Tag Archives: San Diego

And That’s Why He’s the Vanimal…

20 Apr

Well it was a familiar story on Thursday night for the Phillies.

The game was nice and tight all the way through, and again the Phillies pitching was brilliant.  Vance Worley threw 7 scoreless innings, and a career high 11 strikeouts.  Vance, like Lee the night before had to pitch at the top of his game when runs are coming at a minimum.

Again the Phillies offense was bleak.  After loading the bases in the first and only walking away with one run, it wasn’t until the 9th that they would score again on a passed ball.

But alas, A win is a win.

It’s pretty nice to be at Petco Park. The Phillies have won 12 straight games here, dating to 2008, so it’s nice to have a 4 game series here when the offense is struggling so much.

Side Notes –

John Mayberry Jr.  – Oh my.  This kid needs a few days off, or to be sent down to AAA to figure it out.

Jonathan Papelbon – Pap is now a perfect 4 for 4 in save opportunities. He’s likely going to be a discussion point all season as he was the Phillies biggest offseason move, when offense really needed to be addressed.

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Cole Made a Funny

24 Feb

Ok this was hilarious…

Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels ruled out the possibility of signing in his hometown of San Diego, asking Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com “why would I want to go where fans only support you from the third inning through the sixth?” (Twitter link). Hamels will hit free agency after the season if the Phillies don’t sign him to an extension.



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Lee Stumbles and Trade Buzz

26 Jul

With Cliff Lee on the mound against the San Diego Padres you got the sense that the Phillies were finally going to get that elusive sweep.  The Phillies had beaten the Friars in their last seven meetings, but alas Monday wasn’t the day.

Lee surrendered five runs in just four innings and was pulled.  He didn’t appear to totally have his head in the game as evidenced by a weak pick off throw in the second inning to first base which allowed the runner on third to steal home.

“I learned from it,” Lee said. “I can’t allow that to happen. I didn’t even consider (a runner stealing home) as a possibility. Next time, I need to be more firm in my throws to first.”

The Phillies offense mustered up four runs, but when the Padres turned things over to their bullpen all hope was lost. Mike Adams (see below) struck out Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the eighth, and got Raul Ibanez to ground out with the tying run sitting at third base.

The silver lining of Monday might just be the scoreless appearance of Brad Lidge.  With the Phillies looking around the league for relief pitching, having Brad back healthy is a huge lift as long as he stays healthy.  Brad’s slider looked just nasty.  His fastball is now just into the high 80’s so you have to hope that Lidge can keep control of the slider.

Lidge missed the first 100 games of the season, and came back to a standing ovation.

The Braves also lost on Monday, so the Phillies will hold onto their 6 game lead in the division.

Trade Buzz – 

After seeing what the Padres bullpen could do on Monday, it’s no wonder that the interest in Mike Adams and Heath Bell is back in the spotlight for the Phillies.  Bell will be a free agent at the end of the season, but Mike Adams is arbitration eligible in 2012.  With the uncertainty of Ryan Madson resigning in Philadelphia Mike Adams would be an excellent pitcher to take over the closer role.  In 282 innings over the last four seasons Adams has an ERA of 2.13 and a 9.3  SO/9 innings pitched.  As relievers go, that’s pretty badass.

Both these guys have a pretty serious price tag.  Do I think it will happen, no.  But I think that the Phillies are really going to try.

It looks as though Hunter Pence is off the trading block.  The Astros have realized that they are not going to get the 3-4 players that they were expecting to nab in return for Pence, and have decided (unless someone gets stupid) to hold on to Pence.

As the Phillies go, I think that we should really look realistically at B.J. Upton.  He’s not a power hitter, but has plenty of tools.  He’d make an excellent left fielder, and comes at a pretty realistic price tag.  Carlos Beltran is surely a much more powerful hitter, but the Mets have been asking for the moon in return for Beltran, and I don’t know if it will be worth it.

Take the poll from Monday, and let me know what you think.  So far Upton leads the way.

Halladay Bounces Back and Trade Buzz

25 Jul

The heat wasn’t a problem for Doc Halladay on Sunday as he dismantled the San Diego Padres on Sunday 5-3.  Halladay went eight strong innings, retiring the last 10 batters in order before handing the game to Antonio Bastardo for the save.

It wasn’t a total breeze for Halladay as he did surrender three runs early, but the Phillies early offense was enough to stave off the Friars.

Roy struck out eight, and probably the most impressive to me was of the eight hits he gave up, they were all singles.

I think it’s also worth pointing out that after sitting out yesterday, until his pinch hit home run, Ryan Howard has looked different at the plate.  He showed a little more patience early today, and took the ball to the left side of the field.  He did strike out twice, but he ran the count full in each at bat.  I know that’s not much to go on just yet, but you gotta start somewhere.

The Phillies have won their 64th game, and their 5th straight.  This is the 9th consecutive winning series for the Phillies who (after tomorrow) will face the other two top teams in the National League.

Cliff Lee pitches Monday as the Phillies try for the sweep that has eluded them for 9 straight series.

Trade Buzz – 

There isn’t too much buzz yet as I post this entry on Monday morning.  Maybe the most notable thing to happen in the last 24 hours (that has something to do with the Phillies) is that Carlos Beltran has quietly told the Mets that he would prefer to stay in the National League since he feels knows the league well.  It’s assumed that he would prefer to go to a contender, and it has been rumored that he would prefer not to go to the Pirates.

I still don’t think that Beltran is a fit in Philadelphia because of what the Mets want in return.  I think that B.J. Upton and Hunter Pence are probably more likely candidates to come to Philly.