The Philadelphia Phillies picked up a catcher before the non-waiver trade deadline yesterday. Didn't hear about it? It was under the radar, so low in fact that the trade was for a player already on the Phils roster. The Phils swapped the old Carlos Ruiz in exchange for Chooch Ruiz. Yep, Chooch is back (9 for his last 29, .310). Ruiz was horrible offensively for most of the season, reaching a low point of .202 on July 13th against Arizona. Fans all over the blogsphere (including WSBGM's) were clamoring for his demotion and the promotion of either Jason Jaramillo or Lou Marson. Marson is with Team USA for the Olympics now, and Jaramillo is still trying to figure out how to hit in Triple A. Ruiz on the other hand has bounced back nicely over the past 3 weeks and put up decent numbers. Even when Chooch was struggling at the plate, he remained quality behind the plate. I'm not saying 3 good weeks erases 3 bad months, but it is nice to see him hitting again.
Kyle Kendrick won again, now 19-9 in 42 career starts. Not bad for a guy nobody would have counted on to step into the rotation of a playoff team last season and continue his success this season. The offense gave Kendrick wiggle room, with homeruns for Rollins and Werth, and solid contributions from Howard and Victorino. The victory was the Phils 5th straight win, and they swept the gNats as I suggested they should. Don't try discrediting the sweep either, because wins are wins, I don't care if you're playing the Washington Nationals or the Guatemala Goat-Gutters.
Back to St. Louis for the second time this season. That's cool though, because Ryan Howard mashes Cardinals' pitching- .368, 11 hr, 31 rbi, and a 1.279 in 22 career games. Series starts with Cole Hamels facing Kyle Lohse tonight, followed by Joe Blanton and Braden Looper on Saturday, and Brett Myers and Todd Wellemeyer on Sunday.
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I usually hate commercials, but I love this Mitch Williams "Yo" advertisement for Comcast Sports Net Post Game Live.