"The Phillies are two games back. That doesn’t seem right to me."
Add an Irish brogue from a 76 year old woman and that quote matches exactly what my Grandmother said while reading the baseball standings in today’s Daily News. It sounds baffling to every fan in Phillies Nation because two months ago there was no way any of us could of fathomed this team even being .500 by the All-Star break.
After completing a sweep of the Chicago White Sox , the club looks to continue their winning ways against the American League Champion Detroit Tigers. Following a no-hit gem tossed by Justin Verlander against the Brewers , the quality staff the Tigers possess is anchored by an equally destructive offensive. Magglio Ordonez has jumped out with MVP-esqe numbers for the Tigers batting .367 with 13 Home runs and 60 RBIs. He has done spectacular plating Gary Sheffield and Placido Polanco game in and game out. Those two seem to always find a way to get on base multiple times a game.
Meanwhile, the Mets have been dreadful dropping their last 5 games – 9 of their last 10 - while allowing their massive division lead to dwindle to two games. New York will be facing their cross town rivals, the Yankees, who have gone George Romero as of late, Return of the Living Dead.
Let’s hope our boy Bobby A keeps up his newly found offensive stride for the Bombers and pray that the Phils somehow verdict a victorious outcome against the Tigers.