A big 24 oz. mug of coffee ain't doing the trick for me this morning...I'm exhausted! Why am I so tired? A 4 hour and 52 minute marathon of a baseball game that started at 7:05 pm kept me awake way past my bedtime. It first appeared around 10 o'clock that I was going to be able to hit one of my favorite destinations (bed) at the regular time because the Phils were leading 4-2 going into the 9th. Then something ugly happened, 6-Finger-Ant came in and decided to suck. Blah, blah, blah...2 new pitchers later, score 5-4 Nats heading to the bottom of the 9th. By this time I'm pissed, and a deep fly ball by Jimmy Rollins to the LF gap looks to end the game, but no...the Nats drop the ball and J-Roll races around the bases to tie the game on an amazing play created by his hustle thus sending the game into extra innings. Blah, blah, blah...Manuel burns through his bullpen as if he believes they're like clowns spilling out of a car at the circus. Blah, blah, blah...Manuel forces one of the NL's hottest hitters to bunt unsuccessfully. Blah, blah, blah...Ryan Howard rocks Chris Booker's world for a walk-off 2-run homerun in the 14th inning. Phils win! Phils win! Phils win! Phils win! Phils!
That's 5 "Phils win" in a row now, tying the season high. Phils record stands at 52-48, 4 games above .500, also tying the season high. That means a win this afternoon would set a new season high for winning streak and games above .500...lets go Phils!
*Pat Burrell continues his hot July collecting yet another hit, rbi, and his favorite- 2 walks. "The Bat" is now batting .241, a far cry from .200-land he was flirting with a few weeks ago.
*I bust on Jose Mesa a lot (bad memories ya know?), but he's actually been okay for the Phils. Really, his era is a respectable 3.44 and his whip is astonishingly low with him allowing roughly on 1 base runner per inning.
*Speaking of relievers who I claim suck, Jars of Clay Condrey mysteriously stumbled into his 4th win of the season...and nary a loss, but with a 6.29 era.
*Charlie Manuel is an idiot when it comes to bullpen and bench management. He used Mike Zagurski for only 1 batter, JC Romero for 2 batters, and took Tom Gordon out of the game after only 1 inning of 8 pitches. He also managed to use 3 3rd basemen in the swing of an inning and a half, with one of them never getting an at bat (Nunez).
*Cole Hamels needs to invest in some voodoo dolls for the bullpen staff, that way he can torture them for blowing his wins without traceable evidence.