As a baseball fan I'm obsessed with runs, seeing as they are what determines if you win or lose a game. Since returning from the All-Star break the Phillies have played 5 straight games in which they or the opponent has scored 10+ runs (Phils 3 times Cardinals once and Dodgers once). The sum of all run scored in those 5 games by both teams- 73, that's an average of 14.6 runs scored per game...wow! I guess this shouldn't be all that much of a surprise considering the Phils do possess the most lethal offense in the league accompanied by the most horrific pitching staff. On the mound this afternoon in LA is Phils' rookie shocker Kyle Kendrick vs. the Dodgers' once herald prospect Chad Billingley...another 10 Spot?
Noteworthy Noted Notations:
*What the hell has gotten into Pat Burrell? It figures that he sucks for half a season, loses almost all of his supporters, dangerously flirts with a .200 batting average, gets booed unmercifully by Phans, and then promptly goes on a hitting spree. An 8 game hitting streak may not sound like a lot, but to Pat Burrell, that's as good as Joe DiMaggio's record. I made the mocking prediction that Pat Burrell would be in the midst of a 23 game hitting streak when I left for vacation, well he's one-third of the way there. July stats- .444 avg, 10 r, 3 hr, 10 rbi, and a 1.382 OPS.
*Chase Utley bows to no one! That includes early NL MVP favorite Prince Fielder, because he ain't royalty in Utley's court..and screw Jose Gay-Ass, oops I mean Reyes. Chase is having himself an amazing season in his own right, basically only lacking the homerun clout that Fielder has produced. Chase currently is rocking the world with a .338 avg and leading the league in both doubles (39) and rbi (79).
*J.D. Durbin won his 1st MLB game and collected his first 3 MLB hits too in last night's 15-3 pummeling of the Dodgers. With his stellar effort, Durbin has dropped his era to 9.00...now that's something I like to see in a 5th starter.