Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, November 04, 2011 11:32 AM Comments: 1
The PN Crew is joined this week by David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal to discuss the Phillies and the opening of Free Agency throughout baseball. The obvious topics of discussion are Rollins, Madson, and Oswalt.
We also get into some “Reader Comments” taken from our Facebook page. Check to see if yours made it into the show. And we check in on some of the other names out there in free agency and if they are a true fit for the Phillies.
Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, October 17, 2011 08:30 AM Comments: 26
In this episode, Pat and Corey discuss the Phillies plans for the 2012 season – current salaries, prospective free agents and Ryan Howard’s injury. There is also a new segment – Rant of the Week – where viewers can call in to our hotline – (267) 702-0097.
Time: 8:37, Citizens Bank Park TV: TBS Weather: Cloudy, 50 Media: Twitterand Facebook
Update, 8:07 pm: Game times have been announced for the remainder of the series.
Game 3: 5:07 pm
Game 4: 6:07 pm(or 8:07 if no other Game 4)
Game 5: 8:37 pm
The Philadelphia Phillies fell to an early deficit in the first game of the National League Division Series, but one swing of that bat changed everything. Ryan Howard completely launched Kyle Lohse‘s offering into Citizen Bank Park’s right field second deck. Howard’s homer sparked the Phillies offense as the game became somewhat of a blowout. Roy Halladay made one bad pitch to Lance Berkman, but settled in to shut down the St. Louis Cardinals.
In Game 1, it took a few innings before the Phillies offense came to life, but today the Phillies need to come out swinging early. Two former Cy Young winners are on the mound, making arguably the best pitching matchup of the series. Because of these two starters, both teams are going to want to get on the board quickly.
When a team’s number two starter has a 2.40 earned run average, things must be pretty good. That’s exactly the case with the Phillies and Cliff Lee. Lee will seek to continue his postseason dominance as he is making his eleventh career postseason start. In the playoffs, Lee is 7-2 with a 2.13 ERA. He has been especially good in the Division Series, going 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA.
Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, October 02, 2011 12:45 PM Comments: 16
Cliff looks to put the Phillies up 2-0 against the Cards ace. PHOTO AP
Cliff Lee is in a pretty cool situation. He’s been to the postseason three years running, but last year was quite different, having joined the Rangers midway through their season. As you get used to the playoff atmosphere, it becomes easier to deal with, says Lee.
“Obviously, the first time you really don’t know what to expect, and each time you kind of know what it’s going to be like somewhat. Yeah, it was differnt from the Phillies to the Rangers to back to the Phillies here. It was definitely fun each time. I hope this time we take it to the next step though.”
Lee says this team is as loose as possible, and the factors he spoke about play into that. This team is used to it, so it doesn’t faze them just “being here.” And Lee himself says he’s always been a pretty cool customer. “I’ve always been pretty loose, no matter what, really. We’re confident. We expect to win, and it’ s been that way from Spring Training until now, so there’s really no need to change.”
The importance of the games is quite obvious, and Lee understands that, even though they look at it as just another game. “It is more important, there’s no doubt about it. but the mood of the team and the attitude is still the same. I mean, we’ve been quiet, confident all year and backed it up. So I expect more of the same throughout the postseason.”
Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, September 30, 2011 01:41 PM Comments: 21
—From Citizens Bank Park
UPDATE, 3:30 pm: Reports have Joe Blanton on the NLDS roster instead of David Herndon. He appeared in five games since returning from the DL late in the season, mostly out of the bullpen. The Phillies are likely to take 11 pitchers, according to Charlie Manuel.
UPDATE, 3:10 pm: Tony LaRussa has decided to pitch Chris Carpenter on three days rest; he will now start Game 2 of the series instead of Game 3. Jaime Garcia has been moved up as well, and there has not been a starter announced for Game 4.
When asked how anxious the team was to get things going, Roy Halladay said matter-of-factly, “We were anxious in Spring Training really.” That short quote speaks volumes about what the Phillies think of themselves. Clearly, they think quite highly of their abilities and have since the last pitch they saw in the 2010 NLCS. The hunger hasn’t subsided, the drive is still constant, and was even through an eight-game losing streak.
St. Louis beat the Phillies in three out of four in September and six of nine overall, but Halladay mentioned that there was really no rhyme or reason for it. “Sometimes you just lose games…I don’t necessarily see the scaled being titled one way or the other. I don’t think there’s necessarily one thing that led to it.”
Halladay was also very frank when it came down to hoisting a World Series trophy. “We want to win. We all want to win, and believe me, we want to win bad. But if it doesn’t happen, we know how to handle it. But we sure hope it does.”
He also quoted Shakespeare when it came down to giving the Cardinals respect. “I heard a quote a long time ago, ‘I came to bury Caesar, not praise him.’ I think it’s true. We’re all well aware of how good the [Cardinals] team is. We obviously have a respect for what they’ve done and how they’ve played, but you have you be confident going in that you’re going to be able to beat them.”
Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, September 22, 2011 01:45 PM Comments: 9
What is going on with the Phillies offense? Pat and Corey try to figure it out in the latest edition of Phillies Nation TV. The guys also discuss what to do with Dom Brown and Kyle Kendrick and check in with our Minor League Contributor, Jay Floyd, for a recap on the IronPigs playoff run.
Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, September 14, 2011 07:46 PM Comments: 7
Welcome to Phillies Nation TV – where Pat and Corey and some special guests will break down the latest Phillies news, with the help of Yards Brewery and Philadelphia Post. In our second episode, the guys talk injury news, The Braves and Brewers, and Roy Oswalt moving forward.
The guys put a lot of work into this, as did our friends Bryan and John at Philadelphia Post, so we hope you like it and welcome your comments.
88% overall that he won’t swing? I’d take those odds in a hot second if I was a betting man. I don’t think I know anyone who’d be dumb enough to take the other side. Wait a minute, Hey AFW, you around? Kidding, […]
I said this the other day, he is doing himself no favor at all looking at every single first pitch. If I could find someone in Vegas to give me odds, I could be a multimillionaire betting on Utley watching first […]