The Phillies are in first place and have the best record in the National League. That could all change tonight and the Phils have no control over it. After playing 24 games in 23 days they finally get a day off to recoup and recharge. In the meantime the Braves host the plummeting Cardinals with an A+ match-up of Jair Jurrjens versus Adam Wainwright. Atlanta is only a half game behind the Phils and with a win tonight would draw even with them in the NL East at 81-60. However, a loss would mean a full game in the standings. Still not a lot of wiggle room, but better than tied for first. So...Go Cardinals Go!!!
*There's been a lot of talk about the Phils lining up Halladay, Oswalt, and Hamels to pitch against the Braves in both 3 game series remaining with them this season and to do so they would have to go to a 4-man rotation some of the time. However, guys would still get their full days of rest, so it's not like it would alter their routine. When a 5th starter is needed Manuel could choose from Vance Worley or Kyle Kendrick (I pray to God it's not Nate Robertson!). Zolecki does a nice job breaking down the schedule on The Zo Zone.
*For as inconsistent and pathetic that the Phillies offense has been at times during the season they are still ranked 5th in the National League and are only 2 runs behind the #2 team. Scoring is down all over baseball in The Year of the Pitcher Part Deux.
*The Phillies pitching staff has only issued 357 walks this season and are 2nd in the Majors in that category (Twins are 1st). That's about 175 less free passes than the Giants have gifted the opposition.