Monday, July 6, 2009

Quick Hits....

Came across some feedback from UGA's summer workouts, which I pasted below. It sounds as if the highly-touted Orson Charles (who also "accidentally" broke UFAG's national title trophy on his recruiting trip) is living up to the hype. I pulled a few comments on some Charles, Marlon Brown and Branden Smith, all of whom could have an impact come this fall...

Wide receiver Marlon Brown “is a big body,” sophomore receiver A.J. Green said of the 6-5, 210-pound Memphis product. “He can run. He’s got great hands, too.” His route running, Green said, is “a little raw.”

“Orson, he’s been standing out,” sophomore tailback Richard Samuel said. “He goes in there and gets a lot of reps. … He’s a guy that likes to get in. We go in three different groups, sometimes he rotates with the ones, twos and threes. Sometimes he takes all the reps in all three of them.”

Added quarterback Joe Cox: “Orson Charles has every physical tool he needs to play right now. He’s still learning and getting better.”

Branden Smith, a cornerback who coaches say will also be used at receiver, “can run like a gazelle,” Tavarres King said.

I hear the Phils are going to look at 214-game winner and jheri-curl wearing Pedro Martinez. I actually like this move as long as we don't sign him to a contract for anything longer than the rest of this year. I think his experience, skill and savvy could come in handy for the Phils down the stretch, assuming his shoulder has healed.

Stat of the Week: I also came across this stat regarding the Phils JA Happ, who has been a great find for the Phils. You can usually count on Happ going 7 innings and giving up 2-3 runs everytime he gets the ball. With our powerful line-up and his consistency, Happ has the potential to be a 15-game winner.

Happ has now gone 11 straight starts over two seasons without being charged with a loss. To put that in perspective, the most games Cole Hamels has gone in his career without being charged with a loss is 11. Factor in another 16 relief appearances, and Happ has gone 27 consecutive appearances without being charged with a loss.

Don't forget to go to and vote for Shane Victorino for the final All-Star spot on the NL All-Star team. I believe voting closes on Thursday, so do your deed as a Philadelphia sports fan and support the Flyin' Hawaiian.

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