Friday, September 19, 2008

Hot-lanta? Hot Phillies!

Maybe the Phillies can petition the National League to play the remaining nine games on their schedule in Atlanta.

Yes, we know that they are scheduled to play six of those contests in the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park, after they hook up with the Marlins for three this weekend in South Florida.

But you can’t argue with what the Phillies have done in Georgia this year? Hot-lanta? How about hot Phillies.

All the Phils have done is win all nine games with the Braves in Atlanta this season.

That matches the number of games they have left on the schedule.

Last night they got a huge lift from a clearly struggling Pat Burrell, who launched a two-run homer in the sixth inning to propel the Phils to a 4-3 win and a season sweep in Atlanta.

The win also allows them to stay a half-game ahead of the Mets in the NL East. The Mets hammered Washington, 7-2.

Cole Hamels was not great, but he was good enough to get the win. He went six innings and gave up a couple of homers.

You know things are going your way when Burrell steps up to be the hero. He was hitting .178 for September and .181 in August, including a game this week in which he struck out five times.

Here’s the deal: Three in Florida, then home for three more against the Braves, a day off and then capping the season with three more with the Nationals.

I like their chances. I’d like them even more if all the games were in Atlanta.

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