Road Show

A half-dozen games to go and the wild card race is still a dandy.

For the Phillies, the scene shifts to RFK Memorial Stadium tonight, the first of three night games.  Among NL teams, only the Mets (43-32) have won more games on the road than the Phillies (41-34). 

The Phillies have used their success on the road to get into the race.  Since the July 31 trade deadline, they are 19-10 away from home.

A year ago, the Phillies ended the season in Washington, sweeping the Nationals in a three-game series only to fall one game shy of the wild card berth.

Tonight’s lineup:

Jimmy Rollins, ss
Shane Victorino, cf
Chase Utley, 2b
Ryan Howard, 1b
Jeff Conine, rf
Pat Burrell, lf
Mike Lieberthal, c
Abraham Nunez, 3b
Brett Myers, p

Here’s an interesting note from Elias Sports Bureau: Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley are the first National League double play combination to hit at least 25 home runs each.  The Boston Red Sox did it twice in the American League.  In 1948, 2B Bobby Doerr hit 27; SS Vern Stephens, 29.  The same two did it again in 1950, Doerr (27 again) and Stephens (30).

Thanks to the fans!  The Phillies drew 2,701,815, the third highest attendance season in team history.  Phillies passion has been at a fever pitch.

For those fans sprinkled around the country, FOX has selected Saturday’s game in Dolphins Stadium as a national telecast.  Game time will be 1:25 p.m.

2 Comments

Wow, Lieby’s making two straight starts. The team’s an Aaron Rowand away from having a stacked October bench.
That’s amazing about Chase and Jimmy making HR history. Personally, I’d like to see Jimmy end the season with 28. 28′s a good number.

William

http://onthescrews.mlblogs.com

Phillies went into a funk with the Stros and it followed through the Nats game. Phillies are too agressive at the plate. Everyone seems to be swinging for the hits/fences. They need to come under control. Charlie Manual isn’t using the players that he needs in there. He has had problems all season and he still hasn’t figured it out yet. Doesn’t have a clue.

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