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Phils Take Two of Three From Nats

3 Aug

It wasn’t a sweep, but it sure did feel great to take two of three from Nationals in DC.  Especially after a brutal series against the Braves, and then saying good bye to Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence. 

The Phillies touched up Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday, and prevailed in a tight game on Wednesday courtesy of Jimmy Rollins and the long-ball.

Thursday night was a different story as Ross Detwiler out dueled Cole Hamels for a 3-0 victory.

The Nationals are the best team in the NL East, and pose to be the biggest threat to hold onto that distinction.

The Nats are far younger then the Phillies and going into next season will have money to spend.  It’s already been speculated that the Nationals plan on taking a run at signing Michael Bourn.  Bourn is a client of Scott Boras who represents multiple players in the Nationals organization.

… And something tells me the Phillies want Bourn back.

The Phillies aren’t done by any means.  2012 might be the lost year for the Fightin’ Phils, but they’ll have money to spend for 2013, and expect them to do it. Signing Cole Hamels is a big sign of their commitment to winning, and to their fans.

Charlie Manual lamented that thought when asked about the sell-out streak.

“I hope they stay with us,” he said. “We have good players. We have good pitchers. The sellout streak is something we want to keep intact. We’re trying to win as many games as we can.”

He went further.

“I think people will still come see us,” Manuel said. “I hope they do. We’re going to keep trying to improve this team. Talking to our front office, we definitely want to keep a quality team so the fans will have something to be excited about. But for now we have to win some games. We have to show them we can win some games.”

Jayson Werth still thinks the Phillies can be a force.

“I’m not convinced it’s over for them,” Werth said. “They’re still going to be a pretty good team as the years go on here. Unfortunately, I guess more fortunately for us, it’s been our year this year.”

After vowing to make sure there is never a parade in Philadelphia again, Werth still thinks it’s a possibility, and so should you.

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Hamels on Trade Possibilities

16 Jul

Cole Hamels spoke candidly about trade implications following a stellar performance in Denver on Sunday.

“I’m not thinking about it,” Hamels said after beating the Rockies 5-1 on Sunday. “I get to control my own destiny. That’s the least of my worries. If I stay healthy and I’m able to pitch, I know I’ll be able to do well and I’ll do it for a really long time, and everything else will eventually fall into place.”

Hamels should feel confident.  His 11-4 record and 3.07 ERA is one of the few good things about the Phillies 2012 season.

“Ever since you get drafted, when you’re that kind of top prospect and you have that sort of profile put on you, you learn to play with the attention and the positives and negatives that come with it,” Hamels explained. “You just go out and play. I’ve had quite a few years of learning how to do that.”

The Phillies have two weeks to figure it all out, but the decision may have already been made.

The AngelsDodgersRangers, Pirates, Tigers, Marlins, and Giants were reportedly among the teams with scouts in attendance for Cole Hamels’ start against the Rockies Sunday.

Sheesh.

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Latest: Cole Hamels Talks and Trade Rumors

15 Jul

Photo: US Presswire

Here’s the latest chatter on Cole Hamels from around the web:

According to multiple reports the AngelsDodgers, and Rangers had scouts in attendance to watch Cole Hamels’ start against the Rockies this afternoon.  The lefty didn’t disappoint, dealing eight innings of one-run ball at Coors Field.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com tweeted that The Rangers sent Don Welke, the senior special assistant to GM Jon Daniels, to Denver to watch Hamels pitch, and he hinted that Texas wants Hamels bad. Salisbury says that a source told him The Phillies are still “trying like heck” to sign the left-hander.

I hope he’s right.

The Phillies’ offer to Hamels is “expected to be in the ballpark that they know the left-hander will want, this close to free agency,” tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Brian Coulter from PhilaPhans  tweeted “My only guess on the offer to Hamels: 6 years for $150 Million. 7th year is a vesting option at $30M. Buyout at $15M. Final total: 6/$165M.” 

I think he’s pretty spot on.

Here’s the rest of the chatter courtesy of MLBTraderumors.com -

  • The Dodgers and Phillies have had discussions about Hamels, but the Phillies aren’t thrilled with the players they would receive in return, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. The Dodgers could become more aggressive in their pursuit with news that Chad Billingsley is suffering from elbow issues.
  • The Phillies have a scout attending the Angels-Yankees game fueling speculation the Halos could be in on Hamels, writes Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman lists 10 teams that could be interested in Hamels, as well as the Brewers‘ Zack Greinke.
  • In the same piece, Heyman quotes one official who says there’s a 30% chance the Phillies sign Hamels to a long-term extension.
  • Outside executives believe the Phillies will work feverishly to extend Hamels rather than trade him, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman provides three reasons for such a theory, including that it’s harder than ever to land a commensurate package for a star in his walk year given the rule changes in the new collective bargaining agreement.

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Papelbon Wants Cole to Stay

10 Jul

The possible trade and departure of Cole Hamels is one of the biggest topics for the Phillies right now, and yesterday Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was asked for his take on the situation.

“I definitely don’t think we should. I don’t think he’s trying to jump ship by any means.”

Hamels was pretty outspoken about his desire to stay in Philadelphia in an interview given to CSNPhilly’s Leslie Gudel.

Papelbon continued…

“I don’t necessarily know if our clubhouse would take that too well. But, also, at the same time, everyone knows it’s a business. Sometimes things don’t go the way you think they should go because you don’t run the business; you work for the business. That’s it, man.”

Recently it has been mentioned in a few places that the Phillies’ clubhouse chemistry is not the same as it has been in years past.  Their lack of leadership has been noted by many, and veterans of this team have been known to act like babies from time to time.  Think Shane Victornino tearing up his World Series tickets last year after the Phillies lost in the NLDS, and just this past Sunday when Jimmy Rollins told the media “Don’t waste your time, guys.”

Something has to change, and Papelbon is doing his best to stay focused.

“That new wild card deal changes a lot of things for general managers. We’ve got a tough road ahead. We got Doc and Ryan Howard and Utley back now. You take [away] the third- and fourth-hole hitter in anybody’s lineup you can’t expect to have it easy. I think we’ve weathered the storm halfway decent. It’s too early to say, ‘Hey, let’s start dealing players.’ If we come back and lose 10 in a row, that’s a different story.”

The Phillies are dead last in the NL East at 37-50.  If they can’t muster up something quick, Hamels might just be dealt.

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Catching Up

8 May

I’m really becoming torn with this team.  Are we coming out of the fog, or do we still stink?  It’s so hard to tell.  We have a game like Sunday night where we end up running over the  first place Nationals, and then come Monday where we return to our battle to drive in runners in scoring position.  All I can say about that is, Poor Roy.

The Phillies had a strange weekend in D.C. where they really won two games, but only came away with one, thanks to Joe West and his upset tummy.  I’m sorry, but Major League Baseball needs to have some alternates available at a moments notice, because three obviously can’t get it done.  However, there is nothing we can do about that but forget it, and move on.

Then we have this whole hullabaloo with Cole Hamels hitting Bryce Harper in the back.   I’m a huge fan of Hamels, but how are you dumb enough to go and say that you did it on purpose?  Avoid the question, or lie.  Just keep it to yourself.  As for Mike Rizzo, and all the stuff he said about Hamels, whatever… Let the players work it out on the field.  Nobody cares what the GM thinks.  Surprisingly this is the topic to which I have the least to say.  I don’t think it’s as big of a deal as people say.  If anything Hamels helped the Nats efforts to sell some more tickets, and create a rivalry.  I can’t wait for the next series with the Nats (May 21-23).  Mark your calendar, because this rivalry is just getting started.

I don’t know who the fans were that taunted Jayson Werth when he broke his wrist, but thanks for being so classless.  Let other cities hate us because our team is good, we don’t need them to hate us because we cheer for a guy getting injured.  Especially one that helped our city win its first championship in 28 years.  I don’t get how some people can be so stupid.  It’s totally cool to go and cheer your team in someone else’s house, but have some respect for the other people there, and the team.  I couldn’t believe how some of the people around me were acting.  Yes, I’m talking about you, Guy sitting next to me, who was throwing his trash in the flower boxes in left field.  You and your drunk friend that had to go to the bathroom every half inning are the reason that people thing Philly fans are jerks.  Nobody appreciated you, and your foul mouths.  Especially the guy with his kids sitting right next to you.  This was the first time that I think that I was actually embarrassed to be a Phillies fan.  It made me really sad.  I thought all the Nationals fans I encountered were really great, and I had a fun time, despite the loss.

Anyways…

I’m not writing as much these days because things in life are hectic, and I’m trying to enjoy some time being a fan (although the Phils are making it tough).  Not to mention that I’m spending a lot more time at the park, and I’ve gone on the road with the team twice already which is fun, but tiresome.  Thanks as always for checking in, and continuing to read my blog.  I’ll be trying harder over the next week or so to get back in gear.

Tomorrow let’s get back to talking about actual games, and hopefully a “W.”   Enough with the antics.

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Don’t Forget… Game Today!

3 Mar

The first real Spring Training game is today!

The Phillies behind lefty Cole Hamels will take on the New York Yankees at Bright House Field. In addition to Hamels, Mike Stutes, Dave Bush, Jonathan Papelbon, Dontrelle Willis, Raul Valdes and Chad Qualls are all scheduled to pitch.

The game is at 1:05 P.M. and will be broadcasted on Comcast Sportsnet in Philadelphia, as well as on 94.1 FM in Philadelphia.

As mentioned earlier this week, Chase Utley and Placido Polanco will not play in today’s game.  The Phillies are going to do their best to keep Utley’s and Polanco’s work load to a minimum, which will have them sitting out of games throughout Spring Training, and the season.  I wouldn’t expect much of Hamels in this game either, as he’ll likely face a maximum of six batters.

The Yankees will counter with right-hander Ivan Nova, who is coming off of an impressive 16 win season.

I’m on vacation for a few more days, so this is all you get :-)

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Cole Made a Funny

24 Feb

Ok this was hilarious…

Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels ruled out the possibility of signing in his hometown of San Diego, asking Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com “why would I want to go where fans only support you from the third inning through the sixth?” (Twitter link). Hamels will hit free agency after the season if the Phillies don’t sign him to an extension.

Via MLBTR.

Burn.

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Hamels Makes It Clear – He Wants To Stay

21 Feb

Photo: Miles Kennedy/Phillies

Cole Hamels spoke with a small collection of reporters after his workout on Tuesday where he addressed a few questions reguarding his contract status with the Phillies.  He answered a bunch of tough questions, but gave really great answers.  If you’re a Phillies fan, than you’re gonna like a lot of what he said.

“I was very fortunate enough to be drafted to an organization that is trying to win and obviously has won,” Hamels said. “Every day, every year, we seem to get some top players. So that kind of shows the value and the direction the team wants to go. I’ve just been very fortunate to be a part of it. And it’s also something where I don’t know any better.

“I live in Philadelphia. I’ve been here for I guess 10 years now, so that’s been something that’s been kind of nice, kind of something I’ve been focused on. It’s a great organization to play for and I’d love to be a part of it.”

What will make the negotiations with the Phillies pretty difficult is that they already have both Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee under contract for VERY big money.  It’s very possible that given his age, and talent that Hamels himself is inline for a similar deal, and should he reach the open market, he would likely be the most sought after free-agent next fall.  But he doesn’t necessarly want to be compared to his teammates.

“Those are two guys (Halladay, and Lee) that are two of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball and (have been) for a substantial amount of years,” Hamels said. “I’ve been able to get stronger and a lot more intelligent baseball-wise. It’s just taking the next step to do what those two have done, which is to go out there and repeat, have successful years and stay healthy. That’s ultimately the big picture, to stay healthy, go out, play and help your team. That’s kind of where I’m at right now, to go out there and do it. And if I’m able to do it then things will obviously take care of itself.”

Read more here… 

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That Was Yesterday – Moving On…

13 Aug

Last night’s Phillies game is in the past, and I’d prefer that we keep it that way.  However, I would like to quickly touch on Cole Hamels, his start, and comments made by Charlie Manuel following the game.

Cole lasted just five innings against the Washington Nationals on Friday, due to what appears to be a little case of dead arm.  Hamels had no life on his fastball which usually hovers in the low to mid-90′s, so he threw mostly curve balls, and cutters.

His fastball last night averaged at 86 mph.

“It’s one of those times of the year,” Hamels said. “Travelling, pitching a lot of innings, things kind of mount and you just have to battle through it. … It just kind of comes up. You don’t ever know and you just try to do everything you can to get your body back and kind of waiting for your body to jump back, and I haven’t felt that yet. Once I start getting that jump, I think everything will smooth out.”

Hamels insisted that he doesn’t feel any pain, and that he’s not concerned.

Now I’m not trying to make something out of nothing, but for some reason Charlie Manual chose to say during his post game interview that Hamels had trouble getting loose, and that he had some shoulder stiffness.

Shoulder stiffness would be a really big flag of caution, so let’s hope that Hamels can bounce back.  We won’t really know much until he throws his next bullpen session, and makes his next start.

Dead arm basically arises from a pitcher throwing too many pitches without enough recovery time.  The term really just describes a period of time that a pitcher loses a little of the velocity of their fastball.  It’s something that every pitcher battles with at some point during the season, and it usually hangs around for more then one start.

Todd Zolecki notes that… [It appears Hamels has battled this for some time. The velocity on his fastball has dropped in each of his last five starts: 91.4 mph on July 22 vs. San Diego, 91.2 mph on July 27 vs. San Francisco, 90.7 mph on Aug. 1 at Colorado, 90.2 mph last Saturday at San Francisco and 88.6 mph on Friday vs. Washington.]

Roy Halladay also appears to be fighting  a little dead arm right now, as he did last August.

Like I said, caution flag, not red flag.

Giants Top Phils in Strangely Familiar Fashion

28 Jul

There was a pretty familiar feel to the Phillies 2-1 loss to the Giants on Wednesday night. It really reminded me of the playoffs from last year, where the first team to score was going to win, and the team that made the mistake fell.

It was a pitcher duel as Cole Hamels faced Matt Cain who beat the Phillies last year in game 3 of the NLCS.  Cain came out victorious again.  Hamels went 7 2/3, allowing just two earned runs, but the Phillies offense couldn’t muster up enough support for the lefty.

The mistake I spoke of before took place in the seventh inning when Domonic Brown dove for a ball he clearly should have played on a hop.  The ball skipped past him allowing a run to score when it could have held Jeff  Keppinger at third.

“I was trying to make a good play for my pitcher,” Brown said. “I thought I could catch it. You live and learn.”

Better he learn now then in the playoffs.

During the afternoon it was announced that the Giants acquired the services of Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets, and it makes you think “Would a bat like Beltran have made the difference in a game like this?”

Giant’s closer Brian Wilson pitched a perfect 9th to close the door for San Francisco.  I hate that guy.

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