Halladay to Start All-Star Game, Savery Promoted

Posted by Michael Baumann, Mon, July 11, 2011 05:19 PM | Comments: 28
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Even on an off day, Phillies-related news abounds.

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who will helm the National League All-Star team, has named Roy Halladay his starting pitcher, picking him over NL ERA leader Jair Jurrjens. Halladay, an eight-time All-Star, will make his second career start after taking the mound for the American League to open up the 2009 All-Star game. Out of the five Phillies to be named to the ever-expanding NL roster, only Halladay and Cliff Lee are expected to pitch, with Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino being ruled out through injury and Cole Hamels sitting out after starting Sunday’s game.

In other news, the Phillies have promoted P/1B Joe Savery from AA Reading to AAA Lehigh Valley. Savery, a first-round pick in 2007 out of Rice University, was a top-100 prospect going into 2008 as a pitcher, before his struggles in the low minors prompted a move off the mound before this season. In 70 games between high-A Clearwater and Reading, Savery has hit .292 with three home runs, splitting his time between first base, left field, and DH. Meanwhile, since his promotion to Reading, Savery has made six appearances as a pitcher, posting 12 strikeouts without walking a batter and allowing only one run over 10 innings. All this comes after Savery was 1-12 with a 4.66 ERA and a K/BB ratio of only 1.31 with the IronPigs last year. Our Jay Floyd recently wrote about Savery’s on-again-off-again relationship with pitching here.

Finally, the Inquirer‘s Matt Gelb reports that the Phillies are considering trading for Padres closer Heath Bell. Bell’s name has come up in trade rumors ever since Jose Contreras went down, but Bell has been talkative at the All-Star Game media day, saying he could be traded to the Angels, Yankees, Cardinals, Rangers, and Phillies. Bell, 33, inherited the closer role in San Diego from Trevor Hoffman in 2009, and has made three All-Star teams in a row, with a 158 ERA+ and a 1.166 WHIP in that time. Ruben Amaro has said he’d prefer to go after another relief arm before a bat, even with the returns of Ryan Madson, Contreras, and Brad Lidge on the horizon, and a surfeit of young relief arms in the high minors (Justin De Fratus, Phillippe Aumont, Michael Schwimer). Bell, who will be a free agent after the season, is the highest-profile relief pitcher on the trade market.

Speaking of Lidge, he continues his rehab assignment with the Reading Phillies on Monday, striking out two batters in a perfect inning. He told the media afterward that he’s shooting for a July 22 return date to the Phillies.

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Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

  • Posts: 0 vickie oneill

    I want a bat not another closer

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Since I rarely watch ESPN anymore with the invention of the MLB network.
    I had forgotten how bad Chris Berman is,
    Turning off the home run derby now.
    Chris Wheeler at least isnt annoying to the point of being unwatchable.

    • Posts: 0 Ron

      In response to Chris Wheeler being annoying….He most certainly is annoying from his first 3 innings to his last 3 I absolutely won’t miss Wheeler when he’s gone(and that can’t happen soon enough for me)

      • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

        I think most agree with you.
        I will miss goofing on his hair peice and his overall goffiness though.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    The All Star is a waste. Just get rid of it. First off it should never determine home field in the world series. For all these guys to pull out is just horrible to the fans. Jeter has no excuse. Mo has no excuse. CC has no excuse. These guys should have to tell someone to pull them off the ballots before the season. If its going to count for home field the managers should pick the players. Bottom line.

    I also heard today everyone saying how great this guy is for giving Jeter his ball. Saying Jeter worked hard for it. This guy is a joke. First off the yankees are making millions right now selling all that garbage for jerter on there web site. I am also sure his girlfriend worked hard to buy him the tickets. The Yankees should of given this guy seats for life plus pay off his student loans. Just my take.

    The Home run derby is a joke. The NL guys outside of Filelder are a joke. Baseball just does not get it. It used to be an honor to go the game, not anymore.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff G

    I agree, the All star is a waste mainly due to the fact its a popularity contest and the meaning of Home field in the WS doesn’t make sense. Having Jeter starting at SS??? What?!! Peralta deserves that.

    There are a ton of snubs, like McCutchen as well, he is rocking it on a sub par team.

    I do hope the Phils don’t go after Bell with the idea of trading Worley or Contreas. Bell will cost a lot and I would rather see the Phils go for a good bat as well if thats the case.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Andrew, Berman is the worst. If you want to catch one of the best, check out the 1970 World Series game on MASN2? or MASN1 I don’t remember, I think it’s almost over, but much more entertaining than the stupid Home run derby- boring. And the announcer is Chuck Thompson, the second best I have ever heard.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Jeff, Right on all counts- If you want the All Star game to mean something, it has to have the best players. Actually it should just be an exhibition and mean nothing. It was fun back when Krukky turned around on Randy Johnson, just play it for fun.

    Who ever has the best record gets home field, period.

    The dufus that gave the ball up is just plain stupid.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Not sure I understand the Ruben’s motivation with reliever over bat, knowing him it’s a smoke screen.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Considering that the Phillies are the favorite to win the WS tomorrow nights game does actually matter to phillies fans and the phillies.
    I agree that it shouldnt though.

    Chuck Thompson is good.
    Jon Miller not so much. And Miller just went into the baseball hall of fame. Go figure.
    But I suppose one day Piazza will go in too.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Do you get MASN? It’s over now I think, but it’s cool to watch the old broadcasts. Mostly behind the plate cameras.

    After that stinkin game six by Matsui in 09, you bet your a$$ it matters. He wouldn’t have even been in the lineup if the game were at CBP.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I get all the channels. Even get the sports package with like all the local cities.

    I ended up watching fox news when I couldnt stand Berman anymore.
    I always wonder how these guys like Berman get this iconic status and become beloved.
    How is Mccarver at every World series game and Mike Emerick on every stanley cup final game? I guess that 99% of the public just doesnt care. And take whatever they are given. Thats why people line up to eat mcdonalds and the NFL is the #1 sport in america now.

    • Posts: 7 dunce

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      Hmme, let’s see, Fox News or Chris Berman? I’d rather eat vomit out of a dead dog’s butt. Other than that, I wouldn’t admit to being a fan of either.

      • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

        One of the more interesting trolls that have come along here. But not too hard to figure out.

  • Posts: 0 Tom

    I hope that this Bell talk is just a smokescreen. We need a bat especially righty OF. Would love to see us get Cuddyer since the Twins won’t be able to resign him, and we’ll have the money for next year and beyond after we dump some of the big salaries after this year is over!!

  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    It saddens me that the All Star game has become this crappy. Every summer Id look forward to it and write down the lineups in my little notebook. It was the best watching Jr. Griffey, Frank Thomas and rooting for whichever Phillie was present. Now it’s garbage. 90 all stars or whatever it is. Really sad. And there is absolutely no way it should mean homefield for the WS.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Bell would be a luxury. Especially if Madson would not be up to par.
    He is very good. I could not complain if he is acquired.
    He is one of the best in the game period.
    If he was brought in bastardo for the 7th Madson for the 8th and he would definately close.
    That would be mighty fierce.

    But I think Ruben understands the needs. I am not even discussing Stutes.
    The conteras thing really doesnt bother me alot.
    The bullpen is the nicest suprise of this season. so kudos to Dube or whoever is responsible for Bastardo and Stutes because they are super.
    It eliminated a major weakness that I thought this team had coming into this season.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I actually think the Phils Pen is close to being better than the braves without Bell. Adding him makes it better. Seems a bit like overkill. Like having 4 aces.
    But he would give the phils the best rotation (ever) and best bull pen (this year)
    And Id have to say the greatest pitching staff EVER in baseball
    Would be a big let down to not win the World series with the best staff EVER

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Well if Contreras is out for the year i think they might have to bring in someone else. That just leaves Madson, Stutes an Star-Do as the bull pen pieces. I think they are going to wait to find out if LIdge can contribute in anyway before making the decision. Raj blows smoke so his comments dont really mean much. Is he going to do what he saying or is he just blowing smoke an going the total opposite of what he is saying. Unfortunately by the time Lidge comes back an trade deadline wont leave too many appearances for Lidge to determine if he will be effective.

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    We can get Bell but we will also get the bat. Count on it. Its a smart move because I think we have to resign ourselves to the fact that Madson is not coming back. The All Star Game back in the 70′s was a terrific event. Every player was great and there wasn’t all this crap surrounding it. Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek, and Joe Garagiola. The greatest baseball broadcasting crew of all time. Its a shame a lot of guys on here didn’t get a chance to listen to them. Marlon Byrd anyone? Trade for Bell and trade Madson? Hmmm.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 3084 Chuck A.

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    Gowdy, Kubek, Garagiola….Chuck Thompson, too. THOSE were some good announcers.


    Dipsy, picking up on the Raul talk from the last thread… What I meant by “struggles” was his horrible start in April. Then in May he picked it up, cooled off a little in June but has turned it on again. IF…and I say IF he can continue to produce like he has been recently then Raul will actually be HELPFUL to the Phillies. He can still turn on a fastball (look at Friday night’s replay) and hustles like hell. You may be okay with the biggest d-bag there is instead of him….but I’m not as long as he’s contributing, which he is.

    And I think that Ruben will address the pen before he does a bat. Madson and Lidge are question marks, Contreras is probably done for the year, and you can’t rely on Bastardo and Stutes to do it all. Need an experienced arm for the postseason.

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    Heath Bell and a bat- I like the sound of that.

    Ryan Madson is not going to re-sign next year anyway. Scott Boras will find someone stupid enough to give him a ridiculous contract. Doesn’t matter, I am very encouraged by the young arms we’ve seen so far, and what I’m reading about the young guns in the system. (Thanks Jay Floyd)

    Heath Bell would be a great rental for the rest of the year. And who knows, he may actually enjoy winning for a change, and want to stay for a “high but reasonable” price, unlike a Boras client. Then we have an All Star closer mentoring the young studs.

    So who’s the bat? Ludwick had a very good year two years ago, but has not performed well since. Or maybe a three team trade?

  • Posts: 3084 Chuck A.

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    Ludwick doesn’t impress me at all. IF we’re gonna go for a bat then I say don’t mess around. Go out and get Pence or Cuddyer and be done with it. But I still say the pen is the first priority that Ruben addresses.

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    By the way y’all, Ludwick is having a great year. Marlon Byrd. Lets get the chatter started on him. Chuck, I knew what you meant. All I’m saying is that the “struggles” are really long periods of ineffectiveness. And I disagree that he can still turn on a fastball. I think his bat has slowed. If he was an employee at my factory, I’d give him early retirement, a gold watch, and a tee time at my club. But I would get him off the assembly like.

    The Dipsy

    • Posts: 1190 Manny

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      I specifically remember watching (on my TV) Ibanez smashing a couple 97mph fastballs when he got red hot in May… but I guess he suddenly became incapable of doing that since it is, oh, July?

  • Posts: 3084 Chuck A.

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    Dipsy, did you see the walkoff HR on Friday night? I believe it was a 91 MPH fastball that he crushed.

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Yup. He was sitting on it “dead red” as they say and the ball was served up on a platter. I give him credit for hitting it out but there aren’t a lot of so called power hitters that would have missed that one.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Melky might be a cheaper options. Err depending if he is hurt now.

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