I'm going with a purely positive posture today. Phils may still be 5 back of the Mets in the NL East and 3 back on the Padres for the Wild Card, but Mr. Awesome himself Chase Utley is back and everything is suddenly happy again. Seriously, Chase Utley is friggin' amazing. I love the way he plays the game and he makes the game worth watching for me. The man is a great all-around player- pure hitter, power, speed, defense, and leadership. Welcome back Chase, lead us to the playoffs and that MVP could still be yours.
*JD Durbin pitched well. I still have hopes that this kid will be able to find some stability on the mound and become more consistent with his pitches and slot into the rotation next season. I know he still has a lot to prove and much progress to be made, but he's done a decent job for us this season.
*Jayson Werth looked worthless most of the season, but he's be red-hot in August. The man is 9 for his last 9...wow!
*Iguchi, now regulated to bench role or what Manuel calls "utility", went yard in a pinch-hitting appearance last night.
*Our bullpen managed to not give up a run in 2 2/3 innings of work last night.
*Pat Burrell continues to hit well and with his 2nd half resurgence is piecing together an acceptable season.
*Adam Eaton returns from the DL tonight...oh wait, I was being positive, scratch that.
*For fun, flashback to this Tag Team Tuesday, where I featured Chase Utley and Ryan Howard as MLB's equivalent to the WWF's Legion of Doom.