Things change fast in baseball. Four years ago, the Phils and Braves were battling it out for first place. Four months ago, they were viewed as the two worst teams in baseball. Two months later, the Braves were at .500 and the Phils were THE worst team in baseball. Now, have the roles reversed?
Philly is 11-2 since the All-Star break; the Braves, 4-10. The Braves have a 30-year-old rookie hitting fifth. Ryan Howard has’t slipped that far — especially not when he’s playing against the local nine.
But for the first time in years, things are looking up in Philly. They made a terrific trade with the Rangers, acquiring three of the top 100 prospects in MLB for Cole Hamels. They got rid of Papelbon.And two rookies: Third baseman Maikel Franco, batting .280 with 11 HR and a .819 OPS, and tonight’s pitcher Aaron Nola, has looked good in his first two starts.
Nola and Matt Wisler will be seeing a lot more of each other over the next six years, perhaps. And before you know it we’ll laugh at the memory of Adonis Garcia the way we did Elmer Dessens. Let’s hope so.
Markakis 9, Maybin 8, Freeman 3, Pierzysnki 2, Garcia 5, Peterson, 4, Simmons 6, Perez 7, Wisler 1