Tag Archives: Philadelphia

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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Hamels on Trade Possibilities

16 Jul

Cole Hamels spoke candidly about trade implications following a stellar performance in Denver on Sunday.

“I’m not thinking about it,” Hamels said after beating the Rockies 5-1 on Sunday. “I get to control my own destiny. That’s the least of my worries. If I stay healthy and I’m able to pitch, I know I’ll be able to do well and I’ll do it for a really long time, and everything else will eventually fall into place.”

Hamels should feel confident.  His 11-4 record and 3.07 ERA is one of the few good things about the Phillies 2012 season.

“Ever since you get drafted, when you’re that kind of top prospect and you have that sort of profile put on you, you learn to play with the attention and the positives and negatives that come with it,” Hamels explained. “You just go out and play. I’ve had quite a few years of learning how to do that.”

The Phillies have two weeks to figure it all out, but the decision may have already been made.

The AngelsDodgersRangers, Pirates, Tigers, Marlins, and Giants were reportedly among the teams with scouts in attendance for Cole Hamels’ start against the Rockies Sunday.

Sheesh.

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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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Cole Hamels Opens Up On Trade and Free Agency

8 Jul

This is the best look into the Cole Hamels contract situation so far… It’s a must read.

Great, great stuf from CSNPhilly’s Leslie Gudel.

Does Cole Hamels want to remain a Phillie after this season? After spending 20 minutes with the All-Star lefty on Sunday morning, I would say the answer is yes. Of course, it’s not that simple. Arriving at a new contract suitable to both parties will be a challenge. 

And then there is the lure of more money or years from another team — a team like the Dodgers, for example. We got into that and more during our conversation:

Read the rest here! 

 

 

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Nix still a week away…

5 Jul

…From a rehab start.

Laynce Nix has been sidelined with a left calf strain, and has not played since May 10.

“He’s feeling a lot more optimistic,” Amaro said. “He did have that setback but he’s doing pretty good. He’ll be back after the break. How far after, I’m not sure.”

Nix was feeling better but felt a “Pop” a few weeks ago while training in Clearwater, and had to slow things down for a while.

Nobody is really sure who will get dropped from the roster when Nix returns.  My guess would be that the Phillies either release Mike Fontenot, or try to send him to AAA LHV, since the Phillies need to hang onto to as many bullpen pitchers as they can until Roy Halladay returns.

Nix was brutal the first few weeks of April, but started to get things going right before coming up lame in early May.

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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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