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Halladay Looked Good… Real Good

11 Aug

Eight innings good.

For those of you who thought Roy Halladay was cooked, you were wrong.

Roy’s performance on Friday night was utterly brilliant, and it all came down to one thing.

His mechanics.
“To me it’s going out and making pitches. I’ve had years when I threw 90 or 91. I had success. It’s location, movement and making pitches. For me one or two miles-per-hour isn’t going to help me. For me, location and movement is going to help me. I just need to focus to continue to do that — just go out and pitch. I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success in my career and I’ve been very blessed to do that and I’m going to go out from game to game like I always have. I’m not worried about if I’m going to win 20. Those are things I’ve never worried about and I’m not going to worry about them now. I’m just going to do the best I can and be aggressive and make pitches.”
That’s just the type of pitcher Roy is.  It’s not about his velocity, it’s about his stuff.  Last night made it pretty evident that Roy can be effective if he’s throwing 90-91 instead of 92-93.
Did you see that curve ball last night?  Nasty.

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Off Night for Hamels Costs Phils

28 Jul

The Phillies came up pretty short in a series that is said to have serious implications for their season.

The series with the Brewers, and their terrible bullpen is over, and once the Braves went up 5-1 it was hard to believe that the Phillies could come back.  The Phils were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position, and left nine on base.

Defensively they committed two costly errors.

The $144 million dollar man didn’t quite have it either.   Cole Hamels threw more balls than strikes when throwing 100 or more pitches for first time in his career.  It was also the shortest outing of the season for Hamels, who only went five innings. Hamels surrounded a career high six walks to the Braves.

“Obviously, I didn’t do my job,” Hamels said. “We’ll find it. We hit some rough patches. With the caliber of players we have, I know we’ll be able to find it. I know it’s a little more urgent to do right now, but I have the confidence all five of us will work hard and get the job done.”

Some were saying that the humidity was having an effect on Cole’s grip.  Hamels didn’t deny it, but said it was no excuse despite having to change his undershirt and jersey, twice.

“It’s not going to be the last time it’s ever going to be humid” Hamels said.

Yep, six homers, in six games. The story of the night might just be Brian McCann, who just KILLS the Philles. McCann is 9 for 25, with six homeruns, and 16 RBI against the Phillies this season.  He’s homered in every game he’s played against the Phillies this season.

This series might just decide if the Phillies are buyers, or sellers for the season.  Ruben Amaro Jr. and several of his front office cronies got to witness the defeat in person, as they are traveling with the team.

“These three games are important, yeah,” Ruben said before the game. “How determinant they are about how we go about our business from here on in, I don’t know yet. Again, it’s kind of a fluid situation. If we get swept here, it’s going to make things very daunting for us. We take two out of three, that’s good. We happen to sweep them, even better.”

Well, the sweep is out, but two of three is still a possibility.

If the Phillies are going to make up any ground in the race to the playoffs, it’s going to have to happen in their division.   The Phils are 11-23 against NL East and 29-22 against the rest of the National League.

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Howard Takes Another Big Step Tonight

29 Jun

After going 2-4 with a SAC fly and 3 RBIs in a 7-6 win on Thursday night, Ryan Howard will continue his rehab assignment with the BlueClaws on Friday night at FirstEnergy Park.

The hits are nice, but the best sign from Howard was when he beat out the throw on an infield single he hit.  The big man was running hard!

The power will come back to Howard with time.  He’s got tremendous upper body strength, so he’ll be able to muscle the ball for this season, and next season his legs will extend that power.  What you want to look for his his stability.  He’s not going to be able to be as explosive out of the box, and running the bases.   That’s going to take time, and hopefully he can get back to where he was.

It will be exciting to see how long he plays in the field tonight.

– Side Notes

  • Ryan Howard’s game-worn Phillies baby-blue jersey (pictured above) from last night’s game was actioned off  for $4,900 for BlueClaws Charites.  Pretty cool!

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Bullpen Stinks it up in Utley’s Return

28 Jun

Chase Utley made a triumphant return to the Phillies lineup on Wednesday night, and did not disappoint.

It could not have been scripted better for Utley, who silenced his doubters with a big home run to the deepest part of right field in his first at bat (Carlos Ruiz followed that at bat with a homer, too). Chase followed that homer with a single in the sixth, and seventh inning, as the Phillies fought their way back into the game.

Chase looked fantastic in the field, and ran the bases hard.

However, it wasn’t much fun after that.

The Phillies had no pitcher as a result of the day/night doubleheader they played on Sunday, so it was upto the bullpen to stretch out and go the distance.

No surprises here.  They were terrible.

The Pen coughed up 11 runs to a sad Pirates offense that hasn’t scored that many runs since  Sept 22, 2010 vs. St. Louis.

The worst performance to me was Chad Qualls.  To be quite honest with you I don’t know how this guy is still hanging around.  Qualls ERA is now 4.63. (31.1 IP, 16 ER). His home ERA is 5.82 (17 IP, 11 ER).  I saw all the references to Danys Baez, and  Adam Eaton last night on Twitter, and think the comparison is pretty spot on.

Joe Savery was pretty awful as well, and after the game was optioned back to AAA making way for  to righty Brian Sanches who had his contract selected from Lehigh Valley.  Savery had pitched in 17 games this season with the Phillies, they won zero of those games.

Rumor has it that lefty Jeremy Horst is with the Phillies this morning too, but  no word on what that’s about.   You may remember that Jeremy Horst was the pitcher the Phillies received in exchange for Wilson Valdez.

Today’s game is at 1:05 with Kyle Kendric 2-7, 5.24 ERA facing A.J. Burnett 8-2, 3.24 ERA.  Burnett has really shined with the Pirates, and has enjoyed his new life out of the spotlight of New York City.

“It was a good first step,” Utley said after his long awaited return. “Obviously, winning could have been more ideal, but we’ll come back at ‘em tomorrow.”

Here is hoping for a series win, and not a split.

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Would the Phillies Really Trade Cole Hamels?

17 Jun

Geez.  I don’t know what to think  here anymore.

The Phillies, barring some amazing comeback may have some decisions to make come July 31st. I’m sure that teams may have interest in guys like Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Jim Thome, Cliff Lee, and of course Cole Hamels.

What you woud get from these guys, differs in each case.

I think out of all these guys the Phillies have the most interest in retaining Cole Hamels, but it’s going to be a bit tough.  Cole would like to be (and deserves) to be paid like one of the premire pitchers in the game.  He’s done a lot for this team, and community, and deserves everything that’s coming to him.

What the Phillies have going for them in the negotiation is that Hamels likes Philadelphia.  He’s rooted in the community, with all his charitable work, and he has grown up in the Phillies organization.

We know now that it’s gonna take 7 years, and probably $130MM+.  Yes, I think that the Phillies will listen to some offers, but unless they are absolutely blown away with an offer, I think they would turn it down.

I still feel that the Phillies find a way to get it done.

Who would I consider for a trade?

I’d dangle Victorino and Lee.

Shane is having an average season, and if we’re not in contention in the last two months, I’d say let’s see what people have to offer.

I’d say the same with Cliff Lee.  The honeymoon is over with Philly and Cliff Lee.  He’s been nothing more then an average pitcher, besides those two months last summer, and blew Game 2 of the NLDS in 2012.  He’s eating up far too much money for the Phillies to hold on to him if that’s all he’s gonna give.  Considering the years on his contract with the Phillies he would be attractive to a team with a lot of $$ that doesn’t want to commit to the years.

Hunter Pence is driving me nuts this season, but I think he’s our best bet for protecting Ryan Howard in the future.

I don’t know weither it’s worth trading Thome, because I don’t think any team is going to give you something for him.  However, if the Phillies are out of it at the end of July, I’d like to see the Phillies give Jim the option of moving to a contender (if they want him) so he can have the opportunity for a ring.

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Until They Get Back…

2 Jun

You’ve probably heard this phrase close to a million times this Spring.

“If we can just stay afloat until Howard and Utley come back…”

Gosh, I think I’ve even said it a few times myself.  Unfortunatly we had to add another big name to that list.

Roy Halladay. 

To say that Roy Halladay is important to this team is really understating it.  In his first two years in Philadelphia Halladay has won 40 games, and pitched more then 200 innings each time.  However, Halladay and the Phillies have been bounced from the playoffs each season before reaching the ultimate goal.

Why do I mention that last part? …  Because it could be worse.

Don’t get me wrong here.  Losing Halladay is really going to be tough for the Phillies, but at the same time his injury could have been far worse then it was.  He doesnt need surgury.  He didn’t tear his labrum, he didn’t tear his rotator cuff.  He’ll be stronger at the end of the season, and won’t have that wear and tear of a 200 inning pitchers come august and September.  I’d love to have Roy out there today, but a healthy Roy is going to be huge in the stretch run.

They need to win as many division games as possible, as all the teams in the NL East are above .500.

The Phillies have been a second half team these last few years.  Let’s hope that trend continues, because if the Phillies want to have any chance of making it to the Postseason, it’s really gonna have to.

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Lee Vs Cain to Settle Series

18 Apr

The Phillies flat out stunk against the Giants last night.

They went and abismal 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position despite getting their lead-off hitter on base in six of nine innings.

John Mayberry Jr., and Placido Polanco both went hitless in the game, and Jim Thome, who came in as a pinch hitter, is an .091 hitter so far in his return to Philadelphia.

Polanco is the player that I think I worry about the most after he went 0-4 again last night, and he’s batting an embarrassing .179.  His bat is most definitely slowed, and his strikeout numbers are climbing.

He hasn’t seemed to have lost anything in the field (despite a missed tag last night) and still looks like the Gold Glove fielder that we thought we were getting when he signed.

I’m just not sure how much longer the Phillies can have this many players batting sub .230.

For tonight…

Cliff Lee will face off against San Francisco’s Matt Cain.

Cain is 1-4, 4.17 ERA vs Philadelphia, but is coming off the best pitching performance of his life where he was one single shy of a perfect game. This is Cain’s first start at At&t Park since signing his new  $127.5 million, six-year contract.

Lee is searching for his first win of the season, and hopefully he can continue his magic at At&t Park where he is undefeated as a Phillie, with two complete games.

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Roy vs. Boy

16 Apr

Might I suggest a nap after work today?

The Phillies are out in San Francisco and play tonight at 10:15.  I hate these games out west, but this one I’m kinda excited about because of the pitching matchup.

Tim Lincecum is 4-1, with a 2.61 ERA and 65 K’s in his last 10 starts against the Phillies, but has been hammered in his first two outings this season (0-1, 12.91 ERA). Here’s hoping that the Phillies can tag him as well.

Lincecum has not looked good this season at all, with his last outing being the shortest start of his career. (2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs).  I’m not sure if it’s a physical thing, or a mental thing because his fastball is topping out at 89-91 where it used to be in the 93-97 range, and he can’t be too pleased that the Giants have locked up Matt Cain to a long-term extension, and have not had discussions with his agent in regards to one.

Roy Halladay hasn’t faired very well against the Giants in the past, going 0-2 with a 7.23 ERA, but as you know is 2-0 this season with a 0.60 ERA.

This will be the first time that the two pitchers have faced each other in the regular season.  They did face each other in the 2010 NL Championship Series, where Lincecum bested Halladay in Game 1, but Roy defeated him in game 5.

This should be a good one.

Extra innings…

I’m pretty glad we won’t have to see that bearded idiot at all this season.  I feel bad that he’s injured, but just the sight of him…

Also, keep an eye on Pablo Sandoval who has a hit in all 9 games the Giants have played this season.

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Phils/Blanton Strong in Win Over Yanks

5 Mar

Photo: Miles Kennedy

Big Joe Blanton looked good in his first tune up of the Spring as the Phillies beat the Yankees 9-3.  With a good bit of help from the Phillies offense they were able to finally put a “1″ in the win column of their Grapefruit League record.  Blanton allowed just two hits in two innings pitched and recorded a strikeout.  He was the beneficiary of 5 ground-ball outs which has always been Blanton’s key to success, as he is a contact pitcher. If he can remain healthy Blanton figures to be the Phillies fourth starter.

Fans will be pleased to know that Placido Polanco had a good game as well, going two for three with an RBI.  Polanco’s bat is going to be a crucial part to the Phillies 2012 campaign, so let’s hope this is just a sign of what’s to come from him. Rollins, and Thome recorded two hits as well.

The Phillies also looked agressive on the bases today.  Jimmy Rollins stole two bags in the same inning which lead to a run, and Juan Pierre attempted a steal as well, but was thrown out.

Phillies prospect Domonic Brown had another defensive mishap in the outfield today when he misplayed a ball that lead to a Brett Gardener triple.  Gardener scored on the same play after an error was committed by Kevin Frandsen.  Brown dropped a ball in the Phillies loss to the Yankees yesterday.  Brown was hoping to turn some heads this Spring, but has had some trouble getting things going.  He’s 2 for 8 so far this Spring and has been caught stealing once.

Cliff Lee takes the mound on Tuesday at 1:05 P.M. as the Phillies will travel to take on the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin. The game won’t be on TV, but will be on 94.1 FM in Philadelphia.

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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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