9. American wins Tour de France stage on July 4th- This is the first time in history that an American has won a stage on Independence Day. Not even Lance Armstrong could do this. This is on the list because chances are you missed it because no one really watches or cares about the Tour de France now that Lance isn’t in it. Trivia Question: as of today, what American rider is closest to the lead of the 2011 Tour de France? (Answer at the bottom)
8. The Phillies Abnormal Sequential Run Scoring- On July 5, the Phillies scored 14 runs against the Florida Marlins. Runs 9, 10, and 11 were all scored on a bases loaded triple by Michael Martinez. What makes this strange is that run 9 was scored by Dom Brown (jersey #9), run 10 by Ben Francisco (jersey #10) and the 11th run was scored by Jimmy Rollins (you guess it, jersey #11). Not important in the grand scheme of things, just something that seemed pretty cool at the time. Credit to fellow Whiz Wit writer Tristan Tschoepe for the observation.
7. Jose Bautista likes Phillies Pitching- He likes all pitching for that matter. The Major League leader in homeruns was not intimidated by the best team and starting staff in baseball over the weekend. The Blue Jays third baseman took all three Phillies starters (Kyle Kendrick, Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee) deep last weekend. Lee’s homerun being the most back breaking as it was the tying run and the Blue Jays went on the take the lead on a homerun later in the inning. Bautista is preying on pitching right now as he has 28 homeruns and it is only July 7th. He is looking to top last year’s 54 homeruns he hit.
4. The Flyers keeping wheeling and dealing- Ok, I don’t know any more. I am going to try to stop guessing what the Flyers are going to do next. Last Friday, seeing as they pulled out of the Stamkos race, I thought they were going to go after Erik Cole, Simon Gagne, and Michal Handzus then let Ville Leino walk. A report surfaced that the Flyers had signed Handzus. That report later retracted. The Flyers then went and signed Jaromir Jagr, Andreas Lilja, and Max Talbot then traded away Kris Versteeg. Cole signed with Montreal for over $4 million, Handzus went to the San Jose Sharks for a very reasonable $2.5 million, and Gagne was reunited with Mike Richards in LA for a reasonable $3.5 million. Now they are rumor that the longer the Stamkos deal drags out, the more interested the Flyers are in a trade for the 21 year old All Star. Who knows. Honestly, no one has any idea. The Flyers keep shocking people day after day this off season. Are they better? I don’t know. Are they worse? I don’t know but they still are a contender this year. So all I can say is wait and see because this has been an interesting week to say the least.
1. Cliff Lee- He was the pitcher of the month for June and it became official when MLB announced he won the NL Pitcher of the Month award. The All Star lefty was 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched). In 42 innings, Lee struck out 29 and had a 34 inning scoreless streak. He tossed three consecutive complete game shutouts, the first Phillie to do so since Whiz Kid Robin Roberts in 1950. Lee drove in more runs (2) than he allowed (1) all month.
Trivia Answer: George Hincapie