Beerleaguer missed most of this series, but those who stuck around to watch the Phillies clip the Cardinals in extras Sunday offered positive words on a few unsung heros (besides the obvious one, Erik Kratz). By the way, the Phils have won six of nine series since the All-Star break.
Horst: "Jeremy Horst had a really nice outing. Had great command today and good fastball control. Did a really nice job working the outside corner on hitters with his fastball. Got Matt Holliday on a pitch that was knee high on the corner that is the kind of pitch a hitter just fouls off or hits a very weak grounder if they make contact. Been surprised by how Horst has been able to locate his fastball on the outside corner. Also been surprised by his off-speed stuff. Even if Horst doesn't pitch quite as well down the stretch, he definitely has worked himself into the conversation for a roster spot next spring as the second lefty ahead of Jake Diekman on the depth chart due to Diekman's continued bouts with command issues." - MG
Frandsen: "Kevin Fransden had only struck out once in his 46 PA this year, which struck me as a surprise(along with everything else he's done so far) - but then I looked at his career numbers:
MLB: 53 K in 614 AB (8.6 %)
MiLB: 205 K in 2294 AB (8.9 %)
Nice little skill set, his career BABIP is low so maybe he just needs some standard ~.300 BABIP (.333 in 2012 so far) to actually make himself a somewhat useful player off the bench." - lorecore
Utley's glove: "Chase Utley missed a few balls today that he used to turn into outs. Wonder if the Phils are going to consider moving him to LF next year just so they can get 120-130 GS out of him and keep his bat in the lineup. Obviously has a lot more value playing 2B, but wonder due to health concerns if they don't at least consider putting him in LF next year." - MG