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Game 2 of Doubleheader Postponed

Due to rain and snow in Colorado, Game 2 of yesterday’s scheduled doubleheader was postponed.  No date has been announced to play the game and the Phillies are not scheduled to go back to Colorado at all this year.  So, it should be interesting to see how they decide to make the game up.

 

In injury news, Carlos Ruiz has been listed as day to day with a sprained capsular ligament in his right knee.  This is a huge loss for the Phillies; Ruiz has been one of their hottest hitters and is leading the league with a .472 on-base percentage.  Cross your fingers that he gets well soon.

 

Jimmy Rollins is getting closer to returning to the team; he went 3 for 6 with two doubles in an extended spring game in Clearwater yesterday.  Today, he is scheduled to play short stop which will give a better idea of how the right calf is healing.

 

As for Brad Lidge, the news is not so sunny.  The soreness in his right elbow has lingered for several days now.  He is scheduled to see the team doctor today, but soreness usually indicates swelling.  Swelling is a sign that something is wrong.  While there is no diagnosis yet, my guess is that the Phillies had better start looking for bullpen help.

 

Today is an off-day for the Phillies; they will travel to Milwaukee next to play the Brewers in a 3-game series starting Friday night at 8:10pm.

 

 

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Doubleheader, Injuries and Sign Stealing Mania

After the Phillies – Rockies rain out on Tuesday, a day-night doubleheader was scheduled today and things did not go well for the Phils.  First, the Roy Halladay magic fizzled a bit in the 4-3 loss.  Second, the injuries are continuing to pile up.  The game going into extra innings did not help either.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz left the game in the 4th inning with a right knee injury.  Back-up Brian Schneider is already on the DL, which means the Phillies are now onto their 3rd string catcher, Paul Hoover.  Not only that, but now he will have to play both games of the double header.  The Phillies are also short one spot in the bullpen as Brad Lidge flew back to Philadelphia to see the team doctor about his eternally injured elbow.  This is more tragic news for a doubleheader during which the first game went long.


P4057301.jpgHalladay could not save the bullpen for the second game as he struggled to get through 6 1/3 innings.  10 hits and 3 runs later (2 earned), Halladay was pulled from the game.  The biggest nightmare for the Phillies was Rockies catcher Miguel Olivo.  This guy is a career .242 hitter, batting .240 coming into this game.  Can someone then explain to me HOW Olivo goes 5 for 5 with the game winning walk-off homer in the 10th inning?  Wow.

The defense did Halladay no favors by committing 3 errors in the field, although I think the scorekeeper only recorded two.  Give the scorekeeper an error too then; why should he miss out on the fun?  So, Chase Utley watched a ball roll right under his glove, which must have a hole in it.  Jayson Werth bobbled a ball in the outfield…twice in the same play.  And Ryan Howard bounced a ball to second, which should have been handled by Wilson Valdez but wasn’t.

Then again, Utley, Howard and Valdez made up almost the entire offense for the Phillies with 3,3 and 2 hits respectively.  Placido Polanco had 2 hits in the game and no errors, so I guess he gets two thumbs up for the day.

So the series is now tied 1-1 and game 3 will begin at 8:40pm.  The Phillies will rely on Jamie Moyer, who pitched a complete game shut-out in his last game.  They will need him to go long in order to preserve the weak bullpen.

Stealing Signs

There has been a big to-do today over the allegations that the Phillies are stealing signs from opposing catchers.  The Rockies complained about it after Monday’s loss, saying that bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer was using binoculars during the 2nd inning and Shane Victorino was on the bullpen phone.  MLB has issued a “warning,” stating that there was no conclusive evidence.


Sign Stealing.jpgAccording to Victorino, he called to tell Billmeyer to put the binoculars away after the Rockies complained and manager Charlie Manuel spoke to the umpire.  You can see this does match the sequence of the events on the game tape.  Billmeyer uses the binoculars to watch the action and check on his catchers.

So, answer me this.  HOW is Billmeyer supposed to relay the signs in a split second all the way from the bullpen to the batter?  It is impossible.  Think about how fast things go from giving a sign to throwing the pitch.  The batter doesn’t have time to look to the dugout for a sign once he is in the box.  Again, it is impossible.  Billmeyer was likely watching the opposition in order to scout the pitcher; the same thing he can do by watching the video after the game, only doing it during the game is a time saver.

Besides, are some baseball fans and the media really convinced that no one tries to steal signs?  If so, they are delusional.  I really don’t care who steals signs.  It is a competition and teams will take any advantage they can get.  Trying to figure out what the opposing team is going to do is part of the game. 

A guy standing on second can read the signs from the catcher and relay it to the batter.  No one complains about this.  Base coaches use stop watches to time pitchers in order to gain an advantage for stealing bases.  No one complains about this either.  A-Rod yells for a pop-up when he is running the bases, not fielding.  Ok, so people did complain about that one…

But if teams are so concerned about the sign stealing, then they need to do a better job preparing and coming up with signs that are difficult to figure out or that change frequently.  Or, do like the Phillies have done in the past and change signs or don’t use them at all.  This is a matter of better managing your team and ensuring your pitchers and catchers are all on the same page.

In this case, there is no way the bullpen coach could have sent a sign fast enough to get to the batter.  Even if it was possible, whether it is a fast ball or a slider coming in, the batter still has to hit the ball.  Same as a runner trying to steal base; he still has to execute.  But it is not against the rules of baseball to steal signs by non-electronic means.  If people are unhappy about it, then the rules should be revised. 

So, should the Phillies now accuse the Rockies of stealing signs since they collected 10 hits off Roy Halladay?  Frankly, I do not care.  Kudos to the Rockies for hitting our ace and shame on them for whining about something that did not happen just because they were upset about losing the game.   This is a practice that has gone on for over a century amongst all MLB teams.  I think we all have better things to worry about; of course, that is just one gals humble opinion ;o)

 

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9th Inning Rally In Colorado

The first game of this Phillies – Rockies series got off to a good start thanks to some heavy hitting in the 9th.  The game remained close for the first 8 innings, with Kyle Kendrick allowing 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks through 6 of those.  Kendrick struggled to get that far and has still not been able to show any consistency in his starting role after a very good game his last time out.


Thumbnail image for P2232834 Victorino.JPGBut Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz were not going to allow those 4 runs to ruin the day.  Victorino did an amazing job in the lead-off spot, reaching base 5 out of 6 at-bats with 2 triples and 3 walks.  Ruiz went 4 for 5 in the game with 2 RBI, one of which was a solo homer to give the Phillies a lead.

JC Romero pitched 1/3 of the 7th inning and tied the game up again by allowing 1 run on 2 hits and a walk.  David Herndon finished the inning, getting some help from Chase Utley who turned an amazing double play.  Utley dove for the ball and tossed it to Wilson Valdez from the ground using only his glove.  Valdez relayed to 1st and ended the inning.

Speaking of Valdez, this kid is really struggling at the plate.  As the back-up to the back-up at short-stop, he has hit into a double play in each of the last 4 games, killing rallies everywhere he goes.  In this game, he went 0-4 and is now batting .152.  So, where is Juan Castro?  He has been out nursing a minor calf injury and last played on May 5th, until he came in last night for defense in the 9th.  I guess being put in for 1 inning last night is a good sign, but he had better be backing in hitting shape soon because Valdez is not getting it done.

So the 9th inning for the Phillies turned into a big rally to help cap off the win.  Ryan Howard got hit with a pitch to start it off and the Rockies later intentionally walked Raul Ibanez.  The super-hot Ruiz stepped up and whacked a single to break the 5-5 tie as Howard scored.  Then to put the exclamation mark on the evening, Ross Gload nailed a pinch-hit 3-run homer to give the Phillies the 9-5 win.

Jose Contreras closed the game in the bottom of the 9th.  Brad Lidge was unavailable due to soreness in his elbow…again.  He just came off the DL and is already having issues in the same elbow that was surgically repaired in the off-season.  This is not a good sign.  Could it be a foretelling of things to come?  Let us hope not.

 The Phillies will send Roy Halladay to the mound tonight in game 2 of the series.  Game time is 8:40pm.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

 

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Home Runs Propel Phillies To Win

Three solo home runs were the difference in a 5-3 win over the Braves.  Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino all went long in the game.  Werth had two RBI on the day and Raul Ibanez collected one as well.  Here are a few game highlights:


b game shots.jpgAnd my favorite shot of the day came from Ibanez, who broke his bat:


P5090667u.jpgCole Hamels
started the game and look great through 3 innings.  In the 4th, the bottom began to fall out as he walked the first two batters.  After escaping that near-disaster unharmed, Hamels came back out in the 5th and started again with a walk.  Four singles in a row followed to give the Braves 3 runs.  Hamels worked out of the inning again, but the 5th would be his last inning.

There does not appear to be any rhyme or reason to the sudden change in Hamels’ performance.  He simply lost his command and forgot where the strike zone was.  Luckily, the bullpen bailed him out.  Chad Durbin pitched 2 innings and Jose Contreras took the 8th.  Both did an amazing job as their families looked on.  Before the game, both players greeted their moms and wives on the field for Mother’s Day; even the Phanatic brought his mom to the game:


a moms day.jpgBrad Lidge
earned his first save of the year when he retired the final 3 Braves batters.  The first two batters hit long fly balls that barely stayed in the park, but they turned into outs.  And we cannot expect zero drama from Lidge, can we?  A win is a win; we’ll take it.


P5090888as.jpgAlso in honor of Mother’s Day on this day, most of the players used pink bats and wore other pink accessories to mark the occasion and show their support for Breast Cancer research.  Chase Utley went all out…look at the photo.  He used the pink bat, wore pink batting gloves, 2 pink necklaces, a pink wristband and a pink ribbon pin.  Who says real men don’t wear pink?  Not I.

Here is the full Photo Album from the game.

In injury news, back-up catcher Brian Schneider has been placed on the DL with a left achilles strain.  Paul Hoover, who spent a short time with the team last year, has been recalled from AAA and will take Schneider’s place.

So the Phillies closed out this home stand with a series win and will be off to Colorado to face the Rockies on Monday night.  Kyle Kendrick will pitch and the game begins at 8:40pm.

Also, be sure to check out my interviews with Dallas Green, Gary “Sarge” Matthews and Virginia Ventura Marina of the former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League if you missed it yesterday.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

 

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The Chooch Train Rolls For 3 More Years

Avoiding arbitration totally for the second year in a row, the Phillies signed Carlos Ruiz, their final arbitration eligible player.  Chooch will be manning the back-stop for at least three more years with a contract worth 8.85 million, plus a 5 million dollar option for a 4th year.  Ruiz has been the little engine who could at the end of this Phillies line-up for some time now.  Keeping him on board with the rest of the crew through 2012 adds even more stability to the team.175 ruiz.jpg

Earlier this week, the Phillies also signed veteran right-hander Jose Contreras to a deal worth about 1 million for one year.  The deal is pending a physical, of course.  A starter most of his career, the 39-year old Contreras has a lifetime 4.61 ERA which includes time spent with Colorado last year and the White Sox and Yankees before that.  He won the World Series in 2005 with the Sox.  Another fun tidbit; Contreras will join pitcher Danys Baez as the second Cuban defector to be acquired by the Phillies this offseason.

All the signings this month mean that 7 of our 8 starting position players are now signed at least through 2011.  The lone wolf in the bunch is right fielder, Jayson Werth who is signed only through this coming season.  It is thought that, unless he gets hurt or has a very bad year, the Phillies will be unable to afford Werth after 2010.  While Jayson is certainly Werth-Y of big bucks, there are just too many youngsters, like highly-touted prospect Dominic Brown, waiting in the wings to justify the additional expense.  Rumor has it that Werth may command a salary near 16 million a year.  The Phils budget simply will not be able to hold him.

Anything can happen, of course.  That is, anything except for the Phillies budget jumping to Yankee-like numbers.  That being said, Werth being with us long-term does not look very likely.  Well, we will just have to worry about that next year…

Photo by Jenn

 

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The Joys Of The Post-Season Media

So, did we all thoroughly enjoy the Phillies TBS TV coverage this post-season?  No?  Oh, come on now, they were mildly entertaining, right?  Let us examine some of the broadcasting highlights:

 - These guys are brilliant; just check out this quote about Raul Ibanez: “He’s not 37 because he started his career late.”  Really?  Wow…the true fountain of youth; late bloomers.

- On a 2-base hit: “It’s an inside-the-park double.”  You know, as opposed to the out-of-the-park double.

- During Game 1 of the NLDS, 2nd inning: “There has been great defense in this ballgame and in this series.”  Yes, all 2 innings of it.

- About the catcher: “All the game calling is to make the pitcher comfortable.”  The catcher calls pitches to make the pitcher comfy?  Not to get outs?  Ok then.  Genius.  Sheer genius.

- During a bunt to the pitcher with a runner on first: “He is thinking about second base because it is right behind the mound.”  Is it?  I never would have noticed…thanks, TBS!  Baseball geography lesson 101.

- On Clayton Kershaw after he gave up a 3-run homer, allowed to 2 more runners on base and was then pitching to Ryan Howard: “This is a grow-up moment (for Kershaw).”  No more little league for you buddy!

But wait, there’s more!  Did you see the main sponsor for TBS during commercial breaks?  Avocados.  Yes, the disgusting, slimy, green fruit is THE big money maker for this station.  Awesome.

And how about the commercials for the new TBS series “Men of a Certain Age.”  It is October – this series is set to begin in December.  Not only will we have forgotten about it by December, but with the thousands of previews shown, we have already seen the series in its entirety.  No need to tune in then in December….we already know that Ray Romano plays a moron with a dirty mind; Scott Bakula is a man-sl*ut; and Andre Braugher is sad because he cannot live up to his daddy’s high expectations.  Think that about covers it.

So how about some media video highlights!  Here ya go; let us begin with Buck Martinez, who has NO idea which team he is watching…he mentions the Yanks and the Red Sox before he figures out it is the Phillies:

Chase Utley is also annoyed with the media coverage…watch his reaction as a media member pulls a Kanye West:

And my favorite clip of the Comcast Sportsnet coverage…Ricky Botallico flips out during the Jimmy Rollins 9th inning game winning hit in Game 4 of the NLCS:

Classic.

Hope you all enjoyed these broadcasts as much as I did :O)

By the way, if anyone is looking to sell a ticket (1) to Game 3 of the World Series (the Saturday game, home opener), please email me.  I cannot afford the Stub Hub prices so I am looking for anyone to take pity on me and sell me a ticket at face value or just above it.  I cannot do standing room, but am open to other seating arrangements.  Thank you and Go Phillies! :O)

NLCS Roster Decisions

Nothing has been made officially yet, but expect a similar roster for the NLCS against the Dodgers as the Phillies had in the NLDS.  It looks likely that Cole Hamels will pitch game one since he is on full rest.  Plus, with the birth of his son and some time home with the wife and child, he should now be ready to focus on baseball.  Hamels has done exceptionally well against the Dodgers.  He threw a shut-out against them this past June and also beat them twice in last year’s NLCS.

Cliff Lee will remain a starter as well with JA Happ, Pedro Martinez and Joe Blanton being juggled around again from the pen to the starters spot.  The bullpen however may see a change with Chan Ho Park returning from injury.  He is travelling to LA with the team, so he may be in position to take a roster spot away from Kyle Kendrick.

The bullpen is still making many people very nervous.  Brad Lidge did save 2 games, but still does not look super sharp.  Ryan Madson, the other potential closer, blew 2 saves in the series in the 8th inning.  And Brett Myers, who has done the job before, played only 2/3 of an inning and walked 2 batters.  This is a huge weak spot, especially when compared to the Dodgers bullpen which is much better.   

As for the bench players, this will probably stay the same; Greg Dobbs, Matt Stairs, Ben Francisco and Miguel Cairo.  However, with 8 at-bats between these 4 in the NLDS, there was not a hit among them.  Stairs did walk once in a critical situation, but Cairo and Dobbs both went 0 for 3.  Could this open the door for Eric Bruntlett to step in for Cairo?  Probably not, but the bench players are still a concern.

Then again, when you have the big guns like Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth to bail the team out when they run into trouble, you have to like the Phillies chances.   So, here is the schedule:

Gm 1

PHI @ LAD

Thu

Oct. 15

8:07 PM

Gm 2

PHI @ LAD

Fri

Oct. 16

4:07 PM

Gm 3

LAD @ PHI

Sun

Oct. 18

8:07 PM

Gm 4

LAD @ PHI

Mon

Oct. 19

8:07 PM

Gm 5*

LAD @ PHI

Wed

Oct. 21

8:07 PM

Gm 6*

PHI @ LAD

Fri

Oct. 23

8:07 PM

Gm 7*

PHI @ LAD

Sat

Oct. 24

8:07 PM

 

And just for fun, let me introduce to you our newest family member and Phillies fan, Chase Utley Kitten.  He is a Blue Point Ragdoll:Chase kitten.jpg

Yes, I named him Chase Utley….I fully expect him to pick up a ball and glove by 3 years.  At 2 ½ months, we will have to settle for the jersey.

Go Phillies!

Comeback Win Sends Phillies To NLCS

For the second year in a row, the Phillies will face the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.  The Phils beat the Rockies tonight with a 9th inning, 3-run comeback to win the NLDS series 3 games to 1.  It was another nail biter; many fans were calling for the oxygen tank, and not because of the Rocky mountain air.

Early on, this was a pitcher’s duel with Cliff Lee allowing only 1 run though 7 innings.  2 solo homers by Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth were the only scoring for the Phillies at that point.  But Lee ran into trouble in the 8th when he walked Dexter Fowler on 3 straight strikes that were called balls; the Pitch Tracker showed the pitches were in the zone and missed by the ump.  Nothing new; he missed calls all night long. 

But that walk led to big trouble.  Todd Helton hit what should have been a double play ball and Jimmy Rollins dropped the feed from Chase Utley, putting 2 runners on with 1 out.  DSCF1437edit.jpgRyan Madson came in and blew the inning wide open for the Rockies.  2 hits later and the Rockies were going into the 9th, at home, with a 4-2 lead.  By the way, that was Madson’s second blown save of this series.

In the 9th, Rollins singled and Utley walked to give Ryan Howard 2 runners in scoring position with 2 outs.  The Phillies had not had a single hit in the game with runners in scoring position at that point.  In fact, they even left the bases loaded twice in the game with 1 out and failed to score.  But this team just never gives up and Howard nailed a double to tie the game up.  Werth singled to score Howard and, with hearts pounding, the Phillies took the 5-4 lead into the bottom of the inning.

Scott Eyre, seemingly ok after twisting his ankle yesterday, got the 1st 2 outs, but also put 2 men on base.  So, Brad Lidge got the call for the final out and faced Troy Tulowitzki, the same batter he got to pop out to end yesterday’s game.  Lidge struck him out to win the game and send the Phillies back to the NLCS!

Also worth noting, Ben Francisco replaced Raul Ibanez in left late in the game as a defensive substitution.  Ibanez dropped a ball earlier in the game and Charlie Manuel was taking no chances.  The move paid off as Francisco made an amazing, diving catch in the 8th that saved 2 runs from scoring.

And now the champagne will flow as the Phillies celebrate their first 2009 post-season series victory.  And with any luck, 2 more such celebrations shall follow.  Go Phillies!

Photo by Jenn

 

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2:00am Heroics Put Phillies One Win Away

The Phillies are 1 win away from advancing to the NLCS against the Dodgers after beating the Rockies last night 5-4.  They hold a 2-1 advantage in the series and also have the chance today to win 2 post-season games on the same day; last night’s game ended at 2:15am this morning and tonight will be a 6:07pm start time.  The Phillies finally got a prime time slot, since everyone else is done with their NLDS series.  Gee thanks, MLB, she says as she holds her eyes open with toothpicks…

This win was a true team effort with contributions up and down the line-up.  Chase Utley hit a solo homer in the 1st inning and the Rockies answered with 2 runs later that inning.  The Phillies took the lead again in the 4th with 3 runs.  It may have been more, but Pedro Feliz hit into a 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded and no outs.  But Carlos Ruiz picked his teammate up and knocked an RBI single to give the Phillies the lead again. 

The two teams traded runs again in the 6th and 7th innings, but the Phillies took the lead for good in the 9th with some small ball.  Jimmy Rollins led off with a hit and Shane Victorino bunted him over.  Chase Utley hit a dribbler for a single and moved Jimmy to third; Ryan Howard knocked him in with a sac fly.  So the Phillies gave the ball to Brad Lidge who, despite making us all bite our fingernails again, got the save.



P9213509 Lidge.jpgLidge seems to have his confidence back, which is great news.  If the Phillies are going to win, they need him.  The pitching overall on both sides was shaky, but bad umpiring did not help either.  JA Happ got squeezed at the plate for his short 3 innings of work where he allowed 3 runs and was prematurely pinch hit for in the 4th when the potential to add on runs arose.  Happ throws pitches that move a lot in a diagonal pattern across the plate.  The ball passes over the plate and ends up in the catcher’s mitt towards the back corner of the plate.  The ump last night was watching where the ball ended up instead of where it crossed the plate and missed tons of calls.

But the ump did that on both sides and both starters were forced out of the game in under 4 innings.  Blown calls have been the story of this entire NLDS, not just the Phillies and the Rockies.  It even started with the Twins-Tigers 1 game playoff where a batter was clearly hit with a pitch but no one called it.  And it continued last night with the ball-strike calls and even the “dribbler” Utley hit in the ninth.  If you watch the replay, the ball hit Utley in the leg and therefore should have been foul.  Instead, it was a hit.  But both the Phillies and Rockies were victims of bad calls, so I guess in the end it evened out.

It does make you wonder though, how are these umpires continually allowed to affect the outcome of such important games?  Did you write your letters to Bug Selig last night as I suggested?  If so, it was a VERY big pile.  Anyone else out there tired of the bad calls and no accountability here?  Feel free to vent in the comments.

But the Phillies won the game and that is what really matters.  And they did it in the most awful conditions; game time temperature was 35 degrees, which ties for the coldest post-season game on record.  The game also took 4 hours and 6 minutes.  Yikes!  No sleep for me, but at least I am not grouchy ;O)

In other news, Scott Eyre was hurt in the game; he twisted his ankle coming off the mound.  No word yet on his condition, but we hope he is ok!

Cliff Lee gets the ball tonight and hopefully, he can repeat the amazing performance he had in Game 1.  Go Phillies!

Photo by Jenn

 

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Happ Will Pitch; Fans Will Gobble Up No-Doze

Bust out the No-Doze folks; tonight’s 10:07pm start time will be a real challenge for us East-Coasters with jobs to get up for on Monday.  But the good news is, JA Happ will start the game instead of Pedro Martinez since yesterday’s game was postponed due to bad weather.  Happ has gotten an extra day to rest and recover from being hit just below the knee with a line drive in Game 2.  He only faced that one batter so should be fresh and ready to go tonight.PA040202.jpg

Not that Martinez was a bad idea, but his recent neck/shoulder injury and the fact that he has not pitched a full game in a month were factors in the decision.  Plus, Happ is a lefty and the Rockies have struggled against left-handed pitching.  Happ has also been the most consistent starter for the Phillies all year long.  In fact, if you look at the numbers, there is no doubt:

W

L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

J Happ

12

4

2.93

35

23

3

2

166

149

55

54

20

56

119

C Lee

7

4

3.39

12

12

3

1

79.2

80

35

30

7

10

74

P Martinez

5

1

3.63

9

9

0

0

44.2

48

18

18

7

8

37Bottom of Form

J Blanton

12

8

4.05

31

31

0

0

195

198

89

88

30

59

163

C Hamels

10

11

4.32

32

32

2

2

193

206

95

93

24

43

168

 

Happ has the best W-L record, the best ERA and is tied for the most complete games and shut-outs.  Lee and Martinez were not with us the whole year so some stats are hard to compare, but if you boil it down to ERA alone, Happ has been the most dependable.

All that is left now is for the fans to stay awake long enough to see if Happ can lead the team to a win.  Here are a few suggestions on how to stay up until wee hours of the morning:

·        No-Doze

·        SUGAR – sour-patch kids are great for this.  You will be bouncing off the walls in no time.

·        Smack your neighbor every time a Phillies batter strikes out -  you will probably get hit back, keeping you alert.

·        Scream “Bulls…t!” really loud every time a TBS announcer gets something wrong.  Of course, this may happen a lot, so be careful you do not lose your voice.

·        Run around your living room in circles while chewing gum and rubbing your belly…send me video ;o)  I am trying to stay awake too.

·        Ice cubes in odd places…use your imagination.

·        Every time an umpire blows a call, write an angry letter to Bug Selig.  While bomb threats are probably not appropriate, do feel free to use your favorite cuss words.  And keep a stack of paper on hand…the letters may start to pile up.

·        When the announcers mention Manny Ramirez (which should happen approximately 5.6 times per non-Dodgers broadcast), drink another RedBull.

·        And if none of that works, draw up a plan to sue Ryan Howard for no particular reason and teach your children a valuable lesson in extortion techniques.

Good luck to everyone out there in their quest to defy this ridiculous MLB scheduling!  Remember, we will all be suffering together :O)  Go Phillies!

Photo by Jenn

 

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