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Indians… Yeah, They Win Games Now

14 May

Jeez…

As you may or may not have noticed, I took a little time off.  No excuses, I just didn’t have it in me…

However, as a Season Ticket Holder I figured I would have to commiserate with someone!  Lucky you!

With Roy Halladay scheduled to undergo surgery tomorrow. Let’s look ahead and see if the Phillies legitimately have any chance of making noise in the N.L. East.

Let’s be honest, nobody is running away with it at this point.  Yes, it’s early but they all count in the end.  The Phillies are 4 1/2 games out of first place in the N.L. East.  The Braves were insanely hot to start the season, but have since cooled off, and the Nats are playing basically average baseball.  If this was the first of September I’d be less optimistic.

Keeping things short, which I usually do, I feel that the Phillies need to take advantage of two things.  Crappy teams, and head to head competition with the Braves and the Nationals.  They only saw the Braves once, and lost two of three, and will finally see the Nationals next weekend in D.C.

I have to say, I don’t think that the Phillies pitching has been all that terrible.  Cliff is pitching great, Kendrick has been outstanding, and Cole, well… It’s been the same old story for him… No run support.  If Pettibone and whoever is the 5th starter can keep it together then the starters are going to be alright.  Anyone can pitch better than Roy Halladay at this point, so look for the starters overall ERA to drop.  The middle relievers look pretty miserable at a glance, but they’re mainly pitching when the game has already been lost.   Bastardo, Adams and Papelbon are getting the job done when they have the chance.

Really the glaring problem is the offense.  They just are not scoring enough to get the job done.  Even if they eeked into the playoff, I don’t see them having the firepower to compete without the pitchers throwing out of their minds.

The Phillies welcome the Cleaveland Indians into town with a two game set Tuesday and Wednesday.  The Indians are 21-16, and have won 7 of their last 10.  They destroyed the Phillies last month in a two game series where the Phillies mustered just two runs while the Indians tagged the Phillies for 20.  When the Indians win, they win big.

The Indians are a tough customer, scoring an average of about four runs a game.  They’ve filled their lineup with a bunch of guys that nobody really wanted (Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, and Mark Reynolds) but with the exception of Bourn who’d been on the D.L. for a bit of time, they’re producing.

This should lead to be a tough contest for the Phillies.

Phils Shopping Shane

14 Jul

According to a report from ESPN’s Buster Olney the Phillies are indeed shopping outfileder Shane Victorino.

Rival teams are saing that the Phillies‘ asking price for Shane Victorino is sky high right now.  Last week, people familiar with the club’s thinking told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com that whether he is dealt before the deadline or plays out the year in Philadelphia, he doesn’t appear to be long for the organization.  Victorino was looking for a 5-year deal at the beginning of the season, and the Phillies most certainly won’t go there.

Victorino has looked lost at the plate, and a change of scenery might just be what he needs to turn it around.

Shane is said to be a fit for many teams including the IndiansPirates, and maybe the Yankees, but it’s not clear if anyone would give them value equal to the draft pick they would receive as compensation, tweets Olney.

One other fit for Victorino could be the Reds.  They’re currently looking for a lead-off hitter, but their outfield is pretty full with Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, and Ryan Ludwick.

Last night’s loss wis the Phillies 11th, in 12 games.  If the Phillies are going to turn things around, they need to start doing it yesterday.

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The 15 day D.L. Rule – Why?

10 Aug

Thumbnail image for 6677460.jpgSo if you’re a Philadelphia local, and a fan of the Phillies you’ve
probably heard of Sports Radio 610 WIP.  I’m a pretty regular caller to the shows, usually late at night.  All the regular callers have a cool handle to go by but I’m just Mike from Doylestown. Originally I asked for Phanatic Mike, but
apparently that was taken. 

Thanks Mom and Dad for giving me the most popular name…

Actually I just checked.  Mohammad is now the most popular name in the world.  I take that back Mom and Dad, thank you for not naming me Mohammad.

Anyway… Last week after Ryan Howard was placed onto the 15 day disabled list the Late Night show hosted by Big Daddy Graham made their show’s topic of the night the 15 day disabled list.  The question that was raised by the host was “Why does it have to be 15 days?  Why can’t they just come back when they’re better?”

I usually will wait a while before I call up to these shows and voice my thoughts.  It’s a good idea to do this, as it can definitely prevent you from sounding like a real idiot. Yeah well, for some reason this time I just grabbed my phone and dialed up the show.  Usually you’ll get placed on hold for a good half hour or so, since these guys love to hear themselves talk and they’ll field a few calls before you’re up in the cue.  It allows you a few more minutes to prepare.  This night it just didn’t go that way.

I don’t think more then about 3 minutes went by before I was on the air, and my thoughts were so jumbled that Big Daddy told me straight out “I have no idea what you’re trying to say” and hung up on me.  I’m sure that many of the people listening that night got a good laugh at my dispense.

I think it’s a great topic for discussion at this point in the season as this is the time that teams are gearing up for that sprint to the finish in September. You hear all these people say that “Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint.” Well I sorta agree with that I guess.  Though the season is really long, everyone who’s in contention is usually knotted up pretty tight come September.   I guess see it a little more like a triathlon.  Spring training, April and May are just the first event, they let everyone get a feel of the water, and weed out the kinks.  June, July and August is where everyone grabs a bike and shifts gears and the novices and the weak are usually left by the side of the road with flat tires or a stick stuck in the spokes (Carlos Zambrano).  Then come September it’s an all out sprint to the finish. It always ends really tight as all the teams that are contenders for a Division win or that are in a battle for the Wild Card finish so closely together.  Just look at how many tie breakers we’ve seen in the past few seasons, and how many playoff births have been won by just a single game.  It’s all about who’s hot in the end really.  

chasehurt.jpgI’ve looked into why a trip to the Disabled List requires you to book a two week reservation. As some of you may know the 15 day rule is really only about 20 years old.  In the 1980s, there were 10-day and 21-day disabled lists, but the rules were a little different.   The number of players who could be placed on each list was limited, and
there was much less flexibility about when they could return to action.
In addition, players with major league contracts were not allowed to go
to the minor leagues for rehabilitation (I’m glad that’s changed, I love going to see a rehabbing player, seriously).  One of the main reasons they changed the rule to the 15/60 day rule was that it was a constant argument that teams were basically just resting players on the 10 day list and that by changing the rule to 15 days it would be more likely that teams would take it more seriously, not wanting to bench a player for over 2 weeks.  They changed the 21 day to 60 because the 60-day D.L. does not require the player to be counted on either the team’s active roster or its 40 man roster. So if someone is going to need some surgery or something you don’t have to carry him all season.  Think fantasy league… How many times these past two months have you thought about dropping Dustin Pedroia, or Chase Utley for your their roster spot?  Plus allowing a pitcher more time on the D.L. is usually necessary and it would allow them more time to recover from an injury, rehab and make some Minor League starts with proper rest.  

By placing a player on the disabled list, a spot on the active roster is opened up. Another player from the Minor Leagues, Free Agent pool, a traded player, or a recovered player coming off the disabled
list may be used to fill this spot. This allows a team to avoid being
penalized because it avoids the disadvantage of playing with a reduced
roster.

howiehurt.jpgThe amount of days that a player is required to stay on the Disabled List has a lot to do with the thought that players with Major League talent might get stashed away in the Minor Leagues, not as players but as seconds, or back up roster.  If you shortened up the amount of days a player on your roster had to ride the D.L. to say 3, or 5 as the Radio Show host above suggested, in theory you could almost fit another starting pitcher into your rotation or have a few designated hitters ready to go at a moments notice.  It’s a little far out there, but it was my thought that with the July 31st trade deadline and now with August’s waiver period some of the “Super Powers” of the Majors could just grab all the “Rental Players” and stack up for an unbeatable September.  I know it’s a serious stretch, but I think a few teams would consider it.  It would throw the whole purpose of the 40 man roster out the window.  I’m pretty convinced that the rule that’s in place is a pretty good one as it stands. 

See… How the hell was i supposed jam that into a 30 second phone call.

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Phillies Getting on a Roll

25 Jun

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Don’t look now, but the Phillies are now just 2 ½ games back
of those pesky Atlanta Braves.  The surge
is on and if the Mets and the Braves can see the Phillies in the rearview
mirror I think they’ll see that Jayson Werth is at the wheel.  Werth is batting a crazy 857 (6-for-7) with
one home run and three RBIs in his past two games, and .395 (15-for-38) with
two doubles, three home runs, 10 RBIs, eight walks and seven strikeouts in 12
games since June 10.  According to
Charlie Manuel has just opened up his stance a little bit.  Werth tried not to use the word “Slump” when
speaking about his struggles but seemed very pleased with his recent success at
the plate.

“It just kind of got me out of my … whatever I was
in,” Werth said. “Just kind of change things up a little bit. I’ve
done it in the past. Just messing around with some different stances and setups
and stuff. I think I did that last year at some point.”

Joe Blanton is rebounding nicely and just at the right
time.  Just like last year Big Joe is
getting stronger and is becoming the innings eater he is known to be.  In 2009 Joe had a similar tough start and
ended up being the Phillies most sure things out of the rotation.  Thursday’s performance was very good. 

Phillies catcher Dane Sardinha, called up on Saturday from
Triple-A Lehigh Valley, hit his first Major League home run in the bottom of
the sixth inning. It was a solo shot to left field that sparked another
five-run Philadelphia rally.  Sardinha is
filling in for Chooch and Brian Schneider who got the day off.

Charlie was ejected again today in the bottom of the second
trying to argue that Victorino didn’t leave the baseline while trying to avoid
a tag from Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona. The rule states that the runner
cannot be more then three feet from the established baseline.   It was pretty hard to tell. It was Manuel’s
fourth ejection this season, second in three days and 29th ejection with the
Phillies.  He’ll never catch Bobby Cox
but I don’t know if anyone will ever be able to top him.

I can’t finish this entry with out mentioning how insane the
weather got when the game went into the delay. 
Trying to watch the Citizens Bank Park grounds crew get the tarp out
over the diamond was funny and scary all at the same time.  Howard was joking around after the game
calling it a “tornado-cane” Whatever it was it was totally insane.  “I was waiting for the cow to fly through,”
Howard joked.

Roy Halladay has to face his former team, the Blue Jays
tonight.

Side Notes –

All-Star – The races are heating up.  Polanco is losing ground to David
Wright.  Jimmy is running pretty close to
Hanley Ramirez and needs your help.  Keep
voting gang.

Madson – Bullpen in Philly Thursday and is headed to
Clearwater to begin his rehab.

Happ – After another rehab start Happ’s velocity is still
Moyer-esque… Not sure if he’s going to be back as soon as we would like…

Everyone’s Talking About Swagger

24 Jun

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There is no doubt about it; this ball club needed Jimmy
Rollins
.  There is no denying that they
have been struggling.  Heads have been
hanging and smiles have been far and few. 
Last night was the finale of “The Funk” … It’s over.

On Tuesday night after going 0-4 Jimmy told Comcast
SportsNet “My job is to make the guys believe again. Believe in how good they
are.  Believe in their talent.  Remember, you’re gonna to make outs.”  He went on to say “You gotta take advantage of
the opportunities, if it’s the game winning hit; it’s the best hit of the day.”  Wednesday he followed that up going 1-5 but
it was that 5th at bat that mattered.  In the bottom of the ninth Jimmy took Kerry
Wood deep with one on for his first ever walk off homer. 

After seeing the Angels this season walk offs are a little
more subdued.

Getting Jimmy back with the club has been a long time
coming.  His second stint on the DL was
just about a month.  It was a painfully
long month that saw the Phillies go 12-17. 
What Jimmy brings to the table is his attitude.  It’s the “Swagger” that everyone has been
talking about and that we’ve been missing so dearly.  Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Jayson Werth
are offensively our strongest players, but as far as club house leaders they’re
all rather reserved.  Jimmy is the spark
that lights the fire here in Philadelphia and we have to be glad he’s back.

Kyle Kendrick wasn’t able to follow up his previous strong
performances from this past week.  Kyle’s
forgettable start only lasted through 4+ innings.   His sinker wasn’t really there and it cost
him.  Twice to Shin-Soo Choo hit a pair
of homers off Kyle.   “My command
wasn’t good,” Kendrick said. “I fell behind hitters. I left the ball
up and got hit hard. I didn’t do my job tonight.”  Luckily for Kyle, Jimmy Rollins came up in
the ninth and erased any and all of the memories of the previous 8
innings. 

In the bottom of the eighth Chad Durbin strained his
hamstring while fielding an elusive ground ball.  Early reports were that the injury was fairly
serious, but the severity of his injury was lessened but will still require
Chad to be placed on the DL.  Nelson
Figeroa will be recalled to replace Chad.  Durbin has been the Phillies most active
bullpen pitcher and one of the most reliable, too.  Here’s hoping that you’re back soon Chad.

Side Notes –

Jimmy – Jimmy is out of the line up today just to get a little
rest.  Charlie wants to ease him back in
and since they played a night game last night a day game is a perfect opportunity.

Happ – At AA Reading, Happ allowed seven hits, three runs
and one home run — a three-run shot in the fourth inning — and struck out
four in five innings in his fourth rehab start.

Madson – Madson is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on
Thursday at Citizens Bank Park before he departs for Clearwater. Madson said on
Tuesday that he’s hopeful to rejoin the bullpen before the All-Star break.

Dobbs – Dobbs will report to AAA Lehigh Valley
tomorrow.  Charlie Manuel suspects it
will take Greg approximately 100 at bats to get his swing straightened out.

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