Lights Out Cole
Last night had the feel of October baseball…..fans lined up early in the afternoon for standing room tickets, the weather was cool, two teams battling for something, a sold- out park, rally towels, more baseball scouts than normal and a full press box.
Only thing, it is still September and while the stakes are high, they aren’t has high as next month.
Cole was brilliant, lights out. Now 5-0 in last 5 starts with a 0.49 ERA. That’s filthy. Last Phillies pitcher to have a similar 5-game streak was Lefty Steve Carlton in 1972.
Brad was ditto lights out. Cole and Brad looked like vintage 2008.
The offense mustered three runs, two being unearned. Ruiz drove in the first run with a double. A fan held up a sign CHOOCH CHOOCH TRAIN. Fans are certainly creative in expressing their Phillies passion.
Speaking of scouts, the Reds, Rockies, Yankees, Twins and Padres had scouts at the game, looking at both the Phillies and the Braves.
The Phillies have begun scouting potential postseason enemies:
**Reds: Charley Kerfeld and Billy Moore.
**Giants: Jim Fregosi Jr. and Dave Hollins.
**Padres: Jon Mercurio and Gene Schall.
**Rockies: Danny Wright and Del Unser.
**Yankees: Howie Freiling.
**Twins: Gordon Lakey.
**Rangers: Sonny Bowers.
**Rays: Chuck LaMar.
Assignments will change as teams are eliminated and the postseason begins.
Craig Colbert, who is the Phillies advance scout all season, is wrapping up his schedule.
When the time is right, Ruben and Charlie will meet with all the scouts.
Long Time Coming
Doc goes for his 20th win tonight. Last Phillies 20-game winner was Steve Carlton, 1982 (23-11). Last Phillies RHP, Robin Roberts, 1955 (23-14).
Phillies are the first NL team to reach 90 wins. It is the third straight year which matches the club record of 1976-77-78 (101-101-90).