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.