Time to break on through to the other side. Other side being a winning record. Phils are 8-8 and have yet to taste .500+ this season. Grand Pappy Moyer is on the bump going for the sweep of the Marlins. "Owned", as those in the biz call it, has been what Moyer has done to Florida over his career going 11-1 with a 2.95 era. Graham Taylor, making his MLB debut, will be the pitcher for the Fish.
*All 8 of the Phillies wins have been of the come from behind variety (that sounds dirty).
*Clay Condrey is like a bird of prey, swooping down and grabbing wins in his talons, as he leads the staff with 3.
*Phillies pitching has allowed a homerun in 16 straight games now, 34 total. Opposing batters have a .287 average and .883 OPS against the Phils staff.
*Jimmy Rollins is horrible right now. He has the 5th lowest batting average (.162) and OPS (.441) in the majors among qualified batters. He's walked only 3 times in 68 at bats.
*Phillies are 2-0 since Friday's Golden Girls reference, so without further explanation...
Fresh Farm Produce:
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs- Carlos Carrasco may not have a win yet, but he has a 2.37 era and 0.79 whip over 19 ip with 20 k's. Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. is batting .292 with 6 dbl, 3 hr, 9 rbi, and 1.008 OPS (replacement for Miguel Cairo come May).
Reading Phillies- My favorite prospect Michael Taylor has 4 stolen bases along with a .286 average. Fast-tracked Michael Stutes is 3-0 with a 1.59 era and 0.94 whip. Old dirty bastard Antonio Bastardo is 1-0 with 2 saves, 0.71 era, and 0.57 whip.
Clearwater Threshers- teammates Kyle Drabek and Yohan Flande are a combined 6-0 over 36.2 innings pitched, striking out 43, with a 0.49 era.
Lakewood BlueClaws- outfielder Anthony Gose is batting only .242, but has 11 swipes in just 15 games. Like Carrasco, Jason Knapp may be winless, but has a 1.96 era and 0.76 whip over 18.1 ip with 30 k's.