Burrell Moving Up

September 11, 2007

Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Utley, 2b; Burrell, lf; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Werth, rf; Helms, 3b; Ruiz, c; Eaton, p.

A lot of heroes last night but the biggest was Pat Burrell and his three-run homer in the seventh inning.  Since the All-Star break, Burrell leads all NL players with 53 RBI.    He and Ryan Howard have 17 homers during that span, second to Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (19).

Great defensive catches by Shane Victorino and Aaron Rowand were also key factors.  It seems as if Rowand has a SportsCenter catch every game.

Kyle Lohse turned in his 14th quality start (6 IP, 3 R) of the season.

Tonight’s Weather
Yes, there will be weather.  Showers are in the forecast but the Phillies expect to get the game in.  As usual Ashburn Alley gates open first (4:35 p.m.).  Batting practice on the field is doubtful.

At this stage of the season, you’ve got to try and play each game as scheduled.  Don’t want doubleheaders now.

Terrific Tuesday
The Phillies are 14-6 on Tuesdays, including 8-2 at Citizens Bank Park.  We do well on Tuesdays and Sundays.  Perhaps next year’s schedule should only include home games on those days.

An Observation
Buck Martinez, former player and manager, was at Citizens Bank Park last night doing some interviews for XM Radio and their morning show.

“What impresses me most about the Phillies is the character of the players they run out there,” he said in a conversation during BP.

Post-Season Tickets
In an effort to give as many fans a chance to purchase tickets to the post-season should the Phillies be involved, fans can register online:

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As of today, over 50,000 fans have registered.

Chart of the Day
Burrell is moving up on the Phillies all-time home run chart:
Mike Schmidt  548
Del Ennis  259
Chuck Klein  243
Greg Luzinski  223
Cy Williams  217
Pat Burrell  216

1 Comment

Burrell’s home run was the shot in the arm they needed. I think J’Roll’s single and two sb’s w/ 2 outs was equally impressive to ignite a spark in the stadium.
Seems like Pat and Philly Phans have reconciled their differences w/ the standing ovation and glove raise from Pat when he took the field in the 8th, but even more telling, when he struck out in the 10th and there wasn’t one boo in the park.

Question: Why do manager’s play by the “percentages” by going left/left or right/right out of the bullpen? Utley’s batting average is better against left handers and Burrell’s is higher against right hand pitchers which Hurdle failed to recognize, ultimatly ending up w/ the three run homer.

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