Monday, August 1, 2011

Phillies Continue to Dominate


With their fifth series sweep of the season, the Phillies have widened their lead over the Braves and served notice that they are definitely as good as preseason reports indicated.  Having added Hunter Pence to the roster only strengthens an already strong lineup to back a great pitching staff.  Who would have believed that they would have a 68-39 record though with Oswalt, Blanton, Lidge, Contreras, Madson and Polanco all spending considerable time on the DL.  Three rookie pitchers, Vance Worley, Michael Stutes, and Antonio Bastardo, have all played key roles in the Phillies success to date.  With Hunter Pence adding right handed power and good fielding to an already fearsome left-handed group of hitters and the awe inspiring pitching of Halladay, Hamels and Lee, the Phillies should be difficult to catch in the remaining third of the season.  Hopefully Oswalt will return shortly on top of his game and Worley will continue his fine work as a starter and possible rookie of the year candidate.

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