"There's a party going on right here. A celebration to last throughout the year. So, bring your good times, and your laughter too. We gonna celebrate your party with you." Thank you Kool and the Gang.
As you probably have guessed already, I'm happy-slappy about last night's Phils victory. After a miserable 1-6 start it looked like bad times ahead for our beloved Phightins, and one win doesn't necessarily change that. 2-6 is nothing to be proud of, and the only reason we're not NL East cellar-dwellers is because of the lowly Washington Nationals (1-7). But a win is a win, and I'll take it any way we can get it. Last night's triumph over the rival Mets wasn't picture-perfect, but it'll do for now.
*Our offense leads all of baseball in walks. We have a patient team that is willing to take the free pass rather than hack at poor offerings (example- any Ollie Perez pitch). Although our big guns haven't started firing off bullets yet, it is only a matter of time before all those runners on base start finding their destination towards home plate via a Utley double, Howard homerun, or a Nunez ground out double play.
*Adam Eaton pitched well enough last night to win that game, and the bullpen actually held the lead, so he was awarded the win. I'm nervous about all the 3-ball counts he ran up, as that increases pitch count and leads to shortened outings, and 3-ball counts have a tendency to easily become walks. However, he bared down and made quality pitches when it mattered, and for the time being, I am pleased.
*Tom Gordon garnered his first save of the season, albeit with a 3 run lead, but this is a step in the right direction. If he racks up 10 or more saves in a row, I will consider giving him his nickname back, but for now he remains a twinkle.
*Pat Burrell's 7 game hit streak was snapped last night, but not from lack of effort. It was obvious the Mets were terrified on the future 2007 NL MVP, as they walked him twice, and it took an excellent play by David Wright to hold Burrell hitless. I actually blame Manuel for screwing up Burrell's bid at history, because he replaced him with Bourn for defense and cost Pat an at bat later in the game.
*Rod Barajas hit watch: 0-10 to start the season...nice investment.
*The Phillies continue to cram the bases loaded, but this is probably the easiest way to hold them scoreless, unless of course you walk them in. The Phillies need to start making the opposition pay for all those runners on base.
Phils are set to win again tonight, starting a win streak, with the match-up of the ancient ones, as Grand Pappy Moyer takes on Tom Glavine. That's 85 years worth of lefties right there.