While most have not been caring or watching the Philadelphia Phillies, they have been playing with energy and taking two of the first three games in the series against a very good team. That very good team that I am talking about is the Atlanta Braves. By the way, I would like to apologize. Many of you don’t know how much I wanted the Phils to sign B.J. Upton this past offseason. Yes, I will take full responsibilities for that incident. I also wanted Shin-Soo Choo in the worst way as well. I am batting .500, I will take that.
One of the players that I am talking about that has been playing with energy is Carlos Ruiz. He has been playing for his spot the past month and he has been very good. He singled, doubled and drove in three runs in last night’s ball game. In the month of August, he batted .333 with four bombs and 11 RBI. This month he is 5-17 (.294) with five RBI so far.
Speaking of players fighting for their life, Freddy Galvis may have helped his cause. Galvis had four base knocks, including the walk-off homer for the Phils. For a guy that scouts said wouldn’t really have any “pop’ in his bat, he is showing some. Galvis has 35 hits in 162 at bats this year. In those 35 hits, 13 of them have been for extra base hits. He has four doubles, four triples and five bombs.
The Phils will be looking for the sweep and they will turn the ball over to Cole Hamels (6-13, 3.50 ERA). Hamels, who was lifted early from his last start because of a back issue, was still able to go seven “strong” innings for the “W”. He will face Paul Maholm (10-10, 4.41 ERA). Maholm, in his last start, allowed three runs on six hits and gave out three free passes, while striking out four in five innings for the “W”.
The Phils are 10-2 in their last dozen one-run games. Can you say “bullpen improvement”?