By Art Beitchman
Since the dismissal of Joe Girardi last week, the Phillies have suddenly become a winning, aggressively swinging team under new manager Rob Thomson.
They scored 26 runs in the three-game sweep of the LA Angels over the weekend, showing more emotion and energy while compiling a four-game win streak with the bigs bats finally living up to the preseason hype.
Changing managers is geared to shocking the troops who are underachieving.
It’s worked short-term.
Now the Phils go on a road trip to Milwaukee, and the young guys at the bottom of lineup are getting regular playing time under the new the new skipper who’s said these guys are ready to play and will get the call to start in the future.
Shortstop Bryson Stott is proving that with more playing time he can be more productive with his walk off game winning HR versus the Angels Sunday afternoon to complete the sweep.