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From Elias Sports Bureau:

Roy Halladay allowed a run and five hits over seven innings and earned a 7-1 victory over the Marlins, lifting his career won-lost record to 190-92 (.674). Halladay became only the 10th pitcher in major-league history to reach the 190-wins mark with 92-or-fewer losses. The only other pitchers to do that in the post-World War II era were Whitey Ford in 1963 (who was 190-74), Juan Marichal in 1969 (190-87) and Pedro Martinez in 2005 (190-78).”

I’m guessing the six pitchers to achieve this feat before the World War II era had nicknames like Old Hoss, Three Fingers, Old Pete and Big Train.

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Freddy Galvis had a memorable night. The rookie has two of the team’s seven extra-base hits and four of the team’s 15 RBIs through five games.

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I like the fact Charlie Manuel stuck with Monday’s lineup, despite the offense not producing. Sometimes folks don’t appreciate the mental aspect of the game – how a constantly changing lineup or a benching of a player or two can ruin confidence.

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I guess this is far from an upset, but Phillies starters have a 1.67 ERA, which is the best mark in baseball.

Now if the offense can just keep up …

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The tweet of the season so far comes from Double-A Reading outfielder Jiwan James, who showed his MacGyver-like skills putting up a shower curtain.

James is off to a hot start, so I think he should keep that look for a while.

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Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here!
Here are our upcoming book signings:

  • April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.
  • April 29: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
  • May 10: Tredyfrrin Public Library in Stafford, PA, 7:30 p.m.
  • June 2: Citizens Bank Park, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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4 Comments

Darn, I’m going to the game on Saturday, April 28th. I’ll miss your signing by a day. You and Jim are two of my favorite sportswriters/ sportcasters along with Leslie Guidel. I would have loved to meet you in person. I agree with you about liking Manuel sticking with Monday’s lineup. I think consistency is key to get the offensive cohesive.

Froze my butt off last night, but I’ll never miss a chance to see Doc pitch. The way they scored in the 5-run inning was not traditional Phillies, but, whatever it takes. I loved how Galvis responded to the “Freddy” chants with that big 2 out hit. He’s not in Reading anymore.

Phan52: Thanks for the “Freddy, Freddy” chants. I was yelling at home also :-) It showed what great fans we have in this city. Nice to see the bats come alive. Doc is always amazing to watch.

The offense needs to figure out who they are……I guess we’ll find out soon enough whether the first four games are who they are or if yesterday’s game showed us who they are.

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