Big Joe Blanton with another quality start, dropping his ERA below 4 (3.88). It was his 7th quality start in a row, and 9th straight start in which he allowed 3 or less runs. Ryan Madson came into the game in the 8th and picked up the "W", while Brad Lidge picked up a shaky save to close out the game in the 9th. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard supplied the runs, and the Phils went to 17 games above .500 (65-48).
*Brad Lidge needs to do a better job holding runners. It seems that Cecil Fielder could steal 2nd base off of him. Of course, this wouldn't be such a concern if he didn't allow so many runners to reach base.
*Raul Ibanez looks spent. He cannot catch up with fastballs and his numbers are in a steady decline. He has not been the same since returning from the DL.
*Jimmy Rollins saw a total of 7 pitches in 4 at bats last night (only 3 official ab because of a sacrifice bunt).
*Shane Victorino is well on his way to a 2nd Gold Glove.
Special Edition of The Howard:
Baltimore Orioles light-hitting outfielder Felix Pie accomplished the rarest type of "The Howard" last night as he hit for the cycle while doing so. Since outfielders don't make many errors, it's difficult for them to commit Howards, but Pie pulled it off with pizazz. Coming into the game Felix had only 2 homeruns and no errors on the season. In fact, it was the first error and only the 6th homerun of his career. Congratulations!
What the hell is up with the Mets jerseys they were wearing last night? Those are uglier than the Padres camouflage, Houston's rainbow, or Pirates solid yellow ones. Just another f-up by the New York Mets organization. Guess they're used to that by now.