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Phils Nab First Place

Brew Crew Lost.  Mets lost to the Nats.  Another thriller for the Phils over the Braves.  VICTORY and First Place.  Ahh so sweet. Take a look for yourself.

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Phils Beat Fish: 1 1/2 Back

Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer, Jimmy Rollins had three hits and three steals and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Florida Marlins 8-6 on Monday night.

The Phillies closed within 1½ games of the NL East-leading New York Mets. They remain two behind in the loss column.

“Every game is a must-win,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “We have to win more games than they do.”

Joe Blanton (2-0) pitched five shaky innings to earn his first win since Aug. 2. Blanton allowed four runs and five hits in his 10th start since Philadelphia acquired him from Oakland.  Blanton really scares me as we near the home stretch of the season.  Every time I checked back to the Phils game (watching MNF, some fantasy ramifications on the line) he had given up more hits and more runs.  He needs to get his ass in gear if he expects to pitch in the playoffs.  After averaging 1 walk per 9 IP in the AL for his career, he is now averaging 4 walks per 9 IP in the NL, an easier pitchers league, explain that.

Mets News: Billy Wagner is out for the rest of this season and will likely miss all of 2009 too.

The New York Mets closer will have surgery after an MRI on Monday showed a torn MCL in his pitching elbow has gotten worse during more than a month of rehab. His injury could send the Mets into the free-agent market for a top reliever this winter.

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Burrell Dislikes Late Game Benching

Pat Burrell is not happy with manager Charlie Manuel’s decision to bench ‘the Bat’ late in close games in which the Phils have the lead.

“I’m upset, absolutely,” Burrell said. “I’m upset, and I have been for a long time. It’s not personal. I don’t want to ever come out of close games.”

Manuel routinely replaces his leftfielder with a speedier defender when the Phillies have leads late in games.  Yesterday, Burrell was replaced by Eric Bruntlett in the bottom of the eighth with the Phils ahead, 2-1. Cole Hamels then gave up the game tying run, on a homerun by Cody Ross.

I understand Charlies logic here, but Burrell’s offense needs to be in the game especially one that goes into extra innings.  What happens comes playoff time, the same rotation?  I say ya gotta give the guy a chance to try and play in that situation.  How is he ever going to get better, knowing he is not trusted late in games?  It makes a player start to think too much, and we all know how Pat is capable of playing when that happens.

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