Let’s see, the season has passed the six-week mark.
After 40 games, the Phillies are 25-15, the best in the NL and the exact same record as a year ago when they the majors in wins. That’s encouraging, discouraging and somewhat surprising.
Encouraging in that this team hasn’t had Chase or Brad for one game with a bushel basket of others on the DL or sidelined with injuries, Shane being the most recent.
Discouraging because of the offense. For the first time this season, the Phillies have lost three in a row. Monday night they had five hits, which follows four and three in the other losses. Folks, that’s 12 hits in three games. They are now 7-7 in May, scoring 37 runs in the wins and 10 in the losses.
Somewhat surprising. The five-man starting rotation was supposed to carry this team and for the most part, it has. Yet, Roy-O and Joe have missed time because of injuries. Doc hasn’t won since May 5 and Lee’s last win is April 14. Lee walked seven all season until Monday night when he walked a career high (227 starts). Lately, the best pitching has come from three rookies, Antonio, Michael and Vance and Vance is back in AAA.
During this 20-game stretch against teams that are postseason candidates, the Phillies have been seeing some good pitching. Tuesday night, lefty Garcia, St. Louis’ best hurler faces the Phillies slumbering offense. Roy-O is facing major league hitters for the first time since April 21.
Wednesday’s game against the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park is an ESPN telecast . . . Lee’s next start will be against the team that went to the World Series with him as an ace, yes, the Texas Rangers, who open a weekend series on Friday night. Lee will pitch on Saturday, a 7:10 prime-time FOX national telecast . . . Phillies are 17-2 when scoring four or more runs.
Down On The Farm
RHR David Herndon recorded his first AAA save as Lehigh Valley won, 4-2, over Norfolk . . . Reading was not scheduled . . . Clearwater fell, 3-1, on only 5 hits in Bradenton . . . DH Anthony Hewitt and RF Zach Collier had 3 hits each in a Lakewood 8-3, 12-inning loss to Hagerstown.
On This Date
1979 – The wind is really blowing out at Wrigley as the Cubs and Phillies join in a wild ten-inning slugfest won 23-22 by the Phillies Dave Kingman has three home runs and six RBI for the Cubs while teammate Bill Buckner, a grand slam and seven RBI. Mike Schmidt two home runs include the game-winner in the tenth inning. The eleven home runs between the two teams ties a major league record.