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Phillies Tidbits

5 Aug
  • Cliff Lee will remain a Phillie for the remainder of 2012, as the window on the Dodgers’ waiver claim closed today. Lee coughed up three home runs in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks this afternoon.  Lee looked great at times, but continues to attack
  • Kyle Kendrick will start on Wednesday against the Braves.  Kendrick stepped in as a spot starter on Friday when Dodgers acquired Joe Blanton just before game time. Kendrick will be making his 15th start of the season which earns him a $100,000 bonus.
  • Jimmy Rollins got Sunday off after going hitless in his last three games.  Rollins was batting .187 in his last 22 games.  Rollins came on to pinch hit for Michael Martinez in the 8th, and finished the game. He popped out in his lone at-bat.
  • The Phillies announced that they have released infielder Mike Fontenot.  The Phils designated Fontenot for assignment on August 1.  Mike was released to make room on the roster when the Phillies acquired Josh Lindblom and Nate Schierholtz. Fontenot, 32, hit .289/.343/.340 in 105 plate appearances this year for the Phillies.  The veteran signed a minor league deal with the Phillies in April and split time between second and third base in 2012.
  • Shane Victorino is batting .167 (2-12) with 1 run scored and 1 stolen base in three games with the Dodgers.
  • Hunter Pence is batting .118 (2-17) with zero runs, 2 RBI and 3K’s in four games with the Giants.
  • The Phillies observed a moment of silence for Garrett Reid before Sunday’s game. The 29-year-old son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid was found dead in his room at the Eagles training camp at Lehigh University on Sunday morning. Local police said there were no “suspicious” activity and no cause of death has been determined.

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Same Here Shane

2 Aug

Classy move by Shane Victorino.  Full page ad taken out in the Philadelphia Daily News.

By the way, Shane went 0-4 in his Dodger debut, and Hunter Pence went 0-4 in his debut with the Giants.

The new era of Phillies baseball has begun.  2-0, huh?

Being the spoiler might just be fun.

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Mahalo Shane – Victorino Traded to Dodgers

31 Jul

I feel like listening to some Boyz II Men.  It is hard to “Say Goodbye to Yesterday”, but Shane Victorino has indeed been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right handed relief pitcher Josh Lindbloom, and Ethan Martin.

Josh Lindbloom is in his second year of Major League service and is arbitration eligible next season.  Lindbloom this season is pitching with a 2-2 record, 3.02 ERA and 8.1 SO/9.  He currently makes $483k and isn’t a free agent until 2018.

This deal was about getting younger, and getting the right players that make reasonable money that the Phillies can control.

Josh Lindbloom threw a scoreless inning against the Phillies on July 18th.  He struck out Mike Fontenot, and Jimmy Rollins.

Ethan Martin is a former first round pick (15th) that has been pitching with the Dodgers AA team in Chattanooga.  He’s struggled a bit over the years, but has improved this season.  Martin has averaged 9.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched (441 SO/426.2 IP).

The Phillies will also receive a player to be named later, or cash.

Not enough can be said for what Shane has done for this team and it’s community.  I loved the little guy.  Very fiery, and very charitable.   Shane has had a great ride in Philly and will be missed.

Not too bad for a Rule 5 pick.

Mahalo Shane.

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Trade Update: Shane Victorino

31 Jul

  • Update: 10:10 AM EST – ESPN’S Jayson Stark is reporting that the Dodgers and Phillies are “Very close” to a deal for Shane Victorino.  Deal said to be for Josh Lindbloom, and another player. 
  • Update: 1:15 AM EST – Jerry Crasnick of ESPN tweets that the Dodgers and the Reds are the only teams that are still on Vic.  My thoughts are The Dodgers just acquired Brandon League from the Mariners, who would be perfect to flip to the Philles. 

Give Ruben Amaro Jr. a little credit, he’s not giving away anything.

One of the reasons that the Phillies are going down to the wire with their trades, is that Amaro isn’t parting with any of his players without a fight.  Shane Victorino is one of them.

Victorino is hitting .261/.324/.401 in 431 plate appearances this year, and the Giants, Reds, and Dodgers have been named as other potential suitors for Shane.   Jerry Crasnick of ESPN says that Giants are only discussing one Phillies outfielder, and it’s Hunter Pence. They apparently are not in on Victorino.

The word with the beats is that the Phillies are pushing Pence harder then Shane, but that may just be because they know Shane will be easier to unload.

The Reds need a leadoff hitter and Victorino has been their top target, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports, however the Reds don’t like the Phillies’ asking price for Victorino.

The Dodgers seem to make the most sense.  They are without the speedy Dee Gordon for a few more weeks, and could use a little speed at the top of their lineup. They also have the cash and prospects to make it happen.

Right now the market for Shane is pretty calm, but by noon on Tuesday, things should be cooking. Stay tuned.

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Joey B Makes it Three

17 Jul

Wins-in-a-row that is.

Its the first time they’ve done that since May 26th.

The Phillies got a great great pitching performance from Joe Blanton on Monday night against the Dodgers.  Blanton went 8 innings, surrendering two runs, on eight hits with zero walks.  Not allowing a walk is huge for a starter like Joe that pitches to contact like Joe, but what might be an even bigger statistical accomplishment for Joe tonight was that he didn’t allow a home run.  Blanton has allowed a homer in each outing he’s had dating all the way back to May 8th.

Joe threw 110 pitches, 80 for strikes.

Blanton finished his in style retiring Jerry Hairston, Mark Ellis, and Matt Kemp in order.

Jimmy Rollins, and Ryan Howard both homerd in the win.  For Howard it was his first home run of 2012. Shane Victorino went 3-4 with a triple.  It was his third triple in as many days.

Maybe all this trade talk is making a difference.

You never know what the Phillies may do. They’re starting to gel a little bit, but they’re still making those periodic bone-headed errors.  The Nationals lost tonight, and the Phillies are playing a team that’s just not all together there right now.  The errors that the Dodgers committed in the game were pretty bad.

Roy Halladay makes his long awaited return to the mound on Tuesday.  No starter has been announced for the Dodgers.

Boy these late games are annoying… Especially when you have to listen to Chris Wheeler.

They’re much better after a win like this.

Sleep tight.

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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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Lee – On the Mound, At the Plate

10 Aug

I’m starting to run out of ways to describe just how good this pitching staff really is.

Last night Cliff Lee struck out 10, walked two,and gave up four hits in eight shutout innings to win his 12th game of the season. His 2-1 win over the Dodgers marked the eighth time in 2011 and 17th time in his career Lee has struck out at least 10 batters.

His eight games this season with 10 K’s lead Major League Baseball, and are the most by a Phillies pitcher since Curt Schilling had 15 in 1998.  They are also the most by a Phillies lefty since Steve Carlton had nine in 1983.

According to MLB.com, Lee’s eight scoreless starts in which he has gone at least seven innings and allowed no runs are the most by a Phillies southpaw since Carlton had nine (including eight shutouts) in 1972.  It seems pretty likely to me that Lee will pass Carlton.

Oh yeah, and he hit the game winning home run, too.

This guy is ridiculous.

Potential Trade Targets

17 Jul

Besides Heath Bell, and Mike Adams who I discussed earlier today, I just wanted to touch on a few other players that the Phillies have been linked to.

Ryan Ludwick – Ludwick will be interesting to watch.  He is a righty which the Phillies like, but his splits  Sites have already been packaging him in trades with Bell, and Adams, but that might be over the Phillies heads.  He could be had on his own for a prospect at a high level.  Someone Major League ready. His splits against right handers are not that great (.224) this season compared to lefties (.274).  I’m not sure I would go that hard after a guy just cause he’s a righty if he can’t hit above .240.

Josh Willingham -All signs seem to be pointing to Willingham being traded.  The Braves have shown interest, and so have the Pirates and Phillies.  Josh isn’t an everyday player so he could be had for cheaply. Bob Brookover of the Inquirer seems to think Willingham could be had for a low to mid-level prospect.

Michael Cuddyer - It looks like for the time being that Michael Cuddyer is not going to be traded.  The Twins are now six games out and have not given up hope that they can make a come back after struggling a lot of the first half.  Cuddyer is a clubhouse leader for the Twins, and they insist that they would like to try to resign him at the end of the 2011 season.  It is possible that if they start to tank that things could change but for now it appears that Cuddyer is staying put in Minnesota.

Matt Kemp - Sure the Dodgers are broke, but there is no chance he is going to be dealt. People have asked me about him, and that is the only reason I even put his name on this list.

Hunter Pence - According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Hunter Pence going to remain an Astro.  Hunter will likely stay in Houston unless the Astros are “overwhelmed,” according to Olney.  The Phillies have the prospects to do so, but Pence is a commodity, and the Phillies would have to compete with some other clubs that have interest.  It sounds to me like the price on Pence might be a little too high for the Phillies, but you never know. Pence is an everyday right fielder which we don’t exactly have, but Domonic Brown is the future in right, and I can’t see them putting him in left, but I have been wrong before.  He’s not a free agent until the 2014 season so there would be some work to be done.

Carlos Beltran - The Mets want cash, not players in return for Carlos.  That pretty much counts the Phillies out.  He’s a pretty highly sought after player right now that the Phillies won’t be able to touch.

Lee K’s Ten – Beats LA

7 Jun

The Cliff Lee we signed back in December was in the house on Monday night. He’s been missing for a while, but decided to make an appearance against a hot Dodgers squad as the Phillies return home for the next week and a half.

Cliff appears to have found his command, and threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Dodgers. Lee had his curveball going, making his fastball that much better. This is something that in his previous few starts had not been the case. Lee worked his way through seven strong, scoreless innings and appeared to get better as the night progressed.

Cliff Lee has now won each of his last three starts at Citizens Bank park and has posted a 1.57 ERA in those three starts. Lee is now at 100 strikeouts on the season which leads the Majors. It seems pretty likely that he’ll surpass his career high of 185 from last season.

Side Notes-

• Charlie Manuel – Monday night was win number 800 for Charlie Manuel for his Major League career (800 wins, 642 losses, .555 winning percentage)

Thanks for doing it with us Chuck. Congrats.

Are Things Coming Together?

27 May

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So are things really coming together for the Phillies? It may be so…

Think of it like this. The Phillies just went 10-10 in the last three weeks, but they played some tough teams, and with some pretty poor offense. So you have to think that it was a pretty successful stint.

Now they are looking at a stretch of series against all clubs that are playing some pretty sad baseball.

• The Mets (22-26)

• The Nationals (21-28) currently in the middle of a five game losing streak.

• The Pirates (22-26) currently in the middle of a three game losing streak.

• The Dodgers (22-29)

• The Cubs (22-26)

The return of Chase Utley have sparked the Phillies, and the addition of Domonic Brown in the lineup has produced some excitement as well.

Not to mention that after a terrible slump, Raul Ibanez is on an absolute tear, bringing his average up another 26 points in the last ten games.

The Phillies also got back the services of Jose Contreras. Jose was extremely valuable to the Phillies in April, and will hopefully pick up right where he left off.

Shane Victorinio also appears to be on the mend. Shane is scheduled to play at Single A Lakewood this weekend, and with the Reading Phillies next week. Shane was seen doing sprints at Citizens Bank Park this week, and did not look like a guy with an injury.

There are still some concerns…

J.C. Romero does not appear to be effective anymore. I’m getting the sense that his days are numbered. There are only so many roster spots available, and even though J.C. Is making over $1MM this season, the Phillies need a guy that can actually strike someone out. I think that guy is David Herndon. Honestly I was surprised that he was sent back down by the Phillies with the activation of Contreras. Herndon appears like he has figured things out, but the Phillies liked the progress he made in Triple A and would like him to continue to work on things. They hung on to him all last year for a reason.

Offensively the Phillies appear to be pulling out of the funk, but I’d like to see more. The starters are pitching great, but there needs to be a little more support for them so that they don’t rack up so many innings.

It does appear that the Phillies we remember might just be on their way back.

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