Happy Fathers Day! Grab a brew or five and a plate full of your favorite grilled meat, nestle up in front television, and kick back and watch some baseball. Phillies/Orioles @ 1:35 on WPHL and CW, Braves/Red Sox @ 1:35 on TBS, and Dodgers/Angels @ 8:05 on ESPN.
*Phillies pitching staff has given up 101 homeruns through 66 games (1.53 hr/gm). They're on pace to surrender 248 longballs. They allowed only 160 homeruns all of last season.
*The great caterpillar-eyebrowed wrist-tattooed Brett Myers is still 2nd in the majors with 17 homeruns allowed despite missing all of June.
*Phillies bullpen has blown 12 saves this season after only blowing 15 total in 2008.
*Today's starting pitcher Cole Hamels looks to go 7+ innings for only the 3rd time this season.
*The Orioles were 8-20 on the road entering the series.
*The Phillies are now 13-21 at home.
*Some happiness- Ryan Howard is a tremendous pinch hitter. Last night he sent his 5th career pinch hit into the Phils bullpen. Career pinch hitting #'s- 11 for 28 (.393 avg), 3 dbl, 5 hr, 8 r, 12 rbi, 1.400 OPS.
*2006 1st round pick Kyle Drabek is adjusting well to Double-A, pitching 8 shutout innings the other night and is now 7-1 with a 2.36 ERA between Reading and Clearwater.
*Reading outfielder Michael Taylor hit his 11th homerun of the season last night, and is batting .323/.939 with 43 runs and 46 rbi.
*2007 1st round pick Joe Savery is on quite a roll in Reading, winning last night's game to boost his record to 9-1 with a 3.24 ERA.
*Carlos Carrasco had a dismal start to the 2009 season, but has begun to turn things around lately by notching his 3rd win in June.