September/October… the Final Countdown…

What’s in store for the Phillies
as we enter the final month of baseball, okay so the regular season runs
into October this year, but it’s only 4 days.

33 Games in 33 Days…

So the end of season
schedule is not being kind to a team trying to go back to back World
Series Champions, they have a full month and beyond. During September
they will play 30 games, in fact lets go from here to the regular season
end, 33 days to go, 33 games to play and somewhere they will get 2 days
off and play 2 double headers. Being 7 1/2 games up in the NL East is
certainly an advantage, but with this schedule it will definitely make
it a challenge to maintain. Finishing off the season is going to make
them tired even before post season play begins, at best you can hope for
a strong showing in the first half of September, so they can rest some
of the key players leading up to post season.

Offense and Defense…

 

The same guys that have
been producing the offense, (some days it may not have been much
offense
), are producing stellar defense. These guys are playing
every game like it is October baseball, they are making plays like it is
the last out, they are truly supporting every pitcher that takes the
mound.

The pitching staff seem to
be turning things around, yes your going to have the occasional game
where the opposition hit you around, those days make you more intense
the next time out. 

Starting Pitching…

 

 

Cliff Lee, took
his first loss in a Phillies uniform, which was okay, this way there are
no added strains on him to go perfect to season end. He can now pitch
his game and do what he does best.

Cole Hamels, last
2 games have been more like the Hamels we know from last year, hopefully
he has his game back and we can move forward. His confidence was such
that his game against the Giants this week saw him stealing a base, the
first of his career and he also went a solid 9 shut out innings giving
up just 2 hits in that game.

JA Happ, has
been the rookie with a veteran look, he has been excellent all year,
even when the chips are down, he stays focused and pitches his game. He
is without a doubt prime candidate for ‘Rookie of the Year‘ this
year.

Joe Blanton, the
Hulk‘, the ‘Work Horse‘, when you see him pitch it is
obvious he enjoys what he does and he stays in command and doesn’t get
phased by anything, he’s had good numbers this year and his second half
is as usual, very good.

Pedro Martinez,
the newest member of the starting rotation, who has not yet produced
what you would call a quality start. Facing 2 rain games that lasted 2
and 3 innings for him and 2 other games where he was seemed to be still
trying to find his way back in the majors. We will have to see how he
does this week against the Giants, a team the Phillies don’t produce
much offense against, will Martinez be able to keep it close, we will
see this week.

Jamie Moyer, Although
Moyer is now in the pen, I have included him here, simply because he has
taken the 2 rain delay games from Martinez and been outstanding, he has
also pitched reasonably well all year as a starter, still holding the
most wins as a Phillies starting pitcher this year. With the 2 double
headers the Phillies will be facing I think his role will be very
important, especially as one is against the Marlins, a team he has
dominated.

The Bull Pen seems
to have had some rest of late, although there are some deep issues still
to be resolved, I haven’t included a breakdown for them here, because I
think we need a little more time into September to see if the looming
post season is going to spur them on or if we will continue to see the erratic
side of the pen. I will mention thus far the only two I am comfortable
with are Eyre and Park, but we will continue to watch and see how Lidge
and Madson perform during the next week, along with some notables like
Durbin, Walker and Taschner, now he’s back up.

With the ability to load up
the team with new faces in September, the Phillies have chosen to be a
little more conservative, holding room for some of the DL players to
make an impact in the post season, assuming the Phillies maintain the
current state of play and make the post season of course.

More to come over the
weekend, with a look at bench players and the expected return of DL
players…

 

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13 Comments on “September/October… the Final Countdown…”

  1. raysfanboy says:

    They might be inconsistent at times, but I never realized what a strong rotation you guys have until I looked at this post. The list is staggering. If each guy is on, nobody can hit them. Other rotations can be “on” and still get rocked. Not these guys. Top to bottom you have some group that could definitely get you to the Series again. I’ll be excited to see who you draw in rounds 1 and 2. That will be some compelling baseball.
    http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

  2. Jane Heller says:

    That rotation is downright scary. I hope the Yankees get to face them but it sure won’t be easy.

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  3. ibleedpinstripes says:

    I’m agreeing with fanboy & Jane. That is a ridiculous rotation. They definitely send shivers down the spines of opposing teams and fans. I’m sure us Yankee fans know a thing or two about having both a division lead and a bumpy road ahead… the end of this season is gonna be a nailbiter – no doubt!

    – Lisa
    http://perennialpinstriper.mlblogs.com/

  4. redstatebluestate says:

    The one thing I’d be worried about (if I were a Phillies fan) is the tingy tenor of Cole Hamels’ voice. Dude sounds like he swallowed a chipmunk. How is that supposed to invoke fear in opposing hitters?!
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
    http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

  5. matttan7 says:

    Phillies are looking good, I don’t agree with Jaime Moyer going to the bullpen though. Phillies need to keep pushing for the division a 7 game lead isn’t that big now.

    Matthew Tan
    http://matt7.mlblogs.com/

  6. devilabrit says:

    RFB- Until I did this I didn’t realise either, we could have 2 #1 starters and 2 #2’s and 2 #3’s when they are on their game

    Jane- It would definately be interesting if it was a Phillies vs Yankees…

    Lisa- Your right this season I don’t think any lead is enough and it’s definately a nailbiter for all

    Jeff- I know…his voice is probably something to do with what Heidi has done to him…

    Matt- No lead is enough in any division at the moment…

  7. redstatebluestate says:

    I would sacrifice MY voice for what Heidi could do to me.
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
    http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

  8. phillies_phollowers says:

    What a game last night! So nice to see what Martinez is capable of. But Lidge is still making me real nervous…we shall see how it goes!

    Jenn
    http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

  9. devilabrit says:

    Jeff- You have to get in line for that, it starts right behind me..HAHAHA

    Jenn- Pedro did do well, I was surprised, lets hope it wasn’t a one off thing…

    ~peter

  10. southernbelle says:

    Peter: I can’t believe how fast this season is flying by. Your pitching rotation on paper is amazing! I love Happ. He is adorable. I agree with Lisa that no lead is big enough until you clinch! -Virginia
    http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

  11. diamondgirl55 says:

    Hi! I’m back from vaca and wanted to stop by to say hi :] I flew all the way from Seattle to Philly just yesterday (yes, I passed Detroit and had to go back to it…that’s what I get for buying cheap tickets!) and if I had a longer layover, I totally would have loved to go see the Phillies, or at least their stadium!!!!!! The pilot said we could see it but I think he was lying. Hehe. Hope you’re having a great weekend! xoxo http://diamondgirl55.mlblogs.com

  12. redstatebluestate says:

    Will do. Hope the line isn’t long.
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
    http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

  13. crzblue2 says:

    As much as I hate that rotation, I rather the Dodgers face the Phillies than the Cardinals. The lesser of the two evils 🙂
    Emma
    http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/


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