Philadelphia Phillies, 31-19
The Phillies played one of the wackiest games in baseball history this week as their backup second baseman achieved a win on Wednesday night. The Phillies and the Reds went for a 19 inning romp and started running out of bench players, thus forcing manager Charlie Manuel to pitch his second basemen, Wilson Valdez. Valdez now has as many wins as St. Louis Cardinal’s ace Chris Carpenter for the year. Not bad for a infielder.
And with all that said, the Phillies keep on winning. this past week had them playing seven straight games at home in which they took two out of three in inter-league play against the Texas Rangers, then took three out of four against the Cincinnati Reds.
All star second baseman Chase Utley made his 2011 debut this week and his presence has already sparked the Phillies offense. The Phils are clicking on all cylinders right now and are still clearly the best baseball team out there.
NY Yankees, 27-21
The first place team in the American League East continued another dominant week as they won both series’ they played at home. The weekend had the Yankees winning two out of three against the cross town rival Mets, then a winning series against the American League East rival Toronto Blue Jays.
Drama was at a minimum in Yankee land this week as the Jorge Posada saga has died down. The drama seemed to drag across the bridge into Queens with the Mets.
NY Mets, 23-26
Drama, drama, and more drama in Metville. Not only did the Mets lose two out of three to the NY King Yankees, but usually quiet owner, Fred Wilpon, called out all his stars during a interview. Sorry Fred, but calling out players in the media only worked for one owner, the late George Steinbrenner, and he didn’t call to apologize afterwards.
After the interview was released, the Mets had a closed door meeting and you would of thought they’d have come out on fire against the Cubs, but ehhh, the exact opposite happened. Maybe Wilpon was trying to fire his team up in some sick kind of manner. Either way, it didn’t work. The Mets are below .500 again and got blown out in Chicago again today. The only game they did win in Chicago was one that was cut short due to rain. They didn’t even have to go to their bullpen in that game. Just when you thought it was getting good again for the Mets, they stick a knife in you.
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