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MLB announced yesterday that Chase Utley, who had the highest home run total of all second basemen in the majors this year, has been awarded his third consecutive Silver Slugger award. Of course, this is just icing on the cake after the World Series win, but still a great honor. Utley led all NL second basemen in hits (177), runs (113), RBIs (104), on-base percentage (.380), slugging percentage (.583) and extra-base hits (78). His major leading home run total was 33 and he also racked up 100 RBI’s for the 4th season in a row. And in those 4 seasons, he has accumulated more homers (112), RBI’s (404), hits (702) and runs scored (433) than any other second baseman in the majors.
Utley joins fellow teammates Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino in the post-season awards-fest. Rollins and Victorino picked up Gold Gloves for their 2008 Championship season last week. Ryan Howard was not chosen for a Silver Slugger this year, coming in second to Albert Pujols of the Cardinals. This may be a trend; the NL MVP award will be announced on Monday and many expect that Howard will lose out to Pujols again. If Howard were to win, it would be the third time in a row that the Phillies took home the award, with Howard winning it twice and Rollins once. Wishful thinking, but we will find out on Monday!
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MVP J-Roll wasted no time last night getting back into winning form, going 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s and a home run that drove in pitcher Cole Hamels, rewarding Cole for his one hit of the night. Obviously feeling the love back in his hometown and with the family looking on, Rollins did not miss a beat stepping off the DL. There was an especially poignant shot of him on TV right after the home run, standing in the dugout with Ryan Howard where he was showing Ryan the stance and swing he took on the home run ball and Ryan looked on, wide-eyed, like a four year old to his Daddy. Well baby, Daddy is home and if this is the guy you need to lean on to get out of this funk, then please do. I have always thought Jimmy had the ability to lead this team and be that guy for the younger players, he just needs to take the role and run with it. Let’s see if the fog begins to lift for Ryan now that Jimmy is back. Here is a nice shot of Jimmy saying hi to me at Spring Training:
Pedro Feliz also had a decent game, apparently feeling comfortable in this ballpark where he played for seven years, and having his family there as well. He was the only other Phillies player with a multiple hit game, going 2 for 5 with 1 RBI, although Pat Burrell did his part too in drawing 3 walks on the night.
Now is it just me, or did Cole Hamels look like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum all night? Like mommy would not let him go outside to play or took away his favorite Tonka truck? Most of the night, every time Ruiz tossed the ball back to him, he snapped the glove back at it like he was going to give it a spanking. Now honey, if you really feel the need to spank something, may I offer… Oh sorry, the mind has wandered off again; back to baseball… ) Seriously though, he just looked upset with almost every pitch he threw last night. He did come out with the win and gave up 4 earned runs in 7 innings which honestly, is probably not what we’d expect out of our ace, so I do see where the frustration comes from. However, if he knew all night he was having issues, then where was the adjustment? It just seemed like he struggled with the same stuff all 7 innings. He did, however, manage to snap Aaron Rowand’s nine game hit streak. Well, let’s see how the next start goes. 2 more in San Fran – Go Phillies!
Rollins drove the team last year with Utley on the DL, now this year, Utley will drive the team with Rollins on the DL. And had Utley not had his hand broken by a stray pitch, he probably would have made a strong case for the 2007 MVP. Could 2008 be his year? Too soon to tell maybe, but so far, he is hitting .351, has 17 RBI’s, is leading the majors with 8 home runs and has hit 5 of them in his last 4 games. David Wright of the Mets is certainly giving him a run at it. We simply could not get this guy out all series long! He finally popped out in foul territory to Ryan Howard in the 9th last night, but even that looked terrifying.
And speaking of last night, congrats to Eric Bruntlett who may finally have redeemed himself with an amazing game ending play on the final out in the 9th! A diving grab and one hop throw to first to get Brad Lidge out of a very hairy inning. Nice. Now, if the guy can start hitting, maybe I’ll really get off his back… )
And go Pedro Feliz with the game winning pinch hit homer! Also, he was nice enough to stop only for me before the game and sign one of my photos of him ) So, he gets bonus points for that as well. But another night where all position players got a hit….gotta like that. Sure helps the momentum going into Colorado tonight where bad, bad memories of an ugly playoff series are lurking in the shadows…