Archive for June, 2013

Royals Discussing Utley, Sox in on Young?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, June 30, 2013 11:25 PM Comments: 35

Chase Utley - Philadelphia PhilliesIn lockstep with Tim Brown’s piece at Yahoo! that states the Phillies will enter a “partial rebuild”, word from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo came out today that the Kansas City Royals have begun internally discussing acquiring Chase Utley. On Thursday, we looked at prospective matches for a hypothetical Utley trade, citing the Yankees, Orioles, and Blue Jays as teams that may be interested. No rumors as to who the Royals would offer but the Royals do have three Baseball America Top 100 prospects in their system: RHP Kyle Zimmer (24), OF Bubba Starling (35), and RHP Yordano Ventura (85). That’s probably be a good place to start the discussion.  Starling and Ventura have struggled this season while Zimmer has good K totals (10.4 / 9 IP) but has had some bad luck (5.40 ERA).

In addition to the Utley rumors, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com believes that third baseman Michael Young may be a good fit for the Red Sox. Bradford reported that no “single conversation” has happened yet between the Red Sox and Phillies, while a New York Post report states that the Red Sox “want (Young) badly”. Young was traded for Lisalverto Bonilla and Josh Lindblom in the off-season and a comparable return would be likely.


Phillies Leave L.A. After Ugly Weekend

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, June 30, 2013 07:59 PM Comments: 46

The Phillies saw Puig up close (AP)

The Phillies saw Puig up close (AP)

This weekend was mostly unfortunate for the Phillies outside of their 16-run barrage on Friday night, which happened to be the only time this season the team has eclipsed 10 runs in game.

Few things:

-Yaisel Puig certainly looks like the real deal. And it’s a damn shame he ripped on the Phils all weekend, although we’re seeing history in the making. With four hits on Sunday, Puig finished June with 44 hits, surpassing the 42 by Pittsburgh’s Bob Elliott in September 1939 for the second-most in a player’s first full calendar month in the major leagues. Joe DiMaggio had 48 in May 1936. Puig also eclipsed the Los Angeles Dodgers ‘ record for most hits in a month by a rookie, set by Steve Sax in August 1982.

-The news of Cole Hamels being pushed back is disheartening, but necessary. The guy needs to clear his head and come back against the Pirates with a strong outing.

-It’s nice to see Ben Revere hitting. His average is up to .289, so if you ripped on the guy, time to apologize.

-Ryan Howard is now 0-for-20 on this current slump, including 11 strikeouts. Do they DL him? Do they bench him? You know it’s ugly when Charlie Manuel is swapping him out in a big hitting situation for Kevin Frandsen.



Minors Notes: Updates on Ruf, Gillies, Watson, Joseph, James & More

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, June 30, 2013 06:45 AM Comments: 10

From all throughout the Phillies’ developmental ranks, here’s our weekly rundown of top performers and those players that have struggled recently.

Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Who’s hot…

Outfielder Darin Ruf has picked up the production with his batting average of late, but has displayed minimal power during that stretch. The 26-year-old righty hitting slugger is batting .306 with only one extra-base hit, a double, while driving in seven runs in his past 10 games.  In 75 games with the ‘Pigs, Ruf is batting .270 with seven homers and 42 RBI.

Who’s not…

Righty pitcher Tyler Cloyd took his 7th loss of the season on Saturday, when he allowed six earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. The 26-year-old is 0-3 with a 10.69 ERA in three starts for the IronPigs since returning from the majors this month.

Double-A Reading Fightins-

Who’s hot…

Outfielder Tyson Gillies has been on a tear, batting .400 with three homers, seven RBI and two steals in his last 10 games. Gillies, who batted .244 through his first 25 contests at Double-A this year, has his average up to .275 after 50 games. The 24-year-old began the season with the IronPigs, where he struggled. Continue reading Minors Notes: Updates on Ruf, Gillies, Watson, Joseph, James & More


BlueClaws Quotables: Morandini on Mecias, Quinn, Tocci, Gonzalez & more

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, June 29, 2013 08:15 AM Comments: 16

I spoke with Class A Lakewood manager Mickey Morandini on Friday about several of his players including 20-year-old shortstop Roman Quinn (2nd round pick, 2011), who was placed on the disabled list this week, 21-year-old OF Brian Pointer (28th round pick, 2010) who is hitting at a .325/.400/.500 clip in his last 10 games, and 20-year-old RHP Severino Gonzalez, who joined the BlueClaws’ starting rotation this week after posting excellent stats (1-1 record, 1.65 ERA, 33 K, 3 BB in 27 1/3 IP) with Class A Advanced Clearwater, plus plenty more.

Yoel Mecias, image- Jay Floyd

Most importantly, Morandini confirmed that Lakewood’s lone lefty hurler, Yoel Mecias, who represented the ‘Claws in last week’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game, is facing Tommy John surgery.  Mecias struck out eight batters over 3 2/3 innings in his most recent outing against West Virginia last Saturday, but left the contest after experiencing elbow pain.  An MRI conducted on Thursday revealed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament and reconstructive surgery is required for the 19-year-old Venezuelan.

In 13 games with Lakewood this season, Mecias posted a 4-3 record, a 3.79 ERA along with an 11.05 K/9 mark.  No date has been set for his surgery as of yet.

Read ahead for more from Morandini…

- Roman Quinn really put things together and had picked up his offense here as of late. This week, he’s struck with a pitch in his left wrist and suffers a fracture, which results in a lengthy stretch of down time.  What are your thoughts on this situation for Roman?

It was a little disappointing.  He was making some strides, you know, getting his at bats in, making some strides with his throwing and his defense.  You know, I don’t think four-to-six weeks is going to set him back too much overall, but, for us it’s disappointing, you lose our lead-off guy, you know, your speed guy, you lose your shortstop, so we’re gonna need someone to step up and fill his shoes.  It’s just a hairline fracture, so it’s going to heal and he’ll be fine, so that’s good. Continue reading BlueClaws Quotables: Morandini on Mecias, Quinn, Tocci, Gonzalez & more


Phillies Blow Out Dodgers

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, June 29, 2013 01:22 AM Comments: 17

Runs on runs on runs. (PHOTO: AP)

Runs on runs on runs. (PHOTO: AP)

Whew. That was fun. The Phillies put up three runs in each of the first two innings , and kept piling it on en route to a 16-1 thrashing of the Dodgers Friday night. The offensive explosion is the first time this season that the Phillies put up double digit runs in a game. Each Phillie in the starting lineup had a hit, including six with multiple hits (including starting pitcher John Lannan).


Bats. Where to start? The Phillies offense absolutely exploded Friday night. Everyone in the lineup recorded a hit, including John Lannan (who had three!!!) Michael Young, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Delmon Young, Ben Revere, and Lannan all had multiple hits. Delmon Young  had six RBI. Michael Young had four hits, including a home run. John Mayberry Jr. hit a dinger as well. It was like batting practice out in Los Angeles. John McDonald even got a hit in his first plate appearance as a Phillie.  Skip Schumaker ended up pitching for the Dodgers in the ninth, and was the only Dodger “pitcher” to not allow a run.

Continue reading Phillies Blow Out Dodgers


Gameday: Phillies (38-42) at Dodgers (36-42)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, June 28, 2013 09:17 PM Comments: 1

h0nfugriltr5dhm3f5snfff9uPhiladelphia Phillies (38-42) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (36-42)

John Lannan (0-2, 5.84) vs. Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.09)

TIME: 10:10 PM
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 80′s, sunny
Media: Facebook and Twitter

The Phillies will look to John Lannan to stop Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers tonight, who have won six in a row. Last night, Puig won the game for them with a 2-RBI single in the seventh off of Justin De Fratus. He’s been a sensation so far this year, and he’s batting .500 against lefties (13-26). Lannan, a lefty has a cool 5.84 ERA this year, and is coming off a poor outing against the New York Mets, and has battle an injury already in 2013.

Chris Capuano, the Dodgers starter tonight, has also spent some time on the DL, and he will make a third appearance since being activated as well. He hasn’t given up a run since he came back, which has been 11 innings.

Lineup: M Young 3B, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Brown LF, D Young RF, Mayberry 1B, Revere CF, Ruiz C, Lannan P

tl-horizontal_mainYour Gameday Beer- Port Brewing Co. SPA (summer pale ale)

You’ll need something to refresh you, and that won’t be easy on his hot evening. That’s why we present to you a refreshing summer pale ale from Port Brewing, from Southern California. SPA is a largely citric and piney blast of hop aromas that greet you. It has a very dry finish, but will refresh you nonetheless. Some corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, and filets on the grill would kindly go with this brew. -By Pat





Galvis Demoted to Clear Room for McDonald

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, June 28, 2013 03:35 PM Comments: 22


Galvis with Reading in 2011, image- Jay Floyd

Following Thursday’s acquisition of infielder John McDonald from Cleveland, the Phillies made room on their active big league roster by demoting infielder Freddy Galvis to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

McDonald, a veteran of 15 major league seasons, has a career .235 batting average and a .605 career OPS mark.  The 38-year-old posted a .053 batting average in 24 games in the bigs this year.  Primarily a shortstop, with 568 games played there, McDonald has also spent considerable time at second base (209 games) and third base (135 games) while dabbling just a tad in the outfield (six games).

Galvis  is a career .218 hitter with a .626 OPS in 112 major league contests.  The move will allow the 23-year-old Venezuelan to get more playing time with the IronPigs.

Philly.com featured the following quote from Phils manager Charlie Manuel regarding the youngster’s need for game action.

“When we evaluate him, we think he has a good chance of being a hell of a player,” Manuel said. “If he’s going to stay here and only play once a week or something like that, that ain’t enough. That’s definitely not enough.”


Late inning trouble hurts Phils in 6-4 loss

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, June 28, 2013 01:29 AM Comments: 27

The Phillies’ short two-game win streak came to an end on Thursday with a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers in the opener of their four game set. Phenom Yasiel Puig burned them in the seventh with a two run single off Justin De Fratus just a half inning after they had taken their first lead of the game.

Jonathan Pettibone provided a quality start after struggling early, but to no avail as the Phillies fall even at 2-2 on their road trip.

Bullpen comes back to Earth

Yesterday the Phillies’ pen gave them seven innings of scoreless relief. Today they did not get as good an effort. De Fratus came on in relief of Pettibone in the seventh, and allowed two runs to cross on Puig’s single after he had allowed a hit and walked two ( one intentionally).De Fratus lasted only two thirds of an inning.

Antonio Bastardo followed him with an inning of work, but he too allowed a run as the Dodgers gained insurance and never looked back.

Two homers for two guys heating up

Chase Utley homered and drove in two runs in the Phillies' 6-4 loss to the Dodgers. (AP)

Chase Utley homered and drove in two runs in the Phillies’ 6-4 loss to the Dodgers. (AP)

Chase Utley whacked a solo homer in the seventh to give the Phils the lead, his ninth of the season and second of the road trip.

Utley has hit safely in the last six games and six of his seven games since coming off the disabled list. He also added an RBI single in the game.

Domonic Brown also went deep with a solo shot in the ballgame, which was also his second homer of the road trip. The slugger has 21 home runs so far this season, which is tied for the league lead with Carlos Gonzalez.

Up next…

Game two of the series will feature a couple of lefties on the hill. John Lannan (0-2, 5.84) will make the start for the Phils while Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.09 ERA) will take the baseball for the Dodgers. First pitch is set for 10:10 ET.


Phillies (38-41) vs. Dodgers (35-42)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Thu, June 27, 2013 09:00 PM Comments: 10

Philadelphia Phillies (38-41) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (35-42)images (1)

Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.14 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (4-2, 3.79 ERA)

TIME: 10:10 ET (7:10 PT)

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 80, mostly sunny

Media: Facebook and Twitter

The Phillies will try to extend their win streak to three games and improve to 3-1 on the road trip tonight when they open up a four game series with the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The Phillies lost five of their seven games with the Dodgers last season, but their two wins did come in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Pettibone is on the hill for the Phillies, coming off a strong outing against the Mets where he allowed just a run on five hits in six innings of work. It was his first outing of six innings and one run since May 3 against the Marlins.

The Phillies will have to work through tough right-hander Zack Greinke tonight, who is coming off his best outing of the year (eight innings, one run, eight strikeouts). It was his first game of eight innings pitched this season. Greinke has pitched well in three career starts against the Phillies, going 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA, and 16 strikeouts in 15 innings.

Of all the Phillies, Michael Young and Delmon Young have by far the most at bats against Greinke. Michael is 9-for-36 (.250) with two RBI, but is not in the lineup tonight, and Delmon is 7-for-28 (.250) with two doubles, a homer and six RBI. Here is how the lineup looks for tonight:

Lineup: Revere CF, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Brown LF, D. Young RF, Frandsen 3B, Quintero C, Pettibone P

SummerLove-BottleGameday Beer: Victory Summer Love

There is nothing better than a Philadelphia-brewed beer to keep you at home while the team is on a long road trip. This summer ale has a nice floral, citrus taste with medium hops to bring a very lightly bitter and refreshing taste. It’s tough to go wrong with any local brew, and one that has a baseball surrounding the name (and I think a silhouette of Ryan Howard) is the perfect summer beer for the game.



Phillies Acquire John McDonald from Cleveland

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, June 27, 2013 05:54 PM Comments: 15

John McDonald - Philadelphia PhilliesChalk this move up as strange: the Phillies acquired 38-year old infielder John McDonald from Cleveland for a player to be named later or cash. It doesn’t take advanced statistics to show that McDonald has been ineffective this season. McDonald has hit just .053/.163/.079 in 43 PA and will join his third team this season.  In case you are wondering, that triple slash line is worth -0.7 fWAR, an amazing accumulation of negative value in such a short span. His -0.7 WAR to 43 PA comparison makes him literally the least valuable player per PA in the Majors this season.

The most curious part of this move: who does McDonald replace? Will the Phillies send Freddy Galvis to Triple-A to get regular at-bats? Is a Chase Utley or Michael Young trade eminent? McDonald will join the team in LA and join the 25-man roster. No corresponding move has been announced.

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