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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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Rockies Escape Phils Sweep

22 Jun

Photo: AP

Things looked pretty good for the Phillies chances at a sweep of Colorado.   Jeff Francis on the mound, and the whole 75 pitch count dilemma that faces the Rockies and their starting staff of four.

Sadly it just wasn’t meant to be.

Other then a lead off home run from Jimmy Rollins (the 39th of his career), the Phillies offense couldn’t come through, though they had their chances.

John Mayberry led off the second with a double, and Ty Wigginton led off the eighth with a double, but the Phils couldn’t figure out a way to get either of them home.

Vance Worley went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out two.

Colorado’s Chris Nelson hit a two-run homer in the 7th inning off Worley denying the Phils the sweep.

This team is starting to fade.

Can the Phils to get to 88 wins? They’d have to go 55-36 the rest of way. That would be a .604 run.  Possible? eh…

The Phillies really need to get their act together to make that happen.

The Phillies will welcome the Tampa Bay Rays for a three-game series this weekend.

Friday: James Sheilds 7-4, 3.72 ERA vs.  Cliff Lee 0-3, 3.48 ERA

Saturday: Alex Cobb 3-3, 3.82 ERA vs. Kyle Kendrick 2-7, 5.29 ERA

Sunday: David Price 9-4, 3.08 ERA vs. Cole Hamels 10-3, 3.25 ERA

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Now That Feels Better

12 Apr

I said yesterday that it would be great to see the Phillies break out against Josh Johnson, but that that was pretty unlikely.

I was wrong, and I’m very happy about that.

After going down 1-0 in the second I again began to wonder “Can they come back from this?”  And come back they did.

The Phillies tagged Josh Johnson for six runs over 3 2/3 innings.  They managed to rattle off 11 hits from the Marlins ace who is now 0-2 on the season.

That’s right 11 hits, and 14 total in the game.

Roy Halladay was again masterful.  He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first, and allowed just one run over seven innings.  He had a few battles early that got his pitch count up over 6o in the first three innings, but Roy did his thing and made great work of the Marlins over the next four.  Once the Phillies put up the 5 spot in the third, you could tell that Halladay was able to pitch a little more freely.

“I think I looked up in the third and I had thrown 60 pitches,” Halladay said. “At that point, you’d be happy with six. After it’s over, you’re never happy with six. I think it’s satisfying when you go through a game where you’re scuffling to get through four or five innings because of the pitch count and you’re able to get through six or seven innings.

Halladay has the Phillies only two wins, and he’s allowed just one run and seven hits through his first 15 innings of work.  That’s an impressive 0.60 ERA and 0.53 WHIP.

The feel good moment of the night came in the when Freddy Galvis came to the plate with chants of “Freddy, Freddy, Freddy,” echoing throughout the park, and Galvis answered the call with a double to right field giving the Phillies a 5-1 lead.

Pretty cool moment for a rookie.

Galvis was a bit of a scape goat for the first four games of the Phillies season, but let’s remember that this kid is a rookie, and if you look up and down the lineup, nobody was really hitting much more then him.  He’s now got two big hits, and leads the team in RBI.  He’s really got a great glove, probably better then Utley a this point, and if you can get him to hit .235 or higher until Utley comes back, you’re getting much more then you ever could have asked for.

Back to those hits.

It should be noted that the Phillies 14 hits came from all over the lineup.  In fact, every player in the starting lineup, with the exception Halladay had a hit.  Ruiz and Galvis both had extra base hits, and six different players registered an RBI.

I really like this lineup.  Good balance of power and speed.  I’m still not sold on Jimmy batting 3rd, but it worked tonight. Mayberry still is struggling a bit, but I like him at first more then any of the other options that we have at this point.

All in all, a good clean game for the Phils, and a good game for Galvis who again looked sharp at second base.

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Oh Great, Now What?

21 Mar

David M Warren/Staff Photographer Philly.com

So now that Michael Martinez will be starting the season on the Disabled List, where do the Phillies turn?  Martinez was figuring to get plenty of playing time filling in for Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley, but when Utley left camp on Monday because of the continual problems with his knees, Martinez became much more valuable to the Phils.

The Phillies healthy infielders are Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Freddy Galvis, Ty Wigginton, Jim Thome, Pete Orr and Hector Luna.  Orr and Luna are not locks to make the team out of camp unless the Phillies don’t find another infielder outside of camp.  Orr has had time with the Phillies in the past, and Luna has had a productive Spring with the Phillies in belting two homers, and is among the team leaders with 8 RBI.

Outside the organization the Phillies have been linked to Mike Aviles of the Red Sox, Maicer Izturis from the Los Angeles Angels, but both would need to be acquired via a trade as the Phillies have very little money to work with at this point. The team says that they feel comfortable with their internal options, but we’ve heard that before.  I just wouldn’t expect them to jump the gun.  They have some time, and have some time before they need to make a move.  I would not be surprised if they start the season with what they have, and see how Galvis performs before the decide weither to add another utility player.

Martinez isn’t exactly irraplaceable, but with the current woes in the infield, it’s just one more thing to have to deal with.

(Makes you wonder why the Phillies traded Wilson Valdez)

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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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Phillies Ink More Draft Picks

15 Aug

I already told you that late Sunday night the Phillies agreed to terms with Larry Greene who was their top pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.

Now here are some more developments…

On Monday night the Phillies agreed to terms with their second round pick (65th overall) Roman Quinn for an estimated $775K.   Quinn is just a high school outfielder and was said to be the fastest legitimate prospect in the draft, and you know how much we love speedy outfielders.   He has been praised for his work ethic, and has also played second base.  Because of his speed, range, and arm, he’s most fitted to cover center field.

Quinn is just 18 years old, so he is easily three years away from being a part of a Major League club.

The Phillies have also come to terms with their fifth round pick (151 overall) Mitchell Walding for $800K.  Walding is a 6-3, 195-pound shortstop out of St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, California.  He’s a got a strong arm, and plays a pretty clean shortstop.  He’s got a fluid swing, and is (just like we like em’) left-handed.

It’s hard to say what might come of Walding, but the Phillies don’t have a lot of infield depth, so this was a smart pick.  It’s a lot of money to pay out for a kid in the fifth round, but with a few of the Phillies other picks choosing to keep their college commitments (Zachary Wright, Jacob Overbey, Ryan Garvey) they had some extra funds to work with, and their needs became greater.  Also Walding was committed to Oregon which has a great program, so it probably took a little more then necessary to get him to put pen to paper.

Again. He’s very young, and if things don’t work out for the Phillies with Jimmy Rollins, I think that they will look outside the organization some, and they also have Freddy Galvis who has recently been promoted to Triple A Lehigh Valley.  I still think that they get a deal done with Rollins.

The Phillies have also signed a late pick named Jesen Dygestile-Therrien.  He’s a right handed pitcher from Canada.

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.