Focus Now On Today
August 31, 2007
What can you say about yesterday’s thriller that hasn’t already been written or said?
The homestand started out pretty bleak but ended with as much excitement as been seen at Citizens Bank Park since the place opened. The place was really rocking yesterday. It was noticed by the players. The fans can be the tenth man on the field the rest of the way.
Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins will be in the mix when the writers vote for the Most Valuable Player. Votes will be sent in at the end of the season. Post-season play won’t have an impact.
The return of Utley on Monday was followed by four straight wins. That says a lot for his value to the team.
Rollins is getting some national attention as Sports Illustrated has sent a reporter to Miami this weekend.
Barring injury, these three will go down in Phillies history as the greatest players at their positions.
Kyle Kendrick and J. D. Durbin have certainly given the pitching staff a shot in the arm.
Kendrick is one of four NL rookies with seven wins. His 3.89 ERA ranks second among first-year pitchers. Durbin has a five-game winning streak, which matches the season high for rookies.
There are five NL rookies with saves. Durbin and John Ennis (one each) are among the five.
Rookie pitchers are 15-9 for the Phillies this season. In 1980, two rookie pitches played key roles for the Phillies, Bob Walk and Marty Bystrom.
As much as we enjoy the four-game sweep, today is a new day. The Phillies are in Miami for the Marlins. Focus needs to be on today and not yesterday..
Looking back at four straight wins shouldn’t be on the radar as were the four straight losses last week.