The Phils wrapped up a 4 game series in Cincinnati with a win and a sweep of the Reds to welcome September in on Thursday afternoon. September is when the weather starts to cool a bit, and the baseball rosters expand to 40 players. The expansion of players could give the regular players a bit of a rest down the road as the 2011 season starts to wind down. It’s been the first time since 1976 that the Phillies are 41 games over .500 on the season.
Phillies rookie pitcher, Vance Worley, got his 10th win of the season today and that takes his season record to 10-1 with a 2.86 ERA. It’s been a long time since the Phillies have had a home grown draft pick emerge into a great pitcher in his own right. Worley is staking his claim in this rotation, and even though he has had great support in his starts, the record doesn’t lie and he is still 10-1 on the year.
Regular season to wind up on September 28th this yearThe 2011 regular season is due to end on September 28th in Atlanta this year. The Phils ended their schedule last year in Atlanta also, before that you have to go back to the 2006 season when the Phillies ended up their regular season on the road in Miami against the Marlins.
Looking at the prospect of having a 20 game winner on the Phillies in 2011When we all heard that the Phillies were going to have the fabulous starting rotation that they do this season, a lot of people started to ponder who would be a 20-game winner from the rotation. We’ve had a lot of great performances so far and the odds on favorite to win 20 is still Roy Halladay. Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee have a chance as well so we’ll see what happens in the month of September with the starters.
New stadium for miami marlins
Three game series for the Phils in Miami to start the Labor Day weekend
This weekend will mark the last time that the Phillies will face the Florida Marlins. Next year the Florida Marlins will be called the Miami Marlins and they will be sporting a brand new stadium and not have to worry about rainouts. The stadium will have all the modern necessities and a retractable roof to provide comfort to fans and players alike. I will always remember the games that the Phillies played down there with players on both teams being overcome with heat and humidity. It’s all going to be just a memory now that next year will bring the new stadium.