Friday, April 08, 2005
I’m disappointed at the Phillies 1-2 start like everyone else, but I don’t think now is the time to panic. Myers pitched well and the team is scoring runs. Clearly the Phillies bullpen has been the source of the problem.
Lieber / Myers / Wolf: 18 1/3 innings, 7 Earned Runs allowed (3.44 ERA)
Bullpen: 9 2/3 innings, 8 Earned Runs allowed (7.45 ERA)
The Phillies offense is humming: .339 OBP, 15 runs scored, .693 slugging percentage. Pat Burrell is off to a great start (.500 BA, 2 2B’s, 1 HR, 6 RBI’s), as are players like Jimmy Rollins (.429 OBP) and Kenny Lofton.
Up next: starting tonight the Phillies have a three game set against the St. Louis Cardinals, probably the only other team in the NL capable of bashing the ball the way the Phillies do.
I’m very interested to see how Cory Lidle pitches tonight, especially since he’ll be going up against the Cardinals vaunted new ace, Mark Mulder. Lidle’s ability to keep the ball down will suit him well against the Cards Big Four of Edmonds, Pujols, Rolen and Walker. My question is: I wonder how the Phillies will do against a pitcher like Mulder? Are we getting Mark Mulder pre-All Star 2004? Or Mark Mulder at the end of the season last year?
I’ll publish an open thread later. I’m very happy by how much people seemed to enjoy it.