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The Philadelphia Phillies (41-29) return home to face the World
Champion Boston Red Sox (44-28) in what could be a preview of the 2008
Fall Classic. The Phillies are returning home from a road trip where
they went 5-4. This homestand will be a big test for this Phillies team
as they face two of the American Leagues best teams in the Sox and
Pitching Match Ups:
6/16 vs. Bos Cole Hamels (6-4 3.27) vs. Bartolo Colon (4-1 3.41) 7:05pm ESPN
6/17 vs. Bos Jamie Moyer (7-3 4.12) vs. Jon Lester (5-3 3.43) 7:05pm CSN
6/18 vs. Bos Kyle Kendrick (6-2 4.54) vs. Justin Masterson (3-1 2.90) 1:05pm CSN
Other Quick Hits:
- Chase Utley, Pat Burrell, and Ryan Howard have combined for as
many or more homeruns than 3 National League teams and 5 American
- Brad Lidge is 18 for 18 in saves and has broken the record for consecutive saves that was set by Al Holland in1984.
- Jimmy Rollins has a career .313 average and Chase Utley has a
career .304 average against the Red Sox. They have 3 homeruns apiece.
- The Phillies are 87-100 in inter league play.
- They are 13-18 against the Red Sox.
6/20 vs. Ana Adam Eaton (2-4 4.57) vs. Ervin Santana (8-3 3.40) 7:05pm CSN
6/21 vs. Ana Brett Myers (3-8 5.58) vs. Joe Saunders (10-3 3.06) 7:05pm CW
6/22 vs. Ana Cole Hamels vs. Jered Weaver 1:35pm CW
USA Today reports that major league baseball is considering
implementing instant replay this season and could do so by August 1 to
have it in place for the pennant races and playoffs. The general
managers originally voted in favor of exploring instant replay during
the winter meetings and it would be used for homerun calls to see
whether a ball is actually over the fence or fair or foul.
I am completely against any use of instant replay in baseball. When
I watch football, I can not stand when instant replay is used. It drags
the game out, takes away the human element, and has changed the game
forever. Now there are those putting asterisks next to games where
calls were wrong before instant replay was used. Will we start talking
that way in baseball? And where does it end? Do we start challenging
ball and strike calls? It is a slippery slope. Who will challenge these
calls? How do you make a penalty if the challenge is wrong? How do we
stop every play from being challenged that is even somewhat close?
A better solution. In the past month or so, I have seen two games
where an umpire has been removed because of injury. (They should be
wearing full head gear but that is a topic for another post.) This
leaves the umpire squad with only 3 umps and compromised. How about
going to 6 umpires in every game like they do in the playoffs? An
umpire with no other job but to rule on balls down the line and on
homerun balls is sure to get 99.9% of the calls right. This leaves the
human element while ensuring the calls are being made properly. It
stops baseball from having to invent new replay rules, and stops the
sport from turning people off like football has done to me and many
other fans. It also gives the umpire squad extra bodies should someone
not be able to call an entire game.
This makes so much sense Bud Selig will never get it!