Four in Phoenix
The best of the east meets the best of the west in a four-game series starting tonight in Phoenix’s Chase Field, once known as Bank One Ballpark.
The Diamondbacks have the best record in the majors. They are coming off a weekend in which they dropped two of three to the Mets.
The Phillies are 14-20 in Phoenix. A year ago, they dropped two of three there and lost the season series, 5-1, which means the Diamondbacks swept a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park.
Their lone visit to Philly is a July weekend, 11-12-13. The Saturday game (12th) has been moved from 7:05 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. for a FOX game of the week telecast.
Balloting is underway online at phillies.com and home games at Citizens Bank Park.
Over the last 10 seasons, the Phillies have had just two outfielders on the NL All-Star squad, Bobby Abreu (2004-05) and Aaron Rowand (2007).
No doubt Chase Utley is going to be an All-Star again (he may wind up with the most votes) but another Phillies bat that is deserving is Pat Burrell.
He’s been consistent since day one of this season and led the NL in RBI for many days until yesterday.
Pat’s reached base safely in 30 straight games and 31 of his 32 games this season. His longest streak of getting on base is 34 games in 2002.