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2 startling facts

A couple things I've noticed this evening that threw me for a bit of a loop:

1. The Phils, after the games of Sept. 3, are 23 games over .500.  I mean, damn.  Last year IIRC the Phils wound up 92-70, which was the second best record in the NL, but was still just 22 games over .500.  Now we're 77-54.  I'm still not sure how this happened - last year's highly productive bench, unusually good pen, and dominant closer have all been AWOL this season, and yet here we are, in September with an 8-game lead and 23 games to the good.

 

2. There's a guy named Hoover on the 25-man roster.  He's the third catcher, apparently.  I count myself as someone who pays reasonable (not ridiculous) amounts of attention to the Phils, and has a good sense of who their players are, but... Paul (I think) Hoover?  Who is this person?  How did he get here?  Why is he on a team where Jayson Werth can fill in in the extremely unlikely occurrence that the starting and backup catchers both have to leave a game?  Is there genuinely not someone out there who could hit better than Eric Bruntlett while playing a passable 3d or 2d base, or whatever?  I do not understand.  But I credit this Hoover fellow, if that really is his name, for his role as a Startling Phillies Fact.


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