On June 13th I wrote a post titled: Phils Are First to Forty. At that time the Phils had a record of 40-26 and they were 14 games over .500. They were in first place in the NL East with a 2 game lead over the Atlanta Braves.
Well, you can double that!
Last night, with their 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phillies became the first team in baseball to reach 80 wins!
With a record of 80-42, they are in first place in the East, 38 games over .500. They have expanded their lead over the Braves to 8.5 games. And since this post is all about the numbers, here are some more for you:
137 minutes in last night’s rain delay
11 number of hits the D-Backs got in this entire 3 game series
4 Phillies starters out of the line-up last night, Shane Victorino (serving reduced 2-game suspension,) Ryan Howard (minor hand injury,) Carlos Ruiz (painful sounding injury to private area,) and Placido Polanco (sports hernia.)
142 number of peanut M&M’s I was forced to consume while waiting for the rain to stop
10 John Mayberry hit his 10th home run last night continuing his pleasantly surprising run off the bench.
5 and 3 number of pitchers it took to beat the D-Backs last night and the total number of hits given up by all five of them
8 number of consecutive scoreless innings pitched by David Herndon (yes, I said David Herndon) since July 23
4 interceptions thrown by Eagles quarterbacks in last night’s pre-season game against the Steelers. (Don’t worry. I watched during the rain delay!)
14-3 Phillies record since acquiring Hunter Pence
1200+ The number of athletes from all over the world that were in Philadelphia this past week for the Maccabi Games (the Jewish Olympics.) This includes two lovely young men from the far away state of Delaware who stayed with us and my son who now proudly sports the bronze medal his team won in the intense basketball competition.
OK, that last one’s not baseball but it is sports. And it is my blog, after all.
I will end this post just as I ended on June 13:
“So onward and upward. It has certainly been an interesting ride so far.”
Let’s hope the numbers will continue to be in the Phillies favor as we head down the home stretch!