Chew on This
A few things to ponder following last night’s 12-11 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field:
- The Phillies are 28-12 (.700) since a July 21 loss to the Cardinals. That’s the best record in baseball.
- The Braves are 23-17 (.575), which is the eighth-best record in baseball. That’s why the Phillies have made up only five games in the National League East standings. If anything, we’ve learned the Braves are not the 2010 version of the ’07 and ’08 Mets. The Phillies will need to keep playing well to catch Atlanta.
- Chase Utley and Ryan Howard seem to be emerging from their slumps. Utley has hit .538 (7 for 13) with three doubles, one home run, eight RBIs and one stolen base in the last three games. Howard has hit .250 (3 for 12) with a double, two home runs, five RBIs, two walks and three strikeouts in the last three games.
- The Phillies went 6-1 (.857) on their seven-game road trip through San Diego, Los Angeles and Colorado. According to the Phillies’ media guide it ties for the fourth-best road trip in franchise history. They had a 7-0 trip against the Pirates and Mets in 1968, a 6-0 trip against the Boston Braves and Giants in 1915 and a 7-1 trip against the Expos, Cardinals and Cubs in 1983.
- The Phillies have a 3.01 ERA since July 21, which is tied with the Astros for the best ERA in baseball.
- The offense has averaged 4.86 runs per game, which ranks 10th in baseball and sixth in the National League.