Monday, July 11, 2011

Phils enter break hot, Doc to start

After a dominating 14-1 win on Sunday gave the Phillies an important series victory over Atlanta, the Phils head into the All-Star break tied for the franchise record in victories with 57. Their 57-34 record is the best in baseball, and places them 3.5 games ahead of the Braves.

The victory also gave Cole Hamels his eleventh victory of the year, tying him with Roy Halladay for the team lead.

Of the Phillies' five all-stars, only two can actually play. Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino are both out due to injury, and Hamels in ineligible because he pitched on Sunday. But, Halladay will have a big impact on the game as he's been chosen as the National League's starting pitcher by Giants' manager Bruce Bochey. Doc will likely be the only NL pitcher to throw two innings.

Bochey mentioned during a press conference today that he'd discussed adding Ryan Howard to his roster, but decided against it because he already had three first baseman.

When the unofficial second half opens for the Phils on Friday, they'll send Vance Worley to the hill in New York against the Mets. Worley's one bad outing this season came at Citi Field on May 29, when he lasted just three innings and allowed eight runs (five earned) on 12 hits. He was sent back to Triple-A after the game until his June 18 recall in Seattle. He claimed he was tired, after entering several games in relief, and that he wasn't stretched out enough for the debacle against the Mets.

Some of the Phillies team leaders at the break are:

Victorino- Batting Average (.303), Runs (53), Triples (9), OPS (.900)

Howard- Home Runs (18), RBI (72), Doubles (18), Walks (47)

Jimmy Rollins- Stolen Bases (19), Hits (95)

Raul Ibanez- Doubles (18)

Halladay- Wins (11), Strikeouts (138)

Hamels- Wins (11), ERA (2.32), WHIP (0.93)

Ryan Madson- Saves (15)

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