Chooch is Back

Chooch is back on the active roster and Lou Marson has been sent back to Lehigh Valley where he’ll catch every day.  Ruiz has been missed.  He has a way of handling the pitching staff.  Whatever he adds with the bat is a plus.

Phillies continue to lead the league in home runs, runs per game and runs after the seventh inning.  But, falling behind early will catch up to a team no matter how good the offense.

Starting pitching still hasn’t settled in.  The bullpen has a 2.61 ERA over the last 11 games which is excellent. 

Defensively, the Phillies are the best in the NL They committed their fourth error last night, a questionable call on Chase. 

Pitching and defense are keys to winning.  We just need to get the pitching straightened out.  We know we’ll score runs.

Raul continues to impress with the bat (and in the field and on the bases).  As a reader pointed out, Raul replacing Burrell ranks up there with Carlton/Wise, Schilling/Grimsley and Abreu/Stocker.  The latter three were trades.

National TV this afternoon.

3 Comments

The error on Chase was a bad call…he never even touched the ball.
And the umpiring behind the plate was awful last night! And we know this guy well; Adrian Johnson was the same ump who called what was clearly a foul ball a home run last year and then tossed Charlie from the game. Everytime we get this guy, he is a disaster. I know sometimes minor league umps have to get called up to help out, but why stick them behind the plate? Geez…ugly.

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

To all you fans that knocked the Raul signing this winter, as a Mariner fan, we will take him back anytime. Actually I’m really glad to see him doing so well. I have been a huge fan of his since he came up with the Mariner’s in the mid 90’s. Besides I have him on every fantasy team I have, and got him cheap. Good luck guys, and see you in the World Series.
Mariner’s Fan from Idaho

Lke you say, whatever he can give us offensively is a bonus. Another stellar defensive play by Werth and Chooch to cut down the go-ahead run in the eighth inning yesterday. That’s winning baseball.

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