Monday, July 20, 2009

Cubs-Phillies: Round 1 - not even close

I thought I was looking forward to the Phillies-Cubs grudge match, but the Phillies defeated the Cubs 10-1. The Cubs were coming off of a 4 game sweep of the Nationals. They had a nice series, but the Nationals are a lot different than the Phillies. The Phillies are now 13-1 since July 2nd, have won 9 in a row and have a 6.5 game lead over the Braves (9 games over the Mets).

There are 20 players in baseball with at least 20 home runs and 4 of them are on the Phillies (Raul Ibanez, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth). During July, they are 3rd in runs scored, 4th in home runs and 3rd in ERA (24th for the whole season).

Who knows whether Pedro Martinez will help (or even pitch) or about any other acquisitions, but they look really good. The NLCS was between the Phillies and the Dodgers last year, and it doesn't look like there is any reason that will not happen again.
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