The Beat Goes On
He went 1 for 2 with three walks. He is hitting .372 with four homers and 12 RBIs this season.
But just as noteworthy, Utley has reached base safely in 32 consecutive regular-season games, dating to Sept. 7 last season. Utley is hitting .325 (38 for 117) with seven doubles, six home runs, 25 RBIs, four hit by pitches, 17 walks and 32 runs scored during that stretch. He also has a .424 on-base percentage and a .538 slugging percentage.
I would have asked Utley after the game for his thoughts about the streak, but if you know Utley then you probably know he would have stared at me like I have eight heads. He hates talking about that stuff. (I’m not sure he would admit it, but I think he is one of the more superstitious players on the team — believing in the baseball gods and such.) And really, what is he going to say?
Really? Thirty-two straight games getting on base?!?! Wow!
Some things are better left unasked and unanswered … unless it keeps going and going and going.
I got plenty of e-mails earlier this year about the three-year, $31.5 million contract Raul Ibanez signed because after he signed other free agent corner outfielders signed for less:
- Pat Burrell signed with the Rays for two years and $16 million.
- Milton Bradley joined the Cubs for two years and $20 million.
- Adam Dunn signed with the Nationals for two years and $20 million.
Had the Phillies overpaid?
“If we had waited, we would have lost him to a deal that was much higher than what we paid,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday. “I had strong indications that there were a lot of teams that were very interested in him.”
The Cubs and Mets were teams that expressed interest in Ibanez.
“Anytime you get more than two teams interested in a player, it has a tendency to escalate,” Amaro said.
Monday’s rainout against San Diego will be played at 7:05 p.m. July 23.
Last week’s rainout in Washington will be played at 1:05 p.m. May 16, meaning there is a day-night doubleheader that day at Nationals Park. I’m sure Washington’s 10th man will be out in full force!