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Notes from the opener at Shea

Posted by jrfinger on April 9, 2008

The final opening day at Shea Stadium was a great day… for the Phillies. The Phillies offense looked much like it is supposed to look. They manufactured runs late in the game after trailing during the early going 2-0. The Phils hit the Mets where they’re most vulnerable – in the bullpen. That’s going to be the death of the Mets this year. Oliver Perez pitched a really good game, but as soon as they went to the ‘pen, it was over.

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Jimmy Rollins hurt his ankle. While avoiding the pick-off in the eighth inning, Rollins said he felt a “pop”. That’s usually never a good thing. Rollins wasn’t walking with any kind or a limp and down-played the injury saying he’s, “day-to-day” and it’s possible he could play Wednesday night. I think he’d like to play to keep his streak alive. He started all 162 games last season. Rollins was pulled from the game after he scored. He said it was better to have a healthy Eric Bruntlett out there, who is 100 percent than have him out there at 50 percent.

Manager Charlie Manuel called it a high ankle sprain, which is usually never good. Ankle sprains are one thing, HIGH ankle sprains are another. But again, Rollins was showing no signs of a tender ankle after the game.

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Poor Chase Utley. He had four hits on Tuesday. Three that hit him while he was standing in the batters’ box and one that nailed him in the back when he was running from first to second on a Ryan Howard grounder. Carlos Delgado was tagged with an error on the play. Utley also had a couple of hard dives. Of course in true Chase Utley fashion, he brushed it off afterwards and deflected every question about himself to the subject of his teammates.

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Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth collided hard in right-center on a deep fly ball from Carlos Beltran. Shane said afterwards there was no winning that battle, Werth is MUCH taller than him. Both players came down hard on the play, but both got up and stayed in the game.

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The game didn’t have that feel like it did when these two teams last played. Of course much more was at stake when they last met. While the players said there was an intensity to the game, they chalked it up to their desire to get to .500 and the desire to win every game they can.

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Worth mentioning: the bullpen was great today. Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero and Tom Gordon pitched three scoreless innings. Now that Gordon has gotten past that bad opening day appearance, he’s showing why he’s so valuable to this bullpen. Brad Lidge pitched the last two days. It’s a good day to give him some rest since he’s just coming back from surgery. With Gordon in the bullpen, Charlie Manuel has that luxury.

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This Phillies team is starting to gel. The new players are finding their way with their new team, those that have been here are settling into the season. It’s a confident team right now.

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