Defense Overlooked?

Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Victorino, rf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Burrell, lf; Jenkins, rf; Feliz, 3b; Coste, c; Myers, p.

Adam Gets “Em
Adam Eaton’s third consecutive solid outing and the reliable bullpen keyed last night’s win while Manuel’s V-8 Machine produced only three runs.  It was the fourth time this year we have won when scoring fewer than four runs.

Pat Burrell supplied the power with the game-deciding home run.  Chase Utley saw his home run streak end at five consecutive games but his RBI streak extended to nine straight games, one shy of the “modern era” club record shared by 3B Pinky Whitney (1931) and Bobby Abreu (2005).

Thanks SABR member Trent McCotter who sent in longer Phillies streaks: 13, Nap Lajoie (1899); 12, Tuck Tanner (1894) and Sam Thompson (1895) and 11, twice by Ed Delahanty (1894 and 1900).

Overlooked in all the comments about Manuel’s V-8 Machine has been the defense, especially at third base.  Pedro Feliz has started some key double plays during this home stand.  His defense is certainly a plus.

Draft Countdown
1 more day until the First-Year Player draft.

The eight magnetic boards are full of blue (college) and red (high school) names.  Scouting Director Marti Wolever, who will make the selections, sits at one end of the huge rectangular table in Draft Room.  Facing him are three boards listing the top prospects: college pitchers, college position players and a high school board (pitchers/position players). 

To his right are three boards that break down other players by position.  Once the draft is well underway, names from those boards will be selected to fill certain needs in our organization.  Every organization needs players to fill rosters.  But, there are occasions where a low draft will make it to the majors (Darren Daulton, 25th round).

As a player’s name will be called tomorrow afternoon, Dallas Green will remove the name from the board, thus giving Marti an idea of what is left and where the Phillies rank the players.

Who will be there when we make our first selection (24th) ?  No one knows for sure.  It appears as if the first 12-15 selections are somewhat predictable but after that, anything can happen.

Marti and his crew spent the day reviewing potential 24th selections.  Candidates have been discussed and discussed in the last week but more discussion took place.  Sometimes, opinions can become heated, which is fine.  Different people will see different players under different circumstances which create different opinions.  It is part of the process.

Between now and the 2 o’clock start tomorrow afternoon, Marti and his crew will reach out to our scouts for last-minute information, changes in opinions, etc.  It becomes a bit laborious but it is vital.

This Date
In Phillies history…..
1964    LHP Sandy Koufax no-hits the Phillies, 3-0, at Connie Mack Stadium.
1993    LHPTerry Mulholland fans 14 and doesn’t walk anyone but loses, 2-1, to Rockies.


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