Phillies Sweep Brewers, Stay Hot

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It’s late in Milwaukee, which means I might have to hit up a George Webb on the way home.

But first a few notes about the Phillies’ 4-2 victory last night over the Brewers:

  • The Phillies have won 11 of their last 14 games.
  • They are 23-13, which is the best record in the National League.
  • They swept the Brewers for the first time at Miller Park since 2004.
  • Cole Hamels allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings. He is 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in his last three starts. “I feel like I’ve come a long way with making the adjustments, getting used to the new pitches and just trying to attack,” Hamels said. “Trying to make the hitters, attacking, attacking, attacking. Knowing to back off, knowing to hit my spots, knowing when to go up and down, I think I’ve finally been able to figure it out. I think that’s just kind of something you have to be able to do over and over.”
  • J.C. Romero picked up his first save since July 10, 2008.
  • The Brewers retired the Phillies in order just four times in the entire series.
  • The Phillies’ 7-8-9 hitters hit .353 (12-for-34) with 11 runs scored and four RBIs. “The top six guys in this lineup are really good,” said Paul Hoover, who hit .500 (5-for-10) with two doubles, two RBIs and six runs scored in the series. “It’s unfortunate for the team that Jimmy (Rollins) and Juan (Castro) are a little banged up and Brian (Schneider) and Carlos (Ruiz) are a little banged up, but we’re just trying to come here and contribute the best way we can.”
  • Shane Victorino hit .533 (8-for-15) with a home run, seven RBIs and four runs scored against the Brewers.
  • The Phillies are 13-7 on the road, which is the best mark in the National League.
  • I went 2 of 3 in the famous Sausage Race. I correctly picked Polish on Friday and Hot Dog on Sunday. Picked Hot Dog on Saturday, but he finished a close second to Polish.

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10 Comments

Glad to have J-Roll and Chooch back soon. Castro, Valdez and Hoover have been much better than I expected. Hope they can keep Valdez around.

Nice having Romero get a save. It will be interesting to see how Victorino does when J-Roll returns moving back to the 6th/7th spot. Also the same for Chooch.

Did anyone see the picture of Hanley Ramirez with the papercup binoculars? LOL!

It’s a good question Karen. In many ways Victorino is ideal batting 7 to give the bottom 1/3 a leadoff guy and some speed. However, with the way he’s been playing lately batting leadoff moving him may be a mistake. I’m a firm believer of “if it’s not broke, don’t fix”. The question is what condition is Rollins really in? IF he’s just good enough to play, but not 100% (which is still better then Castro and Valdez together) then bat him 7th. Otherwise, given how he started the season, the leadoff spot is his to loose.

Todd,

Thought it was interesting that you said that the leadoff spot was Rollins’ to lose, but considering the way Victorino has hit in his absence and the fact that Rollins has played sparingly over the past few weeks and hasn’t exactly hit well when he has, don’t you think it should be Shane’s to lose and Jimmy’s to regain?? I think Jimmy is an awesome player, but I for one would be appauled to see them move Shane down in the order the way he’s been playing. And if he’s the stand-up guy he’s made himself out to be, Jimmy should tell Charley that Shane deserves to be there, then go out there and prove he should get it back. Just my opinion of course, but…
Bill

It may not be representative of the whole interview, but I don’t agree with Cole that he’s “finally been able to figure it out”. Watching the game, I didn’t think he was pitching particularly well yesterday, despite only giving up 2 runs and getting the W. 6 hits, 3 walks and 109 pitches in 6 2/3 innings. Plus 2 HRs and a couple of bad pitches that could have been HRs. Meh, I expect even better from you Cole.

Beng: At least get the facts correct. When Jimmy went on the DL he was hitting .391 with an OBP of .516. he had 9 hits (5 for extra bases) and 7 walks. Not too shabby, if I do say so.

The argument for moving Shane down is the power he’s shown lately and the fact that his obp is only .311. THis ranks him 11th on the team, behind every one of the starting players, as well as Blanton,Figueroa and Hoover. The one thing a leadoff guy needs to do is get on base.

ESPN reports that Rollins will bat 3rd tonight b/c Utley was sent home with flu-like symptoms. So no real answer for at least another day…

Yeah, I know what Rollins’ was hitting before he went down, but then again, that was 20 whatever days and games ago, and that’s a long time to not be facing MLB pitching, how long is it gonna take him to get his timing back? OBP is another matter though, so I’ll give you that one, but I gotta think you have to look at the overall production, including runs scored, and no one else can touch Victorino there over the same time period.

Thanks for the great discussion!

Beng: Seems Rollins swing is just where he left it before the DL. I perdict he’ll lead off with SHane hitting 7th. Watch Shane continue to clear the bases of runners leaving Ruiz to get a new rally going. Their starting 8 is just amazing, not one weak link (unless you count Ibanez)

JRoll doesn’t have to earn back the leadoff spot. He is the Phillies leadoff hitter. The only way he wouldn’t be is if he went to Charlie and volunteered to move. Even then, Charlie probably wouldn’t do it.

Charlie was just on the radio wondering why there would even be a debate over who is the leadoff hitter.

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