Sometimes it is the lack of a move that tells a story. During their last two post season appearances, Lehigh Valley Manager Dave Huppert was asked to join the Phillies following the minor league season for the final month of the major league regular season and for the post season run to help out with coaching responsibilities. According to sources, Huppert has not gotten that call this season as of yet, a call he generally would receive by this juncture of the season. With Lehigh Valley 28 games below .500 and generally exhibiting a stunning lack of fundamentals at many times throughout the season, speculation is that his player’s performance may have caught up with Huppert after three sub par years. Currently at 2-10 in extra inning games and 14-34 in one run games, Lehigh Valley has exhibited the talent to remain close in games (they have played the most one run games in the league), however their late inning inability has left many a viewer/fan scratching their head.
The Phillies called up 3B/OF Greg Dobbs from AAA Lehigh Valley today, giving them another left-handed bat on the bench as the team returns home from Colorado. Dobbs was hitting .289 since returning to Lehigh Valley in late August from Philadelphia and has looked much more comfortable at the plate as of late. Still no word on additional call ups, somewhat of a surprise with the extended use of the Phillies bullpen last night.
The playoff rotation has been set by Lakewood: Gm One Trevor May; Gm Two: Brody Colvin; Gm Three(if necessary) Jon Pettibone. The games are next Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (if necessary) with the games Friday and Saturday being played in Lakewood.
An abbreviated Lehigh Valley report this week with the seasons final week upon us. Look for a more in-depth report next Tuesday or Wednesday covering the final 4 games of the season and a review of how the AAA prospects performed this year. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report