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After a 5-2 week, the Phillies will go into the All Star break with a 42-48 record. This has to be a shock for all but the most optimistic Phillies’ fans. They swept the Braves at CBP, then split with the Rockies in Colorado.
I’m sure that a lot of you are bummed out that the 2nd and 4th best hitters on the team are Cesar Hernandez (.291) and Peter Bourjos (.274). Keep your chins up, Bourjos might be playing himself into a trade chip.
The Cody Asche revival is nice to see. But I fear that it is taking at bats away from Tyler Goeddel.
Aaron Nola returns to the rotation after the break and is scheduled to pitch on Monday, July 18th.
Here is a great article by Mitch Rupert of the Williamsport SunGazette. It’s a comprehensive interview with Joe Jordan. Among many things it covers Crawford’s thumb injury last fall, Pullin’s “retirement”, Kilome’s improvement, and “Yes” they do have a development plan in place for all the guys you want to see challenged.
The Race for 1:1
The Phillies recent success has lifted them to a .467 winning percentage, solidly with the 11th worst record in baseball. Realistically, they aren’t going to pass anyone ahead of them in either league so 11th should be the worst they should finish. Still, the Yankees, Mariners, Royals, White Sox, Tigers, Pirates, and Cardinals are all within 5 games.
They already have to worry about Miami not signing their 7th pick. If Boston doesn’t sign their 12th pick, any further improvement would add a second re-pick ahead of theirs. For example, if their record gets them the 14th overall pick, unsigned first round picks by Miami and Boston would net the Phillies the 16th overall pick. This is not a likely scenario, but …