers and his starting rotation position.  They have considered moving Chad Durbin into the rotation and placing Myers in the bullpen.  There is always the option of J.A. Happ or Kris Benson that is pitching for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs today in a rehab assignment.  They may even consider to move to a temporary 4 man rotation until a determination can be made.  With those decisions looming veteran Jamie Moyer (4.09 ERA) takes the mound against the Rangers Eric Hurley (4.24 ERA) in the series finale and the end of interleague play for the year.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 5 0 1 1 0 0 3 .264
Victorino, CF 5 1 1 0 0 2 2 .275
Utley, 2B 5 1 3 2 0 0 2 .298
Burrell, LF 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 .270
  Bruntlett, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .239
Howard, 1B 3 2 1 2 1 1 1 .215
Dobbs, DH 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .330
Feliz, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .264
Werth, RF 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 .263
Coste, C 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 .314
Totals 36 8 10 7 3 5 13
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Philadelphia Phillies – Utley Ridiculous

The Philadelphia Phillies jumped out to an early lead against the Cincinnati Reds with help from their 2nd base southpaw.  Chase Utley made the bell gong once again in the city of brotherly love with his 2 run shot in the 1st inning which gives him 21 homers in 2008.  The Phillies summoned the bell two more times in the 4th inning with Pedro Feliz’s 2 run homerun and Chris Coste’s solo blast to left field.  The final score was 5 to 4 with the Phils accruing 12 hits over 9 innings in Citizen Bank Park and remaining at the top of the N.L. East.  The Phillies are looking to gain back Jayson Werth from the D.L. hopefully by June 9th as long as he continues to progress, but they did release the left handed slugger Chris Snelling from the D.L. and sending T.J. Bohn back down to the Minors.  With the set backs on Kris Benson’s recovery the Phils are looking to remain with the starting rotation as Adam Eaton (5.20 ERA) takes the mound tomorrow against Aaron Harang (4.38 ERA).

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 . . . . . .