Vote Chooch for 2012 NL starting catcher.
*Baltimore Orioles 1B/3B/DH Chris Davis, has more wins this season than the 3rd highest paid pitcher in the game Cliff Lee (Davis- 1, Lee- 0).
*The Phillies are 9th in the Majors with 330 runs scored, despite having no Utley or Howard, and piddling OPS from Victorino (.716) and Mayberry (.662).
*The Phils have the 3rd most hits (707) and 5th highest batting average (.266) in the Majors.
*They've drawn the 4th lowest amount of walks (194) and have struck out the 4th lowest amount of times (485). This happens with hack-happy batters like Pence, Rollins, Victorino, Polanco, Ruiz, etc. that make frequent contact.
*They are successful in 85% of their stolen base attempts. Eat that Davy Lopes!!!
*Their staff ERA is 4.00, which ranks 16th in the Majors. No Halladay with more KK, mediocre Lee, Bad Blanton, a horrific bullpen, and a poor defense are the reasons for this.
*Despite all the struggles of the pitching staff this season, they have the most strikeouts (628) and issued the least amount of walks (187).
*Brian Schneider is out 3-5 weeks with an ankle sprain he suffered blocking the plate the other day. Erik Kratz will serve as the backup catcher.
*Chase Utley returns to the Phillies lineup tonight. Last season I was excited for this, this season I'm indifferent. Don't get me wrong, seeing him at 2nd base is a helluva lot better than Mini-Mart or Galvis, but two years in a row of this stuff has dampened my enthusiasm.
*Raul Valdes gets the start today. I'd love to see him reel off 4-5 shutout innings. He's an underdog I pull for.