Phillies Nation TV: Blanton’s Value, Dontrelle, Doc Struggles

Posted by Corey Seidman, Thu, March 15, 2012 06:00 PM | Comments: 11
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This week on Phillies Nation TV, Pat and I dive into possible trades for Joe Blanton. The Blue Jays interest seems to have cooled but we look at whether or not moving Blanton makes sense to begin with.

We also examine Dontrelle Willis’ odds of making the team and why Charlie Manuel might be to blame for his early struggles.

Later in the show we talk teams to fear in the National League, and why Roy Halladay struggles so much in the first inning of games.

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  • Posts: 37 landshark

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    Cool Video…BTW….Natalie is gorgeous! Keep her around

  • Posts: 1135 EricL

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    What’s with Mandy suggesting the veteran Phils need to take cues from Worley? Worley’s the 5th starter with one season of big league ball behind him. He’s not guaranteed anything. Guys like Polanco, Rolilns and Utley are legitimate stars in the league and there is no reason why they should bust their tails in spring training. The point is to get back into the swing of things and, most importantly, not get hurt. You don’t want your stars running out every grounder and crashing into walls in the spring during games that don’t count. That’s just silly and should be self evident. I know Charlie gets his panties in a bunch now and again, but he’s made similar complaints in the past and they’ve won the division five years running, so just let him be his grumpy self and let the “old players” keep themselves healthy for the time when the games actually count.

    As for Howard, he’ll play this season, and he’ll almost certainly be partaking in baseball activities by June, provided he doesn’t get hit by a bus or stray comet or something. Now, as for the Phils being in 2nd place, well, that’s certainly possible, but it depends on a lot of things non-Ryan Howard related. For instance, if Mayberry regresses back to the player he was for the vast majority of his career, and if Wigginton shows that he really is pretty much done, and Placido and Utley can’t stay on the field while Josh Johnson, Hanley and Reyes all manage to remain healthy, then sure, they’ll be fighting to stay atop the leaderboard. But that’s true in any season, and so the discussion being focused on Howard as the catalyst for a 2nd place team seems a bit unfair.

    And in keeping with my fashion critiques: Natalie, the hair-down look is much preferable to the hair-up look from last week. Neither is particularly unflattering, but given the choice, down it is. Corey, your facial hair stylings are expanding! By the end of the season I’m expecting to see a Most-Interesting-Man-In-The-World-type full bushy beard. As for Pat, well, I have nothing. lol

    Anyway, good work guys.

    • Posts: 312 Corey Seidman

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      Thanks Eric, I’ll have some new shit ready for you next week.

  • Posts: 0 Lil' Kim Jong-il

    This infield has the potential to be a huge disaster.

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Obviously. It’s just not likely.

      Not sure what you mean by disaster, but here is my bet for at least top half in the NL in combined WAR. When fangraphs ran a series last week projecting what each team can expect from each position in 2012 (given known injuries and bench options), the Phillies infield ranked 5th in the NL.

      More here: http://www.thegoodphight.com/2012/3/7/2851686/positional-power-rankings

      • Avatar of Lil' Kim Jong-il

        Projections are always fun, but realistically, I’d be shocked if Utley and Polanco made 500 PAs. I’m not holding my breath waiting for Howard to return either. A disaster would be extended playing time for Martinez/Wigginton/Galvis, which we may be seeing.

      • Posts: 1135 EricL

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        Utley is a concern, because his condition is degenerative and there’s pretty much no rehab modality that is going to “heal” him. That’s unfortunate, and will likely limit his AB going forward.

        Polanco, on the other hand, had an acute injury which required surgery to correct. He’s apparently fully recovered and should be able to play every day. It’s possible, I suppose, that something else might arise that could take him out of the lineup, but that’s true with every player of his age. But I wouldn’t expect him to miss a lot of time because of last year’s injury; a sports hernia isn’t really caused by excessive wear and tear and it’s something that fully heals after corrective surgery.

        I’d take the over on Polanco picking up 500AB. Utley, I wouldn’t bet on. I think it’ll be close to a push.

      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        Polanco has 523 PAs last year even with the injuries, and has averaged 562 over the last two — only 5 MLB third basemen have averaged more than 600.

        Utley is more of a concern, and the longer he’s held out the more concerning it gets, but he had 454 last year even after being out until May 23rd and missing another 8 games with a concussion.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Did you hear Charlies interview. He said im not concerned if Utley misses a few games at the start of the season. Folks thats says it all and the fact that Galvis is taking reps at 2nd base. I think we might have a scenario with Utley like last year.

  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    More Natalie, less you guys… kidding (sort of).

    Things don’t look great for the Phils right now but there are a lot of things to be excited about. First, the pitching is still there. Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Worley and Blanton is as good as it gets and our bullpen feels a lot stronger than it has in the past (without Lidge and Madson). I liked Madson and wished we had kept him but besides last year, there were always question marks with his mental makeup. Second, there are a lot of good young players to be excited about… Galvis, Dierkman, Brown, Mayberry… all of these guys represent the next five years so while these guys will be relied on to prop the window up this season, they will be asked to open their own window in to future (and the experience they get now will help them immensely down the road). Lastly, Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz, Jimmy Rollins… every one of those guys has the potential to be an all-star this year. We are blessed with a very deep ballclub. Even if Howard/Utley aren’t 100% healthy, we have guys that can step up. I’m excited to see what this team can do.

  • Posts: 5020 Lefty

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    Guys, I said it a long time ago-

    More Natalie = better show :-)

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