The Phillies Bullpen had Sunday off thanks to the outstanding pitching performance of Roy Oswalt. Roy only needed 113 pitches over a quick 2 hours and 15 minutes to shutout the Mets at Citi Field. Sunday marked Oswalt’s sixth win as a Phil (6-1) and has a 1.98 ERA since joining the Phillies. Oswalt performance led the Phillies to their fifth straight series win, and kept the Phillies up at the top of the National League.
Roy’s win over the Mets was just filthy. I don’t think I’ve seen a pitcher recently where the ball looks so alive once it leaves his hands. He’s very explosive. He relies mainly on his fastball and change up but his curve ball was used here and there, too. He worked very efficiently just mowed the hitters down. His 4 hit shutout was just what the Phillies had been looking for as Charlie Manuel has really worked the bullpen hard this past week.
“I feel like I got a new life coming over here,” Oswalt said after the win. “I’d been out of playoff contention for five years and now we’re trying
to get back into the playoffs. (Most of the guys) got a ring. I don’t.
Hopefully I can push them to get another one.”
The closest the Mets got to scoring off Oswalt was first base. I asked everyone on my Facebook (I’ve got 1,900 fans now BTW! Thanks!) if Oswalt could possibly be any better and somehow he keeps finding a way.
Three of Roy’s six strikeouts were by David Wright… the Phillies sure have made him look bad this year.
Roy only appeared to be in trouble in the ninth inning when Jose Reyes lined a pitch off one of Oswalt’s legs. Trainers
came out to check on Oswalt and he threw a warm up pitch before staying
in the game. The very next batter grounded into a double play. Oswalt ended the game a minute later by striking
out Carlos Beltran.
The Phillies offense was fairly quiet but did enough to leave with a win. Raul Ibanez had the loudest bad in the game with big home run to center field. Howard and Utley each had an RBI.
Side Notes –
Jimmy Rollins – Jimmy Rollins was out of the Phillies lineup again on Sunday. Jimmy returned to Philadelphia to have an MRI on his injured leg. The Phillies still consider Jimmy day to day. I’m not sure if that’s a great sign, plus the Phillies selected the contract of INF Brian Bocock from Triple-A Lehigh Valley which may be a sign, too.