Monday, December 22, 2014

Imagine the Possibilities

The Phillies swept the Rockies with a 6-1 victory last night at Citizens Bank Park, but it's hardly revenge for being swept in the playoffs last season.

Imagine the Possibilities

Adam Eaton is happy. He's had two good starts in a row.Adam Eaton got his win.

The Phillies got their sweep.

It sets up nicely for this weekend's series against the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

Eaton allowed just one run in six innings last night in a 6-1 victory over the Rockies. That's two good starts in a row for Eaton. I'm not sure that's cause for celebration, but it could be reason to be cautiously optimistic. We know the Phillies' offense is for real. They have a remarkable track record. We think the Phillies' bullpen is this good. It's been phenomenal so far this season. We know what the Phillies have in Cole Hamels -- an ace. We haven't been surprised with what Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick have done this season. They should give the Phillies offense a chance to win more often than not.

But can you imagine what might happen if Eaton pitches a little more consistently and Brett Myers straightens out his season?

It could make for a fun summer, if you're into fun summers.

Are you?

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In the Phillies Notebook, Chase Utley leads all National League players in votes for the All-Star Game.

"That's sick," Ryan Howard said. "First off, you have to be doing something good. Second of all, it means people have taken notice of what he's been doing. It's not just something that has happened for one year. It's something that has been going on for the four years he's been in the big leagues. It's good to see."

Is Utley the best second baseman in Phillies history? I don't think there's any question about that.

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I understand why Howard isn't higher than fourth in voting for first baseman. He's struggled. But Jimmy Rollins fifth? I know he missed a month, but the guy is the defending NL MVP and he can't get more votes than Ryan Theriot? Brutal.

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Utley not only hits home runs and makes all-star teams, he also works out. In fact, Men's Fitness named him one of the "25 Fittest Guys in America." I'd like to know the criteria for such a contest. In fact, I'd like to know why no sportswriters made the list.

Uh, don't answer that.

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