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Ruiz, Hamels and Papelbon – All-Stars!

2 Jul

Phillies Cole HamelsJonathan Papelbon and Carlos Ruiz will suit up for the National League in this year’s All-Star Game, to be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Carlos Ruiz, elected as a reserve at catcher, is a first-time All-Star and is currently leading the NL in batting average (.358). Hamels (10-4, 3.08 ERA) is going to his third All-Star Game and Papelbon (18 saves) his fifth.

I feel it’s a travesty that our fans couldn’t get Chooch into the game as the starter.  If we had spent a little less time complaining and instead of voting, Chooch would have been behind the dish to start the game.

I’m just glad he’s going, as he really deserved it.

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Chooch Needs Your Support! Keep Voting!

3 Jun

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UPDATE:

Carlos Ruiz, who leads all NL catchers in multiple offensive categories, including batting average, OPS and RBIs (tied), is looking to make is first All-Star team this season. But, as of today’s balloting update, he currently sits in fourth place among NL catchers, trailing Yadier Molina (Cardinals), Buster Posey, (Giants) and Brian McCann (Braves).

Carlos Ruiz needs your help!

Here are the tallied votes so far…

  • Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 1,000,048
  • Buster Posey, Giants: 707,508
  • Brian McCann, Braves: 707,508
  • Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: 562,021

He’s currently the #2 hitter in the the National League in hitting at .371, but as we all know the All-Star game is popularity contest, and he’s got to contend with Brian McCann and Yadier Molina in the NL.

McCann has been ill with the flu lately, but is hitting . 323 with seven home runs and 28 RBI.

Molina is tough competition, too.  Ruiz has the highest batting average, highest slugging percentage, and highest OPS among NL catchers, but is tied with Molina in homers and RBI.

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Don’t Look at Gary Cederstrom

23 May

(US Presswire)

When runs are coming at a minium, you can’t afford to be without your best hitter.

But if your best hitter should happen to look at Gary Cederstrom the wrong way, then anything is possible.

In the top of the third inning Carlos Ruiz was ejected from the game when he questioned a call on a pitch by Roy Halladay.

“Chooch said he just told the umpire, ‘That was a strike,’ and when he looked up at him he threw him out of the game,” Manuel said. “When I went out there, the ump said, ‘He was looking at me and I threw him out.’ “

Great.

I suppose that Cederstrom thought that Chooch was showing him up, but really, who is showing up who here?  Sometimes the umpiring crews need to let stuff go, and stop trying to interject themselves into the game so much.

Joe West must have written a handbook for these guys or something…

Roy Halladay was in the middle of coughing up 4 runs to Nationals at the time of the incodent, and you could tell he was less then pleased with the ejection of his catcher.

“I didn’t see anything wrong with what he did,” Halladay said. “He didn’t use obscene language. He simply said it was a strike. I’ve never seen one like that before. It’s unfortunate. He’s our best player and he got run out of the game for saying a ball was a strike. I’ve never seen that before.”

Ruiz had already left the complex when the team was made available to the media.

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Great Read!

14 Jul

In case you didn’t see this yet, the regional edition of Sports Illisturated has Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz on the cover this week. Besides the cover shot, there is a great story about Chooch by Gary Smith, who has been profiling the Phillies all season.

You may remember his piece on the four aces at the beginning of the season.

Pick it up on the way home from work tonight.  It’s a really great read.

Cliff Shines in D.C. Duel

15 Apr

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Bouncing
back seems to be a reoccurring theme with regard to the
Phillies pitchers.  Cole Hamels pulled it off beautifully, and
Joe Blanton tried.

This time it
was Cliff Lee‘s turn for redemption, and it was quite a
performance.  Lee pitched a complete game shutout against the Washington
Nationals on the heels of a complete game performance by Roy
Halladay the night before. 

It was the
first time that two Phillies pitchers had gone back-to-back with complete games
since Paul Byrd and Curt Schilling did it in May of 1999.  This makes you
wonder what Roy Oswalt has in store for the Florida Marlins. 

Thursday
night in the nation’s capitol was a pitcher’s duel.  Cliff wasn’t the only
pitcher that was having a great night on the mound.  The Nationals Jordan
Zimmermann
 retired the first 15 batters he faced in order until Carlos
Ruiz
 greeted him rudely with a leadoff homer in the top of the sixth.
 Zimmermann was impressive, and Cliff took notice. 

“I had
to hit off that guy and he might have had the best fastball I had ever seen.
That guy looked good to me. He has some serious zip on it,” Lee said.
“It said 94-95, but it looked harder than that to me and it showed. He
shut our lineup down for half the game and that’s hard to do.”

In the end
it was Lee.  12 Strikeouts, and a 4-0 victory that sealed the series for
the Phillies.  

The Phillies
are home Friday with Roy Oswalt taking the mound against Javier Vazquez.

 

Side
Notes - 

The
Bullpen -
 I
wonder if they’re gonna bother coming tomorrow?

Chase
Utley -
 He RAN
on Thursday.  With a little discomfort, but the Philadelphia Daily News is
reporting that Utley could rejoin the team as early as next month.

The Font - Not sure what happened with
the font on this entry.  Can’t seem to fix it.  Oh well….
 

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Never Count Them Out!

13 Aug

Thumbnail image for _aug121.jpgNo Howard, No Utley.  Down by 7 with two innings to go and they pulled it out. I’m sure there’s many disappointed fans that left their seats at the Bank, and headed for 1-95.  If you’re a fan of this team you should know that you should never give up on this team!  Stay in that seat and stick by the TV until the end.

Things just don’t seem to go right for Jonathan Broxton when he’s here at Citizens Bank Park.  Although he did close the game, that’s for sure.

The thing is, we’ve seen this before.  Game 4 of the NLCS last year Jimmy Rollins smashed a walk off single to right-center off Jonathan Broxton, and who can forget Matt Stairs’ colossal homer from the 2008 NLCS.  That thing is probably still floating up in the atmosphere somewhere.  Last night the 2010 Phillies decided to tag Broxton for 4 more runs and another walk off win. 

It was another improbable win last night at Citizens Bank Park.  Losing 9-2 in the bottom of the 8th the Phillies decided stage a little comeback.  Carlos Ruiz did provide the game winning hit, but all the guys in front of him did a great job getting on base.  Polanco got plunked, then Sweeney and Werth walked.  Ben Francisco followed them and smashed a ball right through the legs of Casey Blake scoring the first two. Then as you all know Chooch took care of the rest in walk off fashion.

Yeah, the starting pitching really wasn’t that great on Thursday night. Neither was the work from the bullpen, but I don’t really feel like talking about that today.  I’m trying not to ruin the buzz I’m still feeling from the win.

Thumbnail image for _aug122.jpgThere’s something about those red pinstripes that instills confidence in these guys.  They don’t ever think they’re going to lose and there isn’t really ever panic in the dugout.  I don’t want to say that I think this is a team of destiny, but if there was one, I think these guys would have to be it.  All I know is that when they come out of that clubhouse everyday they it set in their minds that they’re going to win. That’s a team I’m proud to follow.

Side Notes –

Shane – Victorino returned to the team last night at CBP. In his first appearance in his return Shane earned a walk and stole a base.  It’s a very good thing to see as the boys in red prepare to make a run at the post-season.

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A Rough Road Debut

31 Jul

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Not exactly what we wanted to see last night at Nationals Park.  Roy Oswalt’s debut in Phillies colors was disappointing to say the least. Surely the righty has something to improve upon when he takes it to the hill on Thursday in Florida against the Marlins.

“I came out amped up, held the ball a little tight,” said Oswalt, after the Phillies 8-1 defeat.  “Didn’t really start
feeling better until the last two innings. Didn’t really go my way.”  

No, it didn’t go his way.  Roy was not anywhere near as sharp as usual, which could be attributed to some nerves.  “His stuff was good. (Roy) was having a little trouble with his
command. … They kind of ambushed us from the start,” Charlie Manuel said. “I
like his stuff. He’s going to be fine.”
A guy with this much big league experience is still human, and likely the adrenaline was flowing when he stepped up onto the mound.  It probably took Roy a few batters to get settled in, and the Nationals used that to their advantage.

From the start things were tough for the Phils. Nyjer Morgan sent Oswalt’s first pitch as a Phillie into right-center for a lead off triple, and scored later on a ground out. Oswalt hit a pair of batters and a costly throwing error from Carlos Ruiz had the Phillies in a 3-0 hole by the end of the third.  Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen held the Phillies scoreless until the 7th when Jayson Werth lead off with a solo homer.

Road woes continue for the Phillies who have only managed 22 wins away from Citizens Bank Park.  I’m not sure what it is about this team that when they get on that bus they start playing stiff.

I’d like to give Roy Oswalt some more time to prove himself, and to be fair we obviously have to.  Let’s face it though, the clock is now ticking and these games are starting to count for more and more.  The Phillies have been playing better baseball since the last game that they played in St. Louis, but it needs to continue.  To realistically make the playoffs the Phillies need to play at or about .650 ball. 

Side Notes –

J.A. Happ – Happ pitched 6 scoreless innings for the Astros Friday night in his debut for Houston.

Ryan Howard – Howard went 0-4 with 2 strike outs Friday night. Howard was 0-5 Thursday, and 0-4 on Wednesday… What gives Ryan?

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Grading the First Half

15 Jul

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Well Jeez, there sure have been some serious highs and lows to this
season.  I think that the picture to the right here is the absolute
high, but what was the biggest low?  God, there were a lot! Chase
getting hurt?  It’s the most recent blow so it’s understandably the at
the forefront of our choices. Was it the late arrival of Brad Lidge and
Joe Blanton?  Neither one of these pitchers has given us much to cheer
for since their return, so I’m not sure we’re actually better off now
that they’re back.  Was it “The Slump”?  For me it was probably the
absence of Jimmy Rollins.  I guess you could say that Jimmy was
probably a large factor in “The Slump” so we can tie the two of them
together… Anyhow… Let’s take comfort in saying that’s in the past. 

So let’s get to it.  I don’t want to make this super long
winded so we’ll skip the side dishes and just cut into the steak.  It’s
hard to grade the Phillies too well or too poorly.  We probably all
agree that these injuries are killing us.  Let’s quickly list our
players that rode the DL Train this year.  Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley,
Placido Polanco, Brian Schneider, Carlos Ruiz, Chad Durbin, J.A. Happ,
Antonio Bastardo, Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge, Joe Blanton, and J.C. Romero. 

  • Here it is… The Report Card

Our
starting pitchers looked pretty awesome on paper to start the season,
but Blanton and Happ won’t have the season we expected. There is nobody
we can blame there.  ****, as they say, happens.  Ryan Madson is a
complete moron, what happened with him is entirely his fault and I hope
behind closed doors he was reprimanded by the Phillies. Brad Lidge’s
troubles don’t have a definitive cause either.  Is he hurt? Is he mental? 
He’s not 2008 Brad, and he won’t ever be 2008 Brad again.  He’s got
that going against him, so the fans probably won’t ever get off his
back since they saw absolute perfection in him before.  The plus side
of pitching has been Roy Halladay (10-7), Cole Hamels (7-7) and Jamie
Moyer (9-8).  They have kept the Phillies in almost every game they
started.  We shouldn’t leave out Kyle Kendrick.  Kyle had a rough start
but has been getting better as the season is progressing.  He’s now at
5-3 and unless we make a run at another starter before the trade
deadline we’ll have to hope that he can continue to make a strong
effort.

Pitching – C+

Offensively we have had some
struggles, too.  Shane has struggled at the top of the lineup after
getting pushed up with Jimmy out.  Jayson has been in multiple funks
after starting the season white hot.  He isn’t seeing the ball very
well and is settling for strikeouts rather then working walks as he’s
done in the past. Chase had started to look better before hurting his
thumb, and his replacements hit into more double plays then i think we
ever thought humanly possible.  Raul has hit less homers in the last
year then he did in the first 3 months of last season. Lastly, Greg
Dobbs, Castro and Gload have not had very much to brag about on the
bench.  On the positive side Howard has kept his average close to .300
going the other way and not being afraid to punch balls into the shift trying to beat it. His power numbers are down but you can’t argue with
how many RBI he has at this point considering we don’t really get too many
base runners. 

The Bats – D

Should I even grade them? 
The Front Office I mean…  I’ve got a lot of criticism of the
ownership and of Ruben Amaro but I’m not really sure it matters what I
think of Ruben since he has a budget to work with.  The budget that he
won’t mention.  Guys and gals there is a real and defined budget that
this team has to work with.  We’re not the Yankees, we can’t just go
into the free agent market on a shopping spree every winter and go
crazy.  Ruben Amaro as the GM for this team has more then a few jobs. 
The one that you know him for is the guy that manages the scouts,
player development and personnel.  He works out the deals with current
and prospective players.  He’s also the one that faces the media and
takes the wrap.  Do you even know who the owners of the Phillies are? 
Have you ever seen them?  David Montgomery is probably the only one that
ever shows his face. Everyone knew who Steinbrenner was because he
didn’t hide from the media.  Claire S. Betz, Tri-Play Associates
(Alexander K. Buck, J. Mahlon Buck, Jr. William C. Buck), Double Play,
Inc. (John S. Middleton), Giles Limited Partnership (Bill Giles) make
up the rest of the ownership. These guys are the ones that give Ruben
his numbers, but don’t think that’s all that they do.  They have a
hand in who stays and who goes. It’s hard to see how they wouldn’t
stretch the budget a tiny but to keep Cliff Lee in town at a such a
discount of his actual worth. I know it’s not my money, but I don’t
really know where the logic was in this one.  With all the
merchandising and memorabilia opportunities this team could secure with
another post-season win I don’t know why they skimped out this past
winter.  It was a big risk that has already begun to backfire. I’m
happy that they got the Roy Halladay deal done and Jose Contreras has
done pretty well.  He was over worked a bit with Lidge’s troubles, but
has proven to be a good addition.  Danny Baez and Ross Gload cost us
and haven’t really panned out.

The Office – C (Without Halladay and locking up Howard they’d be pretty close to an F)

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The Unlucky 7

29 Jun

The Phillies are now more then the walking wounded.  They are a team of replacements.  We now have 7 of our Opening Day roster on the DL.  Let’s have a look at the list.

Most recently..

  • Chase Utley - Utley sprained the ulnar collateral ligament of his right thumb in
    Monday’s 7-3 loss to the Reds.
    Utley had a MRI on Tuesday in Cincinnati, and then flew back to Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon and will undergo further testing
    Wednesday. The Phillies said once they know the severity of the sprain,
    they will know how to treat it. It could require surgery, although
    Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said that would not
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  • Placido Polanco – Polanco also returned to Philadelphia on Tuesday and was scheduled to
    have a MRI in the afternoon. An X-ray revealed no fracture but
    showed a bone spur that had been there before. An earlier MRI
    also showed the spur.  No timetable for either Polly or Chase.
  • J.A. Happ – Happ is now one of the dark horses of this club.  He’s been pitching a lot but the velocity has not really been there on his pitches.  He could return to the club this year, but it’s uncertain when exactly that may be.  The Phillies have other pitchers in their system that are currently performing better then J.A. Happ. 
  • Carlos Ruiz - Carlos could be playing now but is not eligible.  He had been suffering from head aches from the bat that he took to the head, but says now that he is feeling good.  Expect him to be activated next week when he is eligible. Carlos could possibly head to Triple-A Lehigh Valley for a rehab assignment as early as July 3 or 4.
  • Antonio Bastardo – Bastardo was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17, 
    but couldn’t give a timetable for when he would begin throwing Antonio but said he
    hoped it would be early next week, after he gets reexamined by trainers.
  • Chad Durbin – Durbin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain. Durbin
    said the typical recovery timetable is 10 to 14 days, although recovery
    could take three weeks.  We’ll see with this one cause I haven’t heard anything about him since he went out.
  •  Ryan Madson – Reliever Ryan Madson threw a bullpen session last
    Thursday and will headed down to Clearwater, Fla., to begin a rehab
    assignment for his surgically repaired right big toe. Most recently he was scheduled
    to pitch Sunday for Class A Clearwater. Madson should be able to return to the club by the All Star break barring any setbacks.

The Phillies need to find away to keep their head above water.  The Mets and the Braves are playing well, but will come back to earth.  The Phillies will play their division most all of September but if they can hold on over this next month they will be in the pack hunting for fist place.  We all know that you can’t count this team out. 

Injury updates

12 May

phillie-phanatic1.jpgA few of you have asked me for an injury update on Jimmy and Chooch, so I’ll tell you what I know. 

  • Jimmy – It appears he’ll probably stay in Florida and possibly do a rehab assignment down there. He went 3-for-6 with two doubles during an extended spring game
    in Bradenton, Fla. Rollins only hit and ran — he did not play in the
    field — but the Phillies said he reported no pain. It’s possible that he might come up here next week since the Phillies are set to be home next week.  If he does come up to do finish his rehab here it’ll most likely be with Triple A Lehigh Valley since the Reading Phillies are away next week.  I honestly think he’ll stay in Florida, though.  If things go well, and there are no setbacks then we might see him next weekend for the series with Boston, but not before that.
  • Chooch – Carlos injured his knee while trying to tag out Carlos Gonzalez on the sac-fly during the first inning today.  He didn’t really feel poorly until he was running the bases in the 4th. He’s listed as day-to-day and according to the team they have no plans to call up any more catchers which might prove interesting since Brian Schneider is currently on the 15 day D.L. Paul Hoover is expected to assume all catching duties, but it has been rumored that in the case of a real emergency Jayson Werth has actually played catcher before.  I don’t want it to get to that. The Phillies have the day off tomorrow, so let’s hope that Carlos feels better on Friday.
  • Lidge – The stiffness lingers… Lidge has returned to Philadelphia to be evaluated by Phillies doctors.  It’s possible that Lidge may have an MRI tomorrow to see where he’s at.  This does not look good.
  • Brian Schneider – Brian is on the 15 day D.L. but is traveling with the team.  He’s already performing baseball activities and should likely be able to come off the D.L. when he’s eligible. 
  • J.A. Happ – I’ve heard people say no news is good news, but I don’t like to think that with injury.  I’ve only heard that Happ is still doing some throwing and that he doesn’t feel quite right yet.  J.A. had a similar injury to this in 2007 and says that he’s trying to monitor it in the same way since he felt he came out of that with little side effect.

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