What’s Wrong With This Picture?

6 Jun

Writing about the Phillies winning a game should not be unusual.

And having Cole Hamels on a six-game streak shouldn’t be considered isn’t unusual either.

Someone plunked by a pitch during the course of game is unfortunate but in baseball, not an uncommon occurrence.

Having a member of the Phillies leading the league in home runs might not be considered unusual.

And Ryan Howard driving in runs is certainly not unusual either.

But all of these things are probably not quite what you think they are which might help to explain this topsy-turvy Phillies season.

Let’a take it from the top.

Yesterday’s Phils win was quite special as it turned out.  It’s their fourth straight (the longest winning streak of the season) and they finally reached the .500 mark (30-30) for the first time since April 14th.  And as you wake up this morning your Phillies are tied for second place with the Washington Nationals.

Now moving on to Cole Hamels.  His season has been nothing short of a nightmare.The lefty, signed to the huge contract last year, was on a six-game streak but unfortunately it was a losing one.  Yesterday’s win was just Cole’s second of the season and the first he has had since April 28.  He earned it pitching seven innings of one-run ball with 11 strikeouts.

And yes someone was hit by a pitch in yesterday’s contest but it wasn’t a player, it was home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck who was hit hard on the right hand on an errant pitch by the  Marlins  A. J. Ramos.  Unfortunately  Hirschbeck had to leave the game for x-rays.  (Results not yet released.)

And the Phillies do have the NL’s home run leader (and hottest hitter) in their line-up.  As most know by now it’s not one of the usual suspects but the oft-maligned Domonic Brown who hit his 18th round-tripper in yesterday’s game.  It’s his 10th home run in his last 12 games.  He’s now batting .284 and also leads the Phils in RBI with 44.  And let’s admit it, more than one of us had given up on the Phillies former number 1 prospect.

But not to be outdone, Ryan Howard, who may not be hitting as many long balls this season, still managed to find a way to give the Phils some needed pad by slamming a two-run triple.  Yep, you read it right.  Howard legged out his first, and very possibly his last, triple of the season to give the Phils a 4-1 lead in the seventh.

So there you have it.  An ace who finally won his second game, an all but given up for prospect who leads the league in home runs, and an inconsistent team that is on a four game win streak and finally made it to .500 and second place in their division.

What’s next?  A steroid usage report that doesn’t include Ryan Braun, and Alex Rodriguez?   Naaaaaah.

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