Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fundamentally Sound Baseball Again

I'm reminded again tonight of the importance of playing fundamentally
sound baseball.

As I've previously written (here and here), the Phillies struggles are
almost always caused by a failure in the fundamentals, not a massive
breakdown in their pitching or hitting. By the same token, their
greatest success has come from getting the fundamentals right.

Tonight's throwing error by Cole Hamels and baserunning error by
Burrell are the difference between leading or trailing this game 3-2.

That ability (or lack thereof) to play fundamentally sound baseball
will determine how far this team goes this year and in the future.

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