The 2000's have been good to Phillies fans. The year 2001 was the start of the turnaround from dismal organization to perennial contenders. Larry Bowa took the throne of manager that year, and won NL Manager of the Year by guiding the Phils to a 86-76 record. On this day the Astros were in Philly and took the game 8-2 from the Phightins.
1. Jimmy Rollins/SS
2. Marlon Anderson/2B
3. Scott Rolen/3B
4. Bobby Abreu/RF
5. Travis Lee/1B
6. Pat Burrell/LF
7. Doug Glanville/CF
8. Johnny Estrada/C
Pitchers- Nelson Figueroa (starter), Jose Santiago, Cliff Politte, and Eddie Oropesa.
*Bobby Abreu collected his 35th double, 32nd stolen base, and 89th rbi on the way to his first 30/30 season (also did it in 2004).
*Look at 2nd and 1st base and you'll be damn glad those duds no longer man the right side of the infield.
*The attendance was only 20,647 at the Vet. Don't know if Citizens Bank Park has ever had a crowd that sparse.
Heading to NY:
Taking anything less than 3 out of 4 from this depleted Mets club would be a disgrace. They won't have Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran, or David Wright in the lineup. Johan Santana pitched last night, so they'll dodge that bullet. Instead they get Mike Pelfrey, Tim Redding, Oliver Perez, and recently turned starter Bobby Parnell. The Phils are one of the hottest teams in baseball, and are 20 games above .500 (69-49) for the first time all year. With the Braves and Marlins beating up on each other this weekend, it's time to pad the 6.5 game NL East cushion. (T-Shirt courtesy of Philly Phaithful)