I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright), sun-shiny day.
Yesterday was an interesting day...Phils win their 20th game of the season to even their record at 20-20, reaching .500 for the first time all season. After an hour and 32 minute rain delay, the skies cleared and suddenly everything started to seem clear, this team is going to the World Series. Do I really believe that? No, but I've been wrong before. Things are really starting to come together for this club, and hopefully now that they've reached level ground they can break on through to the other side (positive side +.500-land) and stay there the rest of the season. Forget the Braves and Mets, just worry about winning.
*Fence-Face Rowand continues to hit. Honestly, I didn't think he had this in him. Sure, he could get hot for a week or two, but he's been steadily making the baseball his play-thing for a month and a half now, batting .340 with 50 hits, 6 round-trippers, 26 runs, 20 RBI, and a eye-popping .943 OPS. To think some idiot (ahem, GM-Carson) wanted to trade him for a relief pitcher.
*King Cole won his 6th game of the season while flirting with perfection. The King is now on a pace to win 23 games, as he went on record before the season began and said he expects 20 wins from himself. Accompanied with his 6 wins are 70 punch-outs and a 3.30 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.
*Although I strongly disagreed with Brett "Right Hook" Myers move to the bullpen, it has been a successful transition. Finally, we have someone that we can trust. Hopefully Manuel doesn't trot him out there every game though...wait for save situations Fuqua, Brett's arm isn't Lego replaceable.
*DL- Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson, Tom Gordon. If these guys return healthy it will be a big boost to the team, especially Howard being inserted back into the middle of the lineup ready to inflict damage. I'm not high on Madson, but I'd rather him pitch than Yoel Hernandez or Francisco Rosario. Gordon won't be the closer, at least he better not be, when he returns, so maybe a switch to setup man will be a good thing for him.
*Chase Utley is quietly having a monster year- .312, 36 runs, 19 doubles, 7 homeruns, 31 RBI, 3 stolen bases, and an impressive .967 OPS. He's still my pick for the 2007 NL MVP.
*The rotation as a whole is starting to perform well. Grand Pappy Moyer and Hamels are the foundation, and Donut-Eater Lieber has been putting donuts (zeros) up on the scoreboard in many of his innings pitched so far. Freddy Garcia and Adam Eaton are even beginning to last longer into games and give the team a chance to win.
*J-Roll, Shane Victorino, Pat Burrell, Chooch Ruiz, and even Sometimes-Hit Nunez are all doing their part to win games. The bench now has two decent hitters in Wes Helms and Greg Dobbs, along with speedster Michael Bourn, and the skeezy Jayson Werth. The bullpen is still a mess, but I'm staying optimistic and thinking the healthy additions of Madson and Gordon will give Myers and Gas-Can Geary a boost and 6-Finger-Ant starts pitching better again and "Jars of Clay" Condrey proves to be reliable.
*I'm sipping on the Kool-Aid...want a glass?