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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Game 48: Phils sweep Nats, remain in first (28-20)

Unfortunately for the Phils, they can't play the Nationals every week. They open up a stretch of 5 consecutive series against San Diego, LA, the Mets, Boston, and Toronto. It will be a true test for the Phils, and they only have a 0.5 game advantage on the Mets. This weekend, however, the Phils did a very good job of taking care of the Nationals.

Sunday's series-ender featured a solid performance by Jamie Moyer, and no real mistakes from manager Charlie Manuel. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge pitched yet again, but this time it was necessary. Madson in particular has thrown a lot of innings this year (partially due to JC Romero's suspension, partially due to Manuel's incompetence), and we are not even one-third of the way through the season. This was a close series against Washington, so Madson was needed: but he should not be pitching in 4- and 5-run games. His arm will be needed more than ever in August and September.

Manuel stacked three lefties in a row again today, but at this point, it is barely worth mentioning. It is bad for the lineup, bad for the team, bad for everyone except the opposing manager. Hopefully Werth heats up and manages to influence Manuel to break up the three lefties.

The Phils go to the West Coast with no off-days. They open in San Diego tomorrow night at 10:05 pm as RHP Joe Blanton faces RHP Kevin Correia.

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