Monday, July 20, 2009

Are the Phillies poised to repeat?

I know we’ve called them one of the teams to watch in the second half of the season but the Phillies are making believers of the rest of the league and making us look like prophets in the process. With Jack Nicholson wearing a Yankees cap and watching from a front-row seat, the Phillies wasted no time picking up where they left off in their first game back in Philadelphia since before the All-Star break. Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer, Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard each went deep, and the Philadelphia Phillies won their ninth straight game, 10-1 over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. Ruiz also had an RBI double during a four-run fourth inning that helped the NL East leaders turn this one into a rout. Rodrigo Lopez (2-0) allowed one run over six innings to give the Phillies their 13th win in their last 14 games. The Phillies are on their longest winning streak since 2006 and improved to 23-23 at home. They were 13-22 at home before they went 9-1 in their last homestand. Ted Lilly (9-7) was rocked in his shortest outing of the season for the Cubs, who snapped a four-game winning streak. The teams boasted the two longest winning streaks in the National League, but the start of the anticipated three-game series was all Phillies. Can the Phills pull off the first repeat since the Jays teams of the 90’s? Is it possible in today’s era? Let us know here and in the MLB chat rooms.

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