The Phillies split the two game series with the Mets and head to Chicago a half of a game back in the NL East. They won the game they should have lost and lost the game they should have won. 29 games remain to be played this season, and my guess is that every single one will hold importance. The series featured good and bad defense, good and bad relief pitching, and good and bad situational hitting. One thing that stands out though is Jimmy Rollins' Lazarus Act, as he has risen from the dead. Over the past 3 games J-Roll has gone 9-11 (.818) with 3 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homerun, 5 rbi, 3 walks, 5 stolen bases, and has raised his OPS 41 points. Rollins has a career line of .293 avg/.345 ob%/.500 slg% in September/October. He is the spark that ignites the flame of this offense, and as Shane Victorino said, "It's obvious what he does when he gets on base. He changes the whole dynamic for this team."
*Scott Eyre has pitched in 7 games going 7.2 innings while allowing only 3 baserunners and striking out 9 with a 0.00 era since joining the Phils. Damn glad we didn't send prospect Jason Donald to KC for Ron Mahay.
*Andrew Carpenter was a surprise call-up yesterday as a bullpen reinforcement. He made his MLB debut last night pitching a scoreless 9th inning.
*Pat Burrell, notorious "Mets Killer", had a disheartening series going 1-11 with 13 runners left on base. C'mon Burrell, you're our boy!
*Tough 4 game set in the Windy City begins tonight. The Cubs are a very good team. They hit for average and power, and have good starting pitching and relief. This will be a huge test for the Phils to keep pace with the Mets. Pitching match-ups: Thursday- Cole Hamels (11-8, 3.20 era, 1.04 whip) vs. Ryan Dempster (15-5, 2.85, 1.17), Friday- Joe Blanton (6-12, 4.75, 1.42) vs. Rich Harden (9-2, 2.00, 1.03), Saturday- Brett Myers (7-10, 4.49, 1.40) vs. Ted Lilly (13-7, 4.23, 1.31), and Sunday- Jamie Moyer (11-7, 3.81, 1.35) vs. Carlos Zambrano (13-5, 3.53, 1.30). Yikes!