Thank you Cole Hamels for shutting down the Nationals last night and most of the teams you have faced this season. You may only have 12 wins to your credit, but your 3.01 era and 1.03 whip suggest that total should be closer to 20. Over 29 starts this season you have logged 203 innings, for an average of 7 innings per start, and have hurled an average 103.1 pitches per start. You truly are the staff ace and your 4-5 more starts here in September will be a big determinant if the Phillies make the playoffs or not. Here at WSBGM's we wish you could go a full 9 every game out, but we'll just have settle and be happy with the quality 7 you give us.
*Joe Blanton against Odalis Perez tonight in the rubber match of the series. Blanton has been good, bad, and mediocre so far in his brief time with the Phils. It's time for another good outing and win.
*Harry Kalas seemed so disgusted last night when Ryan Howard struck out for the 181st time this season. Harry's voice was dripping with displeasure.
*The Brewers aren't helping us out at all, as they blew another game in the late innings last night. Mets vs. Brewers this afternoon at 2:05, so the Phils should know by game time if they have a chance at making up a game or just keeping pace.
*Anyone that ever questions Chase Utley's intensity just needs to watch that play at the plate last night where he took out Nationals' catcher Jesus Flores. The dude is Mr. Intense.
*Jimmy Rollins is putting on his September surge, and the stagnant Phillies offense is in desperate need of it.