What a homestand! Winning nine out of 10 games is not too shabby, although this screams for 10 out of 10. We won't touch on that though. What we will touch on is that this team is going into the All-Star break hot and playing better. Are they where they exactly need to be? No, not quite yet. However, you don't want them to be at their top in July.
It's "hittin' season" so the bats are fine. The problem is the pitching is a bit inconsistent. Joe Blanton and J.A. Happ are bringing electric stuff to the mound. Jamie Moyer is pitching very steady. Rodrigo Lopez was pitching well, but who knows how is elbow inflamation is. As far as the other starter goes, let's just leave that conversation for another day. The fact is, we know Big H is one of the best in the game. He will turn it around and I'm not just trying to be optimistic to be optimistic.
Now that "South Broad Street" is back, I want to start something new with a lot of my posts. That something new is lists, lists and more lists. I want to rank things on various different levels. On this post, I am going to rank the top five players from this past homestand, starting from five to one.
-The guy is having a great season and picking it up especially at this point. Why else do you think Charlie named him to the NL squad?
-The Flyin' Hawaiin is making every game exciting. Batting over .300, he has shown this past homestand why he collected the most "Final Spot Votes" in MLB history. His hustle and defense is spectacular.
-As I mentioned earlier, Happ is bringing top notch stuff to the mound. Will he be traded?
-Same thing as Happ. Technically, these two guys should be tied.
-As Jimmy goes, the team goes. If Jimmy isn't hitting, the team isn't winning. If Jimmy isn't scoring, the team literally doesn't win. They're winning percentage is mid-day afternoon sun to middle of the late night hours when he scores and doesn't score. It's obvious.