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Hamels, Madson, Rollins: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

Posted by The Dipsy, Sun, August 28, 2011 06:08 PM Comments: 50

(PHOTO: NJ.com)

This post was written by one of our commenters, The Dispy.

The general consensus is that, after the season is over, the Phils will have three big contract issues to deal with: the pending free agency of both Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Madson along with an extension for Cole Hamels. The Phillies, by design or good fortune, have a lot of expiring money coming off the books.

In my view, they are not cash strapped, yet good business and an eye to the future dictate they be prudent when letting their money go. That said, lets tackle these contracts one at a time:

1. Cole Hamels: He is the “must do” out of the three. Its not my money, but I would not be much interested in playing hardball with Cole. He is a star, he’s young, and he’s lefthanded. If I were Cole I’d want five years. Cliff got it so why shouldn’t he? Buying out his 2012 arb years is worth what….16m? Then give him 20m a year after that.? Dipsy’s price: 5y96m

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Cisco and Cloyd Excel For Reading

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, August 28, 2011 12:02 PM Comments: 0

The Double A Reading Phillies pitching staff, having been led through the first half of the season by the likes of All-star right-hander Austin Hyatt, well regarded prospect JC Ramirez and others, has seen a pair of new arms emerge as leaders helping the team make a run at the postseason in the Eastern League.

As Reading competes for a Wild Card spot in the East division, starter Tyler Cloyd and reliever Michael Cisco have solidified a staff that has been among the best in the league.

With 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in the R-Phils’ win over New Britain on Wednesday night, righty hurler Mike Cisco won his 8th game of the season. The 36th round draft pick from 2008 out of the University of South Carolina is the grandson of former Phils pitching coach Galen Cisco.

The 5-foot-11-inch 195-pounder entered the season with a .253 batting average against, a 16-19 record and a 3.55 ERA in 58 career minor league contests. This season, Cisco has taken things to the next level, holding opponents to a .183 batting average, while going 8-0 with a 1.63 ERA in 26 games. Continue reading Cisco and Cloyd Excel For Reading

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Phillies/Marlins Postponed

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, August 27, 2011 02:08 PM Comments: 22

UPDATE, 3:30 pm:

The Phillies announce that today’s 1:05 p.m. game has been rescheduled as part of a day/night doubleheader on Thursday, September 15 starting at 2:35 p.m.

The game originally scheduled for tonight at 7:05 p.m. game will begin at 7:35 p.m. on September 15 as the night game.

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File this one under “We told you so.”

The Phillies/Marlins game has been postponed due to rain, thanks to Miss Hurricane Irene. That means it is now a one game series; one in which the Phillies lost with their loss on Friday night, 6-5. No makeup date has been announced at this point.

The Phillies will do their best now to get to Cincinnati, where they start a series on Monday. There are all sorts of questions pertaining to the rotation at this point with Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee being pushed back, and Cole Hamels already scheduled to start Monday when he comes off the DL.

They have been answered by Rich Dubee. Hamels will start Monday, Halladay on Tuesday, and Lee on Wednesday against the Reds. Good luck, Cincy!

Anyway, enjoy your weekend the best you can!

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Gameday: Marlins (59-72) vs. Phillies (83-46)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, August 27, 2011 12:24 PM Comments: 6


Florida Marlins (59-72) at Philadelphia Phillies (83-46)

Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 4.01) vs. Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.56)

Time: 1:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Rain/Wind, 77
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Doesn’t look like they’ll get this one in. With the early rain bands of Hurricane Irene already hitting the Philadelphia area, I’m not sure baseball is in the cards for today unfortunately. A Friday doubleheader would have been best, but it appears as though the Marlins nixed that because they were already playing two DH’s in five days.

Whatever the case may be, if you were looking forward to sitting back, relaxing, and waiting on impending doom, looks like you’ll have to wait until another life.

Unfortunately, this will allow everyone to stew a little bit longer after Friday’s ugly defeat. Clay Hensley, for God’s sake!

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Gameday: Marlins (58-72) vs. Phillies (83-45)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, August 26, 2011 04:41 PM Comments: 30


Florida Marlins (58-72) at Philadelphia Phillies (83-45)

Clay Hensley (1-5, 5.47) vs. Roy Oswalt (6-7, 3.51)

Time: 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Sunny, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Try and keep up with me here. Saturday’s Day-Night doubleheader is now just a day game. The night portion of the double dip has been postponed until September 15, time to be determined. So Sunday’s game is now being played Saturday, and Saturday’s game has been canceled due to that Irene bitch.

Rich Dubee says Roy Halladay will pitch tomorrow(if they even get it in), then with the off day Sunday, there is uncertainty. Cole Hamels was slated to return from the DL, and it’s unlikely they’ll slide him back an further. Cliff Lee also needs to throw, so keep an eye on that situation.

Anywho, for tonight’s game, it seems like the ultimate mismatch on the mound. Roy Oswalt is back to being healthy and coming off a great performance (8 shutout innings against the Nats). Clay Hensley is not, he was just shelled last week (7 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings).

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Dr. Strangeglove: 25 Bullet Points

Posted by Michael Baumann, Fri, August 26, 2011 09:47 AM Comments: 42

This week, we’re dispensing information. I mean, that’s what we try to do with every post, but with analysis involved. This time, no analysis, no context, just information. Here are some things you might not know about this year’s Phillies, presented on their own merits, and I make no claims about their significance or even entertainment value. I submit the following without comment or criticism.

The Playoff Chase

  • Coolstandings.com has the Phillies, as of Friday morning, at 99.9% odds to make the playoffs. If they fail, it would tie the 1995 California Angels for the worst collapse in history.
  • The same website has the second-place Braves at 99.2% to make the playoffs. If they fail, it would be tied for the fourth-worst collapse in history, beating both the 1962 Dodgers and 1964 Phillies (but not the 2007 Mets).
  • No team in position to make the playoffs has less than a 72% chance of doing so, and no chasing team has better than a 28.5% chance of overtaking a division or wild card leader. Four of the eight playoff teams have a 99% chance or better of holding on to their spots. This could be a boring stretch run. Continue reading Dr. Strangeglove: 25 Bullet Points
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Poll: Jimmy Rollins Groin Injury

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, August 25, 2011 07:20 PM Comments: 6

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A couple of days ago, Jimmy Rollins was sent to the DL with a Grade 2 groin strain. For a guy who relies on his legs, this isn’t the best news in the world. Luckily, there is plenty of time for him to heal before the playoffs begin in early October.

But are you still worried? Rollins has provided the Phillies with a spark this year and is still proving his worth at the top of the order. Not to mention, his defense has been steady as always at shortstop.

How concerned are you about Rollins moving forward? Let us know in the poll below.

How concerned are you about Jimmy Rollins' injury?

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Phillies Play Two Saturday Due to Hurricane Irene

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, August 25, 2011 02:27 PM Comments: 20

By all accounts, Irene could be the strongest hurricane to hit the east coast in a long time (PHOTO: NASA)

A rumor surfaced earlier today that the Phillies game with the Florida Marlins on Sunday will be moved up and turned into a doubleheader on Saturday due to the impending Hurricane that is angling toward the east coast.

That has now been confirmed by the team in a press release:

The Phillies game on Sunday, August 28 against the Florida Marlins has been moved up due to the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Irene.  The game will be played as part of a day/night doubleheader on Saturday, August 27 at 1:05 p.m.

All tickets for the August 28 game will be honored for entry into the August 27 day game, which begins at 1:05 p.m.  The ShopRite Back-to-School Cliff Lee Gym Bag giveaway for fans 14 and under will also take place at the afternoon game.  All gates, including Ashburn Alley, will open at 11:05 a.m. for the 1:05 p.m. game.

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Mets Jump Up, Hang On to Avoid Sweep

Posted by Michael Baumann, Wed, August 24, 2011 04:58 PM Comments: 22

The Phillies revisited a pre-Pence Trade tradition this afternoon against the Mets, losing a getaway game in a series they had a chance to sweep by a final of 7-4.

Kyle Kendrick was partially, if not entirely to blame, allowing six runs in four innings while striking out only one. Though the Mets tagged Kendrick for four in the top of the first, he was not entirely to blame. Kendrick loaded the bases with nobody out, with help from fill-in shortstop Michael Martinez, who booted what looked to be a double play ball from Mets No. 2 hitter Ruben Tejada. After a single, a fielder’s choice, a strikeout, and three-run homer by Nick Evans, the Mets were up a grand slam before all the tailgating stragglers had taken their seats.

The Phillies had ample opportunity to strike back, but never really did. In the bottom of the first, Hunter Pence struck out to end the inning with runners at the corners. An inning later, after the Phillies had clawed back into the game with three two-out runs, Pence, swinging freely against a pitcher who had thrown 25 pitches to the previous four hitters, popped out to short right. To be fair to Pence, he did go on to single twice later on in the game.

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Gameday: Mets (60-68) at Phillies (83-44)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Wed, August 24, 2011 11:34 AM Comments: 24

New York Mets (60-68) at Philadelphia Phillies (83-44)

Mike Pelfrey, RHP (6-10, 4.61) vs. Kyle Kendrick, RHP (7-5, 3.24)

Time: 1:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Sunny, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Benedick: That [Kyle Kendrick pitches], I thank h[im]; that [he wins], I likewise give [him] most humble thanks. But that I will have a recheat winded in my forehead or hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick, all [Kendricks] shall pardon me. Because I will not do them the wrong to mistrust any, I will do myself the right to trust none. And the fine is, for the which I may go the finer, I will live a bachelor.

Prince: I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale with [Kendrick].

Benedick: With [Halladay], with [Lee], or with [Hamels], my lord, not with [Kendrick]. Prove that ever I lose more blood with love than I will get again with drinking, pick out mine eyes with a ballad-maker’s pen and hang me up at the door of a brothel house for the sign of blind [Kendrick].

Prince: Well, if ever thou dost fall from this faith, thou wilt prove a notable argument.

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