Good News, Bad News
Last night was good news, bad news.
For the third straight game, the Phillies got shutout pitching by a starter. Joe struggled a bit with his control but kept the Nationals off the scoreboard.
This team can beat you many ways, pitching, defense, power, speed. Chase stole home as part of a double steal, giving the Phillies two steals (Jayson vs. LA) of home this season. Last time the Phillies had a pair of steals of home was 1997, Scott Rolen and Kevin Stocker.
Chase has a career-high 20 steals, making him the 10th player in team history to have that many steals and 20 homers. He hasn’t been caught stealing (23) since last Septembeer.He is some kind of offensive machine.
As a team, the Phillies have stole 23 consecutive bases. Last caught stealing was August 2.
Jayson put the icing on the cake with a grand slam, extending the club’s season record to 10. The old mark was 8 set in 1993 and tied in 2005.
Now, the bad, Chan Ho, a very valuable and reliable part of the pen, pulled a hamstring, apparently a bad pull. He’ll be reevaluated today and Todd Zolecki will have an update later.
J. C. is getting closer to returning, Clay is back, Eyre is still unable to pitch in a game. The bullpen played a huge part in winning everything a year ago.
Ruben, Charlie and their respective staffs will meet prior to the start of the playoffs and picking a 25-man roster will be difficult. Inconsistent and injured relievers are the biggest concern at this point. Rosters can be changed for each playoff series.
Quote of the Week
Jimmy Rollins in Rich Hofmann’s column: “If we started worrying about what the people were worried about, that would be too much worrying.”
Jenn the Winner
She answered yesterday’s trivia question: Name the pitchers the last time the Phillies had back-to-back shutouts. The season was 2002: “the 8/15 game was Joe Roa, Timlin and Silva; 8/16, Randy Wolf, complete game shutout.”
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