Sunday, July 10, 2011

Phooring it on as the Phillies go into the All-Star Break

See how the Phillies feel after the big win today from CSN Philly

The Phillies had an unfortunate game on Saturday night, the team had plenty of opportunities in the game that saw the team have the bases loaded twice, but couldn’t get a run from it. They lost a tough game in extra innings by a score of 4-1.

Today would be different, on the last game until the All-Star break, the Phillies showed a lot of that awesome power that they have stashed away and came away from today's game and made a statement. They scored 14 runs on the day and it was a break out game for Raul Ibanez, he had 6 RBI’s on the day, and John Mayberry Jr. added 4 RBI’s to the total.

The game didn’t start out looking like the Phils were going to go on a tear, it was 4-1 by the top of the 5th inning, but in the 7th and 8th inning the Phillies scored a combined 10 more runs to leave the Braves numb and keep them 3.5 GB in the National League East.

It’s time for the All-Star Game, the Phillies have a 57-34 record which is their most amount of wins at the All Star Break since 1993, this season ties the Phillies best record at the All-Star Break with 57 wins. This is how the Phillies were sitting in previous years going into the All-Star Break:

Year and recordStandings at All Star Break
2010:  47-403rd – 4.5GB
2009:  48-381st
2008:  52-441st
2007:  44-443rd – 4.5 GB

The 2010 All-Star game last year was the lowest rated television game ever for the All-Star game. The National League won it last year by a score of 3-1. It is hard to believe that this game now decides who gets home field advantage for the World Series, but yet a lot of the fans of baseball seem to have turned their back on the game. There was still 12.1 million fans watching the game last year though.

The All-Star Game this year will be in Arizona, at Chase Field in Phoenix. Next year, the 2012 All-Star Game will be at Kansas City. The 2013 game host has not been announced yet, but it is said that the New York Mets have a good chance to host that one. Philadelphia hasn’t hosted an All Star game since 1996 and then 20 years before that in 1976 and then twice more at Philadelphia's Shibe Park in 1952 and 1943, but the Mets haven’t hosted the All-Star Game since 1964. Incidentally Johnny Callison, Phillies All-Star in 1964, hit a home run in that game in New York in '64 and was the MVP of the game.

ESPN talks about today's rout here:

 Read an interesting story from Bob Brookover here about the Phillies at the All-Star Break 2011

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