Josh Johnson and the Marlins certainly pissed Mother Nature off. The prospects of the Phillies continuing their 7 game win streak didn't look good last night. Johnson seemed to be well on his way to another gem against the Phils, and Joe Blanton didn't bring his "A" game, so naturally the clouds burst open with rain and postponed the game preserving the win streak and 6 game lead over the rest of the NL East.
New Pitching Lineup: Today (Happ), Monday (Lopez), Tuesday (Blanton), Wednesday (Moyer), and Thursday (Hamels).
Around the Minors:
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (46-47)- catcher Lou Marson has his batting average up to .301. Recently promoted outfielder Michael Taylor clubbed his 1st homerun. Carlos Carrasco notched his 6th win and dropped his ERA below 5.
Reading Phillies (51-41)- Joe Savery and Kyle Drabek were each roughed up in the past week, but are still having excellent seasons.
Clearwater Threshers (42-44)- outfielder Steven Susdorf is batting .414 in 21 games and .376 over 42 games spanning 2 stops this season (previously in Lakewood).
Lakewood BlueClaws (54-37)- 2008 13th round pick, Brian Rosenberg, is quietly becoming quite the closer prospect. Over 2 seasons he's put up these impressive #'s- 10-3 record, 51 games, 76 innings, 99 k's, 24 saves, and a 1.07 ERA.
Williamsport Crosscutters (16-13)- roster mostly comprised of 2008 and 2009 draft picks.
Around the Internet:
*From Jayson Stark- When Rollins has scored a run this year, his team is 32-8 (meaning it wins 80 percent of the time). And when he hasn't, the Phillies are 13-30 (meaning they win only 30 percent of the time). Over the last three years, the Phillies are 85 games over .500 (141-56) when Rollins crosses home plate -- and 40 games under (85-125) when he doesn't.
*From More Hardball- a look at the path to GM'ing by Ruben Amaro.