Week in Review

Memorial Day Weekend Recap

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, May 27, 2014 12:28 AM Comments: 5

Whether you were down the shore or at home barbequing, Phillies Nation will recap the Phillies’ eventful Memorial Day weekend.  Unfortunately, the weekend was filled with more downs than ups, but there were some bright spots (besides the weather), including David Buchanan’s first Major League win.  The Phillies dropped two out of three to the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, but slugged the Colorado Rockies 9-0 on Memorial Day.

Here are some of the top stories from Memorial Day Weekend (after the jump):

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Week In Review – Halladay, Utley, Hamels

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, June 03, 2012 09:56 PM Comments: 54

We find ourselves at the end of another mediocre week from the Phillies.  The Phillies took two of three from the Mets before giving up two of three to the Marlins.  Lucky for us, mediocre baseball seems the slogan of the National League East so the Phillies are still not that far off.


The Good, the bad, the ugly (Wild Thing)

Chase Utley is on the move and he is heading south to Clearwater.  He will start some extended Spring Training games and eventually work himself into some rehab games.  Good news with this is that last season Utley was back in the Phillies line up just 16 days after beginning extended Spring Training.

Roy Halladay is a machine, yeah?  No matter what he goes out every fifth day and pitches, right?  Halladay is not a machine, he is man.  His latissimus dorsi was happy to point out this fact during his last start.  The Grade 1/2 strain will have him out 6-8 weeks.

Mitch Williams decided to open his mouth (surprise surprise) and chime in about Cole Hamels‘ upcoming contract bonanza which will be his free agency coming out party.  His opinion doesn’t surprise me at all, but I hope he is wrong.


Week In Review – No Brooms, Galvis is My Homeboy

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, May 27, 2012 09:02 PM Comments: 5

Yup, these are our Philadelphia Phillies.  A constant up and down roller coaster peeking about the .500 line before dropping back down.  Win streaks of five games are continuously overshadowed by losing streaks of three and four.  At one point this season the Phillies were 0-8 when Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee pitched.


The Phillies haven’t had much to get excited about this season.   The starting pitching has been sketchy and the offense just doesn’t like to show up sometimes.  A couple of bright spots for the team has been the output from rookie Freddy Galvis.  He was brought in to fill the gap at second base for Chase Utley defensively.  No one thought it would be his bat we would be talking about come May.

Also, Placido Polanco has seemed to turn things around and is hitting a lot better.  He may not be the .300 guy we are used to but he can definitely help this team out.


Don’t forget about the future of the Phillies with the Minor League weekly wrap up.  The organization has to be happy with Clearwater, Reading and Lehigh Valley sitting in second place for their leagues.


There has not been much going on this week besides the usual game play.  Some things to think about this week is the fact Roy Halladay just left the game after two innings in St. Louis and Roy Oswalt is still available.  We are hoping it’s nothing serious, but it seems the Phillies are going to need some help.


Don’t forget that we here at Phillies Nations are more than just text.  You can watch us on Phillies Nation TV every week.  This week David Hale from the Wilmington News Journal stops by and the guys talk Ryan Howard and Kevin Youkilis.


Game Notes

Phillies squander many opportunities

Phillies lose their fourth straight

Phillies win wild one in St. Louis

Pence helps Phils edge Cards in extras

Kendrick auditions for fourth ace spot

Phils can’t sweep, Halladay exits early


The Phillies are still holding on at 25-24, 4.5 games back of Washington.  As always the NL East is a tight race and I suspect it will continue to be.


Week In Review – Winning Is Fun, While It Lasts

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, May 20, 2012 08:26 PM Comments: 2

Winning is great.  The Phillies know how to win.  The fans know what it’s like to feel like winners.  And boy did this team remind us of better days this week.  Yes, the Phillies are struggling right now and, yes, they are sitting in last place but there is still hope for this team.

They showed it this week reeling off a six game win streak before dropping two of three in interleague play against the Red Sox.  Once this team finally gets healthy (Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Vance Worley), these kinds of win streaks could be more frequent.


Until then we will continue to check the injury updates.  During today’s game, GM Ruben Amaro Jr spoke on both Utley and Howard.  He said Howard was down in Clearwater doing all baseball activities, just not at 100% quite yet.  As for Utley, he expects him to head south in about 8-10 days.


With so many injuries circling out there, it is not unlikely that the front office will be keeping their eyes and ears open to what’s out there and if they can help the team.  One of those players is Roy Oswalt.  Oswalt threw a bullpen session for the Phillies as a ‘see, I can still pitch’ sort of thing.  Could he help?  Absolutely.


Jake Diekman got his chance to prove his worth this week being called up to help out with the flailing bullpen.  And thanks to Chad Qualls inconsistency, he got his chance and ran with it.   Diekman isn’t the only farm hand turning head this season.  Jay Floyd gives you his weekly update on the BlueClaws, Pigs and other Phillies’ minor league teams.


Game Notes -

Blanton solid again, Polanco hits no. 2,000

Phillies win Pence walk-off in 10th

Phils extend win streak to five

Hamels win sixth in a row

Hits parade leads to loserville

Lee falters, Phillies can’t catch up


Phillies are 21-21 and sitting in last place in the NL East, five games behind the Braves.  There’s still hope…


Week In Review – Hamels, Turning It Around

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, May 13, 2012 10:00 PM Comments: 58

Cole Hamels has been a bring spot for the Phillies this season.

Cole Hamels finished off the week with his fifth win in a row and leads the Phillies staff with those five wins.  Hamels is the third guy in a rotation behindRoy Halladay and Cliff Lee, but its the lefty thats been confusing hitters all season.

Hamels recent domination has people talking; and calling.  Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported this past week that Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopolous has been asking about Hamels and Shane Victorino.

Both Hamels and Victorino are free agents after the season, and if the Phillies keep this up they could be sellers.


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Week In Review – Survival Is the Key

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, May 06, 2012 04:00 PM Comments: 11

Cliff Lee could start Wednesday against the Mets.

As frustrating as this week has seemed, the Phillies can still come out after tonight’s game 4-3 for the week.  A win tonight also helps the Phils avoid the sweep at the hands of the NL East Washington Nationals.  There were a couple bad tasting losses this week; both extra inning affairs with Atlanta and the Nats.

There are a lot of things ailing the Phillies.  Charlie Manuel has to better use his bullpen I think.  I have never been more uncomfortable with him calling for Joe Savory and Brian Sanches.  Jonathan Papelbon has been very good this season going a perfect nine for nine in saves, but it seems Manuel is skeptical about using him for more than one inning.

The offense has been clicking better lately.  There are still times where the bats disappear and it seems like a million runners get stranded.  Manuel has tried countless lineups to see what works best.  It is probably in his best interest to find one and stick with it.  This will give the guys he is using to have regular swings and looks.  It’s hard for a guy to come off the bench one day, and then play the next.  Consistency is key.

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Week In Review – Still Early, Rising Stars

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, April 29, 2012 09:01 PM Comments: 9

Looking back at the week and I feel optimistic.  The Phillies lost two games this week but the hit and run production is on the rise.  There are still frustrations with RISP that need to be addressed but Charlie Manuel is doing his best with lineup shake-ups to right the ship.

I’ve been preaching this all season and it still holds true; it is still very early in the season.  It’s hard to take a sample of whats to come for the season.  Roy Halladay is pitching very well and Shane Victorino is producing some power at the plate.  Injuries are holding back this team, but a full squad could be back sooner than you think.


Injury Updates – The end of last week Cliff Lee went on the disabled list with a left oblique strain.  He joined Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, who both started the season on the DL.  We have been waiting what seems like forever for these two guys to get healthy and rumor is they both might be close to coming back.

Originally Lee was only expected to miss a couple starts, and is eligible to come off the DL May 4 but Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is not sure so sure about it.  According to Matt Gelb, and MRI shows a Grade 1 oblique strain which could cause the lefty to miss more starts.  Time to step it up Kyle Kendrick. Continue reading Week In Review – Still Early, Rising Stars


Week In Review – Panic Sets In

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, April 22, 2012 09:00 PM Comments: 29

Panic is setting in.  I mean, how could it not?  The Phillies are only 16 games into the season but however you look at it, .500 ball is not winning anything.  The pitching, per usual, has upheld their part of this baseball bargain but the offense has failed to cash in any of their chips this season.

Like I said it is still early, and baseball season is a marathon and not a sprint.  There is plenty of time left for the Phillies to figure this whole thing out.  And my guess is that they will.


Offensive Woes The Phillies as a team have hit seven home runs this season.  For the month of April last season the Phillies had hit 23 homers, well off the pace of this year.   Matt Kemp of the Dodgers already has hit 8 home runs himself.  Combined with Andre Ethier, the two have 43 RBIs.  The Phillies have only managed 42 runs total this year.

At the forefront of these offensive struggles are the injuries of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.  How close are they to returning? And is the season still salvageable once they do get healthy?

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Week In Review – Burrell, Fontenot, Kalas

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, April 15, 2012 09:09 PM Comments: 1

We will never forget. (Phillies Network)

We do this dance every year.  We have grown accustomed to routinely having the conversation that starts ‘well traditionally the Phillies always start the season slow and then make a late push.’  When does it get old?  For me, it was old in 2008.

Its been a struggle all season for the offense.  Obvious reasons are that the Phillies are missing Chase Utley and Ryan Howard deeply.  Lance Nix and Ty Wigginton are just not capable of filling the gap.  And god bless Freddy Galvis.  He is trying hard as well.


Longtime Phillie Pat Burrell announced this week that he will sign a one day contract with Phillies to retire in red pinstripes after a long and fruitful career.  His retirement will take place May 19 at CBP before the Phillies take on the Red Sox.


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Week In Review – Final Cuts, Making the Trip North

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, April 01, 2012 05:00 PM Comments: 33

Congrats Pierre!

You remember how it was, right?  It’s the week before school starts and you are laying everything out.  You’ve been to the store at least three times that week getting pencils, notebooks and anything you think you might need.  Then comes the clothes.  You can’t even dream about going back to school with the same gear as last year.

The goal is to have a plan.  A first week, first month plan as to how this school year will play out.  Then, as it always does, the plan falls apart the second day.  We do this every year.  And then when you finally graduate, first day of school is redirected to the first day of the year.  Resolutions are broken and the plan is useless.

So goes the way of the General Manager.  This is is his week before classes start.  He is making the changes and preparing himself and this team for class.  Sure, there is a plan.  There is always a plan.  He hopes it will last awhile, but you never know.  Changes will need to be made, but when?


With this ‘plan’ in place for the season, there are some guys that just aren’t needed.  This happens every Spring and regardless of talent level or performance it’s just a fact that everyone can’t make the team.  The Phillies have slowly been trimming the fat, per say, to get this team ready to compete.  Casualties of baseball war really.  Bill Rice, a NJ native, was one of the names released this week by the organization.  He joins guys like Eric Pettis and Matt Way who won’t be wearing a Philadelphia uniform at any level to start the season.


It’s not all bad news for the guys left in camp.  Some invitees have really impressed Charlie Manuel and the front office staff this Spring.  Juan Pierre, who was signed to a Minor League deal, has officially made the team while some other guys are still pushing for those final roster spots.  Hector Luna and Scott Podsednik are still trying to make the big league team as we head towards Opening Day.


As Opening Day approaches you can’t help but to think about what happens after the season. Free agency.  The Phillies have had their check books under a microscope the past couple seasons spending good money on players like Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Ryan Howard.  The big name this season will be Cole Hamels.  He is a free agent after this season and rumor has it that he wants Cliff money; meaning in the 5yr/$100 million range.  Corey breaks down how it could happen for Rube and the Phillies.


With some pitchers getting their final work in this week before the season starts, a couple of guys didn’t quite round out the spring like they would have hoped.  Halladay and Vance Worley got touched up in their starts.  For Halladay, it seems like the long ball has plagued him this Spring but he keeps saying he is right where he needs to be. His last start, against Toronto, was shortened by rain but he still managed to give up two runs in two innings as well as another home run; his seventh homer given up this Spring.  Worley, slated to start game three of the season, gave up 11 runs in four innings in his last start against the Twin.   The Vanimal had been pretty solid up this point in the Spring and will look to bounce back in Pittsburgh April 8th.


The Phillies will have some warm up games against the Pirates Monday and Tuesday before heading to Pittsburgh for Opening Day.


Opening Day is this week.  Get pumped up!  Go Phillies!

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