Archive for May, 2011

Victorino Has Successful Rehab Outing

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, May 29, 2011 10:00 AM Comments: 0

LAKEWOOD, NJ- Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino looked good in his first rehab appearance with the club’s single A affiliate the Lakewood BlueClaws on Saturday night. Victorino has been on the disabled list since May 19th with a strained right hamstring.

As the two-time defending South Atlantic League champions piled on early runs against the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins affiliate), Victorino saw plate appearances in each of the game’s first three innings.

Leading off in the top of the first inning, Victorino lined out to right field. In the midst of a 2nd inning rally, the man known as “the Flyin’ Hawaiian” worked the count full and then walked with the bases loaded to force home a run and put the BlueClaws up 4-0. He later scored on a throwing error by Greensboro shortstop Daniel Black.

Batting with 2 outs in the third inning, and the ‘Claws already leading 8-1, Victorino laced a fastball from 24-year-old righty hurler Kyle Winters into right field and drove in catcher Cameron Rupp to boost the Lakewood lead to 9-1.

Victorino played 5 full innings in the field and was on deck when the BlueClaws made their third out in the bottom of the 5th inning.

Overall on the night, the 30-year-old Victorino went 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and 2 RBI.

“It felt great to get those three at bats. First at bat, I kind of felt like, ‘Where was I?’ I kind of felt like (the pitcher) was throwing a little harder than it was. But, after that and adjusting myself, and getting adjusted to seeing pitches- that’s what it’s about right now…seeing pitches and getting my timing back and feeling good,” Victorino said. Continue reading Victorino Has Successful Rehab Outing


Relive Roy Halladay’s Perfect Game a Year Later

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, May 29, 2011 07:45 AM Comments: 3

It was one year ago today that Roy Halladay achieved perfection. It’s still fresh in the minds of Phillies fans everywhere, as it was Memorial Day weekend 2010 when it occurred in sweltering South Florida.

Relive the moment that Halladay sat down 27 Marlins consecutively. I’ll never forget where I was (in the car on the way to the bar at the beach in South Delaware listening on MLB At-Bat app for iPhone). Where were you?



Phillies Battle Back for 5-2 Win

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, May 28, 2011 10:35 PM Comments: 27

Tonight’s game on FOX was one to appreciate.  It was the type of well-balanced, come-from-behind effort that successful seasons are build upon.

It started with a solid pitching performance from Cole Hamels who finished the game after seven innings allowing 8 hits and 2 earned runs among 10 strikeouts.  The Mets’ hits and runs came early – in the first and third innings – but not often.  The combination of Cole Hamels, Jose Contreras and Ryan Madson retired the Mets in order starting with one out in the fourth – 17 straight batters.

Mike Pelfry certainly matched Cole’s efforts but ended up taking the loss as he was unable to get that final out in the eighth.  In that inning, we saw some classic Phillies offense.  Down 2-1, with two outs, JRoll singled, stole second then scored on a Chase Utley single. Chase finished the game with two hits and two runs after he stole second then scored along with Placido Polanco when Ryan Howard doubled later in the inning.  The Phils added an insurance run in the ninth when Domonic Brown and Ben Francisco both doubled.

Vance Worley takes to the hill on Sunday afternoon – and Phillies Nation is making the trip north for another awesome bus trip.  We’ll get a first hand look at the Mess that is New York baseball.  Go Phils!


Gameday: Phillies (32-19) vs. Mets (23-27)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, May 28, 2011 06:07 PM Comments: 126

Philadelphia Phillies (32-19) at New York Mets (23-27)

Cole Hamels (6-2, 3.06 ERA) vs. Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 5.37 ERA)

Time: 7:10 pm, Citi Field
Weather: Sunny, 77
Twitter: Phillies Nation



Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Polanco 3B, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Brown RF, Mayberry CF, Hamels P

Your Gameday Beer – Corona Light

We’ll be enjoy Corona Light’s all weekend long on the beach and we soak up the rays and wait for the Phillies game to start. That’s livin’ right there. Corona light is surprisingly smooth and won’t fill you up. Most beer advocates look down upon Corona, but I’m of the many that believe it’s a great beer. I’d much rather drink it than Miller or Bud – but that’s just me. Enjoy the weekend! – By Pat



My Lineup Card Would Look Like This

Posted by Don M, Sat, May 28, 2011 11:00 AM Comments: 21

Now that the Phillies have started to get healthy (*knock on wood*), we got to see something that resembled an actual Major League Baseball lineup.  Then came a six-hour game, and the lineup had to be reshuffled again.  Someday this thing will get situated, and that’s where you come in… the question to you:  What would the Phillies lineup look like if YOU ran the show?  How much does Chase Utley need to rest?  How often should Domonic Brown play? Should they ease Brown in with a platoon situation, or just throw him in the deep end to see if he can swim?

Shane Victorino will hopefully be returning very soon, Utley looks like he’ll need to sit every few games…and with everyone’s favorite, Placido Polanco, still the best hitter on the team, who bats 2nd?  Who bats 3rd?  There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding this team, and a lot of ways our issues can be resolved.

Tell us your lineups vs. Lefties and vs. Righties….    Something the eye-test-guys and the saber-heads can have some nice discussions about!

If I had my say:

Phillies lineup vs. Right-Handed Pitchers (RHP)

  1. Rollins, 2. Polanco, 3. Utley, 4. Howard, 5. Victorino, 6. Brown, 7. Ibanez, 8. Ruiz, 9. Pitcher


Phillies lineup vs. Left-Handed Pitchers (LHP)

  1. Rollins, 2. Utley, 3. Polanco, 4. Howard, 5. Victorino, 6. Francisco, 7. Ibanez, 8. Ruiz, 9. Pitcher


*I would try to rest Utley every day-after-night game…and when he needs a breather, try to make it against LHP … (with OPS for his career almost identical against LHP and RHP, but Utley has a career batting average of .297 vs. RHP, and .283 vs. LHP… Higher OBP vs. LHP than vs. RHP…but Higher SLG% vs. RHP than vs. LHP, etc…) Basically Utley is pretty damn good no matter who is on the mound, but playing the percentages of baseball – resting him OCCASSIONALLY vs. Lefties should help more in the long run. (With Utley resting vs. a LHP: 1. Rollins, 2. Victorino, 3. Polanco, 4. Howard, 5. Francisco, 6. Ibanez, 7. Ruiz, 8. Valdez, 9. Pitcher)

*Also, I think Domonic Brown needs to start in RF every single time a RHP is on the mound, and unless Francisco and/or Mayberry is killing it vs. LHP, he should start to play against those pitchers more often too.  A straight platoon of Brown RF, Ibanez LF vs. RHP, and Francisco RF, Mayberry LF vs. LHP doesn’t do much to help anyone’s overall development… but if we’re just playing the odds, it could be the best way to generate offense this season???

Where did I go wrong? 

Tell us what you would do in Charlie’s shoes.


Gameday: Phillies (31-19) vs. Mets (23-26)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, May 27, 2011 06:40 PM Comments: 125

Philadelphia Phillies (31-19) at New York Mets (23-26)

Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.77 ERA) vs. Chris Capuano (3-5, 5.36 ERA)

Time: 7:10 pm, Citi Field
Weather: Sunny, 77
Twitter: Phillies Nation

Here’s a bit of cool news.  The hat Wilson Valdez wore during the Phillies 19 inning win against the Reds on Wednesday night – the win that Wilson Valdez got for them by throwing 1 inning in relief – is headed to Cooperstown for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Congrats to Wilson, that’s a pretty incredible honor. Now onto the game…

Uh-oh, a lefty. The Mets will send Chris Capuano to the mound to try and toy with the Phillies, a team that looks to be on the brink of a nice explosion on offense. Capuano has struggled this season, but has tamed lefties, keeping them to a .630 OPS.

That could mean bad things for Utley, Howard, and Rollins. Or, it might not. Either way, enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

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Dr. Strangeglove, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hate the Braves More than the Mets

Posted by Michael Baumann, Fri, May 27, 2011 12:15 PM Comments: 48

I’m a pretty evangelical Phillies fan. Sometimes I yearn for the days when upper deck tickets could be had for $6, or half a pack of smokes and a Twinkie from the prison commissary. Sometimes, I yearn for the days of trying to talk to myself into the playoff chances of a Millwood/Myers/Wolf/Padilla/Duckworth rotation (which, even now, wouldn’t look too bad) and a Rolen/Brogna/Lieberthal heart of the order. Sometimes, I yearn for the days of wondering how Dan Lauria, the dad from The Wonder Years, knew so much about baseball (I was quite young during the Fregosi era). But on balance, I think the change in the Phillies’ reputation and prominence over the past five years or so has been a good one, and that the bigger tent in which we hold the congregation of Phillies fans today is not even not a necessary evil, but an active good.

That’s probably not a controversial statement. But this might be: If I could change one thing about the recent events that transformed the Phillies franchise and its fan base, it would be to disabuse them of this ridiculous notion that the Mets are somehow the Phillies’ biggest rivals, or are at least the club most worthy of our scorn. The Mets, of course, play the Phillies for a three-game set this weekend, and I can’t be bothered to care. Wake me up when the Braves come to down.

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Interview with Pitching Prospect Tyler Knigge

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, May 27, 2011 09:50 AM Comments: 0

Right-handed reliever Tyler Knigge is having some solid success thus far in 2011 with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. In 14 games for the two-time defending South Atlantic League champions, Knigge has posted a 1-1 record with 2 saves, a 3.20 ERA and 19 strike outs in 19 2/3 innings.

A 12th round pick by the Phillies in last year’s amateur draft, Knigge made his professional debut as a member of the Gulf Coast League Phillies and later earned a bump up to the New York-Penn League’s Williamsport Crosscutters. In 11 combined games at those two levels, Knigge posted a 0-4 record with a 5.28 ERA.

The 22-year-old stands 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs around 220 pounds.

I had the opportunity to speak with Tyler recently about his draft process, his pitch repertoire, his family and plenty more. Check out the media player below to listen to the full interview.


Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider.  You can read more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.


Lee’s Bat and Arm Send Phillies Off with 10-4 Win

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, May 26, 2011 05:55 PM Comments: 13

Richie Ashburn Award: Cliff Lee

—Citizens Bank Park

It was all Cliff Lee on Thursday for the Phillies (PHOTO: Philly.com)

Tired, bruised, battered, the Phillies were all of that. Yet, they didn’t let a little 19-inning game derail them from taking three of four from the Cincinnati Reds, winning going away on Thursday afternoon, 10-4.

For weeks, offensive production was lacking. Today, that was not the case as winning pitcher Cliff Lee knocked in three runs to help his own cause. The three runs were huge, too, as Lee struggled on a very warm day, giving up 10 hits and three runs in eight innings. As usual, Lee kept his pitch count low, and as usual, did enough to keep the Phillies in it to win it. They did just that.

For once, it wasn’t about the left arm of Cliff Lee, rather, the left-handed approach at the plate. It shouldn’t surprise you that Cliff Lee can hold his own with a bat – all of the Phillies starters are partaking in a contest to see who can hit the first home run. Lee nearly won the damn thing with a ground-rule double to dead center field that appeared to be aided by what Charlie Manuel calls “hittin’ weather.” With that sweet stroke, a 4-4, sixth-inning tie became a 6-4 Phillies advantage; one which they would never look back on.

Is it surprising? Not to Charlie Manuel.

“He likes to hit and he wants to be a good hitter,” Manuel said postgame. “When he gets in BP he likes to see how far he can hit the ball. He takes a very aggressive cut.”

Lee isn’t just about going out to the hill and letting his teammates do the rest. He wants to provide himself runs. That was part of the reason the Phillies were such an intriguing option this past offseason.

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Gameday: Reds (26-24) vs. Phillies (30-19)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, May 26, 2011 12:33 PM Comments: 92

Cincinnati Reds (26-24) at Philadelphia Phillies (30-19)

Homer Bailey (3-1, 2.08 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (3-4, 3.38 ERA)

Time: 1:05 p.m. Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 84
Twitter: Phillies Nation


Here are the links from last nights game, if you’re just catching up. Check out our recap, our video collage, and Mike Baumann’s firsthand account of the game. It’s all great stuff by the people here at Phillies Nation!


It’s a half-lineup for the Phillies as they rest most of their older starters. I would assume this to be a very quick game; Cliff Lee will want to get everyone the hell out of here and in bed early tonight, before the Phillies begin a nine-game road trip. Lee will also throw 125 pitches if possible. Don’t think we’ll be seeing much of the bullpen this afternoon.


Martinez SS, Brown RF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Mayberry CF, Valdez 3B, Sardinha C, Lee P

Your Gameday BeerCorona
What a better beer to have on a hot, sunny day. We get you ready for Memorial Day weekend with an ice cold Corona. Lime, or no lime, it’s about as refreshing as a beer can get – and they go down smooth as hell. Be sure to stay cool if you’re in the stands at the game, but if you’re watching from home, have a few of these and get yourself a cheesesteak from Jim’s or Steve’s.


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