D-Backs; Alumni Comments

If the season ended today, the Diamondbacks and Phillies would meet in one of the NL Division Series, which is 47 days away.

With 19 wins since the All-Star Game break, the Diamondbacks have overtaken the Giants in the NL West.  Last time they led this late in the season: 9/5/08.

Some Arizona facts:
**Lead the NL in extra base hits.
**Lead the NL with 33 comeback wins.
**Only NL team without a loss after 8 innings (65-0).  Phillies are next, 65-1.

Phillies and Diamondbacks met toward the end of April in Phoenix.  The D-Backs won 4-0 (Kennedy over Lee), 7-5 (Halladay’s first loss) with the Phillies winning the finale, 8-4.

At Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies have a 15-7 edge, wining the last seven.

Comparing Numbers
Hitting: Phillies .252; AZ .250
Runs: AZ 556; Phils 528
ERA; Phils 3.09; SAZ 4.02
Runs allowed: Phils 391; AZ 529
Runs differential: Phils 137; AZ 27
Home record: Phils 42-19; AZ 334-16
Road record: Phils 36-22; AZ 32-27

Wednesday night’s game will be on ESPN . . . On this date a year ago, Phillies were 66-51, second place, 2 games behind Atlanta.  Braves play Giants now and D-Backs next.

Before Monday’s midnight deadline, the Phillies signed the following draft picks from this summer: OF Larry Greene (pick 1A), SS Roman Quinn (2nd round), SS Mitch Walding (5th round), RHP Jesen Therrien (17th round), LHP Braden Shull (27th round), and OF Jonathan Knight (49th round). Phillies signed 30 of the 50 players they selected.

Taylor-Wise Puzzle
Appreciate all the comments from Monday’s post.   Will investigate the facts, something that I probably should have done in the first place.  Hopefully, I will have some answers on Wednesday.

In response to one of the comments—why doesn’t Bowa come to Alumni events?  For years Larry was coaching and couldn’t be here.  He was planning on attending Friday’s Wall of Fame induction but he works for the MLB Network and he was sent to an assignment in Chicago.

Congratulations Jim
Awesome that Jim Thome got to 600 home runs on Monday night, hitting a pair in Detroit.  Only seven others have ever done that, which opens the question: is Jim a Hall of Famer?

Hard to believe it was eight years ago that we signed him.  Time flies too quickly.

Of those 600, 96 came in a Phillies uniform, including #400 at Citizens Bank Park in 2004.

A class person is now in an elite class.

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