Ryan Howard committed The Howard last night. It was the Phillies first of the season and of course it ended with the good guys winning. Since the stat's creation prior to the 2009 season, the Phillies have committed 20 Howards, and are 17-3 in those games (.850 winning percentage). A homerun, error, and strikeout never felt so good!
*Michael Young has been placed on the bereavement list and Cesar Hernandez has been called up in his absence. He went 0-2 in his MLB debut last night, but was hitting .305/.810 for the Iron Pigs before his promotion. He's a second baseman by trade and is a .291/.736 hitter spanning 7 minor league seasons. He's 23 years old and his biggest asset is his speed (129 SB in 521 G).
*Dom Brown, or as a commenter called him in yesterday's post "Domain Brown", is the driving force of the Phils offense. He now has a club leading 13 HR and 32 RBI.
*Turkey sausage boy, Erik Kratz, is proving to be a quality backup catcher. He plays solid defense and has good pop. In 86 games with the Phillies over parts of the last 3 seasons, he's hit .244/.772 with 15 HR and 40 RBI while throwing out 38% of would be base thieves.