One Game, Three Ridiculous Statements

16 Jul

And what a game it was!  Though it was only one game, and it was only against the New York Mets, a team that has already decided that they are sellers in this pre-trade deadline period, (they traded closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday,) that’s not going to stop me from  sharing the three most important things I learned from last night’s win.

WARNING:  I WILL BE ADMITTEDLY EXAGGERATING MAKING RASH STATEMENTS BASED ON LIMITED EVIDENCE.  (But come on, read it anyway.)

Rash Generalization Number 1

We Found Our Right-Handed Bat

(And Ruben didn’t have to spend a penny.)

He has driven in 12 runs in his last 5 games, 9 in his last two, including a career high 5 RBI’s last night.  When he was sent down to the minors last month, John Mayberry was told by manager Charlie Manuel that he had to improve his hitting against right-handed pitching, one big thing the Phillies have been lacking in their anemic first half offense.

I guess Mayberry took Charlie‘s words to heart.  11 of those 12 above-mentioned RBI’s have come against right-handed pitchers.

Advice to Charlie?  Next time tell him to improve on his home run hitting!

Rash Generalization Number 2

Great Pitching Is Contagious

He is 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 11 starts.  Cliff Lee?  Roy Halladay?  No.  Oh, it must be Cole Hamels, then.  No.

Vance Worley, the 23-yearold right-hander, filling in for injured Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton has virtually come out of nowhere to earn a spot in this ace-filled starting rotation.   With Lee and Halladay both pitching in the mid-summer classic helping the NL capture home field for the World Series, the Phils wanted to give them both the days off they missed.

So after a brief return to the minors during the All-Star break Worley was called on last night to kick off the three game series against the Mets.  With the young rookie on the mound, the Phillies barely missed a beat. Worley pitched 5 1/3 one-run 3-hit innings last night.  Other than needing to work on his pitch count so he can go deeper into games he has been nothing short of terrific.

Advice to Charlie?  Dust off that dugout bench next to Lee, Halladay and Hamels to make room for Kendrick and Blanton.  It seems that even sitting next to greatness can rub off!!!

Rash Generalization Number 3

Raul Ibanez Will Finish his Phillies Career the Way He Started

No those were not boos you heard last night after Raul Ibanez‘s 6th inning solo home run.  It was Phils fans chanting, “Rauuuuuul.”  Raul Ibanez has quietly been mounting a hot streak.  He has hit in six straight games during which time he is hitting .379 with four homeruns and 14 RBI’s.  And he made a diving catch in the outfield last night that could make you forget that this classy veteran is pushing 40.

This is likely Raul’s last year with the Phillies and maybe even his last in the game he has played so well for so many years.  I say he finishes with an end to the saeson like his scorching start with the Phillies in 2009.

Advice to Charlie?  Make sure Raul gets plenty of rest, takes his vitamins, and sneaks in an afternoon nap whenever possible.

So there you have it, three groundless predictions based on one game.

But isn’t that what blogs are for?

Have a great Saturday.

And remember, the Phils play at 4:10 today.

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2 Responses to “One Game, Three Ridiculous Statements”

  1. Hal Rosenbluth July 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Excellent analysis.

    • girlsbestphriend July 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

      Thanks ,Hal. I’ve missed your comments. Good to have you back!

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