Bobby Cox gives his endorsement for who will come on top:
The Braves have played 12 consecutive games in two weeks against the Phillies and Mets, leaving them uniquely qualified to judge which team is superior.
Braves manager Bobby Cox said Wednesday that both teams are "pretty darned solid," but he agreed with third baseman Chipper Jones' assessment that the Phils' bullpen gives them an edge, however slight, over the Mets, who lost closer Billy Wagner to season-ending elbow surgery.
"The bullpens are important," Cox said. "You fight to get to the eighth and ninth nowadays. It's the name of the game now. The Phillies' bullpen has been pretty dominant. As a manager, it affects the way you think about the game."
Chad Durbin, whose success has been a pleasant surprise for the Phillies, was flattered by Cox's comments. But he said the Phillies' relievers haven't gotten overconfident.
"Instantly, the words that come to mind are, 'Don't take it for granted,'" Durbin said. "It's something you take a moment of pride in hearing because Bobby has been in the game a long time and knows the difference between a team that might have an edge on another.
"But it's still a work-in-progress. We've still got to continue to be good in order to win games."
Jones said the Braves were able to take advantage of the Mets' patchwork bullpen. But with Durbin, Ryan Madson, Rudy Seanez, Clay Condrey, J.C. Romero and Scott Eyre, the Phillies are able to match up in the late innings before turning to closer Brad Lidge.
Blame the Phanatic
When three suspicious packages were found at the first-base gate outside Citizens Bank Park at about 4 p.m., Phillies officials called the Philadelphia Police, which dispatched a bomb squad.
Turned out, the "bomb" was a package of hot dogs.
In a statement, the Phillies revealed that hot dogs had been wrapped in white packaging and duct tape to be used as projectiles in a commercial shoot starring the Phanatic. Three hot-dog projectiles were inadvertently left behind.
"We just did what we thought was appropriate," Phillies vice president Michael Stiles said. "In this day and age, if you have a question, you call the police, and the police said this merited the bomb squad to come out and take action."
Source: Courier Post