Monday, April 21, 2008

Utley powers Phillies past Mets; Rollins DL'd

A couple of Phils notes after a busy weekend in Philly sports:

*Phils avoid sweep Thanks to Chase Utley's bat and some timely fielding by Eric Bruntlett, the Phillies manged to beat the Mets 5-4 yesterday to avoid getting swept. Utley hit two homers, driving in four runs with two swings of the bat. He now has 8 home runs on the season, tops in the major leagues. Pedro Feliz also homered for the Phillies in the 7th inning to break a 4-4 tie, and Brad Lidge overcame a shaky ninth inning performance to notch his third save of the season. Lidge had to be saved by a terrific diving stop by Eric Bruntlett for the final out of the game.

I am getting increasingly worried with the Phillies reliance on hitting home runs to generate offense. All five runs yesterday came from homers, and while they can hit homers at a staggering rate when they play at home, they will need to figure out other ways to score, especially when playing in less hitter-friendly parks on the road.

*Rollins put on DL The injury woes at the top of the line-up continue to linger. Jimmy Rollins was originally hurt way back on April 8th, and he has been pinch hitting sporadically since that time as his ankle heals. Things just haven't gotten better, so Rollins was finally placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday. If the Phillies had simply put Rollins on the DL right when he got hurt, he would have been able to come back this week. Unfortunately, the Phillies made a poor decision and that will cost them two more weeks without the reigning NL MVP.

*Bohn, Harman Called Up Chris Snelling was also placed on the 15-day disabled list, so the Phillies had two roster spots to fill. Up come outfielder T.J. Bohn and infielder Brad Harman. If you don't know who they are, join the club. Neither one is a real prospect, and both were hitting well below .250 for their respective minor league teams. Perhaps GM Pat Gillick is preparing to make a move for another roster player, because these two have no business playing on a team that has playoff aspirations.

*Back to Colorado The Phillies are going to Colorado today for a two game series with the Rockies. You will remember the last time the Phils played the Rockies was in the playoffs last season and the Rockies crushed them in three straight games. Colorado is a .500 club this season, so the Phils won't be running into a buzz saw again.

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