The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros are two of the worst clubs the National League has to offer, and they just so happened to be the Phillies first two opponents of the season covering the first 9 games. Naturally, the Phils bent them over Deliverance-style and sprinted out the gate to a 7-2 record. This weekend brought the first real test to the Phils and they failed. The test- the Florida Marlins, a real team, real competition. Does this mean Good Competition = Bad Results? Probably not. This is the Phillies, and you know their offense is going to cower into the foxhole at times, then come back guns blazing. Trust in the process.
*Raul Ibanez continues to prove me right, and I wish nothing more than for him to prove me wrong. .171 avg, .538 OPS. Please Raaaauuuullll shut me up!
*The Phils have only swiped 3 bags. I understand that J-Roll isn't in the lineup, but Vic, Werth, and Utley still should steal.
*With today's off day the Phils may have been inclined to skip the disappointing Kyle Kendrick's turn in the rotation and keep JA Happ on regular rest, but Happ has a bit of soreness in his pitching arm and needs the extra day to recuperate.
*Things you wouldn't expect: 1. Pudge Rodriguez leads the NL in average at .444, and 2. Livan Hernandez leads the NL in ERA with no runs surrendered through 2 starts.
*Harry Kalas Cialis (Corey) and Lidge Ledge Leapers (me) currently sit at #1 and #2 atop the WSBGMs Phantasy Baseball League standings.