All those numbers we threw at you earlier this week about avoiding Giancarlo Stanton? Looks like it won't even matter. Stanton didn't play Friday, won't play Saturday and according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, probably won't play Sunday, either.
Stanton was scratched 40 minutes before Friday's 3-1 extra-inning Phillies win with a sore left shoulder. The injury has bothered him since last weekend, but the pain heightened as he took batting practice Friday night. He'll have an MRI, but the safe assumption is he's out all weekend, which makes things even easier on Cole Hamels (0-2, 10.97) and Roy Halladay (0-2, 14.73).
Phillies pitching held the Marlins to one run on four hits in 10 innings Friday. Miami is now hitting .209/.281/.268 as a team. Remove Placido Polanco from the equation and the Marlins are hitting .190.
Proper bullpen management
Not just because the Phillies won, either. With the game tied 1-1 through six innings, Charlie Manuel turned to his two best non-closer relievers in Antonio Bastardo and Mike Adams. Bastardo struck out the side and Adams, clearly without his best stuff, put runners on first and third before inducing an inning-ending double play.
When the Phillies failed to score in the top of the ninth, Manuel turned to Phillippe Aumont, which was again a good decision. Yes, Aumont is prone to wildness, but his entering with a clean inning also gave the Phils the best chance to extend the game. Which he did.
This is why the Phillies have the chance to be a different late-inning team in 2013. A year ago at this time we'd have seen Chad Qualls, Jose Contreras and David Herndon.
The Phillies lost their first four extra-inning games last season and didn't win one until May 15. They lost 9 of their first 11 games in extras.
So you see why Friday night's result was more than just a little satisfying.