Two Different Seasons
So far this season has been a tale of two seasons, well, two different 10-game seasons.
8-2 start, 77 runs.
3-7 since, 30 runs.
Three of those 30 runs have come in the last two games, both losses in San Francisco. The road trip and series ends this afternoon at AT&T Park and it doesn’t get any easier. Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum with his 4-0 record and 1.00 ERA will be on the mound.
Phillies have fallen from first place for the first time this season. After 20 games a year ago? 11-9, second place.
Who’s in first? The red-hot, much despised Mets, who begin a 10-game homestand on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Saturday (FOX) and Sunday night (ESPN) are national telecasts.
Chase’s next hit will be his 1,000th. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Phillies will become the only National League team in the last 20 years to have five players reach that level.
Chase will join Jimmy Rollins, Bobby Abreu, Pat Burrell and Mike Lieberthal.
Joe Blanton has a rehab start tonight in Reading. He could be back in the rotation next week . . . Brad Lidge pitched two scoreless relief innings in Reading last night with four strikeouts (35 pitches, 24 strikes). He’s close to being activated, too.
Why doesn’t major league baseball have a rule that all teams must put names of the back of uniforms? Yankees, Red Sox and Giants don’t. Then again, one league has the DH and the other doesn’t.
Did You Know?
Jayson Werth uses the most bats on the Phillies last season, 11 1/ dozen.
In the Phillies minors, last week’s pitcher of the week is Reading RH Phillippe Aumont. Player honors: 2B Fidel Hernandez of the Clearwater Threshers.