From waste of space highly criticized 25th man on the roster to hero, that's Michael Martinez. Game winning hits, swiping bags, solid fielding, infectious energy; that's M&M. His average is up to .236 and his OPS is on the brink of .600 (.599). That's still not good, but his last 10 games have been (12 for 38, .316 AVG, .804 OPS, 8 R, 11 RBI, and 3 SB). With Placido Polanco ailing with a bad back, Martinez might just be the go-to guy at 3rd considering the other alternatives (Pete Orr and Wilson Valdez). Might as well play the hot bat.
Good Pitching Ahead:
The Phillies begin a 10-game homestand on Friday against some of the best pitching staffs in the National League. 4 against San Diego, 3 with San Francisco, then wrapping things up with Pittsburgh for 3.
Opponents NL ERA/Rank:
Giants - 3.12 (1st)
Padres - 3.19 (3rd)
Pirates - 3.34 (5th)
*Vance Worley is awesome. 6 straight starts of allowing 1 run or less while going 5 innings or more. Impressive for anyone, especially for a rookie on the best team in baseball.
*Brad Lidge will likely be activated Friday. Good? Bad? Guess we'll see.
*The Phils have won 8 straight series. That's getting the job done.