4 More Weeks
Today’s the unofficial end of summer. Just seems as if Memorial Day was yesterday.
Four weeks from today, at least nine NL teams will be packing for the winter. Postseason battles follow for four NL teams. In case of a tie, there may be a game or two three weeks from today.
For the Phillies, they could win the East, earn the wildcard berth or have a one-game playoff. It all means September will be filled with meaningful games.
Today marks one of those day-night features. Biggest challenge is for the clean team getting Citizens Bank Park in ship-shape for the night game, which will be televised by the MLB Network (barring local blackouts).
Second-biggest challenge rests with the Phillies pitching staff. Six pitchers were used yesterday. The Phillies are adding two more to the expanded roster today, RH Vance Worley and LH Nate Robertson.
Two out of three from the Brewers. Just think of the last five Phillies losses at home, three have come from Brett Myers, J. A. Happ and Randy Wolf.
Doc, who had received 20 runs in his 10 losses, was the benefit of a rally on Saturday despite giving up a career-high four homers. Last time that happened to a Phillies pitcher was 2004, Eric Milton against the White Sox. Prior to 2004, 1962, Art Mahaffey against the Mets.
Cole’s 1-0 win on Friday was the fifth for the Phillies this season, which matches 1982.
The Phillies have won nine of their last 10 series. At home, seven of eight. Winning this four-game series against the Marlins might be a little tougher than taking two of three.
Here’s the list of those with the most hits in Phillies history:
Mike Schmidt (2,234)*
Richie Ashburn (2,217)*
Ed Delahanty (2,207)*
Del Ennis (1,812)
Larry Bowa (1,798)
Chuck Klein (1,705)*
*Hall of Famers
Phillies are 4-1 this month. They’ve won 17 in each of the last three Septembers and are 51-32 over those seasons, best mark in the NL.
The Williamsport Crosscutters had a heartbreaking loss yesterday. They entered the day in second place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division .5 games ahead of Jamestown in the battle for the wildcard berth. The Crosscutters’ loss coupled with a Jamestown win left Williamsport in third place, .5 behind second place and postseason playoffs.
The Lakewood BlueClaws begin their best-of-3 semifinal playoffs on Thursday at L. P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, NC, home of the Crawdads (Texas Rangers). Hickory finished second to Lakewood in the North Division. Lakewood won both halves, a South Atlantic League first since the 2004 season.
Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) are in Lakewood’s FirstEnergy Park on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are available.