The Phillies are good against bad teams, but are bad against good teams. Naturally a team will beat up on lesser competition and stumble somewhat against better foes, but the Phils are ridiculous in their quest to take over the world of sub .500 teams while putting up the white flag when facing teams with a winning record. The Phils are a butt-spanking 39-20 against teams currently with losing records, but only 20-30 against teams currently on the plus side of .500. As long as the Phils make it into the playoffs I'm happy, so wins are wins. However, the team they face in the playoffs will be one of those winning record clubs, so you know what that means.
*I wish Cole Hamels was as good as he thinks he is. Over the last two starts he's been a complete letdown- 9.2 ip, 14 h, 14 r, 8 er, 3 hr, 4 bb...not ace material.
*Ryan Madson went from good to bad in a hurry. Last 5 outings- 5.2 ip, 10 h, 7 r, 2 hr, 6 bb.
*Rudy Seanez hit the DL and lefty Les Walrond was called up from Lehigh Valley. Les has pitched for the Royals ('03) and Cubs ('06) previously and was ripping through Triple A batters (95 k's, 2.61 era), so maybe we'll get lucky and have ourselves another lefty in the bullpen capable of making outs.
*Eric Bruntlett and Greg Dobbs are not cutting it at 3rd base in Pedro Feliz's absence. I know it may be hard to believe, but Feliz (.250 avg/.712 OPS) is more of an offensive threat when he starts at 3rd than Bruntlett (.125/.347) or Dobbs (.262/.648).
*Joe Blanton goes for his 3rd consecutive terrible start to begin his Phils career. Time to turn the tables Joe.