It's about 9 a.m. here on the Left Coast, which means it's getting to be lunch time back there. From what I understand, I picked a good day to fly out. It's beautiful out here - high 70's, blue skies, no humidity. I could get used to this.
I didn't get a chance to watch any of the game yesterday since I was in the process of driving from San Diego to Los Angeles. I'm not sure what to make of the Brad Lidge thing - it's never a good sign when your closer has any type of soreness in his shoulder. But it sounds like neither Lidge nor Charlie Manuel think it will be a big deal. Utley's home run was a big one. You can talk about Jimmy Rollins all you want, but if this team is going to live up to its potential, I think the biggest key is getting the second baseman back on track. He's a career .300 hitter with runners in scoring position, but this year he's below .250. He was 0-for-4 with RISP in the loss to the Pirates Friday night. I think if Utley starts hitting the way he can, you could see this team score some runs in a hurry.
I'm intrigued by this series. The Dodgers are down right now. They're coming off two straight losses to the Giants and have lost four of their last six overall. Tonight, it's Kendrick versus Derek Lowe. With an awful San Diego team coming up, if the Phils can win two or three versus L.A., they could easily come back from this road trip having won seven or eight of their last nine.
Bill Conlin weighs in on the Brett Myers "situation."