Manuel's V-8 Machine

Tonight’s Lineup:
Rollins, ss
Victorino, cf
Utley, 2b
Howard, 1b
Burrell, lf
Jenkins, rf
Feliz, 3b
Ruiz, c
Hamels, p

Brett’s Back
A shaky first inning, three runs on three hits, didn’t bode well for Brett Myers.  But, he regrouped and turned in an outstanding performance.  He rode Charlie Manuel’s V-8 Machine to an impressive win and first place in the East.  Over the next seven innings, he gave up three hits and no runs while fanning 11. 

Hopefully, Brett’s early-season troubles are in the rear view mirror.  He pitches like last night, look out.

What can you say about Chase Utley?  The best offensive player in the game? As has been said here, he had a great April, cooled off a bit but has returned to lead this offense (4 HR, 15 RBI, last 5 games).
A V-8 engine is very powerful when all cylinders are working.   Miss a few cylinders and the engine will sputter.  For a while there, Manuel’s V-8 Machine was sputtering.  Not lately as eight of the eight starting players seem to contribute.  Big innings have become the norm (5 or more runs in an inning, 10 times).  At some point, Manuel’s V-8 Machine will slow down but it awesome to watch right now.

Countdown to the Draft
5 more days to baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.

Dykstra, Gordon, Weeks, Roenicke. 

All are available in the draft.  Actually, there are two Dykstras, Cutter, a high school second baseman turned centerfielder and Allan, a college first baseman.  Guess which one is Lenny’s son?  If you guessed the centerfielder, you are correct.

Tom Gordon’s son, Devaris Strange-Gordon, is an infielder who hasn’t been played much baseball but he’s really caught the eyes of baseball scouts with his multiple tools.

Weeks is Jemile, a high school second baseman whose brother, Rickie, is the Brewers’ second baseman.  Gary Roenicke is the nephew of Ron, who played for the Phillies in 1986-87.

There are two other prospects with familiar names.  Kyle Long is a high school first baseman-pitcher, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie.  Kyle’s brother was the first player taken in the NFL draft last month.  Some kind of athletes in that family!

Then there is a LHP, Daniel Schlereth, out of the University of Arizona.  His dad is Mark, a former NFL offensive lineman and current ESPN Commentator.

This Date
In Phillies history……
1994 Phillies rally for 87 win at Wrigley Field, ending the month with a 1513 record despite losing three starting pitchers (Curt Schilling, Tommy Greene, Ben Rivera) and three regulars (1B John Kruk, SS Kevin Stocker, 3B Dave Hollins) to the disabled list during the month.


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