Philadelphia Phillies: Second Half Statement?

20 Jul

If a team can start the second half of the season with a statement game then the Phillies 13-6 victory over the New York Mets last night was a statement with an exclamation point (or two.)

Let’s make that three as the Phils’ Michael Young, Chase Utley and Domonic “who needs the Home Run Derby” Brown all had home runs.  Utley also tripled and both he and Young finished the night with three RBIs while Brown added three hits and two RBIs.

If  a team can come out of the All Star Break with a game that says, don’t write us off, yet, then last night’s 13 run outburst said though this Phillies team may be old, they’re not dead. 

Very much alive, in fact, judging by last night’s performance.  The Phillies scored 11 runs before the Mets even got their first hit. The top five hitters in the lineup each scored two runs and every position player had at least one hit and scored a run by the third inning.

If one game can send a message to an undecided general manager about what direction to go come this year’s ever-nearing trade deadline, then the message the Phillies sent Ruben Amaro last night was loud and clear:  BUY!

The win put them over.500 for just the second time all season and the Phillies pulled into second place, a half game ahead of the Washington Nationals, in the National League East.

No, one game does not a season make, but if any team can point to a history of second half success, it’s the Phillies.

Since 2007, the Fightins’ have gone 269-198 after the All Star Break, the best second-half record in the Majors.

So while many are hoping for a break in the record heat wave suffocating the East Coast Phillies fans are hoping that their team can keep the heat on the first place Braves and that their hot bats won’t be cooling off any time soon.

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One Response to “Philadelphia Phillies: Second Half Statement?”

  1. Ron Cori July 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Phils are making a statement to BUY right now.

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