Friday, June 17, 2005

Friday posts

Why should I bother today? Tom has a better wrapup than I could do.

Marcus Hayes finds the gloomy lining to the silver cloud in last night's game. Hey, I don't fault the guy for pointing out what may have been a mistake, but when your bullpen looks like it's finally going to start carrying its weight, isn't that supposed to be a good thing?

The bad news: The Phillies only scored 3 runs in 13 innings.

The good news: The Phillies continue to get on base relentlessly. Last night, they were on base 16 times (by my count). This is good. When you consider that the Mariners play in a field that suppresses runs (especially doubles), and the jet lag, etc., it's not too troubling that they only scored 5 runs over the series. Moneyballers know that getting on base in the most valuable thing you can do as a hitter, because it's the only thing that doesn't lead to an out. As long as the Phillies continue to do that, their offense will be fine.

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