This Week in Baseball Phillies Edition

“We’ve got a full lineup this week on TWIB PPE, so let’s get rolling!”The Los Angeles Dodgers went 4 and 2 this past week with victories over Wild Card teams Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets. Despite a shutout at the hands of the Phillies the Dodgers boast a high octane offense scoring 5.8 runs per game. In their series finale the Dodgers got a good effort from starter Trevor Bauer in defeating the New York Mets at Citi Field. The final score was 4-1. Kenley Jansen, credited with the save, is now 5 for 11 in save opportunities. Los Angeles leads the National League West Division by 13 games.With the game tied, 1-1, in the top of the sixth, Bauer had a key at-bat for Los Angeles. With the bases loaded, Bauer, who is tied for 2nd in the NL with a 151.1 innings pitched, hit a 2-run single off Jacob deGrom, making the score 3-1, Dodgers. Heck even the pitchers are driving in runs for this team.@Dodgers_Geoff the GM for the team let us in on the team secret, “This team ‘played with determination’. Furthermore, there’s no evidence “on paper” that says I am not the favorite in every playoff matchup I’ll have. That doesn’t mean, of course, the top seed doesn’t get knocked out early all the time, but then what’s the point of further improving?”Those are pretty heady words from a GM that seems to take this OMLB team as a personal I-ndeavour. Afterall, as pointed out, “They have so much talent in that organization that even without trades they are miles above the rest.” Seems like you have a very personal attachment to a winner there in LA.

Around the AL
Red Sox Mow Down Orioles, 11-4. Yup that’s right, the Orioles lost again.

What the CEL!
Why is Roger Maxwell “Doc” Cramer, important to the New Jersey Pioneers? We can’t speak for @Eddie Paxil NJ and Commish but if Crammer isn’t then he should be because he is important to the people of New Jersey.A mainstay in the MLB from 1928 until 1948, and at the top of his team’s lineup for many years, Cramer led the American League in at bats a record seven times and in singles five times. He hit over .300 eight times, primarily with the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox, and retired among the league’s career leaders in hits (10th, 2705), games played (10th, 2239) and at bats (5th, 9140). One of the few major leaguers to play regularly in center field after turning 40, he also ended his career among the major leagues’ all-time leaders in games in center field (3rd, 2031) and outfield putouts (4th, 5412), and ranked seventh in AL history in total games in the outfield (2142).He died in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township, New Jersey, at 85 years of age, where a street, Doc Cramer Boulevard, is named in his honor. A youth baseball tournament, the Doc Cramer Invitational Baseball Tournament, used to be held in Manahawkin every July. This sounds like a great place to position the new New Jersey Stadium, and maybe it could provide the name for the team’s new digs?Oh, and a baseball game was held this week by the expansion league as well. New Jersey beat the Rat Pack 7-5 in Las Vegas in front of a star studded crowd of onlookers.”That’s all for this week folks! Join us next week on This Week in Baseball, Phillies Edition.”

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