Last year WSBGM's brought you Campaign Cheer, which coincided with the Phillies playing well through the rest of August until being crowned World Series Champions in October. This year I did a simple little post called "New Season" back on July 3rd, and at the time the Phillies, Braves, Marlins, and Mets were all separated by only 2 games. Since that post, the Phils have gone 17-3 and now have a bit of a cushion in the NL East over the other three squads (6.5). I know this isn't the reason for their recent success, but just like last year with Campaign Cheer, I'm just sayin'...
*The Phillies jacked 4 2-run homeruns yesterday, thanks to J-Roll, Utley, Howard, and Ibanez.
*Speaking of homeruns, the Phils have 4 players in the NL Top 10 in that category (Ibanez, Howard, Utley, and Werth).
*Shane Victorino is having an amazing season. NL Ranks: .320 avg (7th), 72 r (2nd), 125 h (2nd), 26 dbl (8th), 6 trpl (4th), .858 OPS (23rd).
*Chase Utley (70) and Jayson Werth (68) rank 3rd and 4th respectively behind Vic in runs scored.
*Pedro Martinez's rehab start was cut short by rain yesterday in Single-A Clearwater.
*Phils head West tonight, with a 3-game series starting in Arizona. Tale of the Tape forthcoming.