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Gameday: Phillies (15-6) vs. Diamondback (8-12)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, April 25, 2011 09:08 PM Comments: 57

Philadelphia Phillies (13-6) at Arizona Diamondbacks (8-12)

Cliff Lee (2-1, 3.91 ERA) vs. Ian Kennedy (2-1, 5.64 ERA)

Time: 9:40 pm., Chase Field
Weather: Sunny, 80
TV: CSN
Twitter: Phillies Nation

So, Charlie Manuel went on some sort of rant. According to the beat guys following the team out in Phoenix, Manuel was angered following the loss of Jose Contreras and the accusations that he was overused, which caused the injury.

For a few quotes, Matt Gelb from the Philadelphia Inquirer has it.

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Stutes Finally Makes the Show

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, April 25, 2011 03:47 PM Comments: 18

Before the season began, our minor league contributor Jay Floyd compiled our annual list of the 25 best prospects in the Phillies organization. Mike Stutes came in at #20 on the list, but after a fine showing in spring training, became one of the fastest risers in the farm system.

Stutes is now on the Phillies roster, taking the spot of the injured Jose Contreras. He will be available to pitch tonight against the Diamondbacks.

Here’s a look at a Mike Stutes scouting report from out Top 25 prospects list of 2011:

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Oregon State product Mike Stutes is a righty hurler that has been impressive throughout his minor league career with the Phillies. Stutes, who stands 6’1″ and weighs 185 pounds, was in Philadelphia for two days this week, as the Phillies hosted several prospects for team seminars at Citizens Bank Park.

Formerly a starter, Stutes moved to the bullpen in 2010. Stutes earned a promotion in June after posting a 3-0 record and a 3.79 ERA in 25 games as a member of the Double A Reading Phillies. After moving to Triple A Lehigh Valley, Stutes stayed sharp, going 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA, while holding opponents to a .200 batting average in 28 outings for the IronPigs.

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D-Backs Just Dying to be Scored On

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, April 25, 2011 11:55 AM Comments: 11

After scoring 12 runs in a four game span in San Diego, the Phillies head to Arizona for a three game series with the under-.500 Diamondbacks. A little over three runs per game is to be expected at Petco Park against a good, young Padres pitching staff. An uptick in run production over the next three games is needed. And all the ingredients are there for it to happen.

At 8-12, Arizona doesn’t seem to pose much of a threat on the surface. Their pitching staff has given up the second most runs in the National League while their offense has posted just one more run that the Phillies (96 to 95). It’s the perfect opportunity for the Phillies offense to finally step on the gas, open up the throttle, and score in heaps.

Arizona’s team ERA is a league-worst 5.16 and they are allowing opposing clubs to hit .281 against them, the second-worst average in the NL. Starting pitching has been the biggest issue. The rotation has only pitched 112 1/3 innings, the fewest in the National League, while compiling a 5.85 ERA. What better way to end your seven-game, scoring-challenged road trip?

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Week In Review: Lack of offense, no problem

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Mon, April 25, 2011 07:31 AM Comments: 16

4/18 – 4/24

It is almost like Ruben Amaro Jr planned for this very time of the season.  The Phillies offense is notoriously known for going cold at times.  See 2010 National League Championship Series, 20 runs in six games.

After last season’s trade deadline brought over Roy Oswalt from the Astros, it seemed that the Phillies rotation would be close to untouchable with Oswalt, Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels.

Apparently with more rabbits in his hat Amaro enticed Cliff Lee to come back to the City of BrotherLEE love for another go around.  Could this have been Amaro’s admittal that pitching, and not home runs, will take his team back to the World Series?

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Phils Sweep Behind Doc’s 14 K’s; Contreras to DL

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, April 24, 2011 07:00 PM Comments: 27

Richie Ashburn Award: Roy Halladay

(Photo: AP)

Going into the series with San Diego, everyone knew it would be a low scoring. The Phillies were struggling offensively, the Padres barely field an offense. It lived up to that billing and then some as both teams combined for just 15 runs.

Sunday’s finale nearly ended in the Phillies third shutout of the weekend – and sixth of the season – but Roy Halladay went and screwed it all up. Yep, after embarrassing the Padres all afternoon, posting a career-high tying 14 strikeouts, Halladay gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth as he tossed his 130th pitch. Antonio Bastardo was summoned to get the final out, and did, giving Halladay his third win of the year in the Phillies 3-1 victory.

While the Phllies offense again had trouble cleaning up the bases (they finished 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position), their top ace had no trouble dismantling a horrid Padres order.

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Gameday: Phillies (14-6) vs. Padres (8-13)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, April 24, 2011 02:54 PM Comments: 25

Philadelphia Phillies (13-6) at San Diego Padres (8-12)

Roy Halladay (2-1, 2.83 ERA) vs. Wade LeBlanc (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Time: 4:05 pm, Petco Park
Weather: Sunny, 65
TV: MyPhl 17
Twitter: Phillies Nation

HAPPY EASTER, PHILLIES NATION!

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Eleven. That’s the total number of runs scored through three games in this series so far at Petco Park. We told you it would be low scoring, but you knew that anyway.

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Howard makes us forget, comes through in extras

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, April 24, 2011 12:09 AM Comments: 13

Richie Ashburn Award: Ryan Howard

When MLB surveyed all 29 managers not named Charlie Manuel who would intentionally walk a batter to get to Ryan Howard, they all answered No.  All but Bud Black.

Black issued a free pass to Jimmy Rollins in the 11th inning tonight to get to Howard.  He attempted to counter the power hitting lefty with left handed reliever Cory Luebke.  This did not work out so well.  Howard laced a double off the wall in left to score Placido Polanco and Rollins to break a 2-2 tie.

Howard’s two RBI double made everyone forget about his four strikeouts leading up to this at bat.  He, then, was then thrown out at home trying to score on a Ben Francisco single.  I still don’t remember the strikeouts.

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Gameday: Phillies (13-6) at Padres (8-12)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, April 23, 2011 07:36 PM Comments: 73

Philadelphia Phillies (13-6) at San Diego Padres (8-12)

Joe Blanton RHP (0-1, 7.27 ERA) vs. Tim Stauffer RHP (0-1, 3.27 ERA)

Time: 8:35 pm, Petco Park
Weather: Clouds mixed with sun, 65
TV: CSN
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Enter Joe Blanton.  The mere mortal amongst the Phantastic Phour.

Oh and guess what?  He may have just gotten his groove back.  Despite his 7.27 ERA this season, Kentucky Joe only allowed two runs in seven innings during his last start against Milwaukee.  Earlier in the season, he thought he may have had some mechanical issues but now seems to be back on track.

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Cole’s evil twin is wicked nasty

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, April 23, 2011 12:55 AM Comments: 33

Richie Ashburn Award: Cole Hamels

Whatever got slipped into Cole Hamels‘ (2-1, 2.92) gatorade after he lasted only 2.2 innings against the Mets in his 2011 debut giving up six runs needs to stay in his gatorade.

Hamels, pitching in his native San Diego, did not disappoint any friends or family members who made the drive to Petco Park to see his Phillies take on the Padres.  Hamels went eight innings allowed four hits and struck out eight batters.  Since his meltdown against the Mets, Hollywood has allowed only two runs in his last 22 innings.  His ERA dropped from 4.32 to 2.92 after today’s 2-0 win.

After the sixth inning Hamels had already thrown 100 pitches.  Nowadays when a pitcher hits triple digits everyone is calling for the bullpen.  Charlie Manuel didn’t.  He stuck with his lefty and it paid off.  Hamels was still crisp on his location and his fastball was topping out at 93 mph.  On his 124th pitch of the night he struck out Orlando Hudson looking.  Two pitches later, he was out of the eighth and on his way to his second victory of this young season.

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Gameday: Phillies (12-6) at Padres (8-11)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Fri, April 22, 2011 08:32 PM Comments: 55

Philadelphia Phillies (12-6) at San Diego Padres (8-11)

Cole Hamels LHP (1-1, 4.32 ERA) vs. Clayton Richard LHP (1-0, 4.50 ERA)

Time: 10:05 pm, Petco Park
Weather: Sunny, 65
TV: CSN
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Whether you call him Mr. Hollywood or one of the California Kids, Cole Hamels is heading home to pitch.  He will take the mound in his native San Diego to pitch against the Padres.

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