Ugh, the Marlins! They certainly are some pesky bastards. Now that they have "The Nephew" (aka Nick Johnson, Larry Bowa's nephew), their offense is a bit more complete and their pitching remains top-notch. Blanton pitched a decent game, but the Phils offense remained in a funk. From The Zo Zone- Ryan Howard "is hitting .175 (7-for-40) with two doubles, two RBIs, one walk and 18 strikeouts in his last 10 games. He struck out with runners on first and second with one out in the eighth inning against Marlins left-hander Reynel Pinto - the runner on second represented the tying run - to drop his average with runners in scoring position to .160 (4-for-25) with no home runs, six RBIs, two walks and 15 strikeouts since July 11." Ryno is not alone in his slumping ways, "Chase Utley is hitting .150 (3-for-20) with one double, one RBI, one walk and five strikeouts in his last six games. He is hitting .000 (0-for-10) with one RBI since July 23 with runners in scoring position. He is hitting just .214 (6-for-28) with one homer and seven RBIs with runners in scoring position since July 7. Utley and Howard have hit .136 (6-for-44) with two RBIs in the previous six games, in which the Phillies are 2-4."
Cole Hamels needs to be the ace tonight and assure that the Phils take at least 1 game from the Marlins this weekend. With Jamie Moyer on the mound tomorrow, who really knows what to expect. Moyer has dominated the Marlins in the past, and following his good game/bad game routine it would be the good game's turn, but I'd much rather see the Phils light up Sean West and Hamels go 7+ strong tonight and secure the "W".
*Here's the beautiful print fans received at the gate last night honoring Harry Kalas' induction on the Phillies Wall of Fame.
*The drunken, switch-hitting, Nicaraguan, ex-Phillie Vicente Padilla was released from the Texas Rangers.
*Pedro Martinez was told he's pitching Tuesday, just not where yet.
*For a laugh- 0 ip, 2 h, 3 bb, 1 hr, 5 r (K-Rod's line from the Mets' defeat last night). His 3rd loss and 5th blown save this season.