Sunday, May 01, 2011

Phils keep winning despite injuries

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay delivers a pitch during the first inning of the New York Mets-Philadelphia Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park April 30, 2011. UPI/John Anderson

Halladay is the first Phillies pitcher with 4 wins so far this season





The Phillies have lost a lot of key pieces of the team in the short time since the season opened just one month ago today. If we would have known that the Phillies team would have so many injuries pile up on them at once, we probably wouldn’t have liked their chances as much.

Despite all of these injury woes, the Phils keep winning. They are still getting solid pitching and offense that is good enough to get by. Yesterday, they proved this again as the Phils beat the Mets by a slimmest score of 2-1. A win is a win though and that carries us to tonight’s game on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball at 8 PM EDT.

Phillies Records Set in April

Some new records were set by the Phillies team and individual players in the month of April, quite a lot in fact.
  • Phillies set a new frachise record for wins in the month of ‘April’ -recording 18 wins, (18-8), the previous record was 17 set in 1993
  • Ryan Howard set franchise record for RBI in the month of April at 27
  • Ryan Howard had his 26th multi-HR game of career, second most in Phillies franchise history right now
  • Ryan Howard hit is franchise leading 10th grand slam, the old record was Ryan’s own at 9,  Mike Schmidt had 7 slams for the Phillies
  • Howard also moved into a tie for 2nd place for most career home runs on the Phillies with Del Ennis at 259. Mike Schmidt would be next, he holds the Phillies record for home runs in a career at 548.
  • The Phillies streak of sellouts is now at 136 consecutive going into tonight’s game with New York
  • Placido Polanco set a record for number of hits in the month of April with 41, Chase Utley held that record set in 2008 with 38

  News, and notes

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball
   The Phillies play for the first time this season on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball tonight (May 1). They started their first game on ESPN Sunday NIght Baseball last year on May 2nd, 2010. The Phils also are on this broadcast next Sunday for Mother’s Day in Philly at 8:05 PM EDT.

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         Miller and Morgan from last year
  Jon Miller and Joe Morgan are just a distant memory for the ESPN team now, to me that’s still like what  the Phillies management would have sounded like telling Harry Kalas he wasn’t welcome anymore on Phillies broadcasts before he died. Miller had been a staple of the ESPN broadcast for more than 20 years.

Quotable


   Charlie Manuel on Raul Ibanez (39) and his struggles at the plate:
“I had written Julio Franco off three times, and he played another 15 years, so I don't know," Manuel said. "I'm serious. He proved me wrong all three times. All three times he said, 'I can still hit. I can play.' You might want to check to see if he's not playing in Mexico or Japan or Korea or something."


New Era

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