A 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals is nothing to brag about. They're the worst team in Major League Baseball with 30 more losses than wins (38-68), their RBI leader (Jesus Flores with 42 rbi) is a catcher that wasn't even supposed to see significant playing time this season, and their team OPS is a No-Hit Nunez-like .670. With that said, a win is a win and made even sweeter by the fact that Brett Myers went 7 very strong innings getting some of his "swagger" back and having "fun" again. The win was almost nullified by Chase Utley's ugly fielding on a sure-fire double play, but remember he was also the reason the Phils had 2 runs to begin with thanks to homerun #26 and rbi 72 & 73.
*Brad Lidge is the only closer in the National League to be a perfect 100% in save opportunities this season (25 saves), joining the elite closer of all-time Mariano Rivera (26 saves) as the only closers in baseball to do so in 2008.
*Greg Dobbs is awesome as a pinch-hitter, going 20-47 (.426 average) with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homeruns, and 14 rbi. As a starter he kind of sucks, going 21-87 (.241 average) with 4 doubles, 1 homerun, and only 7 rbi.
*The Phils have scored 530 runs and have allowed 460, for a run differential of 70+. That usually means the team's record is better than only 8 games above .500, but as Phans we know of the offensive inconsistencies that lead to those inflated run totals and heart breaking low scoring losses.
*Adam Eaton demoted to minors, will try working his way back as a starter. JA Happ takes his place, with the plan for him to be the 2nd lefty out of the bullpen. Pedro Feliz placed on 15-day DL with back problems. Minor league journeyman Mike Cervenak takes his place for bench depth, while Bruntlett and Dobbs will be handling 3rd during Feliz's mending time.
*Grand Pappy Moyer goes for win #10 tonight, but has the difficult task of facing Phillie slayer Cy Redding. It's time to make Redding and the gNats go splat!