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Some Off-Day Phillies Links For You, April 4, 2011: More Baseball Please

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via David Murphy (@highcheese)
via David Murphy (@highcheese)

I keep having to remind myself that the Phillies aren't playing tonight. Here are some links to hold you over.

Phillies: 

Ryan Howard: Men on base, three-ball counts and 2011
Nice work by David Murphy. Although he doesn't mention that the reason Howard is better with runners on is most likely that the opposing defense isn't in the shift.

Ben Francisco defeats the Padres in game against Astros
Meanwhile, Bobby Abreu goes 5-5 with 2 walks in a 13-inning game against the Royals. (He sucks so hard, amirite!?!!?)

Are the Phillies Trying to Control Madson’s Cost?

If Madson does not feel that the team will give him a shot at closing on a regular basis, why wouldn’t he want to test the free agent waters and see if a better situation can be found? Plenty of teams have bright futures and he will rise to the top of the free agency crop.

Breaking Down David Schoenfield’s Phillies Prediction
As usual, a solid, level-headed analysis by Bill.

How the Philadelphia Phillies' rotation was built
It's like the baseball butterfly effect.

2011 Organizational Rankings: #3 – Philadelphia
#3org!

Can the Phillies win without Greg Dobbs? By Greg Dobbs

Hopefully the Phillies will at least stay competitive this season, but without Greg Dobbs, Greg Dobbs just doesn’t see that happening.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Top 10 Baseball Commercials of All-Time
The J-Roll commercial is still hilarious every time I watch it.

17 Predictions That Will Be Right

3. Jeff Francoeur will have at least one hot streak (it may have already begun), perhaps even including some walks. This will lead a number "maybe he’s finally got it!" pieces. He will then return to being Jeff Francoeur with very little fanfare

Separated at birth: Jason Giambi and Vincent Van Gogh
Too many ears.

This Guy Proposed To His Girlfriend, While That Guy Fellated His Churro
NSFW. Actually, NSFA.

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