Monday, April 4, 2011

The Phillies Bats Lead The Way As They Sweep The Astros


After a three-game sweep of the Astros to begin the season, all is good for the Phillies. They beat Houston in three straight games and not one of the three aces which took the ball for them has pitched as well as they’re capable of pitching. Isn’t that scary for the rest of the National League?

We’ve all been worried about the offense. The Phils were coming off an inconsistent hitting season a year ago, and now there was less pop in the lineup with Jayson Werth gone and Chase Utley hurt. Would this lineup be able to get anything done? Could they at least give us a few runs a game?

Yes, they could and they would do even better than that. In fact the story of the weekend was the Phillies hitting, although Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt had solid performances in notching their first wins of the season.

Nearly every question mark about the batting order worked out well against the Astros.

“We’ve played very consistent,” Manuel said. “Steady. We made some mistakes. But at the same time, our pitching definitely held them down. We caught the ball good enough. We definitely had a good offensive series.”

The five hits by Placido Polanco in the first three games doesn’t surprise any one. The man can hit and it’s as

simple as that.
Jimmy Rollins has scored four runs in three games with six hits and two base on balls. Yes, J Roll with two base on balls in only three games.

They couldn’t have wished for a better start by Ben Francisco. He’s got six hits and more importantly four RBI’s in just three games.

Ryan Howard had seven hits in the series with six RBI’s and he’s batting .500. The “Big Piece” as Charlie Manuel likes to call him knocks in the Phils first run of the season and he was involved in the two innings of scoring in game one.

He banged out a couple of more hits in the game on Saturday and came back today to knock in four runs, contribute three-hits including a three-run bomb in the first inning to give the Phils a lead which they would never surrender.

Leftfielder Raul Ibanez has only two hits so far, but those two hits drove in three runs, which were a big reason they won game two.

Rightfielder Shane Victorino had a similar weekend. He got only two hits but drove in three key runs.

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