Philadelphia Phillies Need To Reach The .500 Mark On Last Day Before All-Star Break

By Joseph Hickman
Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies
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The Philadelphia Phillies won both games of the double-header yesterday against the Chicago White Sox with Michael Young playing hero with game-winning hit.

Young, who has been shaky at times defensively (that’s saying it nicely), has been really good at the plate lately. He is  hitting .338 with 11 doubles, one triple, four homers and 17 RBIs in 34 games since June 5. Sadly, the Phillies also took another huge blow yesterday. They lost Ben Revere to a broken foot, and the timing couldn’t be any worse.

The Phillies are playing their best baseball of the season and trying to make a push a playoff push, so that Ruben Amaro doesn’t have a fire sale by the July 31 trade deadline.

They just lost Ryan Howard, they have a make-shift bullpen and now the loss of Revere. After a slow start, Revere had turned the corner. He was every Phillies fan’s whipping boy in April, when he batted just .200. Since May 1, he had been batting .347 (78 for 250), raising his average from .200 to .305. He hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games, and was batting .431 during that span with 10 multiple-hit games. He has also stolen a team-high 22 bases. Revere will be missed.

On the final day before the All-Star break, it will be up to Cole Hamels (4-11 4.17) to get the Phillies back to .500. He will face  Jose Quintana (4-2 3.67). Hamels has looked like the old Hamels in his past few starts and the Phillies desperately need him to stay that way.

 Joseph Hickman is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for Follow him on Twitter @phillytugger, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.

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