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Archive: May, 2008

Not Carpe-ing the Diem: Maybe Cole Hamels just needs to join the Dead Poet's Society

Monday, May 26, 2008, 10:34 AM
So I thought we'd start out this morning by taking a look at Cole Hamels' Day/Night splits after yesterday's abomination in Houston. Hamels said afterward it was one of the worst games he pitched all season. He probably meant to say all career. There is a strong argument to be made that his performance... Read more

Hamels to play stopper once again

Sunday, May 25, 2008, 11:59 AM
Just some quick morning thoughts. . . 1) I'm not sure what to make of Brett Myers' performance last night. The line wasn't awful. But it once again fell short of the expectations for an Opening Day starter. The bright side: if you hold a team to four runs, it gives this Phillies' team a good chance... Read more

League reviewing maple bat issue

Friday, May 23, 2008, 6:30 PM
We wrote a couple weeks ago about the case of the exploding bat, and the concerns of various people inside the game that maple bats and their tendency to shatter represent a hazard in the baseball workplace. Just had a transcript of a Bud Selig interview forwarded to me. In it, he addresses the issue... Read more

Can Eaton turn it around?

Friday, May 23, 2008, 2:27 PM
Lots of stuff to get to. . . 1) Those of you who actually pay attention to by-lines have already realized that I'm not in Houston. Paul Hagen is spot-starting in my place, giving me an opportunity to get some much-needed personal stuff in order here in Philly. It's funny how life works - every time... Read more

Can the offense continue?

Thursday, May 22, 2008, 10:57 AM
We got a little taste of what this offense can do when everybody is on the same page. Of course, that hasn't been the case for most of this season. The Phillies have scored runs late, and they've scored runs at opportune times, but they haven't put together many great offensive games such as last night... Read more

And it feels like rain. . .

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 6:17 PM
I type this blog post amidst a scene that looks straight out of the movie Twister. Papers in the press box are flying around. Rain drops are beginning to whip inside. I may have just seen a flying cow. There's a line of showers moving through the nation's capital. The tarp is on the field. Wind gusts... Read more

Jenkins and the long ball

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 10:41 AM
Geoff Jenkins has actually hit pretty well the past month. He went 2-for-4 last night, the third straight game in which he's recorded multiple hits. His batting average over the past month is up around .328. But the one thing that has been missing has been home runs. To date, he only has two in 124... Read more

Myers takes small step forward

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 12:08 PM
Apologize for the delay in updating the blog. Paul Hagen and I had an interesting trip home last night. It seems like every time I come to Washington, D.C. I end up getting lost while driving. And last night the trend continued. Apparently when the founding fathers were laying out this city, their... Read more

A step for Myers?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 7:54 AM
Brett Myers was better last night, without question. Call it a step in the right direction, perhaps only a small step. "He pitched good enough to win if we scored some runs," manager Charlie Manuel said. But the Phillies didn't, and lost their third straight, falling by 4-0 to Washington... Read more

Good afternoon from Washington, D.C.

Monday, May 19, 2008, 3:17 PM
Rolled into the nation's capital this morning. Actually, rolled into Greenbelt, MD, which is where I'm staying, because it is probably cheaper to by a modest three bedroom house in Alexandria than it is to rent a hotel room inside the district. First impressions of the new park? It's nice. The press... Read more
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