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Cliff, Vance, Fontenot, and Contreras.

14 Apr

Just a round-up from the last few days…

Last night…

Cliff wasn’t Cliff.  It’s as easy as that.

At least not the whole night.  He missed his spots a couple of times in the game last night, especially in the first inning, and that was all it was going to take for the Mets.  Cliff Lee is a strikeout pitcher, and when you throw a lot of strikes, you’re gonna get hit sometimes.

The Phillies as we know are pretty darn bad when they face knuckleball pitchers.  Last night was no exception.


Vance Worley gets the start today against the Mets.  Vance is 3-1 (3.00) against the Mets in his career, and pitched nicely last Sunday against the Pirates at PNC Park, allowing just one run in six innings.  Jon Niese is 4-3 (4.07) against the Phillies, but is a better pitcher then that.  Should be a pretty good matchup.  Here’s the lineup

Victorino, CF
Polanco, 3B
Rollins, SS
Pence, RF
Mayberry, LF
Wigginton, 1B
Galvis, 2B
Schneider, C
Worley, P

Other news…

As you know by now, the Phillies have signed Mike Fontenot to a minor league deal.  They had looked at him a bit when he was a FA last season, but the Phillies have been a bit of a revolving door of infielders given all the injuries over the last few seasons, so that’s not much of a surprise.

I wouldn’t say that the signing of Fontenot is telling of what’s going on with Chase Utley, but it may just be that they thing they see a small upgrade over a guy like Pete Orr.  In 2011 Fontenot  batted .227/.304/.377 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 252 plate appearances.  The Phillies will have him report to extended Spring Training in Clearwater, and from there he’s most likely headed to AAA Lehigh Valley.

Galvis will stay put.

Jose Contreras is likely to return to the Phillies some time in the next day or two.  He’s pitched in two consecutive games, and last night retired the side in order, with a strikeout. Likely David Herndon, or Joe Savery will be sent down.  It just depends on how many left-handers the Phillies decide to keep.

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Notes From Spring Training

25 Feb

Photo: Miles Kennedy

Just a few updates on what’s happening in Clearwater…

• Cliff Lee – Cliff has been held back with some soreness in his abdomen.  He claims that everything is fine, and he’s scheduled to throw a bullpen on Sunday.  Lee has had some problems with his abdomen in his past, but he says it’s nothing to worry about.

I hate it when they say that.

• Jose Contreras- has thrown a second bullpen, and it went very, very well.  He feels as if he’s able to throw harder then before, and that he’s going to be able to last though the season. “We were very encouraged with how he threw,” Ruben Amaro said. “More importantly, he was really encouraged.”  It’s important that the player throw without reservations.

Domonic Brown – Brown says that he came to camp to win the left field job, even though the Phillies plan to have him play there full time at AAA Lehigh Valley.

• Justin De Fratus – Justin has some soreness in his right elbow which should keep him out of practice for at least a week. De Fratus said he felt tightness in his elbow last month, and it has not improved. “We’ll just slow him down,” Amaro said. “It’s early and we want to be conservative with him.”

I don’t like the sound of that either.

 • Florida State Exhibition Game – The Phillies have decided to start Austin Hyatt.  Also slated to pitch are  Jake Diekman and Jeremy Horst, followed by relievers Michael Schwimer, Joe Savery, J.C. Ramirez, B.J. Rosenberg and Phillippe Aumont.  The game is at 1 p.m. at Bright House Field.

Austin Hyatt spent the season last year at AA Reading, where he went 12-6 with a 3.85 ERA.

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Jose Contreras: Back On The Mound

21 Feb

Photo:Yong Kim

It’s been a long time, but on Tuesday Jose Contreras threw an early morning bullpen session, and reports are that it went nicely.  It was the first time that the Big Truck threw off the mound since he had elbow surgery at the end of last season.

I’m not sure what Jose has left in the tank, but Contreras (age 40) was productive last year before going down for the season, and it will be interesting what he’s able to do.  Jose pitched in just 14 innings last season but he was 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA.  One thing is for sure, there sure are a few characters in the bullpen this year, and it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

I”ll have more to add later today after Rich Dubee opens up to the media, so stop back.

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Jimmy on the Spot

21 May


Well, there is always something to debate when it comes to the Phils.  I stayed up entirely too late last night listening to Philadelphia’s premier sports radio station, 610 WIP.  Man, people were blasting Charlie Manuel for not putting Jimmy right back into the lead off spot. Come on people, he’s been back for FOUR games!  I was as pumped as you yesterday when he rocked that 3-0 fastball, but he’s still getting back.  Jimmy only played in one game while he was in Clearwater and if you add that number to how many he played in up here, you’ll get 5.  Give it some time.  It’s basically still Spring Training for him.  He’ll be back there pretty soon.  Relax, Charlie said he’ll consider it for the weekend.

The Phillies sneak by the Cubs to earn a series split.  Jose Contreras earned a save, it was kinda sketchy but he managed to make it across the tightrope.  Homers from Utley, Rollins, and clutch hitting from Raul Ibanez put the Phillies ahead.

Side Notes.

  • The Red Soxs are coming to town…. Barf.
  • I wouldn’t ordinarily say to root for the Yankees, but word on the street is that if the Mets can’t manage something this weekend in the series with the cross town rivals, then it might be the end of Jerry Manuel.  I just enjoy others misfortune….

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