JA Happ, Kyle Kendrick, Jamie Moyer, Pedro Martinez, Joe Blanton, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels. Who ever has been on the mound to start the game for the Phils over the last month has seemingly been successful. Guys are pitching deeper into games, throwing well over 100 pitches some nights. People may say that means the arms will fall apart in October. Others argue that will build endurance. I am happy sitting back and enjoying the best starting pitching in all of baseball over the last months.
The offense continued to impress last night against Tim Hudson of the streaking Atlanta Braves. Ryan Howard homered twice and Ben Francisco followed Jimmy Rollins 9th inning two run home run with a solo shot of his own. Chase Utley and Jayson Werth are continuing to add to their fine seasons and all that remains is the bullpen...(this is a happy article...no need to bring it down so we will move on).
The Phillies are now 26 games over the .500 mark, the first time that has happened since they went to the World Series in 1993. The magic number is eight...let the countdown begin.
Phillies over the Yankees in the World series.
Quick Eagles note:
I am glad Kevin Kolb is getting his first NFL start so the team can properly assess his ability. With that being said, I think his security blankets will be dumping the ball off to Brian Westbrook and Brent Celek so look for them both to have big games.
Tune in to see Drew Brees and that highly touted New Orleans offense get smashed by a fundamentally sound and highly intelligent Eagles defense.
Flyers preseason hockey is under way...if nothing else, they will be fun to watch and cheer for but I anticipate another competitive playoff appearance.