Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bench Will Press

I think that all of this rain we are supposed to get today is ridiculous, but what are you going to do? On a more happy note, the Phillies won last night, so we are on pace for 98 wins. I must say that that is pretty impressive even though we were playing a lot of the bench last night. It was great to see John Mayberry Jr. launch a massive home run and to see Ben Francisco launch a pair of his own. It always makes me excited to see the bench getting involved because we are going to rely on them quite a bit during the playoffs. I assume that all Phillies fans remember Matt Stairs' homerun two years ago that drove the Phillies past the Dodgers and into the World Series. The bench is necessary for success, and I feel like the Phillies have one of their best benches in a while this year. They have power, experience, and speed and several players that probably could start on another team but are trapped behind the Phillies All-Stars. For example, Ben Francisco is a pretty good player, but being trapped behind Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, and Raul Ibanez doesn't help anyone get playing time. So, watch the impact that the bench will play this postseason!
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