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Gameday: Phillies (62-69) vs. Atlanta Braves (74-57)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, August 31, 2012 06:12 PM Comments: 31

Philadelphia Phillies (62-69) at Atlanta Braves (74-57)

Roy Halladay (8-7, 3.88) vs. Mike Minor (7-10, 4.71)

Time: 7:35, Turner Field
TV: CSN
Weather: Mostly sunny, 82
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Jimmy Rollins is in the lineup tonight. And how do you feel about that? He was given a talk-to by Charlie Manuel about once again failing to run out a pop up in the Mets series. Manuel said Rollins “manned up.”  It’s unlikely he’ll ever learn from his mistakes, but Charlie probably should have benched him a game just to send a message. Not that it matters, but with a team of youngsters surrounding Rollins, he should be showing some more leadership qualities.

I’ve gotten into arguments with people about the whole “leadership” thing, but I do feel it exists. He is the elder statesman and players look up to him. Rollins’ longevity has made him one of the best shortstops in the game, and over a long period. But when he has these letdowns, it drains an already struggling team. Manuel said it himself, that he believes it could affect the rest of the team. My thought is, if you’re going to make millions playing a kids game, you should be going hard most of the time. Those few times he completely dogs it will always stand out.

And still no Domonic Brown, not sure what the issue is. If it’s his knee, it was clearly worse than he was letting on. But more injuries are stunting his growth.

LINEUP: Rollins SS, Frandsen 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Wigginton LF, Mayberry CF, Kratz C, Martinez RF, Halladay P

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Your Gameday Beer: Brewery Ommegang Three Philosophers

Can you believe summer is nearly through? If you’re going out, go out in style with a taste summer ale from Samuel Adams. As you know, it’s always a good decision. Put the burgers on the grill, sear the steaks, and cut up some potatoes. Enjoy the final days of the summer season. -Pat Gallen

Go Phillies!

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Dugan Pleased with Success, Focused on Future

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, August 31, 2012 07:00 AM Comments: 0

Injuries and setbacks have prevented former Phillies top draft choice Kelly Dugan from becoming a highly regarded prospect — hamstring problems, a severe ankle sprain and a troublesome staph infection have held the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder down in his pro career. Moving forward, though, Dugan is focused on taking strides and making an impact at as many levels of baseball as he possibly can.

The 21-year-old has posted remarkable numbers over the second half of this season for Class A Lakewood. A .324 average with six home runs and 37 RBI in 64 games since the South Atlantic League All-Star break has helped the young outfielder and occasional first baseman to finally show why he was regarded so highly three years ago, when the Phillies selected him in the second round of the MLB amateur draft.

Avoiding injury setbacks is key for all players, but Dugan’s level of confidence has spiked this year after getting past the ailments that previously kept him from going full bore on the field of play. Kelly, son of Hollywood heavyweight director Dennis Dugan (Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore), has shown considerable improvements this season and the steps in the right direction can be attributed to not needing to hold back physically.

“When I feel healthy, I think things are more consistent, while not having to battle through anything. I know the game’s not always played at 100%, but when you are feeling closer to 100%, physically, I think that helps (the mental side). Now, I got my legs under me and I can run, so I think that’s helped with the confidence for me, being able to do that and run a little more and feel stronger in my lower body,” Dugan said. Continue reading Dugan Pleased with Success, Focused on Future

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Why do you love the Phillies?

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, August 30, 2012 02:30 PM Comments: 15

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Why do you love the Phillies? – it’s a simple question and probably one we’ve not thought of much.

Like many of us, I started loving the Phillies because I was born in Philadelphia. That seems like a simple enough answer, but why then do I still love the Phillies after all these years? Sure they have provided some exciting baseball the past several seasons…and watching good baseball is certainly an enjoyable hobby. But why do we still love going to games this year, when they are so inconsistent? Better yet, why did I go to all those games in the late 80s and 90s to watch Bruce Ruffin, Steve Jeltz and Kevin Sefcik?

Maybe you have some ideas. Why do you love the Phillies? Submit your story below and you’ll be entered to win The Essential Games of The Philadelphia Phillies 4-disc DVD showcasing 4 of the greatest games in Phillies history.

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Gameday: Mets (61-69) at Phillies (61-69)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, August 30, 2012 12:29 PM Comments: 30

New York Mets (61-69) at Philadelphia Phillies (61-69)

Jon Niese (10-7, 3.51) vs. Kyle Kendrick (7-9, 4.12)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 86
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies could go from doing the sweeping to being swept.  After losing the first two games of the series, the Phillies are at risk of being swept by the Mets.  A sweep would mean that the Phillies would lose possession of third place.

Kendrick’s last few starts have been incredible.  His earned run average is just 0.83 in his last three outings.  Kendrick needs to keep that momentum going.  He will be opposed by Jon Niese, who seems to have the Phillies number over the course of the last couple seasons.

donnybrook stoutYour Gameday Beer: Brewery Ommegang Three Philosophers

What better place to brew a beer for a ballgame than Cooperstown, N.Y.? This dark, malty, quadrupel is based on the heavy ales of the Trappist monks of Belgium. Hints of cherry and chocolate accompany a beer that not only tastes good, but will make you feel sophisticated drinking it.. -By Michael

Go Phillies!

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Utley Considering Third Base?

Posted by Eric Seidman, Thu, August 30, 2012 11:11 AM Comments: 15

The hot corner has been a hot topic for Phillies fans all season long. The organization lacks a major-league-ready prospect to take over, and hasn’t decided if they will try and fill the position internally, via trade, or through free agency.

Players like Kevin Frandsen aren’t exactly long-term solutions. Freddy Galvis broke his back earlier in the year and can’t hit: he remains a major question mark from standpoints both health- and performance-related. Placido Polanco has an affordable option for 2013 but proved once again that he can’t stay healthy and can’t hit much when health isn’t an issue. The Phillies could mix and match and eke out some production from these players next season, but it’s clear they are in need of a long-term solution.

Frandsen won’t sustain his current pace next season. Polanco’s hitting is unlikely to improve while his defense probably stands to worsen. Fontenot is gone, and players of that ilk can’t be counted on for much. All told, the pupu platter platoon the Phillies could utilize next season has a high probability of floundering. There may be another option.

Chase Utley approached Ruben Amaro on Wednesday to present an unconventional idea: potentially move Utley to third base next season if the keystone was easier to fill internally or externally. This type of creative problem-solving is exactly what the Phillies need. While it’s unclear if it would work, it is absolutely worth a shot as it could greatly benefit both sides.

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Cloyd Out-dueled by Harvey in Debut

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, August 29, 2012 10:50 PM Comments: 11

The Phillies dropped their second straight to the New York Mets, losing 3-2.  Tyler Cloyd pitched well, but was out-dueled by fellow rookie Matt Harvey.

CLOYD IMPRESSIVE DURING DEBUT

-Tyler Cloyd made the “emergency start” due to Cole Hamels’ illness.  Cloyd was called up, and pitched fairly well in his debut.  He went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.  He struck out five and walked two.

-The only big mistake Cloyd made was in the third inning when he gave up a two-run home run to Lucas Duda.  Cloyd missed his spot, leaving the pitch up and in.  Duda took advantage of the rookie mistake, and crushed it to right field.  The Mets took a 3-2 lead, and held onto that score for the rest of the game.

OFFENSE QUIETED

-The lone runs came on a Ryan Howard sacrifice fly and a Jimmy Rollins RBI double in the first and second innings.  Other than that, the Phillies offense was shut down.

-Harvey only gave up six hits, as the Phillies were just 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.  The Mets bullpen also did their job, pitching a combined 2.2 hitless innings.

GAME NOTES

-The Phillies bullpen will try another scoreless inning streak.  Jeremy Horst, Antonio Bastardo, Phillippe Aumont, and Josh Lindblom combined for three scoreless innings.

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Gameday: Mets (60-69) at Phillies (61-68)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Wed, August 29, 2012 06:34 PM Comments: 12

New York Mets (60-69) at Philadelphia Phillies (61-68)

Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75) vs. Tyler Cloyd (MLB debut)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 82
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Exactly this time five years ago, the Phillies completed an amazing four-game sweep against the New York Mets, which turned out to be the beginning of a miraculous comeback in the National League East.  With last night’s loss, the sweep isn’t happening, and the miraculous comeback is out of reach (but still mathematically possible).  Never-the-less, it’s still fun to remember that incredible series in 2007.  It feels like yesterday Tadahito Iguchi scored the winning run on Chase Utley‘s walkoff single.

The Phillies couldn’t continue their winning streak last night, as they lost last night in extra innings. They’ll get a shot in the arm thanks to rookie righty Tyler Cloyd. He will be starting in place of Cole Hamels who was scratched earlier today due to a real bad tummy ache. Fans have been clammoring to see Cloyd start thanks to a torrid International League season that saw him go 12-1 record, with a 2.35 ERA. Those numbers were good enough to earn the 25-year old the International League MVP yesterday and the Phillies’ Paul Owens award today. More important to him, it earned him his first big league start.

The Mets starter, Matt Harvey is also a rookie, and he’s off to a solid beginning of his career.  He’s a strikeout pitcher, averaging 10.8 whiffs in nine innings.  Harvey has only made six starts, but he has pitched pretty decently in those outings. He has also hit the ball well, going 5-11 with two doubles in those six games.

Your gameday beer: Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55

Brooklyn Pennant AleA baseball-themed beer? Yes, please. Brooklyn Pennant Ale is a honey-colored pale ale, right up my alley. It’s aptly named for the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship team, a very cool homage to a city that lost its team to the west coast unfortunately. It’s 5.0% ABV, so not too strong, not too light. It should be paired with some BBQ ribs or a plate of crabcakes. Oh yeah. Whether or not you despise New York, Brooklyn Brewing Co. makes a damn good beer. –By Pat

Go Phillies!

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Worley Hits DL, Elbow Surgery to Follow

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, August 29, 2012 02:50 PM Comments: 15

Worley is headed to surgery. (AP)

Finally, it became too much.

Vance Worley has been shut down, placed on the disabled list due to lingering pain in his right elbow. He will undergo surgery on the elbow within the next 7-to-10 days.

There is no word currently as to what kind of surgery this will entail, and what the recovery and rehab time will be. However, we do know he is dealing with loose bodies in his throwing elbow.

In his last 11 starts dating back to early July, Worley has an ERA of 5.80. That has caused his ERA to swell from 2.92 on June 26 to 4.20, where it currently stands.

Even though the bad outings, not one time did Worley make an excuse that the elbow was the issue. You have to admire his fortitude, pitching through what everyone knew to be a balky elbow. The Phillies had seen enough after Tuesday night’s short outing against the Mets. Worley has been unable to pitch deep into games, tossing more than six innings just one time since June.

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Cloyd, Ruf Named Owens Award Winners

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, August 29, 2012 02:36 PM Comments: 0

The Phillies have announced their Paul Owens Award winners for the best pitcher and position player in their minor league system:

Right-hander Tyler Cloyd and outfielder Darin Ruf have been named the recipients of the 2012 Paul Owens Awards as the best pitcher and player, respectively, in the Phillies minor league system, Joe Jordan, Director, Player Development announced today.

The awards will be presented on the field on September 21, prior to the Phillies’ 7:05 p.m. game against the Atlanta Braves.

Cloyd, 25, is 15-1 with a 2.26 ERA and one shutout in 26 combined starts for triple-A Lehigh Valley and double-A Reading this year.  The starting pitcher for the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game, Cloyd has pitched at least 6.0 innings in 25 of the 26 starts, falling one out shy of accomplishing the feat in every start (5.2 innings on May 26 at Charlotte).  He has held opposing hitters to a .214 batting average and had an ERA under 2.00 in three of the five regular season months.  His teams are 20-6 in his starts.  Currently, Cloyd leads the International League in ERA (2.35) and is tied for second in wins (12).  Overall, his 15 wins are tied for the most in all of minor league baseball.

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Cloyd To Start In Place Of Hamels

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Wed, August 29, 2012 11:51 AM Comments: 5

Tyler Cloyd has taken the International League by storm this season. Now he'll have a shot in the big leagues.

For months now, Phillies fans have yearned to see Tyler Cloyd in red pinstripes, standing on the mound for the big league club. After a seemingly endless wait, they’ll finally get their wish, albeit probably not in the circumstances they envisioned.

Cloyd will start tonight against the New York Mets in place of left-hander Cole Hamels, who is reportedly on the shelf with a gastrointestinal illness.

Cloyd, 25, is having what has been, without question, his best year as a professional baseball player. In 22 starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, he has posted a 12-1 record, with a 2.35 ERA and 93 strikeouts to 38 walks. He was recently named the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher. He has pitched remarkably, to be sure. Over the course of this season, he’s gone from relative unknown to an obsession.

The success Cloyd has had has caused many fans and pundits to suggest he should be pitching in the big leagues. Most have argued that, with the team all but eliminated from playoff contention, it’s a no-brainer to slide him into the injured Vance Worley’s spot in the rotation and see if Cloyd can be a legitimate contributor on this team in the future.

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