Phillies Head into the All-Star Break Winners in 8 of 9

JA HAPP

JA HAPP

Surprisingly, the inconsistent Phillies won 8 of their last 9 and returned to their tough, resilient and determined style of playing ball.  This weekend’s sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates featured strong pitching, both from starters and relievers, a come from behind victory and offensive prowess from all players, including their lower line-up hitters.  

Still impressive is J.A. Happ.  I was concerned he would be inconsistent and timid during some of his starts.  He has been one of the Phillies best pitchers and a guy that should be trusted on the mound.  He pitched a solid game yesterday and got the needed run support from his teammates.  Happ will be a mainstay in the Phillies rotation.

So, now that the All-Star break is here, the Phillies have a chance to reflect on their “up and down” first half of the season.  Granted, they are in first place by 4 games, but imagine if they didn’t have that ridiculous home field slump – they could be up by 10 games in the division and have the best record in baseball.  There is nothing wrong with striving more.  Jimmy Rollins’ play is still concerning.  He has hit better, but still doesn’t have his game back to last season’s form.  I think he is on cruise control and relying too heavily on the fact that he has been a MVP.  He needs to play with the same style and determination that got him to the MVP level.  With a revamped Rollins, a healthy Ibanez and a rested and relaxed team after the All-Star break, the Phillies have the opportunity to repeat as champs.

Of course, if the Phillies sign Pedro Martinez (so the rumor goes), all bets are off.

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