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March 8 2007

Much has been made of the Phillies slow starts in recent years, but not to be forgotten is how consistently hot the Phillies have been finishing the season.  Here's what the Phils have done in April and September over the past three seasons:

 

Month 06 05 04 Total
April 10-14 10-14 10-11 30-39
September 18-10 15-12 19-8 52-30

In two of the three years, if you combine April and September the Phillies are over .500.  In '05 they were a game under.  In '06 what really did them in was a 9-18 June.  In '05 they played above .500 in every month except April -- just not enough above .500.  Their best month was August when they went 16-11.  In '04 they were under .500 in April, June, July and August.

Over the last three Aprils, the Phillies have won 30 of 69 games, playing to a .435 winning percentage.  If they won games at that rate over 162 games they would win about 70.

Over the past three Septembers, the Phillies have won 52 of 82 games, playing to a .634 winning percentage.  If they won games at that rate over an entire season they would win about 103.

Over the past three years the Phillies have won 85, 88 and 86 games.

Pat Gillick thinks Freddy Garcia can come up big in big games.

Geoff Geary wants to make sure he's in prime shape by the time the playoffs and World Series come around.

Brett Myers helps others.

Cole Hamels thinks Philadelphians are crazy and wants to be your role model.

Myers may be having trouble adjusting to pitching at a lower weight.

Pat Burrell gets contacts tomorrow.

The Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday, winning 6-3 in ten innings to improve to 4-3 in spring training.  The game featured outstanding pitching from Phillies' relievers and home runs by Burrell and Helms and a walkoff shot from Brennan King.

The Phillies started virtually all of their regulars with Ruiz behind the plate and Simon at DH.  Helms hit sixth and Rowand seventh.

The Phils managed one hit against Gustavo Chacin, a Chase Utley single, through the first three innings.  Burrell hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Helms added a solo shot in the same inning.  First of the spring for each player.

Michael Bourn grounded out to end the inning in the eighth with the bases loaded with the score tied at 3-3.  For the second day in a row, Brennan King had the hit that won the game for the Phillies.  This time it was a three-run home run in the bottom of the tenth.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

Dobbs had two more hits, he was 2-for-2 with two singles.  Garcia 1-for-3 with a strikeout, Werth 0-for-2 with a strikeout.  Coste was 0-for-1.

Brett Myers got the start for the Phils and shut Toronto down through two innings.  In the third he gave up three walks to the first four men he faced, loading the bases with one out.  Lyle Overbay singled to put the Blue Jays up 1-0 with Victorino nailing the second runner at the plate.   Brian Sanches replaced Myers, allowing an RBI-single that put Toronto up 2-0 before getting the final out to end the third.  Sanches returned and struck out the side in the fourth.

JA Happ followed Sanches and went three scoreless innings in which he struck out three and the only Blue Jay to reach did so on an error by Rollins.  He returned for a fourth inning and got the leadoff man before allowing a solo home run to Jason Smith.  Happ got the second out of the inning before being replaced by Clay Condrey.  Condrey got the final out of the eighth and returned to set Toronto down 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.

Ryan Cameron, a right-handed 29-year-old NRI, came on to pitch the top of the tenth and threw a 1-2-3 inning.

Phillies pitchers allowed just three hits.  Myers and Sanches each allowed a single, and Happ gave up the solo home run in his fourth inning of work.

Cleveland this afternoon.  Adam Eaton, Madson and Alfonseca will pitch against the Blue Jays in a "B" game.

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