With their 9-2 victory over the Florida Marlins last night in Miami the Phillies have climbed to 10 games over .500 (72-62) for the first time this season and also have won 6 straight dating back to last Sunday. During the past week the Phils have gotten themselves in a position to make a run at both the NL East division leading Mets and whatever team is currently in the Wild Card lead (flip-flopping Arizona and San Diego). We know 6-Finger-Ant has got us covered to this point through a 6 game winning streak, but what happens when we reach 7 in a row today? Maybe that inbred Manuel is hiding a 7-toed foot under them there cleats...sweet Jeebus, that would be 7th heaven!
News & Notes:
*Russell Branyan has been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for the fabled Player To Be Named Later. I heard PTBNL has a helluva curveball.
*Cole Hamels' return has been put on hold...who could have predicted this? ME! This organization is full of liars. Current diagnosis on Hamels is "minimal pain" in his left elbow and will be rested for at least another 6 days. My guess, out for the remainder of the season.
*Speedster Michael Bourn is on the mend, but still has some swelling in his severely sprained ankle and is probably about 2 more weeks away from game action.
*Kane Davis, who topped out at 96 mph and pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief last night, became the Phillies 28th pitcher used this season. Good job Patty G!
*Kyle Kendrick is everything we could have hoped for and more (8-3 w/ 3.79 era and 1.25 whip). This kid has the poise and composure to be a successful starting pitcher for seasons to come. His pitches are nothing spectacular, but he never seems to lose focus even in unfavorable situations...staff savior this season.
*Chase Utley currently owns the NL's highest batting average, upping it to .341 with a 2 hit performance last night...MVP?
*Jayson Werth is the man right now. Over the past 10 games he is 21-35, that's a bodacious .600 batting average. He may have been almost entirely werthless for the 1st part of the season, but he just like Pat "The Bat" Burrell have experienced a rebirth in the 2nd half.
*I mention Chase Utley as a MVP candidate, but what about our ol' standby Jimmy Rollins? Try these numbers on for size- .296 avg, 117 r, 173 h, 34 dbl, 15 trpl, 24 hr, 76 rbi, 27 sb, and a .875 OPS.
Here's the best part of 7th Heaven- Mary Camden (aka Jessica Biel).