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|Carlos Ruiz, who leads all NL catchers in multiple offensive categories, including batting average, OPS and RBIs (tied), is looking to make is first All-Star team this season. But, as of today’s balloting update, he currently sits in fourth place among NL catchers, trailing Yadier Molina (Cardinals), Buster Posey, (Giants) and Brian McCann (Braves).
Carlos Ruiz needs your help!
Here are the tallied votes so far…
- Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 1,000,048
- Buster Posey, Giants: 707,508
- Brian McCann, Braves: 707,508
- Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: 562,021
He’s currently the #2 hitter in the the National League in hitting at .371, but as we all know the All-Star game is popularity contest, and he’s got to contend with Brian McCann and Yadier Molina in the NL.
McCann has been ill with the flu lately, but is hitting . 323 with seven home runs and 28 RBI.
Molina is tough competition, too. Ruiz has the highest batting average, highest slugging percentage, and highest OPS among NL catchers, but is tied with Molina in homers and RBI.
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As you all know now Roy Halladay is starting tonight for the National League against the Angels Jered Weaver.
I have to say that I’m kinda shocked that Bruce Bochy picked Halladay after the Phillies made all those statements saying that they would prefer that he didn’t pitch. You would have figured that Bochy would have opted for Jiar Jurrjens with his 12-3 record, and a1.87ERA but he stuck with Halladay.
“I couldn’t have a better guy to start the All-Star Game for us,” Bochy said. “You talk about the elite pitchers in the game an you look at his numbers this year, it’s obvious he’s deserving.”
I hope Tim Lincecum reads between the lines on that one.
“Doc is one of the best pitchers of our generation, and you’ve got to have a lot of confidence in him,” said Cole Hamels. “I get to see him every five days. A lot of people don’t. With the work ethic that he has, he puts a lot of confidence in the team. So to have him start, he’s going to do what he does best, and I think that’s going to put us in a really good position to win. Because this game means something, you want that.”
Hamels may just be the first person I have seen say that the game means something.
Cole Hamels will get to just sit back and watch as he pitched on Sunday and is therefore ineligible to play in the game. No argument here. Hamels is having a fantastic season, and is arguably the Phillies best pitcher, if not the best pitcher in the National League.
Enjoy the game tonight!
Well, you’ve probably already noticed that things look different here.
There have been some technical hangups with the “New” layout for my blog, so until we can get them figured out, I’m back to this layout. It stinks because the “New” layout looked pretty awesome. At least I thought so. I always thought that this one looked like some sort of 5th grade extra credit project, but hey, it will do for now.
I already miss the Phils and am ready to get back to action in the next few days, but until then… I’m taking a little breather…
I have a few posts to publish in the next few days to re-cap what’s been going on, and I’ll make sure that you we get caught up before the Phils get back to work on Friday.
Hope everyone enjoyed the Home Run Derby. Is it me or is that thing getting to be a bit of a marathon. It had to be at least 3 hours long. I DVR’d it … Thank God for FF. Apparently I picked wrong with Prince Fielder, but some how I knew that Jose Bautista was going to be a bust.
Have a great day!