DH, Or no DH?
Being a traditionalist, I’m not a fan of the DH. Heck, I wasn’t sure about Phillie Phanatic when he/she/it arrived on the scene in 1978. Phanatic won me over.
Still not a DH fan, however. Selfishly, it would help the Phillies if there was a DH. Thome was awesome as the DH on the just concluded trip that was a struggle. The 41-year-old is now relegated to pinch-hitting as his back isn’t conducive to playing first base again. The DH would also come in handy when Chase and Ryan return.
Well, there is no DH in the NL right now, so it is a moot point. Is it time for baseball to have the same rules for the AL and NL? Your thoughts are welcomed.
Here is a flock of numbers……
**Phillies gave up 34 unearned runs a year ago. Right now, they’ve given up 26 already and we’re not at the half-way point.
**Phillies are 12-19 at home; Rockies, 10-19 on the road.
**Phillies are 4-12 in June; Rockies, 4-11.
**Three NL division winners from a year ago are under .500: (Brewers 31-36), Phillies (31-37), Diamondbacks (33-34).
**Rockies and Cardinals have scored the most runs in the NL, 329. Rockies are second to the Cardinals in homers, 84-82.
**Rockies lead the league in runs allowed, 373 and ERA, 5.35.
**When it comes to runs scored and runs allowed, the Phillies set club records for both in 1930. Team batted .315 and scored 944 runs. Pitchers allowed 1,199 runs and a 6.70 ERA. All of that in a 156-game season. Oh brother!
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley won, 6-3, at Toledo. RHS Tyler Cloyd allowed 3 runs in 6 innings but improved to 7-1 with the IronPigs. At Reading, he was 3-0. 2B Kevin Fransden, 2 doubles, 4 RBI.
**Reading edged Akron, 4-3, on Miguel Abreu’s walk-off single, a game that started at 9:35 a.m. Following the game, the Phillies faced a bus trip to New Hampshire.
**Clearwater pounded out 16 hits in crushing Dunedin, 11-7, in the first game of the second half. DH Drew Hillman had 3 doubles, one of 3 Threshers with 3 hits. Chase was 1-4 with an RBI.
**Lakewood started a 3-day All-Star Game break.
**Williamsport opened its season with a 6-2 win over State College. RHS Joshua Warner (1-0), 2 unearned runs, 2 hits, 6 innings. 2B Tyler Greene, 2-run triple. Paul Hagen has a great story on the young prospects playing with the Crosscutters on this site.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies dropped their season opener, 6-1, to the Tigers, getting only 3 hits.
Rick Wise recounts his first major league win which followed Jim Bunning’s perfect game in 1964 and his 1971 no-hitter at Cincinnati in a feature called Alumni Views. Check it out.