Friday, July 03, 2009

New Season

Tonight is the start of a new season. The Phillies, Marlins, Mets, and Braves are all separated by only 2 games. It's Philly versus NY this weekend, while Atlanta heads to Washington, and Florida is at home against Pittsburgh. Come Monday morning things in the NL East could look a whole lot different in the standings.

Game Primer:
*Somehow Rodrigo Lopez, who hasn't started a game since 2007, is the Phils best option to fill the starting pitcher void. I'm rooting for him, but I'm not counting on him.

*The Phillies have lost 14 of their last 18 games. During that span they've hit .233, scored 76 runs (4.22 per game), while the rotation posted a 5.23 ERA, and the bullpen a 6.56 ERA along with four blown saves.

*Jimmy Rollins finally got a hit last night, two to be exact, snapping an 0-28 skid.

*Since June 7th, Carlos Ruiz is 7 for his last 60 (.117 average). The loss of Raul Ibanez surely hurt the offense, but the tailspin of Chooch has only worsened it.

*Speaking of Ibanez, he will not be back for the weekend series against the Mets. Ruben Amaro Jr. wants to make sure he's 100% before he returns. Let's all remember that Raul is 37 years old, so injuries do not heal as quickly.

*Series match-ups: (Fri) Rodrigo Lopez vs. Livan Hernandez, (Sat) Jamie Moyer vs. Fernando Nieve, and (Sun) Johan Santana vs. Joe Blanton.