Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told MLB.com that he believes third baseman Pedro Feliz can maintain his current pace.
Feliz went 2-for-4 with an RBI yesterday against Houston after going 5-for13 in the Washington series. The 33-year-old is hitting .252/.295/.436 with seven homers and 20 RBIs. "When he's aggressive at the plate, I really like his swing," Manuel told MLB.com. "He gets defensive at times, though. He gets kind of passive. But when he gets aggressive, he's a good-looking hitter." Manuel believes 30 homers and 100 RBIs may be attainable.
Vastly improved bench: Remember the days when the Phillies acquired Randall Simon and Jose Hernandez to upgrade the bench in the heat of the playoff race? Seems like yesterday, because it practically was (2006). Since then, they’ve come a long way in improving their bench. Led by Greg Dobbs, Phillies pinch hitters are hitting .280 (23-82), 2nd-best in the NL and lead all NL teams in pinch hits, HR (4), RBI (14) and SLG. The Phillies have had two game-winning pinch homers this season, Pedro Feliz hit the first in April against the Mets, and Pat Burrell did it last night. (from the Press Notes, except the part about Randall Simon).
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