Philadelphia Phillies: De-boning The Fish

Tonight the Philadelphia Phillies scaled the Marlins in a 5-0 shut out by hands of Kyle Kendrick.  Kendrick pitch 6 scoreless innings to gain his 10th win of the season while only allowing 4 hits, 5 BB and striking out 4 batsmen.  Chad Durbin came in in the 7th inning only allowing 1 hit over 2 innings with the game being finished off by Ryan Madson pitching another hitless and scoreless inning in the 9th.

The Phillies’ offense were able to accrue 9 hits and 5 walks including Ryan Howard’s 32nd homerun of the season tying him with Adam Dunn for MLB most HR’s of the year to date.  Mike Cervenak had his first major league hit tonight as well as his first RBI.  The Phils had 5 doubles hit tonight as well as Eric Bruntlett’s 9th stolen base of the year.

The Phightins will meet up at the bank tomorrow to close the door on the Marlins as Cole Hamels takes the mound in search of his 10th win.  Hamels (3.37 ERA) has struggled as of late, but intends to right the ship against the Fish’s Chris “farfignugen” Volstad (3.25 ERA).  The Phillies will then roll right into the series against the Bucs for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Series.

 

 
Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 .269
Victorino, CF 4 1 0 0 1 1 5 .285
Utley, 2B 4 0 1 1 1 1 4 .292
Howard, 1B 5 1 2 1 0 1 4 .244
Burrell, LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .275
  Werth, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265
Jenkins, RF 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 .241
Coste, C 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 .278
Bruntlett, 3B 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 .231
Kendrick, P 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 .119
  a-Cervenak, M, PH 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .333
  Durbin, C, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .143
  Madson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 5 9 5 5 4 20
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Philadelphia Phillies – Success By Numbers

The Philadelphia Phillies have the night off to prepare for the upcoming barrage of teams that they must face for the next 22 games until the All Star game.  The Series are as follows:

  1. Angels
  2. A’s
  3. Rangers
  4. Braves
  5. Mets
  6. Cardinals
  7. Diamondbacks

This is by no doubt a difficult task, but If you research some of the stats it should ease some of your concern.  The Phils also rank in the top 5 in the Major League in Runs, RBI’s, HR, and SLG %.  Even with our most recent slump offensively we are well prepared for the road ahead . . . . .  Go Phightins!

The top 5 Batting Averages for regular position players are as follows:

  1. .294 – Chase Utley
  2. .289 – Jimmy Rollins
  3. .280 – Pat Burrell
  4. .278 – Shane Victorino
  5. .268 – Jayson Werth

The top 5 players for RBI’s:

  1. 63 – Ryan Howard
  2. 62 – Chase Utley
  3. 47 – Pat Burrell
  4. 33 – Pedro Feliz
  5. 28 – Jayson Werth

The top 5 ERA for starting pitchers:

  1. 3.23 – Cole Hamels
  2. 4.09  – Jamie Moyer
  3. 4.57 – Adam Eaton
  4. 5.06 – Kyle Kendrick
  5. 5.58 – Brett Myers

The top 5 OBP for regular position players:

  1. .421 – Pat Burrell
  2. .385 – Chase Utley
  3. .353 – Jimmy Rollins
  4. .351 – Jayson Werth
  5. .347 – Shane Victorino

The top 5 HR for position players:

  1. 22 – Chase Utley
  2. 19 – Ryan Howard
  3. 18 – Pat Burrell
  4. 09 – Jayson Werth
  5. 08 – Pedro Feliz

Philadelphia Phillies – Moyer Chummed The Marlins

Tonight the ageless Jamie Moyer pitched 8 innings allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk while bedazzling the Marlins into a Phillies victory.  Moyer was able to clinch his 7th win of the season improving his record to 7-3 which ties him for 8th place with the likes of Johan Santana and Kyle Lohse in the N.L. for wins in 2008.  The Phillies offense tonight started to show signs of life once again with 11 hits, but they left 10 runners on base (L.O.B.).  The Phils were able to capitalize 2 runs on a pitch thrown in the dirt in the 6th inning by the Marlin’s starter Scott Olsen with the final score being a shutout 3-0.  Brad Lidge was able to record his 18th save with a scoreless 9th inning while improving his ERA to 0.93.  I would also like to thank the Marlin’s fans on brightorangeseats.com , waxheaven.com , and fortheloveofbaseball.com for dealing with my banter over the past several days.  The Phillies are now headed off to St. Louis to play the Cardinals in a 3 game series with Kyle Kendrick (4.87 ERA) taking the mound against Todd Wellemeyer (2.93 ERA).

Don’t forget to vote for Pat “The Bat” Burrell at MLB.com or Phillies.com.  Let’s not forget to also talk up Jamie Moyer for the All Star game remember he is 45 yrs old with a lot of heart . . . . . .

 

Philadelphia Phillies – Scalping the Competition

The Philadelphia Phillies finished up a 3 game series at Turner field in which they tomahawked the Atlanta Braves into submission.  Ryan Howard went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI’s by clubbing 3 doubles on Sunday’s game.  Shane “the Flying Hawaiian” Victorino also went 3 for 5 with 1 RBI allowing the Phightins to win over the Braves in a 6 to 3 decisive victory.  The Phillies left their boomsticks in the dug-out and putting to rest any question of their ability to manufacture runs without the longball.  Adam Eaton pitched well giving 6 full innings, but Chad Durbin received the win.  Brad Lidge was also able to achieve his 17th save since moving with the Phillies which ties him for 1st in the National League and for 4th in MLB for 2008.  The Phillies have the day off tomorrow and then they move onto Florida for the 2nd stage of their road trip.  The Phillies will be looking to fill their stringer full of wins against the Marlins to increase their 3.5 game lead.  Brett Myers (5.13 ERA) will be starting on Tuesday in search of his 4th win of the season.  He will be facing against the right-handed hurler Ricky Nolasco (5.05 ERA) while the Phils are looking to draw closer to Jimmy Rollins’ 100 game prediction.  Go Phightins !!

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 !!

 

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit Coca Cola Park and watch the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs vs Syracuse Chiefs.  The ballpark was very clean and had an open atmosphere to view the game.  The Iron Pigs on the other hand were a little rusty (no pun intended).  They ended up losing 1-0 in the 9th inning . . . . .   I did have a very enjoyable time watching the game.  The prices are very reasonable and it is a great place to bring the family.  It is also the team of choice for any Phillies rehab assignments.  So, do not hesitate to go to the AAA farm league team and support your Phightins!

Phils Back on the Throne

Phightins reach the top once again with their win against the Padres.  More importantly than the Phillies reaching #1 in the NL East is that Ryan Howard may have awoke from his winter slumber.  The Phillies won the game 3 – 2 with a solo home run by the reining 2006 NL MVP.  Not only did he hit a towering drive into the stands, but he also hit an double off of the wall earlier in the game.  All we need now is J-Roll to return from the DL and we can ride the bullpen all the way into the post season.