Pat Burrell and Chase Utley are dominating the National League. The two have combined for 30 runs, 52 hits in 145 at bats (.359 batting average), 12 doubles, 16 homeruns, 37 rbi, 2 stolen bases (all Utley there), 23 walks, and an averaged OPS of 1.236. Go around the rest of the Majors and it's doubtful that any other tandem can stack up numbers that compare to these two. Since Jimmy Rollins was crowned 2007 NL MVP, Phans have been clamoring for Chase Utley's turn to garner the Phils their 3rd straight MVP this season (Ryan Howard 2006 NL MVP). However, as things stand right now Chase has stiff competition from bad boy Burrell. Although Utley is more likely to keep the higher average and not go through slumps as often as Burrell, there's reason to be optimistic that Burrell has become a wiser batter at the plate and learned something from all those struggles he's had in the past. Whether this goes on all season, or ends tomorrow, I've thoroughly enjoyed it thus far and will continue chugging the Kool-Aid...Care for a cup?
Now That's A Jersey:
Stephen Colbert is attempting to corner the Philadelphia market with this special jersey that has all 4 major sports teams on it. Wise time to do it too, because the 76ers and the Flyers are in the thick of the playoffs, while the Eagles are setting up for Draft Day, and the Phils just began their defense of the NL East crown.
Last night's winner Rudy Seanez hasn't allowed an earned run nor a hit this season in 7 appearances. He now has 2 of the Phils 10 wins and owns a brilliant 0.00 era. Joining him in the exclusive CLUB ZERO are fellow bullpen mates JC Romero and Brad Lidge. Just like Pat Burrell above, it's highly doubtful this dominance will continue for an entire season, but right now it's a pleasant surprise that fans should be relishing because the bullpen was supposed to be a glaring deficit of the team (still could prove to be).
Happy Birthday Mickey Morandini!