Phillies Win Number Twenty

5 May

After last night’s 7-4 win over the Washington Nationals the Philadelphia Phillies became the first National League team to win 20 games this year.  They had a record-breaking 18 wins in April alone.  At this pace, they will have 108 wins for the season.  But who’s counting?  Everyone!

So let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.  With 29 games played (at the time of this writing) here are some significant, surprising and just plain silly observations.  (I’ll let you be the judge of  which is which.)

They better start making room on Phillies Mount Rushmore for Vance Worley.  Where the heck did this kid come from?  To say he’s a pleasant surprise is like saying Cherry Garcia ice cream is just OK.   With a 2-0 record, a 21.2 inning scoreless streak, and 0.75 ERA, he may have Joe Blanton packing those suitcases sooner than expected.

And it’s great to see that Raul Ibanez, 15 years Worley’s senior, is still in the game.  Although many fans had written him off, he has 5 hits in his last 7 at bats including 2 doubles, a home run and 2 RBI.  Come on, say it with me now:  “R-a-a-a-a-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-l!”   (I can’t hear you, Hal!)

Was it just me or did anyone else notice that former Phil Matt Stairs, who makes even Raul look young,  seemed to get a louder and warmer greeting from the fans than fellow Nationals teammate Jayson Werth?  After the ovation, the 43-year old lined a single for his 100th career pinch hit.  Way to go, Matt!  There will always be a Philly cheesesteak (or 2) here with your name on it.

I don’t know about you but I am really getting tired of hearing that sappy music and then Phils TV announcer  Tom McCarthy saying, “safe and secure with New York Life.”  It’s starting to really get on my nerves.  Don’t get me wrong I want the hits, but this campaign is “the pits.”

It’s nice to see Jimmy Rollins back in the lead-off slot.  In the two games since returning to his familiar spot in the batting order, he has 4 hits, 2 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 walks, and a stolen base.  I guess it’s true, “there really is no place like home.”

And finally, a belated kudos to all those fans at the Phillies game the night the Bin Laden news broke.  Your spontaneous chants of  USA, USA, getting louder and louder, as they spread throughout the sell-out crowd made national headlines.  Nice to see Phils fans getting good press for a change. Real nice!


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2 Responses to “Phillies Win Number Twenty”

  1. Hal Rosenbluth May 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    Raul has peaked. Package him with Kendrick and Blanton for three minor league prospects while some general manager still thinks he’s worth it, then we can chant Foooooool at the GM instead of Rauuuuuuuul when that team comes to town.

  2. girlsbestphriend May 7, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    Since I’ll have a first hand look at Kyle Kendrick tomorrow since he is the starting pitcher we get to see(what are the odds?) I will be able to evaluate your proposed trade more objectively. But while there I hope to have many occasions to chant Rauuuul!

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