A New Staff Ace for the Phillies?
Is Jerome Williams for real? After 3 starts with his third team of the year, Williams has 2 wins for the Phillies and a 1.77 ERA. He has out-pitched everyone on the Phils starting staff, including Cole Hamels. And on top of that, he even laid down a perfect safety squeeze in the 2nd inning, collecting only the 2nd RBI of his major league career. Williams has officially resurrected his previously dead career. And the Phillies went on to beat the Cardinals by a score of 7-4, taking 2 outs of 3 games in the series.
Another bright spot in this otherwise miserable season has been Ben Revere. All the Revere haters have now been silenced. Despite his weak arm, Revere worked hard and has improved his defense and is also now batting .314. He is in a 1st place tie for the best average in the National League with Justin Morneau. Although he can be frustrating at times, I had faith in Revere because he is a positive guy who always hustles and gives his best effort. The same cannot be said all of the Phillies outfielders. Keep it up, Ben! I am rooting for you!
Speaking of the outfield, can anyone tell me WHY Domonic Brown is still starting? Have we not yet seen enough? Whether he feels he is or not, Brown appears lazy and distracted in left field. His batting average is down to .226. It is time to give someone else a shot…it has been time for a while now. You have to wonder who is really calling the shots with the line-up; Ryne Sandberg or Ruben Amaro Jr.? If it is Sandberg, I have to seriously question his judgment. If it is Amaro, then Sandberg needs to stand up and explain to his GM that this is HIS team to run. Because this is getting very old.
Aside from that annoyance, the Phillies offense finally put some runs on the board, which was a nice change for a Sunday afternoon. Everyone except Ryan Howard had a hit and Jimmy Rollins smacked a 2-run homer.
The Phillies start a 3-game series with the Nationals Monday night. Maybe they can spoil the Nats 1st place fun? In the meantime, here is the Photo Album from today’s win.