Falling Into Place
All of a sudden, things are beginning to fall into place for the Phillies.
Starting four in the rotation are all clicking, hitters are coming up with clutch hits, pinch hitters are also coming through, young arms are stabilizing the pen in order to get to The Pap, the team is winning at home, winning series and the teams in the wildcard race ahead of them are losing.
J-Roll has hit two homers off Josh Johnson this season and both have been game-winners, including Wednesday’s.
The Phillies completed a 6-0 homestand, the first perfect one since they went 7-0 vs. Colorado and Arizona in 2010.
Unfriendly Minute Maid Park
Phillies took a Delta charter flight to Houston after Wednesday’s game where they will play a four-game series against the struggling Astros.
The Astros have the majors’ most losses (97), are last in the NL in hitting (.237) and second from the bottom in ERA (4.65), while making 101 errors, third most in the league.
That said, the Phillies have struggled at Minute Maid Park that opened in 2000. They are only 17-24 there, 1-2 last September 12-13-14.The two teams met at Citizens Bank Park this May 14-15 with the Phillies winning both.
Toss all those numbers aside. Focus is on Thursday night’s game and nothing else.
Comcast SportsNet drew an 11 household share for Tuesday night’s game, CSN’s highest rating since August 25.
2013 Home Opener
With Houston moving to the American League next year, there will be a lot more interleague games.
The Phillies begin their Citizens Bank Park schedule with an AL opponent, the Kansas City Royals, a first in their 129 seasons. The Royals’ best starting pitcher the last three years is LHP Bruce Chen, who pitched for the Phillies in 2000-2001, 7-9 for 31 starts.
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