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Sunday, July 13, 2008
The Phillies should approach this game as they did last year on the final game of the year. The Phillies are clinging to a slimmest of leads in the division 1/2 game ahead of both the Mets and the Marlins.
The team needs to step it up and play 'team' baseball. Get on base, move runners, and unselfishly play the game to win. They have a great starter in Hamels today, and they face an equally good pitcher for the Dbacks. Brandon Webb has been getting the job done for Arizona with all star numbers. He's 13-4 and looks to improve that record today. He had 18 wins total for Arizona last year, but this year he is on a roll, and the Phillies need to jump on him early get some hits and erode his confidence.
Oakland lit Webb up back on June 17, 2008 with 7 hits, 5 walks and gave Webb 7 ER for the game, hopefully the Phillies can come to the plate and rough him up. Webb can be beat, and despite his record he does have a few terrible games this season.
The Phillies can go into the first half All Star game break with a 1st place finish for the division for the first half with a win here today. If they don't win, they send not only a messege to the Mets and Marlins that they don't have the heart, but they could make things very interesting with the way the Mets and Marlins have been playing and open the door for them in the second half of the season.