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Archive: May, 2008

60 runs in five days

Saturday, May 31, 2008, 11:22 AM
I devoted most of today's story to Brett Myers turnaround yesterday. I don't know if I've ever seen someone be so bad for one inning and then be so good for seven. But the Phillies offensive performance shouldn't get lost in the shuffle. They've scored 60 runs in the past five games, which is more... Read more

Let's talk starting pitching. . .

Friday, May 30, 2008, 11:48 AM
With tonight's start by Brett Myers kicking off the 12th trip through the rotation this season, it's time to consider a question that will likely follow the Phillies throughout the season. Is the rotation strong enough to propel the Phillies to a second division title? (The question isn't: can this... Read more

Victorino finding himself at the plate

Thursday, May 29, 2008, 1:43 PM
Shane Victorino isn't a patient hitter. It kind of fits with his personality. But over the past couple weeks, he appears to have become more disciplined at the plate. When he was struggling early in the season, he was swinging at any pitch that came close to the plate. The result were strikeouts, and... Read more

Utley leads All-Star Voting

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 8:02 PM
As of about five minutes ago, Chase Utley was 100,000 votes ahead of Chipper Jones for the lead among all major leaguers in fan All Star balloting. So either Utley's hot start to the season has raised his national profile, or he's got a reallllllly big group of family and friends who all have access... Read more

Perhaps it's time to give Kyle Kendrick his due. . .

Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 10:15 AM
I will fully admit to being skeptical of Kyle Kendrick prior to the start of this season, and I know I wasn't the only one. He'd pitched just a half a season in the big leagues, and his numbers were hardly dominant. But a third of the way through this season, perhaps it is time to re-examine that skepticism... Read more

Burrell scratched with left neck stiffness

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 7:06 PM
Just received word that Pat Burrell has been scratched from tonight's line-up with left neck stiffness, so if you are wondering why Greg Dobbs is in left field, there you have it. Game just is underway here. . . Read more

Benson will likely make first minor league start Sunday

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 5:17 PM
After a couple of set-backs that appeared to put him severely behind the curve in his quest to make it back to the big leagues, it sounds like Kris Benson is progressing steadily again. The Phillies just sent word to reporters that the veteran right-hander will likely make his first minor league start... Read more

Onward and Upward?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 11:57 AM
Down in the dugout yesterday, Charlie Manuel was asked by one of my brethren what it would be like for this Phillies team to actually cement itself into first place. Every one laughed. The good thing about this franchise is that it has been in contention for the better part of the last four seasons... Read more

His and her's Chase Utley jerseys: Cute or Pathetic?

Monday, May 26, 2008, 10:09 PM
I've noticed an alarming trend at Citizen's Bank Ballpark this season. Countless young married couples - most of whom seem like good people - have fooled themselves into thinking that it is socially acceptable to wear his and hers Chase Utley jerseys to Phillies games. I just took a random poll around... Read more

Taguchi gets the start in right field

Monday, May 26, 2008, 7:04 PM
About a half hour before game time here. A military brass band is playing. Feels like Memorial Day. Quite possibly the best weather we've had for a home game thus far this season. First, the line-up: Only real big change is So Taguchi starting in right field for the first time this season. Geoff... Read more
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