The Philadelphia Phillies are making a playoff run

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Weekly Results by chinmusic on Tuesday 4 September 2007 at 1:24 pm

The Phillies are darn lucky that they have an awesome offense because their pitching staff is holding them back.  The Phillies are currently 72-65 which has them in 2nd place in the National League East, 5 games behind the Mets.  The Phillies are also only 3 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for the Wild Card spot.  The Phillies have scored 749 runs (5.5 avg) which is the most in the National League….but they have also allowed 705 (5.1 runs per game) which is way too many!  Jimmy Rollins starts everything off for the Phillies as their leadoff hitter.  He is hitting .297 with 119 runs scored, 25 homers, 79 RBIs and 28 stolen bases!  Aaron Rowand is having the best season of his major league career as he is hitting .310 with 89 runs scored, 23 homers and 77 RBIs.  Ryan Howard is following up his MVP season with another sterling performance as he is hitting .269 with 77 runs scored, 36 homers and 111 RBIs.  Chase Utley has missed a month of this season but you wouldn’t know by looking at his numbers as he is hitting .340 with 82 runs scored, 18 homers and 88 RBIs.  The pitching has been poor overall but it’s hard to blame this trio of pitchers.  Cole Hamels has developed into one of the best pitchers in the majors as he is 14-5 with a 3.50 ERA.  Rookie Kyle Kendrick has come out of nowhere to help the Phillies this season as he is 8-3 with a 3.70 ERA.  Brett Myers has been outstanding since he has been the closer of the Phillies.  In 32 relief appearances, Myers is 3-3 with 13 saves in 14 chances with a 2.80 ERA.

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