I was bored this morning, so I thought I'd look back at how some recent World Series champions started off their following seasons. This data obviously doesn't suggest anything as far as the Phillies go, particularly since I used random records at arbitrary points during each team's first 10 games, but it is interesting to look at nonetheless.
*Must have been suffering from dyslexia this morning. Red Sox and Marlins are now in correct order.
2001 Yankees: 3-0, 3-2, 7-2, 95-65
2002 DBacks: 2-0, 4-2, 4-5, 98-64
2003 Angels: 0-1, 2-1, 2-5, 77-85
2004 Marlins: 1-0, 1-1, 8-1, 83-79
2005 Red Sox: 0-2, 3-5, 95-67
2006 White Sox: 1-0, 1-4, 5-5, 90-72
2007 Cardinals: 0-3, 1-4, 5-5, 78-84
2008 Red Sox: 1-0, 3-1, 5-5, 95-67
2009 Phillies: 0-1, ????
Here's the run-down for the morning:
1) Mets Watch: The J.J. Putz-Francisco Rodriguez combination is 1-0 thus far, having preserved the Mets' 2-1 win over the (EDIT: Reds) yesterday. Like all celebrity couples, New York's new set-up/closer duo should have a combined name. So, henceforth, we shalt calleth them Putzrod.
2) Devil's Advocate: If you think Philly is a reactionary city, check out the headline on ESPN.com's Yankees story from yesterday: "Money Troubles."
3) Devil's Advocate II: I can only imagine the national firestorm that would have ensued had yesterday's events in Toronto instead happened at Citizens Bank Park. Phillies fans took some heat for booing in the second inning. Blue Jays fans threw balls and cups onto the field. Next thing you know they'll be booing Santa Claus. Or Canadian Thanksgiving. Or the dude from Due South. Torontonians: Relax. You get to drink Labatt's all game. We're stuck drinking Bud Light -- or, in the press box, watered down coffee and tap water. Life is good.
4) Chan Ho Park will be available again to pitch out of the bullpen tonight. He also said he told Rich Dubee he should be able to pitch Wednesday night if needed, which would still give him three days to prepare for his first start of the season. The bullpen was perhaps the most positive part of the Phils' loss to the Braves two nights ago. Jack Taschner, Scott Eyre and Brad Lidge combined to pitch three scoreless innings.
5) The Phillies face righty Jair Jurrjens tonight, who was very effective against them last season. In four games, he went 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA, holding hitters to a .219/.279/.365 line (.665 OPS). The Phillies did not homer against him in either of his starts at Citizens Bank Park.
6) Lefty Jamie Moyer, who makes his debut tonight, faced the Braves twice last season, allowing eight runs on 11 hits in 11 innings while picking up two no decisions.
7) Shane Victorino is 4-for-11 off of Jurrjens lifetime, while Pedro Feliz is 3-for-12. The rest of the team is a combined 15-for-75.
8) Jeff Francoeur (7-for-24), Brian McCann (8-for-18, six RBI), Chipper Jones (5-for-13) and Martin Prado (6-for-14) have all had success against Moyer in their careers.
9) We're still twittering away: http://www.twitter.com/highcheese
See you at the ballpark. . .