A few storylines and links to start our day.
The Phils won to sweep the series in Florida last night, but Roy Halladay needed some help from the bats to earn his league-leading 19th W. Fortunately, the bats were plenty ready to pitch in, giving him 10 runs of support. Jim Salisbury has a great read on how despite Halladay's recent struggles, he's been able to keep the game under control. When his amazing stuff isn't separating him from normal pitchers, it's his calm in not losing focus and allowing much damage. Sully also discusses how unique the remainder of the season will be for Halladay, who hasn't previously pitched for a contender with a lot on the line this time of year. [CSNPhilly]
The Braves lost to the Nationals again, so the Phils enter their weekend series with the Nationals up three games in the division. It's not time to celebrate, but it's good to see things trending in the right direction in mid-September.
The series loss to the Nats was the first time they've dropped a home series since late April (to the Phillies). [AJC]
I guess they like the comforts of home and playing in front of mostly stadium employees. [The Fightins]
Heard enough about the Ines Sainz thing yet? I thought I had too, but I appreciated Ashley Fox's opinion on the matter. One of the few takes I've seen that is both firm and measured in its responses to both sides. [Inquirer]
This Sunday will feature a battle of the backups when the Eagles head to Detroit. While I'm not sure what to expect from Vick when a defense has had a whole week to prep for him, I like our odds over the team sending Shaun Hill out there. However, Hill seems to have the support of his teammates and coaches as he takes over for the injured Matthew Stafford. Here's a little opposition research on Hill. [Detroit Free Press]
One of the guys we're looking to see in Hill's face all day is Brandon Graham. I didn't pick up on this from row 20 of section 205, but Jordan Raanan has a pretty scathing review of Andy Reid's frequent use of Graham at tackle, as well as his overall game-planning. [CSNPhilly]