Best in the Land:
Best record and pitching staff in the Majors belongs to the Phillies. Cole Hamels notched his 12th win and the Phils 62nd of the season in a dominating performance over the Padres last night. Allowing only 1 run dropped the team ERA to a MLB-best 3.10. They're also winning at a .633 clip, which puts them in line for approximately 103 wins. Just imagine if Oswalt comes back healthy, Lidge is able to be serviceable, and they trade for a bat. Times are good...
Howard Since All-Star Break:
2-25 (.080), .259 OPS, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 9 K.
Good news for Howard, he still leads the NL in RBI with 74. Bad news for Howard, he is 0-8 lifetime against tonight's starting pitcher Mat Latos, and all 8 outs have come via strikeout. Yuck. Maybe try Gload at 1st base tonight?
Bye Bye Baez:
Please allow me to be blunt- Baez Sucks sucked! Brad Lidge hasn't thrown a single pitch for the Phillies this season and he's already made a huge contribution...ridding the team of Danys Baez. In 2 seasons with Philly, Baez was 5-8 in 80 games pitching 83.2 innings, with a 5.81 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, and poor 36:46 BB:K ratio. Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!