Archive for July, 2010

Phillies Trade Deadline Thread: July 28

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, July 28, 2010 01:49 PM Comments: 38

-Big news coming minutes ago from Jim Salisbury on twitter. Sully says Shane Victorino is headed to the DL and that Domonic Brown will be called up to take his place.  I’ve just received word from the Phillies that this is indeed the case, so make way for Domonic Brown. He’ll take Victorino’s spot on the roster.  This is a huge and exciting day for the organization as we get to see one of the biggest prospects in baseball roam the outfield.

-Also, the Roy Oswalt chatter has ramped back up in the past few hours. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says there is a chance that the Phils can keep Jayson Werth, which looks very likely with the news of Victorino hitting the DL. He also says that the players in the deal are pretty much agreed upon and they are waiting for the OK’s on either side.

-Sources close to Todd Zolecki have also pointed out that the 2012 option may not be a necessity and that Oswalt will indeed waive his no-trade to come to Philly. These are big time stepping stones that would guide the way for an Oswalt-to-Philly union. The long-term money would not be an issue, the location would not be an issue, and all seem to be happy with what’s being moved on both sides. More as the day goes on…

Update (4:42): Lefty reliever Joe Biemel is on the Phils radar, according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal. The Rockies reliever is a cheaper alternative to Scott Downs from Toronto and could fill the spot.

-Also, Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse will be on 97.3 ESPN FM in just a bit to talk about Jay Happ-to-Chicago rumors that would net the Phillies Ted Lilly. We’ll let you know if this goes down, but in my opinion, this deal makes little sense. Lilly would provide a very insignificant upgrade over Happ. In many ways, they are close. Don’t see how that helps the Phillies.


Bus Trip to DC – This Saturday

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, July 28, 2010 12:26 PM Comments: 18

Hey Phillies Fans – we had a few spots open up for the bus trip to Washington, DC this Saturday. If you’re interested in attending, tickets are $82 and include a ride on the bus, ticket in section 142, and access to a huge tailgate party with all-you-can-eat BBQ and all-you-can-drink beer. Get your ticket now before it’s too late!


Bats Rattle the Snakes in Phils 9-5 Win

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, July 27, 2010 11:32 PM Comments: 113

Poor Cole.  He throws gems for three straight outings and leaves with one win.  Tonight, against one of the worst teams in baseball, he’s struggles, yet, was in line for a win. Hamels wouldn’t receive a decision, but some power baseball by the Phillies sent them to a 9-5 win – their 6th straight.

It wouldn’t be a Phillies victory without a daily injury. This time it was Shane Victorino who took himself out of the game with a left oblique strain. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow to find the extent of the damage.

Hamels labored his way through his five innings, throwing 108 pitches. He allowed three earned runs on six hits and four walks. The crispness of his previous three starts was missing, however, Hamels did manage eight strikeouts over 15 outs. Missing was his control, something that has been evident over the past month, just as it was throughout 2008.  Tonight, though, Hamels could not find a groove. Home plate umpire Tim McCleland appeared to have a fairly tight strike zone on the night, which could be the culprit for those four walks Hamels surrendered.

The power bats came out and imparted damage through multiple crooked innings, something that has been absent for the better part of the season.

An RBI single by Ryan Howard tied it at one in the third inning and a few batters later Carlos Ruiz milked a bases-loaded walk to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. Hamels would relinquish that advantage with single runs in the fourth and fifth frames, one being a monster home run to dead center field by slugger Mark Reynolds.

With Arizona holding a 3-2 fifth inning-lead, the Phils would strike for two in the bottom half thanks to Jayson Werth’s first home run since June 23rd against Cleveland. Quickly, that lead would evaporate as the see-saw affair continued in the sixth with Arizona putting two on the board.  No worries, the offense was on a mission.

The Phillies put up three in the bottom half as Raul Ibanez started off the scoring by singling home Shane Victorino. Howard then deposited one into the seats just beyond the Southwest Airlines sign (Grab your bat, it’s on) giving the Phils a two-run cushion.

For insurance purposes, Cody Ransom went yard in the seventh to give the Phillies a 9-5 lead, which was plenty of support for the back end of the ‘pen.

Howard was the brightest offensive star on this night, raising his average to .302 with his 6th inning bomb off losing pitcher Jordan Norberto. Could this be his most complete year since his MVP season of 2006?  Howard is locked in and his numbers that felt pedestrian at the mid-point now seem rather explosive in this year of the pitcher.

That, and it’s easy to find a groove if your hitting against the Diamondbacks pitching staff.  They have, by far, the worst numbers of any National League team out of the bullpen, and the Phillies exploited that often.

As for the Victorino injury, he said he felt it grab on a diving attempt back to first base in the bottom of the sixth inning. Victorino then felt a pull when he caught a fly ball in the top of the 7th and decided to nip it in the bud.

When asked if he thinks it’s severe enough to require an all-too-familiar DL stint, Victorino said, “no, I hope not. I don’t think it’s that bad, I hope it’s not that bad. But, again, I won’t know until I take the MRI in the morning.”

Could this mean a Domonic Brown sighting in Philadelphia? If Vic needs time to heal, Brown could very well be on his way from Allentown to the pros in no time.  Tomorrow promises to be a very interesting day for Victorino, who was hitting the ball quite well all night, for Brown, who could make a Major League appearance soon, and for this Phillies team, which keeps on winning, even though the injuries continue to pile up. Add that to the nonstop trade rumors surrounding this team and you’ve got yourself one hell of a Wednesday on tap.

NOTES: David Herndon struggled in his one inning of work but was the winning pitcher for the Phillies, his first win as a major leaguer.

-Hamels has posted a 2.16 ERA in July.

-The Phillies have won nine in a row at home, their longest home streak ever at CBP.


Gameday: Diamondbacks at Phillies (53-46)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, July 27, 2010 05:55 PM Comments: 283

CardinalsArizona Diamondbacks Philadelphia Phillies (52-46)

Rodrigo Lopez, RHP (5-9, 4.58 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels, LHP (3-6, 6.03 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 84
Twitter: @PhilliesNation

Jimmy Rollins will miss tonight’s game, and possibly a few more, as he deals with some swelling after fouling a ball off his back foot. Charlie Manuel indicated that Rollins is day-to-day, but they may give him more time to heal since he’s in pain. We’ll keep an eye on this.

As for the starters, Cole Hamels will look to continue his brilliant pitching tonight against Arizona. He’ll look to give the Phils their 6th consecutive victory, and at a perfect time, too, as they creep up on the division leading Braves. Hamels has given up one earned run in his last three starts (22 2/3 innings). Against Arizona, Hamels is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts, but allowed six runs in six innings of a 7-4 loss at Arizona on April 2

Rodrigo Lopez is the hurler for the D-Backs, someone you all should be familiar with. Not only did he pitch for the Phils last season, but he was blasted by them back in April for six runs in six innings. The Snakes won that game 8-6.

Charlie Manuel on the playoff run: “I haven’t even mentioned the Wild Card, that’s not in my thinking at all right now.” Go for that division!

LINEUP: Victorino CF, Polanco 2B, Ibanez LF, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Dobbs 3B, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Hamels P.

Your Gameday Beer: Dock Street Summer Session

Had it last night and was pleasantly surprised. It was one of the smoothest beers i’ve had in quite a while and finished beautifully with hints of lemon and ginger. It’s pale and looks like a Blue Moon, but tastes waaaay better. You can check it out at Dock Street Brewery, located at 50th and Baltimore in West Philadelphia. I wouldn’t wander through that area too often, since it’s the ghetto, but I would trek through it for a beer this good. Get on it. -By Pat

Go Phillies!


Phillies Trade Deadline Thread: July 27

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, July 27, 2010 10:04 AM Comments: 73

-Yesterday, our own Corey Seidman gave his take on the Roy Oswalt situation. The chances of Oswalt coming to Philadelphia seem to dwindle by the minute, if you believe every report you hear. I, however, am skeptical of those reports, or any report for that matter, pertaining to the deadline. In the past few weeks, the Rangers came in late as a suitor for Cliff Lee after it was nearly a “done deal” that he had been dealt to New York. Also, Dan Haren was likely heading to the Yankees. Instead, the Angels came in late and made the move.

-Two intriguing names coming out of the NL East that could be on the trade market are Chris Volstad and Ricky Nolasco, both from the Marlins. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post said yesterday that several teams have inquired about the big righty. The name I like here is Nolasco.  If the Marlins decide they are sellers, Nolasco would be a PERFECT match with the Phillies. He’s a savvy righty, and at times can be dominating, just as Cole Hamels can be from the left side. Nolasco makes less than $2 million for the remainder of this season and is arbitration eligible for two more seasons. He is cheap and it might take slightly less to pry him away from Florida than it would Roy Oswalt from Houston, as far as prospects go.  Let’s hope Florida decides to sell. Ricky Nolsaco would be #1 on my list.

-Some other names that are being thrown around, none of which really provide much excitement: Edwin Jackson of Arizona, Jeremy Guthrie of Baltimore, Paul Maholm of Pittsburgh, Jorge De La Rosa and Aaron Cook of Colorado, and Ted Lilly of the Cubs.

Lilly is the best of the bunch, but will also fetch the most in the way of young players. He’d be a solid third option behin Halladay and Hamels. Guthrie and Maholm are Kendrick-type guys, I don’t see them as an upgrade to this staff. Pass.  De La Rosa and Cook are better options than those two and have been to the playoffs in recent seasons. Neither is much more than a #4.

Edwin Jackson makes you perk a bit.  He was excellent in Tampa during their World Series run but this season has been all over the map. Jackson tossed one of the five no-hitters this season, but also walked eight in that same game.  His ERA is above five, but he’s a young, innings machine who could be primed for a turnaround.

-Another name to watch for is Scott Downs from Toronto. If the Phillies are worried about Brad Lidge – and by now, they damn-well should be – then Downs is on their radar.  It’s always tough to buy on relief arms at the deadline, but Downs is as good as they get. He is a free agent after this season, too.  The Phillies were one of the teams speculated to be “in” on the Downs rumors weeks ago, but since, the Yankees have been named a frontrunner. It always seems like a darkhorse jumps in on these trades, so watch for a Downs/Phillies connection.


Colorado Rockies (51-47) at Philadelphia Phillies (52-46)

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, July 26, 2010 02:19 PM Comments: 152

CardinalsColorado Rockies (51-47) at Philadelphia Phillies (52-46)

Jason Hammel, RHP (7-5, 4.29 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton, RHP (3-6, 6.03 ERA)

Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 84
Twitter: @PhilliesNation

LINEUP: Rollins SS, Polanco 2B, Ibanez LF, Howard 1B, Gload RF, Victorino CF, Dobbs 3B, Schneider C, Blanton P.

Your Gameday Beer: Coors Original

We’ve been drinking the blood of the Rockies since the series started on Friday.

Let’s keep the streak alive by throwing back a few more Coors Originals – the banquet beer.

Go Phillies!


Phillies Run Over Rockies for Rainy Win

Posted by Brian Michael, Sun, July 25, 2010 09:57 PM Comments: 7

After a lengthy rain-delay, Jimmy Rollins scored the winning run on a wild pitch to seal the Phillies come-from-behind victory 4-3 and win the series against the Rockies.

The game started at 1pm with J.A. Happ making his first start in over three months. Returning from a left elbow strain, he allowed three runs on four hits and four walks over five innings. The lefty said he “pitched a little angry” as he’s out to prove he belongs in the Phillies starting rotation. Unfortunately his evaluation was cut short by a hour-and-a-half rain delay.

At that point the Rockies were leading 3-2, with the Phillies runs coming off a Ben Francisco homer. Soon after the game returned, the Phillies took the lead with a two-run seventh. Wilson Valdez started the inning with a ground rule double; then the Phillies sparkplug took over. JRoll singled to score Valdez and took second on an error by the left-fielder. He wisely stole third off the Rockies absent-minded reliever Joe Beimel who was soon replaced by Rafael Betancourt after walking Ryan Howard. With Jayson Werth at the plate Betancourt tossed one in the dirt allowing Rollins to scamper home.

The Phillies bullpen on the other hand, shined after the rain-delay. Durbin, Madson, Contreras and Romero kept the Rockies from scoring through the ninth. Then Brad Lidge came on to earn his ninth save of the season by striking out the side. Well, that is before he gave up two walks and a single to load the bases. He was aided by a generous strike call to end the game by home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn.

With that, the Phillies swept the Rockies in Philadelphia. After losing 4 games in a row, the Fightins are now riding a four-game winning streak. If you recall the Phillies teams of the mid-2000s, the one thing that defined them was inconsistency. We’re certainly seeing that quality – for better or worse – with this team now.


Gameday: Colorado Rockies (51-46) at Philadelphia Phillies (51-46)

Posted by Brian Michael, Sun, July 25, 2010 04:43 PM Comments: 105

CardinalsColorado Rockies (51-46) at Philadelphia Phillies (51-46)

Jeff Francis, LHP (3-3, 4.56 ERA) vs. JA Happ, RHP (1-0, 1.76 ERA)

Time: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 96 (rain expected)
Twitter: @PhilliesNation

LINEUP: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Francisco LF, Ransom 3B, Ruiz C, Kendrick P.

Your Gameday Beer: Coors Original

Sam Elliot is the voice of Coors Beer. Nuff said.

I am with Pat and Kieran! More Coors, another win for the Phightins.

Go Phillies!


Phillies walk all over Jimenez, Rockies 10-2

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, July 24, 2010 08:17 PM Comments: 81

You had to feel bad for Kyle Kendrick (6-4, 4.60).  He was shelled in his last start against the Cardinals getting knocked around in a 8-4 loss.  He was then sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley with the big league club looking to aquire a front line start via the trade.  That trade has still not happened, yet.  Then Jamie Moyer goes down.

Here comes Kendrick.  Called up to start today against the Rockies and Ubaldo Jimenez (15-2, 2.75).  Jimenez has been one of, if not, the hottest pitchers in baseball.  Kendrick’s own manager Charlie Manuel even penciled Jimenez in to start for his NL All Stars.  It was not going to be fun.  Right?


For the second straight game, the Phillies offense looked completely different then they had in the previous eight games.  At first it didn’t take their bats.  It took their patience.  Jimenez walked six batters in two innings.  But it was the three in the third inning combined with two triples that was his demise.

The Phillies scored seven runs in the third inning.  Ryan Howard hit a bases clearing triple, his fifth, to start the scoring.  He would then score on a wild pitch.  Jimmy Rollins would then triple, in his second at bat of the inning, to plate two more runs.  It was 5-0 before recording an out.  The Phillies took the field in the top of the fourth with a 7-0 lead for Kendrick.

Kendrick went seven innings allowing only one run on six hits and struck out three.  After his last start, Kendrick said he left some pitches up and they hit them.  Today he probably left some up too, but luckily for the Phils only one Colorado hitter connected.  The only run surrendered was a solo home run to Ian Stewart to lead off the fourth inning.

Rollins set the tone in the leadoff spot.  He had three RBIs to go along with his three hits.  He also stole second base in the seven-run third.  Howard also had three RBIs and Raul Ibanez hit his eighth home run, a two run shot in the third.

Jayson Werth had his very own cheering section with the Pirates, Rays, Red Sox, Tigers and Astros all having scouts in the seats.  Werth did not disappoint going 2 for 3 with two walks.  His line now stands at .284, 13hr, 52RBI.

Recently called up Vance Worley made his Major League debut throwing a perfect ninth inning striking out two of the three hitters.  A nice gesture by Manuel guessing he will be sent down tomorrow to make room for J.A. Happ.

Worth noting: Up until the solo homer allowed by Kendrick in the fifth, Phillies pitchers had not allowed a run in 24 innings.  Also, minor leaguer JC Ramirez was scratched from his start for Double-A Reading tomorrow.  He is not injured.  Hmmmm……


Gameday: Rockies (51-45) at Phillies (50-46)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, July 24, 2010 02:10 PM Comments: 304

CardinalsColorado Rockies (51-45) at Philadelphia Phillies (50-46)

Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP (15-1, 2.38 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick, RHP (5-4, 4.82 ERA)

Time: 4:10, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 96 (Feeling like 102)
TV: CSN, Fox Regional
Twitter: @PhilliesNation

The Phillies will look at add on to their current five game home winning streak against one of the best road pitchers in the league.  Acutally Ubaldo Jimenez may just be the best pitcher in all of baseball period.  He boasts a 9-1 record in 11 road starts for the Rockies.  For those 11 games his ERA is 1.60.  However, the Phils may have caught him at the right time.

In his last start against the Marlins, Jimenez lasted only 5 1-3 innings while surrendering a season high-tying six runs.  The last time he faced the Phillies was in Game 1 of the NLDS last October going seven innings.  He struck out seven and allowed two runs taking the loss as the Phils won 5-1.

The Phillies seem to be picking up momentum with their offense.  They have produced 12 hits in back to back games.  A nice welcoming gift for Greg Gross who is taking over as the hitting coach after Charlie Manuel fired Milt Thompson.

Some of the Phillies have had success facing Jimenez in the past.  Howard, Dobbs, Polanco and Rollins each have two hits against the righty while Victorino has three.  Jimenez has only pitched 10 innings against Philadelphia and holds an 8.10 ERA during that time.

The Phillies will counter with Kyle Kendrick who was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley only days after  being sent down.  He is being asked to fill in for Jamie Moyer on the DL after suffering what could be a career ending injury in his last start.  In Kendrick’s last start he allowed a season high three homers in an 8-4 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.  Against Colorado, Kendrick is 1-1 with a 5.93 ERA in five starts.

Ruben Amaro Jr. and the front office have been frantically looking to add another starting pitcher.  Kendrick could ease their minds a bit with a solid start here and prove he belongs at the Major League level.  Let’s not hold our breathe quite yet.

LINEUP: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Ibanez LF, Howard 1B, Werth CF, Victorino RF, Dobbs C, Schneider 2B, Kendrick P.

Your Gameday Beer: Coors Original

Sam Elliot is the voice of Coors Beer.  Nuff said.

I am with Pat!  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  Another Coors, another win for the Phightins.

Go Phillies!

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