Phils Are First to Forty

13 Jun

After winning 3 out of 4 from the Cubs over the week-end the Phillies became the first team in baseball to reach 40 wins.  With their record of 40-26 they are 14 games over .500 and they sit in first place in the East.  But the Braves are on their heels just 2 games behind and somehow it still seems like a long road ahead to make the play-offs.

But that’s as it should be in sports.  As the Dallas Mavericks proved again last night the best team on paper, the team filled with superstars, the favored team going in, is not always the team that wins it all.  It’s the team that executes in crunch time, the team that plays till the end, the team that plays like a team that ultimately wins the big prize.

 

Phils can take “the Heat”

Now I like to think that the Phillies have more in common with the Dallas Mavericks than the Miami Heat.  Yes, they do have their share of superstars but their work ethic, starting with Roy Halladay, is second to none and they do their talking on the field not in the papers or on Twitter.  They also have their Jason Terry‘s and J.J.Barea‘s, players lesser known but critically important.  Players like Wilson Valdez, Carlos Ruiz and Michael Stutes.  It takes every member of a team to win it all.  (Remember Matt Stairs in 2008??)

Ok, enough with basketball.  Congratulations to the Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki.  (Did you hear that in Cleveland they’re calling them the Maveliers?  Can you blame them?)

 

A Game of Inches

We saw yesterday in the bottom of the 9th why baseball truly is a game of inches.  First when Ryan Madson was facing Geovany Soto (the guy who broke his consecutive save streak with a game-tying home run in the 9th  Thursday night)  Soto gave everyone a scare when he hit a ball home run distance but it curved just left of the left-field foul pole.  A game of inches.

Then Soto ended the game with a bloop to right.  With the outfield playing deep the only one with a shot at the ball was Chase Utley who ran it down and caught it on the run at full extension for a terrific game-ending play.  A game of inches and Chase needed every one of his to make that catch.

 

Two Lefties Feeling “All Right” 

Ryan Howard had 3 hits and 3 RBI’s yesterday and is 9 for his last 15 against lefties.  And here’s a stat for you.  No one in baseball over the last 6 years has more go-ahead RBI’s than Ryan Howard!  Another lefty hitting his stride is Chase Utley.  In his first 15 games he had just one home run and 4 RBI’s.  Well, he equalled his entire season output on Saturday with a two-run double and a two-run homer against the Cubs.

 

So onward and upward.  It has certainly been an interesting ride so far.  Let’s hope the Phils will continue to “take their talents”  to the top!

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2 Responses to “Phils Are First to Forty”

  1. Lea Dickler June 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    I am still afraid to breath when they play!!!!

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