Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Phillies Move Within Half Game

Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel blows a bubble in the dugout at Coors Field on September 2, 2010 in Denver. The Phillies lead the NL Wild Card race. UPI/Gary C. Caskey
Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel blows a bubble in the dugout at Coors Field on September 2, 2010 in Denver. The Phillies lead the NL Wild Card race. UPI/Gary C. Caskey

Forget about the 'Wild Card' the Phillies look to win the NL East
 

The Braves have been stumbling a bit as we head into the first full week of September. The Atlanta Braves haven’t been as consistent as they have been all summer. In fact, the Braves have a 2-4 record since September 1st, and they are starting to implode a little with the Pirates and the Marlins feasting off of them. The Braves still have some tough opponents to face with St. Louis and of course 6 full games with the Phillies remaining in the regular season.

The Phillies called up a few ‘September call ups’ in the past few days. We saw Vance Worley get his first start in yesterday’s 1:05 pm make up game, and he did fairly well. We also saw Greg Dobbs get called back, this could be the final month for him in a Phillies uniform. The Phils also recalled Nate Robertson, relief pitcher, and Mike Zagurski.

The Phillies split with the Marlins yesterday and as bad as it looked for them in the afternoon game, the opposite was true in the night game. That is the way the Phillies seem to play, you never know what team is going to show up. When they look bad, they really play the part well. When the do well, you would think they have a paved road right into this year’s World Series.

A lot of talk centered around Kyle Kendrick and should he lose his spot in the rotation. My opinion is no. He didn’t pitch all that bad on Sunday afternoon, yes he gave up the 3 run homer to Prince, but I think he settled down after that. He’s been up and down in his last couple starts, but I feel he deserves to finish the season out as a starter at least. We’ll see what happens with this as the final weeks of the season unfold.

It was a split yesterday, so with the Braves loss, the Phillies are now just 1/2 game from first place, not because they are playing so well, but the Braves have been losing with regularity lately. Whatever the reason, it’s good to see the Phillies flirting with first place once again.

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