Who is it?
Phillies are 3 games back of the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers for a spot in the 2008 playoffs.
After a well played opening game against the Brew Crew last night that saw a 45 year old go on 3 days rest and pitch respectably, a K-King turn into an absolute beast, and a catcher commit unlikely suicide (squeeze that is), the Phils won and have moved within 3 games of the NL Wild Card and NL East. Only 3 doors down. Time to knock down door #3, and step up to #2.
*Jamie Moyer is easily in my Top 10 Phillies of All-Time. I love the way he works over hitters with his 82 mph fastball, it amazes me. Rich Dubee is the pitching coach, but Grand Pappy is the sage of the staff.
*Ryan Howard now leads MLB with 43 homeruns, 129 rbi, and 189 strikeouts. Strikeouts suck, but so do firstbaseman that only hit 15 homeruns and drive-in 70 each season.
*Charlie Manuel shocked the boxer shorts right off of me last night when he had Carlos Ruiz suicide squeeze Shane Victorino for the 6th run. I just got done telling my wife that the Phillies never suicide squeeze and then *boom*, there it happens.
*I trash on Ryan Madson a lot, but last night's 2 innings of spotless relief work was huge.
*Cole Hamels vs. Manny Parra tonight. Go Phils!