In this handy post, you’ll find why the Phillies won’t have to ‘fear the beard’ like most other teams do. Simply playing like they did in game 1 of the series against the Giants last night proves that. The Phillies got off to an early great start and never looked back. The ghosts of the 2010 NLCS are gone and this is a new season, and it was another Phillies win.
Vintage plays by Chase Utley highlighted the night, including a thrilling ‘inside the park’ home run. Utley just slid in under the tag to score and sent CBP wild in the process. Plays in the field highlighted Chase again and along with the 3-run home run by Raul Ibanez, the Phillies easily handled these San Francisco Giants by a score of 7-2 tonight.A stadium of 45,704 fans paid to get the chance to see it in person.
Tim Lincecum has flu-like symptoms and gets a late scratch in Game 1
Tim Lincecum was a late scratch and Barry Zito took over the starting pitching for the Giants in Game 1. Lincecum is still possible for Wednesday’s game vs. Cole Hamels, but it will probably be a decision made towards game time, unless Tim feels worse into the night and early morning tomorrow.
What if some of the Phillies pitchers adopted the Brian Wilson style? What would they look like and how would they do?
From the medical reports:
Joe Blanton may not return this year for the Phillies. He still has nerve swelling around the right elbow and if he returns at all, it could be to the bullpen. So it was reported from MLB.com tonight.
That means we have Vance Worley with us for the rest of the season, barring any blockbuster trades near the last few days of the month. Worley has been spectacular for the Phillies so far, and you wouldn’t expect him to get traded.