Series Recap: Phillies at Astros

In Short: Phils go down to Houston and sweep the winless Astros.  They start off the 2010 season with a 5-1 road trip as they get ready for their home opener Monday afternoon.

Pitching:

Who’s Hot- Roy Halladay.  He was opposed by Astros’ ace Roy Oswalt on Sunday and out dueled him to secure the Phils sweep: a one run complete game which featured 8 punch outs.  The Astros’ only run was unearned coming off a no out, bases loaded double play turned by the Phils.  He got out of jams as quickly as he got into them.  Bottom Line:  Get used to Halladay being the series MVP this season.  In a Phillies uniform so far: 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA.  NL Cy Young…?

Who’s Not- Jamie Moyer.  I know this may sound a bit nit-picky.  He got the win, but the bottom of the 3rd was hard to watch.  The Astros’ lineup tagged him for 5 runs in the inning; the bulk of which came from 2 2 run homers by Jason Michaels and Hunter Pence.  I’m not completely sold with Moyer as our 5th starter at the moment, especially if he plans on giving up the long ball.   That will get him killed at CBP.

Hitting:

Who’s Hot- Ryan Howard.  He had a rough outing Sunday afternoon, but the big man has gotten off to a great start in 2010:  3 Hrs and 10 RBIs in the first week of the season.  Out of his 10 hits, 7 have been for extra bases.  Giddy Up!

Who’s Not- 8th Spot.  Ruiz and Schneider.  They went 1 for 11 with 5 Ks this weekend.  No pressure being in the 8th spot, but it helps to turn the lineup over once in a while.

Division:

After the first week of play in the MLB, here’s the NL East Standings

  1. Phillies 5-1
  2. Marlins 4-2
  3. Braves 3-3
  4. Nationals 3-3
  5. Mets 2-4

The Phillies 5-1 start ties them with the Giants for the best record in the NL.

Week Ahead:

The Phillies start a 6 game homestand today at 3pm as the take on the Nationals for the second time this season.  Starting Friday, they’ll face off against divisional rival Florida.  This homecoming is a big deal for the Phillies in my opinion.  Last year, especially in the beginning part of the year, the fightins struggled at home due to the cold weather and the dreadful championship hangover.  The offense has been doing their job so far, but the starting pitching has to set the tone.  Hamels, Kendrick, and Happ have to bring their A games this week.  Especially when facing division opponents, the Phillies are looking to put as much space between them and the next closest competitor.  The more work they do in April and May, the more rest they can give the starters in September.

It’s a great day to watch a baseball game, especially when its’ the Phillies home opener.  Go Phils.

FredEx

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2 responses to “Series Recap: Phillies at Astros

  1. Philsfan

    These series recaps are my favorite thing about the website so far. Please keep writing them.

  2. whiskas610

    thanks, philsfan. we thought it would be a good way to break up the season. everyone does either game-by game analysis or weekly power rankings, so we thought series recaps would be a good way to track the team at regular intervals without commenting solely on one day’s game. plus, if you keep track of how the phils do series-by-series, you can go back and see where they make or break the season by the end. hopefully it will serve as a useful means of following along with our team.

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