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Utley, Mayberry Power Phillies to 7-2 Win Over Cubs

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, April 04, 2014 06:00 PM | Comments: 21
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Call me, Mayberry? (MLB)

Call me, Mayberry? (MLB)

After a disappointing finish to the series in Arlington earlier this week, the Phillies kicked off the second series of the season with a 7-2 win over the Cubs at a cold Wrigley Field.

The Chase of Old

-Chase Utley looked like a young man today, finishing the chilly afternoon 2-for-5 with a homer and three runs batted in. That patented quick Chase Utley chop was back on display.

-Ben Revere and Domonic Brown also collected three hits apiece, with Brown knocking in two runs. John Mayberry Jr. hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer. Revere used his speed, Brown went the other way, and Mayberry proved he should ONLY be used against lefties.

-The Phillies saw a ton of pitches on the day; 171 in all. Carlos Ruiz walked twice while being moved to the two-hole in the absence of Jimmy Rollins. Would we be better off seeing Chooch stay there when Jimmy returns tomorrow? I think J-Roll in the sixth spot could pay dividends and would allow him to be more of an RBI threat, while Ruiz’s on-base presence at the top of the order can pay off, too.

Roberto/Fausto Good in Debut

-Roberto Hernandez was solid in his Phillies debut, going 5 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking just one. Ryne Sandberg pulled him after just 73 pitches so that Jake Dikeman could face back-to-back lefties Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz. The move worked as Diekman sat them both down. Hernandez has sort of a funky delivery that can leave batters guessing.

-As I mentioned, Diekman did his job to close the sixth. In the seventh, we finally got a look at Justin De Fratus, now wearing No. 30. He retired the Cubs in order on just 13 pitches.

-Antonio Bastardo was used again and looked a little erratic as he walked two in his inning of work. Mario Hollands sat down two batters in the ninth and Jeff Manship saw his first bit of work retiring the final batter of the game. Brad Lincoln, where are ye?

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  • Posts: 0 Bob D

    Not a bad start offensively so far.

    Ruiz despite the speed seems to be doing good in the 2nd spot. He also has had success there last year.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Chooch’s skills in the 2 hole are blatant. Possibly even more so than other places in the lineup where a smart, patient hitter can so easily fit in. I don’t wanna sound like I’m overestimating him, but he does deserve a good deal of respect.

      Keeping him there because of his own skill set is one thing. If the club’s braintrust has a solid line of thinking in why Jimmy would be better suited in 6 or 7, they might actually make such a move. But I don’t know that moving Jimmy down right now just because Chooch looks so good there is reason enough to make a move. Frankly, Jimmy’s a tough guy to feel right about in a lot of spots in the lineup. I wish a move could be made because of the strengths of both players, but only Ruiz points that way.

       
  • Posts: 469 Morris Buttermaker

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    “John Mayberry Jr. hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer.”

    That was the key play of the game. From what I remember, it turned the 9th into “Not a Save Situation.”

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    If one of supernatural powers met up with you before season’s beginning, and asked if you’d sign up for 4-2 in the first 6, it would have sounded like a sweet offer. Now, the Phils are a Lee/Burnett jab and a hook away from that. Considering that on first impression when the schedule came out, I was thinking 2-4, and never saw much reason to think otherwise until the club reclaimed the vanished lead of 6-0, that’d be good. Real good.

    While 2-2, with some real frustrations mixed in isn’t inspiring, all that can be reasonable asked for with this club and the strength of the competition offered by The League, once again, 4 chapters are now in the book at least encouraging hope that such a development can play out. You can truly sense that the team’s concentration on basic fundamental baseball in the spring is by and large paying off. And this early, it is still a work in progress. As Charlie was pretty much forced to do last year, Sandberg’s involving a lot of people, and lining ‘em up offensively with the idea of playing the game as if it’s thee one. The sense of discipline seems clear, and for Ryno, it is perhaps one of the special memories that will always be cherished in coming back to Wrigley and warming up for a night on the Chicago town with a big, big win. Now if they can play off this one, a chore they failed to do in Texas, it’d be at least an encouraging start. For now, at least a basis is in place. And little reason to think it won’t. It’s beyond can. Will is the remaining question.

     
  • Posts: 0 mudmin

    We need lots of “not a save situations.”

    Paps is done. He will never be the same pitcher again and should not be a closer.

     
    • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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      I’ve always liked DeFratus. Even a few years ago I remember him at Spring Training impressing many people. I said then that maybe he could be the closer of the future. With Paps being what he now is, I think the Phillies need to keep all options open….even if it means not using him in critical situations . I reeeeeaaaallllly don’t want Ruben to instruct Sandberg to use him as the closer just because he’s being paid a lot of money. It’s time to let go of that thinking.

       
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    A great win today. This team should be 4-0 or at least 3-1 and not 1-2. I really like our improved discipline, defense, and aggressive mindset. As much as I loved Cholly, I think Sandberg will get more out if these guys. I like how he tinkers with the line-up to create better match-ups, strategies, etc. I’m enjoying Chooch at the 2 spot and not sure where Rollins will end up when he returns. JMJ Jr. is being utilized correctly and it might also help that he is playing for a spot when Ruff returns. I think the more confidence the young guys get in the bullpen, the better they will be. I hate Papeldouche immensely and could careless if he ever pitches for us again. I tried this year to give him another shot, but he blew that in the game against the Rangers – throwing everyone under the bus and throwing his hands up at the Man. Doesn’t he know that Utley has Chuck Norris-like powers? Also, as much as I rag on J-Stroll, I think Boomer and the other blockheads at Espn radio are completely wrong for giving the guy $hit for being with his newborn. Best moments if every fsther’s life. Go Phils! Cannot wait for Cliff to low them down tomorrow.

     
  • Posts: 0 mudmin

    The taking of pitches is a breath of fresh air. I can’t tell you the last time I’ve seen patience like that on this team.

     
  • Posts: 0 R0B5000

    Good win today.

    This is going to sound crazy… but I’d love to see Hollands get a chance in the 9th. I love his stuff. Long arms, easy delivery, lots of bite… gotta be better than Papelbon.

     
    • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

      I would rather bastardo… But we also have some guys in the minors that are flame throwers that could develop into closers as well

       
      • Posts: 0 SotehPR

        Like the 100mph kid? Lol

         
  • Posts: 887 betasigmadeltashag

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    Can you afford to just throw away 13 million or 26 million. Because you can not trade Pap or release him. Which is a shame because I think Defuntes-Bastardo-Diekman could all close. You can’t move Pap because he would be a cancer in the club house so if you can’t afford throw that money away better hope they can fake an injury and get him out of the bull pen.
    I think you have to run him out there

     
    • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

      It’s tough, I understand No one will want to trade for him and if we release him we still have to pay a portion or all of his salary but at the same time it’s not worth letting him come in and blow leads and lose us games, right now that money is going to waste anyway so cutting him might be the way to go….

      However he might have some kind of injury or he’s in a big time slump, maybe they could send option him to the minors if they had to, idk but the way he’s pitching now ain’t cutting it

       
      • Posts: 0 SotehPR

        I think sending him to the minors is the way to go… Expose him to the waivers lets see if someone bites and picks him up or he he goes through it and becomes rhe highest pais AAA player for a few years lol! Maybe he even quits the team xD

         
      • Posts: 0 mudmin

        I’m not so sure we can send him to the minors. I think he has the right to refuse that assignment. I’m not an mlb contractual expert by any means, but I don’t think that’s an option.

         
      • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

        That’s true unless he has options left, but if he refuses assignment doesn’t he forfeit his salary and become a free agent

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        I don’t think he’s the worst pitcher in the pen, even in his current state. If he accepts the role without causing more clubhouse issues (big if) he could be used better in lower-leverage situations.

         
      • Posts: 0 Hogey's Role

        Idk if I see that happening schmenk

         
  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    Regarding Jimmy Rollins staying with his wife and newborn, I remember taking a weak of leave after my daughter was born. She had worked hard to get a collection of ceramic hats for the walls to decorate the baby’s room and I was worried that if there was an earthquake, they would fall and hit our newborn. I told my wife about those fears and she had a different idea. She said I should cancel my leave and go back to work.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Depending on what you look at first from yesterday’s boxscore, you might get the idea that Roberto Hernandez pitched real well. The anemic Cub linescore shows 3 hits, and considering their individual averages, that just might be one of their better efforts this year. Truth be told, the Phils perhaps threatened some sort of record by utilizing 6 pitchers to combine for the Cubless total. The guys throwing out the first pitch(es) yesterday) could have done better, and they probably average 73.472 yesrs of age. ‘Bout the best way to see if 6 pitchers combining for a 3 hitter would be to Wikipedia Tony LaRussa and check it out.

    But for the starter, Hernandez, who worked 5.667 innings, few were tempted to swing at his fastball (little less than one per inning as he equaled (actually, almost) Jonathan Papelbon’s speed rate. 46 strikes in 73 pitches, and if one word best described his wok from a snapshot offering, it would be meh.

    At least, from this picture…

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/cache/location.php-pitchSel=433584&game=gid_2014_04_04_phimlb_chnmlb_1&batterX=&innings=yyyyyyyyy&sp_type=1&s_type=&league=mlb&cache=1.gif

    It is only a single start, early on, cold conditions, road, and follows a string of good results in the spring. And against a team hitting .201 through the first 4 games.

    Despite it just being one start, and a wide spectrum of possibilities still to be unleashed for the club as a whole, it’s readily apparent that for the Phils to surpass general concensus expectations, they need gold star type performances out of unexpected people. Hernandez, manning a part of the rotation not seen as strong would be an ideal candidate to at least semi-imitate the out of nowhere performance of Fransisco Luriano a year ago. Hopefully, yesterday is something to build off, and not just a decent outing for a fifth starter. Time may be short for him to live up to that. The likes of Pettibon and Buchannan limit the patience the club might be inclined to show. A win is a win, but he can still do better. At least, Fausto Carmona could.

     
 
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