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Analysis: Bullpen Headlines Positives After 0-2 Start

Yes, there have been highlights despite the Phillies 2-0 start.

Among them:

  • The bullpen has been shut-down. Led by Jack Taschner (3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER), the bullpen hasn’t allowed a thing in seven innings, while striking out eight.
  • Ryan Howard seems to be striking the ball well. His shots are up the middle (even when hitting into the shift). When Howard is on his game, he’s driving the ball to the middle of the field. Soon you’ll get some gap doubles. Then you’ll get some bombs.
  • Howard’s defense has been good so far. And Raul Ibanez passed his first test with a nice throw home to record a third out last night.
  • Despite Brett Myers’ line, his start was OK without the longball.

Are we reaching? Maybe. But sometimes you have to reach.

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