3, 4, 3, 4, 3, 3, 3, 0, 4, 3, 2, 4, 3- runs scored in each of the last 13 games by the Phillies. Red = win, Black = loss. Record = 9-4. The offense remains remarkable consistent, and for now it seems to be enough to produce wins despite hitting just .207/.280/.303 over that period. It's difficult to complain when the Phillies have a MLB-best record of 15-6. Sure, the offense is struggling to churns out runs, but with this pitching staff it might just get it done.
So Much For That Idea
Just the other day I pondered the notion of Jose Contreras being a closer on the cheap going forward. Well, he hit the DL yesterday with elbow problems. And that's the problem with relying on ancient armed relievers.
Ryan Madson gets another chance to shine in save situations. Lets hope he doesn't go WWF on a metal chair this time. Meanwhile, Michael Stutes gets the call-up from Triple-A. The 24 year old right-hander was drafted in the 11th round back in 2008 and has steadily climbed the system with success at every pit stop. Minor league #'s: 24-12, 100 G, 40 GS, 301.2 IP, 286:135 K:BB, 3.31 ERA, 1.27 WHIP. Give 'em hell kid.