Found August 25, 2012 on Philliedelphia:
When the Phillies started trading on July 31st, all of our goals for 2012 were pretty much re-set. Get out of last, try to get to .500, hopefully get to third place, get the guys who were hurt going good, and develop the young guys. They've actually done pretty well at these. The Phillies are 59-67, so not .500 yet, but they aren't just out of last, they're up to third, two games up on the Mets for that spot. The pitching has returned to form, with Halladay and Lee looking more like themselves lately, Kendrick pitching out of his mind, and Hamels continuing a strong season. While Howard (.257) and Utley (.251) don't have amazing averages, they both have 8 homers, and 25 and 24 RBI's respectively, in 144 and 171 AB's. Their power numbers are good. The most important part though has been the performance of Dom Brown. He's off to a .273 start so far this season, with a .733 OPS. In 98 PA's, he's got 9 walks, a solid performance so far. His...
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