Although the Phillies have just taken three in a row from the Milwaukee Brewers, the team with the best record in the National League, they’re still way back in the standings. At 40-51, the Phillies’ playoff odds are less than one percent. And closer Jonathan Papelbon, who saved last night’s win, says he’s ready to move on to another team.
Papelbon has been quite good this season. After a slightly down 2013, Papelbon has has allowed just five earned runs, has walked just nine guys and has the best WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of his Phillies career. He hasn’t even given up a homer! With the Phillies out of it, a reporter asked him post-game if he hoped his performance would lead to a trade to a contender.
“Of course, man,” he replied. “What kind of question is that?” Papelbon is apparently as tired of watching the Phillies as many Philadelphia fans are.
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The Phillies rallied from a run down in the ninth to beat the Rockies on Wednesday night, and the way they did it was just fantastic: Chase Utley stroked a two-out single to tie the game at 3, and Ryan Howard followed with a three-run game-ending home run.
It was the kind of thing the 23-27 Phillies haven’t done much of this year—they’re only 11-15 at home. But what was great was the way Ben Revere high-stepped it to home plate after Howard’s walkoff.
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Last year we had Hunter Pence and his now famous proclamation, “good game, now let’s go eat.” Last night, an apron wearing Cole Hamels hosted a true food lovers private dinner prepared by Philly’s own Top Chef contestant Jennifer Carroll. In HughE Dillon’s recap of the five-course dinner party, Dillon got Jonathan Papelbon’s recipe for Duck Poppers; fried duck wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese and hot peppers.
Yesterday was also a good food day for the aforementioned Hunter Pence, Pence tweeted that he was “getting acquainted with the awesomeness of Philly foods at DiBruno Bros.”
Hopefully all this good food gets the Phillies bats going.
Cole & Heidi Hamels Host a Dinner Party [Philly Post]