Tag Archives: Rollins

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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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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Manuel Wants Change

24 Feb

Photo: Miles Kennedy

Charlie Manuel wants to see a change in the Phillies approach at the plate, and he wants Jimmy Rollins to set the tone.  The two had a short meeting after Thursday’s BP, and Manuel divulged a little to the media shortly afterward.

“Jimmy can get in the count 2-1, 3-1 quite a bit, then he’ll chase a ball up out of the strike zone and hit a fly ball to center field,” Manuel said. “I talked him about that. … If he looks for a fastball and it’s not a strike, then try to lay off it. Learn and practice that way, and also in the game.”

It starts with Jimmy, but it’s something that the team needs to work on.

“I want to talk to all of our guys,” Manuel said. “I want our guys to talk about hitting. I want guys like Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins and Howard, and Victorino … I want to have more talk about hitting, talking about getting good balls to hit, not giving away at-bats, things like that.

“With our pitching and everything like that, we need to score the runs that we’re supposed to score. If we have a guy on third base with less than two outs early in the game, we need to score one run. If we have two guys on, we need to make sure we score one run, instead of a guy standing there maybe trying to bust the game open.”

Manuel also talked with Rollins about the team’s complacency, energy, and clubhouse atmosphere.  He has been vocal in the past that the energy level of the team at times isn’t where he would like, and doesn’t want the team taking their wins for granted.  He wants the team to talk more about hitting.  Manuel cited how players used to talk about their at-bats after games, and that that doesn’t really happen anymore.

Rollins IS the captain of this team, and needs to lead by example.

Someone else who can lead by example is Jim Thome.  Manuel thinks that the influence that Thome is going to have in the clubhouse is going to be huge, and I have to agree.  Thome and Ryan Howard have already had conversations about Howard’s approach.

Plenty of great stuff happening to report out of Clearwater, and there hasn’t even been a full squad workout yet…

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Rollins Signs… So Now What?

20 Dec

You really have to give Ruben Amaro Jr. a lot of credit for sticking to his guns when it comes to his negotiations with Jimmy Rollins.  RAJ has dazzled us plenty of times, but also scares the crap out us with his wild spending.  He signed Jimmy at a great price.  One that was fair to Jimmy, and the organization.   This deal at least makes me feel a little better about overpaying for Jonathan Papelbon.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Pap will be great, but we probably could have gotten him for a pinch less.  Just look at how the market for Ryan Madson has crumbled.

So now that Jimmy is signed, what will the Phillies do now?  Will there be another splash?

I really don’t think so.

Ruben Amaro told the media at Jimmy Rollins’ Presser that he is happy with the team that he has headed into Spring Training, and if you look at the free agents that are still out there, who would you even want? The only major free agent that the Phillies were even tied to recently was Michael Cuddyer who has signed with the Colorado Rockies.

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Jimmy Rollins Agrees to Three-Year Deal

17 Dec

The Phillies waited it out and got what they wanted…. Jimmy Rollins agreed to a three-year, $33 million contract with a vesting option for a fourth season.  It appears as if the fourth year is pretty attainable at $11MM, so it’s basically about how healthy he can remain.

As the market crumbled around him Rollins was left without many choices as his 5-year demand was just too high.  In the end I think he made the right choice, and I’m happy that he’ll be back.  With the caliber of the starters that we have, and the questions with the offense, we need solid defense, and that’s exactly what Jimmy provides.

It would have been difficult for us to see Jimmy in another team’s uniform, and thankfully now we won’t have to.  Here’s hoping that Rollins can be a Phillie for life.

A Fan’s Letter to Jimmy Rollins…

15 Dec

Dear Jimmy,

First let me open up by saying that I am extremely grateful for the efforts that you have made in the past to the team that I love, and in the commumity that I live in.  Your charitable efforts have blessed so many children in the community.  From your efforts with Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania, to your involvement in the RBI program.  You have helped so many children in our area and we are forever in your debt.  Thank you.

So let’s get to the reason that I’m writing this letter to you.  Sure, I’m a sports writer, but I’m also a Phillies fan.  I follow you on Twitter, and I’m sure you’re pleased to know we’re friends on Facebook.  I’ve worn your #11 jersey on my back, and I have your bobblehead on my writing desk. You’re my Shortstop.  You’re our Shortstop, and I’d like to keep it that way.

Read the rest here…


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Phils Have Work Cut Out for Them in Trade Talks

18 Jul

Trade talks are heating up around MLB, and you’re going to hear a lot of stuff out there about what the Phillies may, or may not do.  Even from me.

Charlie Manuel told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he’d like to see the Phillies add a reliever and a bat this month. The skipper makes it clear that he’s looking for an upgrade, not just a lateral move. If we’re going to get somebody, I want somebody good that will help us, Manuel said. I don’t want someone we’ve already got.”

I’m trying not to read into this too much, but one thing that I think needs to be said is that no matter who the Phillies can trade for, reliever or bat, it’s not going to make a difference if the guys that we have in the lineup don’t do what they are supposed to do.

If Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins can’t find a way to get runs on the board then it won’t matter.

In my weekly column for PhilaPhans.com this week I said that I keep hearing all this “We don’t need to worry, we have the best record in baseball” stuff, but look where that got us last year.  I’d like our team to get past that.  The Phillies are batting .254 against righties and .234 against lefties.  It’s something that needs to be addressed if we want to make a deep run into the playoffs.

A trade could help this team for sure, but there are 25 other guys on this roster already that could make a big difference, too.

Tonight’s game in Chicago show some of the holes.  The back end of the bullpen is still pretty solid, but the middle relief is just plain bad.  I’m done with David Herndon and Andrew Carpenter. Some of this stress is coming because our long man, Kyle Kendrick, is starting because Roy Oswalt is on the disabled list.  I might just be leaning towards an arm over a bat.

Cole Gets His 10th – Offense Explodes

6 Jul

After a few tries Cole Hamels finally has his 10th win…  Not that it was his fault it took so long.

Hamels went eight strong innings, only surrendering a 2-run homer to John Buck in the 4th.  It was good to finally see some offensive support for Hamels.  Let’s just hope they saved some for later.

“Getting that many runs is nice, but sometimes it breaks up your rhythm. It felt like the game was in slow motion,” said Hamels.  “In between innings it was really long, but selfishly from a pitching standpoint you want to get a good rhythm going and shut them down as soon as possible.”

It was a great night for the offense, too.  The Phillies scored 14 runs on 18 hits including home runs from Ryan Howard, and Raul Ibanez.  Howard and Jimmy Rollins both had 4-hit nights.

It wasn’t pretty for the Marlins and their starter Chris Volstad.  The Phillies have touched up Volstad in the past, and Tuesday was the same story.  Going into the game Ryan Howard was 12-25, with 7 homers against Volstad, and he added to that with another 2-run homer.

The Marlins were basically in the toilet when the Phillies saw them back in June, but they have been playing better baseball as of late, including their 1-0 loss to the Phils on Monday.

The Phils had a six run lead going into the 9th inning, but then tacked on six more, including a 2-run homer for Raul Ibanez.

Side Notes - 

Michael Martinez – Martinez showed off his glove making a great catch in center field while filling in for Shane Victorino.  He also hit a bases loaded triple.

Ryan Howard – Ryan is having a great season so far this year. He had 4 hits and 4 RBI on Tuesday.   His power numbers are down, but he’s driving in tons of runs.  Ryan is on pace for his fifth season with 130 RBIs. Only three MLB players have ever had five 130-RBI seasons: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx.

Power Surge!

15 Jun

Gosh, who didn’t hit a homer for the Phils last night?

Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Domonic Brown all went yard on Tuesday.  Brown did it twice, and his second one was a moon shot.

Chris Volstad was throwing right down Broad Street, and the Phillies made him pay.

The cold and windy air were not enough to keep these balls in the yard.  It was the first time that the Phillies have hit five home runs in a game since June 10th of last year.

Let’s hope this continues!  The Marlins are a sad 1-12 in June, while the Phillies have won four straight.

Last night also marked the first time that the Four Aces have won consecutive games.


Don’t forget about the double-header today!

Game 1: Kyle Kendrick (3-4 3.47 ERA) vs. Elih Villanueva* (4-5 5.23 in AAA New Orleans)

Game 2: Roy Halladay (9-3 2.39 ERA) vs. Anibal Sanchez (6-1 3.06 ERA)

* Villanueva is making his Major League debut, but don’t count him out.  The Phils seem to struggle when they haven’t seen someone before.

44,906 Wet and Disappointed Fans

10 Jun

Well, it was bound to happen eventually. Ryan Madson blew his first save.

But there was a lot more to the loss that the Phillies suffered then that.

The game started off pretty well for the Phillies when Jimmy Rollins blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the second. It looked like the Phils had figured out Cubs starter Randy Wells.

Then the rains came.

After a one hour and seventeen minute rain delay the game resumed and both starters were pulled out.

Kyle Kendrick held the Cubs to just two hits in the three innings he pitched. It hurt the Philles because Kendrick didn’t get a chance to stretch himself out, and he was pitching well before the delay. Then the Phillies proceeded to use every pitcher in their pen.

Madson may have lucked out after giving up the home run to Geovany Soto when a fan reached out over the fence and caught a ball off the bat of Tyler Colvin. The hit was originally ruled a home run, but that was overturned when a replay showed that the fan caught the ball below the fence, and Colvin was sent back to second, keeping the score tied at three.

But Colvin would eventually get to score. The game went to the 11th and with David Herndon on the mound and Colvin at second after singling off Herndon, Placido Polanco made a rare throwing error and Colvin scored the winning run.

Again, the Phillies had their chances. In the bottom of the 10th Shane Victorino was stranded on third after the Cubs walked Domonic Brown because Herndon was on deck. Charlie had no choice to let Herndon bat because he was the only pitcher left. He struck out.

Again, you have to look to the Phillies offense and wonder what the Phillies are going to do. Sure, there are some questions about the Phillies defense who committed their 7th error in seven games, but the Phillies only managed three hits after the rain delay. Considering how poor the Cubs bullpen is, it’s pretty startling how bad the Phillies bats looked against them. The Phillies went just 1-7 with RISP.

The Phillies have scored 3 runs or less in eight of their last nine games. That just isn’t getting it done.


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