I haven't posted in a while, I hope no one missed me too much. The Phillies season has been underway for a month and a half now. There's already been upsides and downsides. If you haven't been paying attention:
Atlanta is in first place, Mets in second at a half a game behind Atlanta, and the Phils in third at 6 games behind. I've been to two games so far, exactly a month apart from each other, April 14th and yesterday, May 14th. They won both! And they were both exciting games. Of course, my luck would have me missing the most exciting parts of both games. I was way too drunk (Yuengling Lager AND Stella Artois, if you must know) and too far up in the nosebleeds to really catch the first game. Yesterday we left at the bottom of the 7th and missed the 6 run flurry in the bottom of the 8th. The first one, against the Astros, was a struggle which we happened to come out on top 8-5, and yesterday's was an epic comeback. We left, frankly, because the Brewers bullpen was looking un-get-to-able :P We got to them.
Some players notes: Jimmy Rollins is having an exciting season. .280 with 5 triples and 9 homers. Shane Victorino has established himself as a MAJOR threat in right field. 6 assists so far. But the effect it has on every team we face is invaluable. They might have a guy on second, hit it to right field, and he'll be held at third. Obviously, get out of the inning on the next batter and it might have saved us a run. If they make the mistake of sending him, Shane's thrown out someone heading for home TWICE. Utley is having a great quiet season. He had some big hits over the past month. Ryan Howard hit a pinch hit grand slam, but he's been really bad! Of course, he's on the disabled list now. Burrell sucked on the recent 10 game road trip. Rowand is batting .350+ and has been making his way up the lineup, sometimes making an appearance in the #1 slot. Our third base situation is troublesome. I don't like Helms. He doesn't play like we Philadelphians expect our players to play. Dobbs has been getting better. Nunez is a great third baseman, and he's been hitting the ball a lot better. He's my first choice, and luckily, the Phillies have seen this same thing because Nunez has been starting recently. Next up: Pitching.
Cole Hamels, 15 strikeouts a few games ago, blah blah blah. I'm not too upset with the pitching lately. They moved Bret Myers into the bullpen, and as fate would have it, the closer, Tom "Flash" Gordon, was injured. Bret took the spot at closer, and he's lights out. .060 ERA over his 15 innings as a closer. One run. 5 saves. I feel so much better with him there. It really is like a load off of my mind. You get to the eighth inning and there is no anxiety. Unless you're down 4 runs like yesterday. To the best team in the NL.