2013 Spring Training

Phils Lose to Boston, Cut Betancourt

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, March 24, 2013 05:13 PM Comments: 24

The Phillies lost to the Boston Red Sox in Clearwater, 7-6. After the game, they cut veteran infielder Yuniesky Betancourt, allowing him to pursue other opportunities.

Betancourt played well with the Phillies, hitting .447 over 17 games. However, with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis ahead of him, and the need for a fifth outfielder, Betancourt was expendable. On top of that, his regular season numbers haven’t been very good. Over the last 5 seasons, Betancourt ranked 316 out of 349 qualified players with a .666 OPS.

During the game, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley hit back to back home runs, their seventh and fourth of the spring, respectively. Utley finished 3-for-4 with 4 RBI. Cliff Lee wasn’t great, going 5 1/3 innings, giving up six runs and nine hits.


2013 Spring Training Game Day: Phillies v. Red Sox

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, March 24, 2013 11:10 AM Comments: 16

http://ianonsports.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/redsox-logo2.pngBoston Red Sox vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Bright House Field – Clearwater, FL

Weather: 72, 50% Chance of Storm

TV: Sorry folks, this one is not on TV today.

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Cliff Lee takes the hill today against the Boston Red Sox as the Grapefruit League schedule winds down. Mike Stutes will follow Lee in what is likely his last shot to make any sort of impression with Phillies management in what has been a disappointing Spring. Jeremy Horst, who has pitched well enough to be back in the coversation for a role as a LOOGY, and closer Jonathan Papelbon will follow Stutes.

Yuniesky Betancourt is not in the line-up and a decision must be made on whether or not the Phillies will keep Betancourt on the roster by today. If Betancourt is not on the Phillies roster by the end of the day, he can opt out of his contract. Betancourt was drawing interest from the Cardinals and Marlins and it was reported today that the Rangers are looking for a utility infielder. The Marlins presumably filled their need for a bench infielder with Wilson Valdez yesterday while the Cardinals and Rangers may have interest in Betancourt should the Phillies allow him to opt out of his contract.


1. Revere – CF

2. Rollins – SS

3. Utley – 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. Young – 3B

6. Brown – RF

7. Nix – LF

8. Quintero – C

9. Lee – P

Go Phillies!


Phils Smash Five Homers, Bury O’s 13-4

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, March 23, 2013 04:35 PM Comments: 29

Richie Ashburn Award: The Offense

Chase Utley went deep twice, while Yuniesky Betancourt, Domonic Brown, and Ryan Howard chipped in with a long ball of their own as the Phillies move to 13-13 in Grapefruit League action with a 13-4 win.

The Good

The Phillies took advantage of this advantageous match-up against Chen in a big way with six extra base hits, five of which were home runs. Every starter had a hit in today’s game. Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless inning.

The Interesting

Ender Inciarte once again came in as a late-inning, defensive replacement and raised his Spring average to .273 with a base hit. Freddy Galvis had a nice play in right field. Yes, Galvis saw the field in right.

The Areas of Opportunity

On a day where Roy Halladay wasn’t quite what we thought he’d be against a minor league squad, Aaron Cook was good but not great against a playoff team who played their entire starting nine against him. In 4 2/3 IP, he had one strikeout, no walks, and gave up two earned.

The Phillies Spring schedule continues tomorrow against the Red Sox at Bright House Field. Cliff Lee, Mike Stutes, Jeremy Horst, and Jonathan Papelbon are scheduled to pitch.


Should the Phillies Pursue Happ?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, March 23, 2013 01:31 PM Comments: 31

Happ is unhappy in Toronto. The Phillies may need a starter. Could they trade for Happ? Would they?

The reports out of Clearwater today regarding Roy Halladay were worrisome at best and troublesome at worst – Halladay threw 82 pitches, staying in the high 80s according to Chris Branch, with limited control (2 BB, 1 HBP) and “plenty of hard hit balls“. Halladay’s struggles are well documented but there is reason for optimism: Rich Dubee believes Halladay will be ready with two more Spring starts (including today) and Doc himself told Jayson Stark he is optimistic about the season.

But what if he’s not?

Five miles up the road from Clearwater, the Blue Jays suddenly have rotation full of capable pitchers. The stable of arms includes high-end talent like Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, and the reigning NL Cy Young R.A. Dickey, with younger promising arms like Brandon Morrow and former All-Star Ricky Romero rounding out the back end. The acquisition of Johnson, Buehrle, and Dickey leaves the Jays with a great rotation, but also with a disgruntled 29-year old who is now seemingly out of a job and slated to start the year in Triple-A. Last week, CBS’s Scott Miller reported J.A. Happ was unhappy in Toronto with his situation.

Is a return for Happ a viable option for the Phillies if Halladay is not ready for Opening Day?

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2013 Spring Training Game Day: Phillies v. Orioles

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, March 23, 2013 12:48 PM Comments: 1

Baltimore Orioles vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Ed Smith Stadium – Sarasota, FL

Weather: 78, Cloudy

TV: MLB Network (On Delay)

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Aaron Cook looks to continue his strong Spring (3.21 ERA) and make his case for a spot on the Phillies roster as he and the Phils lock up with the Orioles in a rematch of the 1983 World Series.

But the big story today is not Cook’s quest to make the Phillies – instead it is that of Roy Halladay, who labored through 4 innings in a Minor League game, throwing 81 pitches and giving up 2 ER, while topping out at 90 MPH on the radar gun and settling in between 86-89 MPH. Keep it here for any updates on Halladay and the latest roster news.


1. Revere – CF

2. Rollins – SS

3. Utley – 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. Young – 3B

6. Brown – RF

7. Mayberry  – LF

8. Lerud – C

9. Cook – P

Go Phillies!


Who the #@%! was that? – PN’s Guide to Late Spring Call-Ups

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, March 23, 2013 07:00 AM Comments: 0

Susdorf is one of the many players the Phillies have added to their role call late this Spring. He has the best chance of any to see any time with the Phillies in 2013. Photo: MiLB.com

If you have caught any of the Phillies Spring Training games this year, you likely have seen a player enter a game that you have never heard of. The Phillies have used 68 players in Spring action this year and have added a crop of folks according to their transaction page that you may see with the big club in the Spring. Some of them will receive very brief consideration regarding a potential 2013 call-up, however most are getting a quick look while the starters are resting or playing in minor league games to avoid seeing division rivals. Here’s a guide to those players:

Added on 3/1/2013

Mike Nesseth

Position: RHP Reliever

Age: 24

MLB Spring Stats: 1/3 IP, 1 K

Nesseth is part of the suddenly large contingent of University of Nesbraska Cornhuskers in the Phillies minor league rolls. Nesseth got his only out via strikeout this Spring. He turns 25 this April and, after finishing as Clearwater’s closer with a 2.76 ERA and a 1.261 WHIP, Nesseth will likely get a shot Reading this year.

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Ruf and Mitchell to Minor Leauge Camp, Lopez Released

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, March 22, 2013 05:19 PM Comments: 10

According to the Delaware News Journal’s Chris Branch, outfielders Darin Ruf and Jermaine Mitchell have been reassigned to minor league camp while pitcher Rodrigo Lopez has been released.

Ruf was hitting .246 after today’s game but the main concern according to team officials was defense. Branch says team officials say Ruf needs more seasoning in the outfield while staying sharp at first base. Jim Salisbury quotes General Manager Ruben Amaro as stating Ruf will play left field for the IronPigs five times a week while playing first once a week.

Mitchell, hitting .269/.321/.577 in Spring action, was not believed to have much of a chance to make the team out of camp despite his strong play while it was believed Lopez would be kept around as pitching depth. With two less outfielders, one has to believe Ender Inciarte’s chances of making the Phillies out of Spring Training have greatly increased.


Ruf’s Walk-off Lifts Phils Over Braves

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, March 22, 2013 04:35 PM Comments: 14

Adam Morgan pitched 4 and 2/3 innings, striking out five and giving up one earned keeping the Phils in the game until Darin Ruf walked it off in the 9th to give the Phillies a 7-6 win over their division rivals.

The Good

Ruf’s 2-4 day, with a homer, a single, and a wakl, lifted his Spring average to .246. Erik Kratz went 3-4 and was a triple away from the cycle. Morgan pitched well against the Braves’ starters and Ryan Howard and Yuniesky Betancourt each had two hits.

Areas of Opportunity

Solid game all around except for  shaky appearances from Chad Durbin, who allowed three earned in 1 and 1/3, and Zach Miner, who tight roped out of self-inflicted jam to only allow one earned.


2013 Spring Training Game Day: Phillies v. Braves

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, March 22, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 3

http://wrcb.images.worldnow.com/images/259547_G.gifAtlanta Braves vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Bright House Field – Clearwater, FL

Weather: 72, 20% chance of showers

TV: The Comcast Network, Home of Phillies Nation TV, and MLB Network (On Delay)

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The Phillies tangle with the Braves the day after losing 6-1 in a rare Spring training night game with the Red Sox. Adam Morgan will take the hill for the varsity squad and Jermaine Mitchell, in center, and Freddy Galvis, at third, get an extra chance to show they deserve to make the Phillies this afternoon.


1. Mitchell – CF

2. Betancourt – SS

3. Utley – 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. Brown – RF

6. Ruf – LF

7. Nix – DH

8. Kratz – C

9. Galvis – 3B

Go Phillies!


2013 Spring Training Game Day: Phillies v. Red Sox

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, March 21, 2013 05:15 PM Comments: 1

http://anniesescapes.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/red-sox-logo.gifBoston Red Sox vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 7:05 pm

JetBlue Park – Lee County, FL

Weather: 61, Clear


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Cole Hamels takes the hill against John Lackey and the Red Sox tonight under the lights. Pete Orr gets a rare start in the outfield and a couple of the minor leaguers (Matt Tolbert, Derek Mitchell, and Steve Susdorf) will travel with the team on a night when many of the regulars are staying in Clearwater.


1. Revere – CF

2. Orr – RF

3. Rollins – SS

4. Young – 3B

5. Nix – LF

6. Ruiz – C

7. Mayberry – 1B

8. Galvis – 2B

9. Hamels – P

Go Phillies!

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