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Is the ball Juiced this year? Phils and Dbacks hit combined 13 HR in a game

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Kingery hits 2 HR for the Phillies last night, Eduardo Escobar hit 2 HR for the Dbacks – 9 other HR’s are hit for the record in 1 game

The weather around Citizens Bank Park can sometimes influence the home run ball. Humidity and heat and some wind is what is needed to produce a bumper crop of home runs. We saw an MLB record last night at the ballpark – a combined 13 HR hit by both teams last night.

I’ve heard the rumors that the ball that the MLB uses is juiced, until last night I really kind of ignored those stories, but now I am all over the possibility that this exists. The MLB would do anything to bring a lot of casual fans or fans that aren’t that interested in baseball back to the game. It’s good for business, and the MLB knows it.

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Escobar watches one of his HR sail over the wall at CBP last night

Many years ago we experienced a lot of players who were just hitting the ball out of the park with high numbers. Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire went back and forth hitting a ridiculous amount of home runs. (Many other players were hitting them as well back then) Most fans didn’t know what to make of it, and now we know that steroids were at the heart of that home run explosion.

What could it be this time around, the ball? I don’t know for sure again, but now my interest is there. What can it be?

The Phillies lost last night, maybe if they were on the winning side of things last night, things would be better. They were not though, and it seems that the Phils have now really turned into a streaky team. A team that can’t be predicted, (well they’ve pretty much been that way all year) but at this time of the year it’s not a good thing to be a first place team and start losing like the Phillies have.

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Just like that, the Braves are tied for 1st place with the Phillies

Namely the Braves are right on the heels of the Phillies, and they have added an integral piece to their team in Keuchel. The Braves won 13-7 yesterday over the Pirates, and even emptied their dugout in an apparent fight. In fact, as of today the Phillies and the Braves are tie for first in the NL East.

Things better start improving fast for the Phillies, the lead they have had in the NL East is gone, they’ve gone back to playing poor baseball, is there any solution to this? Yes, injury plays a part, but it’s not the only reason with this team.

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