Wow, the Phils have really made a living winning games in dramatic fashion lately. With the 8-7 win, the Phils take a half game lead on the division as the Braves lost their second straight to the Buccos, this time with ace Tim Hudson on the mound.
Since my bullet point post was so popular yesterday, who am I to argue with the people:
- Mike Stanton. I talked about this guy yesterday. He basically muscled a ball out of the park on pure strength. He's tied for 35th in the National League in home runs. Sounds pedestrian, until you realize he only has 275 at bats. He's not on pace for 24 home runs in about 100 games...
- Joe Blanton. Don't let the final line fool you. Yes, he 2 earned and 6 hits. But he was hit HARD tonight. Even the ground ball outs were smoked. He looks like he is going to be a non factor in the postseason.
- Chad Durbin. Is there any situation this guy can't get out of. He routinely comes into the game with runners on, usually more than one and with less than 2 outs. He seems to get out of it every time.
- The division. The NL East still goes through Philly. For the first time since May 31st, the Phillies will wake up tomorrow with a division lead.
- The lefties. We don't have any. At least any that can get lefties out. We're in trouble in the late innings against the Rays or Yankees lefties. We don't a Scott Eyre this year. Bastardo can't do it. Romero might if he didn't walk everyone. Romero has walked 26 batters in 32 innings. That means 4 out of every 5 innings, JC issues a free pass. Not going to get it done.
- The Marlins. They are not a factor this year. In fact, their lack of pitching besides Josh Johnson makes it likley they probably aren't a factor next year either. However, their hitting, specifically all of their young hitting, is down right scary. Logan Morrison, Mike Stanton, Hanley Ramirez (seems like he's been around forever, but he's still only 26, just entering his prime), Mike Stanton, Gaby Sanchez, Cameron Maybin. I see a lot more shootout against this squad in the coming years.
- The defense. Just horrible tonight. Overthrows. Bad decisions. The offense bailed out the bad throws and brain farts, but this could cost them if they don't clean up and play a sharper mental game.
- Jayson Werth's weed washed brain. This guy is good for one mental queef a week. He had no business throwing to 3rd and gifted a run on a horrible overthrown. Utley's airmail wasn't much better.
- Cholly. We give this guy a lot of grief but he managed a perfect game. He didn't want to use Lidge and Madson every night so mad dog went for 4 outs and Lidge sat. He pulled Blanton when he realized he got tired. He pulled JC after his walk. I also loved the batting order. Rollins 5th and Werth 7th? It's a brilliant lineup. Get the guys getting on base to the top of the order. Yes, I know, Vic has the same OBP. But when you have him and Rollins at the top, it kills the lineup. At least Vic is slugging 80 points higher.
- Raul Ibanez and Placido Polanco. These guys were great tonight. Ibanez was a double short of the cycle. They combined for 6 hits in 9 at bats, scored 2 runs, drove in 4, and don't forget Raul's homer.
- Ryan Madson. Even though he got the blown save because of wild pitch, he got win # 5 and lowered his ERA to 2.74.
- Wes Helms. Would have been Pat Gillick's worst signing if not for Adam Eaton. When they flashed 0-9 against Ryan Madson, you knew he was going 0-10. You almost felt bad for him...until you realize he sucks and still makes $950,000!
Tomorrow the Phils will take on the Marlins for the final game of the 4 game set, hoping to take 3 of 4. Cole Hamels goes for win #10. How ridiculous is that? Kyle Kendrick has 9 wins as well with ERA over a run and a half higher!