Where do we go from here? While the city mourned, a hollow game was played. Harry’s side prevailed 9-8.
Those searching for levity in the wake of tragedy can take comfort in the fact that hittin’ season appears to have started for Cholly’s boys. The Phillies have rattled off three high-scoring wins in a row to climb above .500. Yesterday brought another game where RBIs were peppered evenly throughout the lineup, and now four Phillies sit atop the league's top 40 in the category, with Ryan Howard at 7, Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth at 6 and Chase Utley at 5. It’s funny because when I issued season projections two weeks ago, the discussion gravitated toward RBIs, and it's already starting to feel like that category will become a central theme this season, especially now with the added emphasis on someone like Jayson Werth, and the addition of an RBI specialist in Ibanez.
It’s like that Chinese Calendar I don’t understand. The Chinese Calender calls 2009 the year of the ox, but on Beerleaguer, it's the year of the RBI. Long-time readers remember previous seasons, like 2005, when Jason Michaels and others made it the year of on-base percentage. I don’t miss that season. The following season had to be the year of the home run because of Howard’s franchise-record 58. The 2007 season was all about runs; MVP Jimmy Rollins made an incredible 778 plate appearances and crossed home 139 times, leading the league in both categories. And of course last season – since pitching was so important, and Brad Lidge was arguably team MVP – a perfect 48-for-48 made the World Championship season all about saves.
Minor league transaction: Nothing says levity like the transaction wire. With rosters set for over a week, the following players were issued pink slips, according to Baseball America: RHP William Savage, 2B P.J. Antoniato, OF Alberto Cambero, OF Casey Craig, OF Brandon Haislet, OF Jay Miller, OF Javon Moran, OF Wilkin Ruan. Meanwhile, 2B Rob Watson retired, and OF Karl Bolt heads for armed service.