Thursday, September 21, 2017

Young Phillies creating a buzz

What does it mean that two weeks into the Eagles season - with a huge game against the Giants looming Sunday - we're still talking about the Phillies.

Yes, the Phils won again last night, taking their third straight game from the Dodgers, who just happen to be the team with the best record in baseball. The Phils will go for the sweep this afternoon.

Last night's game was marked by another fantastic at-bat from rookie phenom Rhys Hoskins, who worked a walk, followed by a titanic blast from red-hot Aaron Altherr.

Center-field Odubel Herrera sealed the deal with a spectacular grab leaping against the wall for the final out in the 9th inning.

The Phillies have now won eight of 10 and are 32-33 since the All-Star break.

It now appears fairly certain that the team will avoid the ignominy of a 100-loss season.

Their record stands at 61-91. Yes, they remain 31 and a half games behind the Nats.

But there is an understandable buzz about this team, with a young nucleus of future stars.

There will be more than one interesting decision about the roster that will have to be made in Clearwater next spring.

Add a couple of starting pitchers and the Phillies could be on the brink of something special.

Worst to first? Well, let's not get carried away.

But it's Sept. 21, the last day of summer.

And we're still talking about a team with a 61-91 record.

What does that tell you?

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