So that was a fun one last night, huh?
I'll be honest: I missed most of it. I miss most of the games these days, due to what has become just a hellacious summer schedule. I'm hoping that ends soon because I miss the Phillies; I really do. That I actually miss the Phillies might indicate how out of the loop I've been. Rest assured, I definitely know how miserable they've been.
But still, what is a baseball fan if not a bundle of nerves desperately pawing at hopeful signs. Maybe the Phillies are about to become really fun again? I mean, it's certainly possible! Tyler Chatwood certainly appears to be a fairly formidable pitcher this year with a 2.14 ERA, but his underlying skills...well, yeah okay, his underlying skills -- including a K/9 around 9 and an xFIP of 3.05 -- suggest that he's been a pretty great pitcher. And we all kind of know what Jonathan Pettibone is. That's not encouraging!
But hey, they hit yesterday and they might find it in them to hit again today. Coors will be Coors and all. And if they can unlock Chatwood and send him back to being the middling ~5.00 FIP pitcher that he was before this year, then who's to say what the ceiling for this team is? Hey, the only thing that springs eternal is hope, after all. Oh, and terrible eighth inning collapses. Those too.
Discuss the terror of hope below!
Phillies lead the series 1-0
WP: Michael Stutes (2 - 0)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon
LP: Wilton Lopez (1 - 3)
|8 - 7 win|
|Sun 06/16||4:10 PM EDT|