Tagged: National League Player of the Month

Ryan Howard is named the National League Player of the Month for the Month of September.

Howard September NL Player of Month
Slugger drove in 32 RBIs during torrid stretch of time

The home stand continues…

As the Phils (17-13) meet the Giants (13-17) for two more games at Citizens Bank Park. The first game starts tonight at 7:05 pm Eastern, with Brett Myers (2-2, 5.11) on the mound for the Phils. Myers is coming off a lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 27, where he went five innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits in the Phils’ 5-1 lost. He will be looking to regain both the speed on his pitches and his winning ways. His opponent will be Matt Cain (1-2, 4.41), who has a career record of 0-2, 9.69 ERA in three starts against the Phils. Cain last game was a victory against the Colorado Rockies on April 28, where he pitched five and 1/3 innings, giving up no runs on four hits in the Giants’ 4-0 victory. He’ll be looking to notch his first victory against the Phils.

The final game of the series and of the home stand will start at 1:35 pm Eastern. The Phillies will have Cole Hamels (3-3, 2.70) on the mound. He is coming off of a victory against the Padres on April 29, where he’d pitched a strong seven and 1/3 innings, giving up only five hits and two earned runs, along with six strikeouts, in the Phillies’ 7-4 win. He will be looking to better his record tomorrow afternoon. He will be pitching against Tim Lincecum (4-1, 1.73), one of the league’s best pitchers. But Lincecum is coming off his first lost of the year against the Rockies on April 29, where he would go seven innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits in the Giants 3-2 lost. He will be looking to get back to his winning ways at the Philles expense.

The Phillies will then start a seven games, two cities, road trip, with four games against the Arizona Diamondbacks (May 5-8) and then three against the Giants in San Francisco (May 9-11), before coming back home on May 13 to face the Atlanta Braves.

The Phils have hit 39 home runs in the month of April, a new franchise record.

Chase Utley, who has just been named the National League Player of the Month for April is presently leading the National League in Home Runs (12) and Slugging Percentage (.771) while he is among the league leaders in Runs Scored (27-3rd), Hits (43-T2nd), Doubles (10-T5th) and Batting Ave. (.364-T3rd). Pat Burrell, meanwhile, is second in RBIs (28) and Slugging Percentage (.690) and is tied for second in Home Runs (9), while presently hitting .330.

The Phillies’ bullpen is still second in the league with an ERA of 2.64.

Chase has been named the National League Player of the Month for April.

Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies has been named the ‘Sharp Presents the National League Player of the Month’ for April.

The left-handed hitting second baseman hit .360 (40-111) with 10 doubles, a triple, 11 home runs, 23 RBIs and 25 runs scored in April. His 11 home runs, 85 total bases and .766 slugging percentage all paced the National League. The two-time All-Star posted 15 multi-hit games, two multi-home run contests and six multi-RBI performances. Utley homered in five consecutive games from April 17th-21st, tying a Phillies record shared by Bobby Abreu (2005), Mike Schmidt (1979) and Dick Allen (1969). The UCLA product, drafted in the first round (15th overall) by the Phillies in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, capped the month with his Major-League leading 11th home run of the year on April 30th vs. San Diego.

Other players receiving votes were Chipper Jones (.417, eight homers, 21 RBIs) of the Braves, Nate McLouth (.339, seven homers, 25 RBIs) of the Pirates, Rafael Furcal (.380, four homers, 15 RBIs) of the Dodgers and Pat Burrell (.330, 9 homers, 28 RBI) of the Phillies.

For setting the highest definition of excellence, Sharp, the presenting sponsor of the National League Player of the Month Award, presents Chase Utley with a 52″ AQUOS®. Sharp AQUOS is the “Official High-Definition Television of Major League Baseball.” Chase will also receive a specially designed trophy to mark his achievement. (H/T Phillies.com)

Why am I thinking that there is definately an MVP Award in his future if he keep going like this? 🙂