Posts Tagged ‘Charlie Manuel’

Pettibone, Mayberry lead way for Phils over Tribe

Posted by Alex Lee, Tue, May 14, 2013 10:18 PM Comments: 0

Rookie Jonathan Pettibone came through again for the Phils on Tuesday (AP Photo).

Rookie Jonathan Pettibone came through again for the Phils on Tuesday (AP Photo).

The Phillies used timely hitting and good starting pitching to go 4-3 on last week’s West Coast trip.  They did it again on Tuesday night, this time in Philadelphia, winning 6-2 over the Indians behind Jonathan Pettibone.  John Mayberry Jr. provided most of the offense for the Phils, knocking in three runs on three hits.  The victory gave them their third three-game win streak of the season.  They have yet to win four in a row.


- Despite being squeezed all night by home plate umpire Brian Knight, Pettibone delivered yet another quality outing.  He didn’t have his best stuff (only three Ks) and was wild for the second consecutive start (two walks, two HBPs), but Pettibone battled through 6.2 innings and only gave up four hits and two earned runs.  This high wire act has been the norm for the rookie in his first month as a major leaguer, but to his credit he has given the Phillies a chance to win in all five of his starts (they’re 4-1 behind him).

- The only blemish for Pettibone on Tuesday night was a one-out, two-run single off the bat of Michael Brantley in the second inning.  The Indians really made the rookie work in the early going, forcing him to throw 59 pitches in the first three innings.  After escaping unscathed from a bases loaded jam in the third, Pettibone cruised through the next three frames, throwing only 29 pitches in the process.  Pettibone was pulled after getting two outs in the seventh, making Tuesday night’s start the longest of his career.


- Lefty killer John Mayberry Jr. had the decisive knock for the Phils, lacing a two-run double off Indians southpaw Scott Kazmir into the left center gap in the fourth inning.  Mayberry, whose double gave the Phils a 3-2 lead, had a much-needed three-hit night.  He had three hits in all of May headed into Tuesday, which was good for an abysmal .143 average.

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Gameday: Phillies (16-20) at Diamondbacks (20-15)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, May 10, 2013 08:00 PM Comments: 11

kj8afwldb88t701vcvajwjgbpPhiladelphia Phillies (16-20) at Arizona Diamondbacks (20-15)

Tyler Cloyd (0-0, 0.00 ERA) v. Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19)

TIME: 9:40, Chase Field
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Arizona
Media: Twitter and Facebook

After seemingly finding their stride in San Francisco, the Phillies once again stumbled, dropping the series opener to Arizona by a score of 2-1. Consistency has eluded the Phils so far. Whenever they seem like they’re about to get rolling, they find a way to lose a few games in a row, usually because the offense disappears again.

Tonight’s matchup will feature the 2013 debut of Tyler Cloyd, pitching in place of the inactive Roy Halladay. Cloyd made waves in the organization last season when he had a superb season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. However, he was underwhelming when he was called up in late August, starting six games and going 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA and a 5.25 FIP. The decision to give Cloyd the start was a curious one, as many with knowledge of the organization thought Adam Morgan would get the call. In six starts at Lehigh Valley this season, Cloyd has gone 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA. He did notch ten strikeouts in his last start, however.

Countering Cloyd will be Ian Kennedy. 2013 has been no picnic for Kennedy so far, and he seems like he may never rediscover the form that made him so dominant in 2011 when he won 21 games and finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting. He has quite a bit of success against the Phils in his lifetime, going 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA in four starts.

Charlie Manuel has once again tinkered with his lineup, benching Delmon Young in lieu of John Mayberry and batting the struggling Carlos Ruiz fifth.

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

Philadelphia Original LagerGAMEDAY BEER: Kona Brewing Co’s Longboard Island Lager

It’s a steamy one in Arizona, and a warm and humid day here in Philly. What better time to bust out a summertime beer. Tonight’s selection comes from the Kona Brewing Co., based in Hawaii. The Longboard Island Lager is a smooth beer with no abrasive tastes at all and an absence of hoppiness. It is slightly sweet with a hint of vanilla. Fire up some hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill and crack open one of these delightful brews.  – RD



Phils Drop First of Series to D-Backs

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, May 10, 2013 12:38 AM Comments: 24

Cole Hamels had another good pitching performance, but was charged with the loss.

Cole Hamels had another good pitching performance, but was charged with the loss.

Unfortunately, Charlie Manuel could not win the game in which he became the Phillies longest-tenured manager. Cole Hamels didn’t get any help from the offense, as the Phillies dropped the first of a four game series to the Diamondbacks, 2-1. The Phils were only able to collect six hits in total, and made a few baserunning errors in a poor offensive performance.


Cole Hamels and Patrick Corbin really put on a show, giving up a combined three runs over a combined 12.1 innings. Hamels’ line was 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K. He struggled with giving up walks, but still pitched a pretty good game. Both runs he gave up came on groundouts. Corbin’s line was 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He had the Phillies hitters guessing every at-bat. He even threw a good amount of fastballs to Ryan Howard, who had an 0-4 night with two strikeouts. Hamels lowered his ERA to 4.18, and Corbin lowered his to 1.75 (!!!). Continue reading Phils Drop First of Series to D-Backs


Plugging Frandsen in Against Lefties is Smart Move

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, May 09, 2013 12:30 PM Comments: 6

http://media.philly.com/images/081212-400-phils.jpgIn what was viewed as a bit of an unorthodox move, Charlie Manuel started Kevin Frandsen at first base yesterday in place of Ryan Howard. Howard was hitting .303/.342/.606 with five HR in his last 19 games and has been locked in, so it came as a surprise to some when he was replaced in the line-up by Frandsen. Frandsen rewarded the Phillies with a 1-4 day at the plate with a solo HR but even if he wouldn’t have hit the home run, Frandsen being in the line-up showed some forward thinking by Manuel.

Even though Howard was smoking hot, sitting him in place of Frandsen was the right move. What may have triggered the move was Howard’s lack of success in a small sample against Zito (1-10, 5 Ks) and Zito’s suddenly dangerous-again 12-6 curve that would have easily fooled Howard all day. But Manuel’s decision should not be limited to tough lefties with breaking balls: simply put, Frandsen should be in the line-up more, at first base or other positions, against lefties.

This isn’t a “Platoon Howard” piece more than it is a “Play Frandsen Against Lefties at some position more often” piece. Small sample warning applies and all that but here are the facts: Frandsen has hit .291/.332/.444 against lefties in 278 PA and .400/.426/.554 last season in 68 PA. He has a 74 point career difference in ISO and is among the Phillies best platoon options.

Now Ian, you may ask: where would the Phillies play Frandsen? Surely not in place of Michael Young, who has hit an even more-impressive .313/.365/.469 against lefties. But Frandsen is more than capable as an every four or five games replacement in place of Chase Utley, a career .266/.375/.470 hitter against lefties, or Jimmy Rollins, a career .272/.326/.426, as he appears to be a more-than-competent option against lefties. Yesterday was a glimpse of Manuel managing well in the event of a tough match-up – he should use Frandsen more freely against lefties to spell his veteran infielders.


Gameday: Marlins (8-20) vs. Phillies (12-16)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, May 02, 2013 05:18 PM Comments: 44

Miami Marlins (8-20) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (12-15)

Alex Sanabia (2-3, 4.85) vs. Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 2.41)

TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 67, clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Ben Revere is out of the lineup with a swollen right ring finger, which he says is just a day-to-day injury. But with the way he’s hitting, plus the ability for John Mayberry to play multiple positions, you have to wonder if Revere is 100 percent an everyday player. We shall see.

Carlos Ruiz also gets a breather after a 1-for-12 start. Charlie Manuel said he’s pressing a bit, trying to do too much, which seems to be a theme this season.

What’s funny – and which is something we highlighted on the latest episode of Phillies Nation TV – is how much it’s a joy to watch Kyle Kendrick pitch. He’s got a new-found bulldog approach and will look to keep his hot start rolling against the worst team in the majors.

Keep an eye on Delmon Young in right field tonight, his first start on that side since 2007.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Utley 2B, M. Young 3B, Howard 1B, D. Young RF, Brown LF, Mayberry CF, Kratz C, Kendrick P

beer_1221GAMEDAY BEER: Great Lakes Brewing Burning River Pale Ale

Yesterday we highlighted Great Lakes’ Eliot Ness, so we’ll keep it going with the Great Lakes brews. Burning River Ale is a 5-time Gold Medal winner at the World Beer Championships, so it has to be good. The Burning River is an assertively hopped American pale ale with citrusy and piney Cascade hops, which is perfect for this weather. Love a solid pale ale when spring is about to turn to summer. Throw some burgers on the fire and open one of these. – PG


Delmon Young activated, Carrera DFA’d

Posted by Alex Lee, Tue, April 30, 2013 01:49 PM Comments: 3

As was reported first by CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury on Twitter, Delmon Young has been activated by the Phillies and will join them for their series opener tonight in Cleveland.  With the Phillies able to utilize the designated hitter in the American League ballpark, expect to see Young in the lineup tonight.  In a corresponding move, Ezequiel Carrera – he of the .077 average – has been designated for assignment.

Expect to see Delmon Young in the lineup tonight in Cleveland (AP Photo).

Expect to see Delmon Young in the lineup tonight in Cleveland (AP Photo).

The Inquirer’s Matt Gelb tweeted that Young’s activation awards him a $250,000 roster bonus.  In addition to the $750,000 he signed for, Young’s contract is heavily incentivized with roster, performance and award bonuses.  According to Cot’s Contracts, Young can earn up to an additional $400,000 in roster bonuses if he sticks on the active roster for 160 days.  He can earn up to $1.5MM in performance bonuses depending on the number of at-bats he gets and up to $600,000 depending on how he fares over the course of six weigh-ins.  All told, Young’s final price tag could rise to $3.5MM if everything goes perfectly.  He made $6.75MM with the Tigers last year.

Young won the ALCS MVP last season with Detroit, hitting .353 with two home runs and six RBIs in a sweep over the Yankees.  He is a former No. 1 overall pick.  These seem like alluring reasons to give him an every day job and slot him behind Ryan Howard, but as our Eric Seidman touched on this morning, Young comes with no guarantee.  He is at best, shaky in the field and with zero patience, an out machine at the plate.  The Phillies futility in the walk department is breaking records in 2013.  Young won’t help.

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Pettibone Solid in Debut, Phils Beat Pirates in Series Opener

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, April 22, 2013 09:59 PM Comments: 32

Jonathan Pettibone’s major league debut was a success in the Phillies 3-2 win.

Pettibone’s Performance

-Really impressive outing for Jonathan Pettibone. After the first few batters it didn’t look like he’d make it one inning, let alone 5 1/3. The rookie struck out six, did not issue a walk, and allowed only six hits. Two of those hits were solo home runs.

-Before the game, Charlie Manuel expressed the need for Pettibone to stay in control and keep emotions in check. The cold weather couldn’t have helped, either, as the chill of the air probably made for a wonderful grip. But Pettibone made it work and the results showed.

Phils O Puts Up Enough

-In the fourth, Burnett loaded the bases with nobody out on a single by Michael Young, a walk to Domonic Brown, and a single by Ben Revere. Erik Kratz put together a tough at-bat, fouling off six pitches before striking out. Pettibone did his best in the box, but struck out. The final hope of the inning, Jimmy Rollins, got plunked on the knee on an errant 94 mph sinker. That probably felt amazing in this weather. The result was the Phillies second run. John Mayberry would strike out to end the inning. The Phillies really needed two runs there, no excuse for coming away with less against a pitcher on the ropes.

-And why did they need that run? Because Russell Martin went yard during the first at bat the following inning for the Pirates.

-Hitting with runners in scoring position happens to be a major chore for this club. The Phils were 1-for-10 before Rollins knocked in Kratz in the sixth on a single to make it 3-2 Phillies. Either way, situational hitting remains puzzling experience.



Gameday: Cardinals (8-6) vs Phillies (6-9)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, April 18, 2013 06:21 PM Comments: 21

St. Louis Cardinals (8-6) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (6-9)

Adam Wainwright (2-1, 2.05) vs Cole Hamels (0-2, 7.56)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: MLB Network, The Comcast Network (Home of Phillies Nation TV)
Weather: Cloudy, 60
Media: Twitter and Facebook

John Lannan will miss roughly 6 weeks with a quad strain in his left leg, just above his knee. I spoke with Lannan around 3:30 pm, and he thought that he’d be back much sooner. But the word from Charlie Manuel is that the lefty will be out an extended period.

The Phillies will make a corresponding move to bring a reliever up, then make a move Monday for a starter from Lehigh Valley. They’ll select from Jonathan Pettibone, Ethan Martin, or Tyler Cloyd, Ruben Amaro said today. He also mentioned Adam Morgan, but he’s least likely to be selected as he tossed 100 pitches today.

Domonic Brown is OK; he had a x-rays on his back, which came back negative. Saw him out in the field shagging flies, and he looked fine.

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It Should Have Been Adams

Posted by Eric Seidman, Tue, April 16, 2013 12:40 PM Comments: 19

The Phillies lost a pitchers’ duel on Monday in a very entertaining game that saw Cliff Lee and Bronson Arroyo throw very well and Ben Revere make one of the best catches in team history. Things fell off the rails for the Phillies in the eighth inning, however, when small ball and a defensive miscue broke the 2-2 tie and put the Reds ahead.

The Reds’ two runs in the eighth were credited to Jeremy Horst, who loaded the bases before exiting with one out. His performance drew the ire of many Phillies fans, as this isn’t the first time Horst has been plagued by poor results in a crucial moment this season. However, most of what happened was out of Horst’s control that inning and he shouldn’t even have been pitching in the first place.

In the eighth inning of an important game, with a fully rested bullpen and the starting pitcher removed, Mike Adams should be on the mound. In fact, one could argue that Adams should have been on the mound even if the Reds had a bunch of lefties due up. Adams has faced exactly 745 righties and lefties in his career and has no platoon split whatsoever. His career wOBA allowed to lefties is .260 and it’s .254 against righties. Both are exceptional numbers and, for reference, Antonio Bastardo‘s wOBA allowed to lefties was .254 in 2011-12.

Charlie Manuel said after the game that Horst was the only pitcher warming up because the Phillies trailed 2-0 heading into the eighth. That’s perfectly justifiable, but after Domonic Brown singled and the decision was made to pinch-hit with Chase Utley, Adams or Bastardo should have started warming up as at least a precautionary measure in case the Phillies tied the game or took the lead. Worst case scenario is they sit back down.

Manuel also mentioned that he was hesitant to use Adams because he had thrown in four of the last five games. Another valid point, however, it wasn’t as if Adams really overexerted himself. He threw three pitches to finish off Cliff Lee’s outing against the Mets on April 9. He threw 19 pitches on April 10 against the Mets. He threw 16 pitches against the Marlins on April 12, and another 11 pitches against the Marlins on April 13. Yes, technically, that’s four outings in five days, but we’re talking about an average of 12 pitches per game spread out over that span. These weren’t all consecutive games, and it’s highly unlikely that his arm needed more than a day to recover after throwing 11 easy pitches against Miami.

Mike Adams was signed for that type of situation, just like Jonathan Papelbon was signed for crucial late-inning situations, regardless of any other ancillary factors. The Phillies have not handled Papelbon optimally since acquiring him, and if Monday night’s game against the Reds was any indication, the team might not handle its setup man correctly either.

Horst may have given up the runs and taken the loss on Monday but he wasn’t to blame. To blame was the decision to bring him in over Adams regardless of the results. Even if Horst had thrown a 1-2-3 inning with three strikeouts on nine pitches, the right call in that situation is to use a rested and healthy Adams, as he presented the Phils with the best opportunity to keep the game tied.

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Gameday: Phillies at Marlins

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, April 13, 2013 05:15 PM Comments: 29

Philadelphia Phillies (5-5) at Miami Marlins (1-9)

Cole Hamels (0-2, 10.97) vs. Jose Fernandez (0-1, 1.80)

Time: 7:05 PM, Marlins Park
Weather: 73, Isolated Thunderstorms
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Coming off their victory last night, the Phillies look to get above the .500 mark for the first time this season when they continue their series against the hapless Miami Marlins.

Cole Hamels takes the ball for the Phils after what has been a rocky start to the season in which he has gone 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA. Last year, Hamels performed well against the Fish, posting a 3.07 ERA. He only managed a 2-3 record, however, as the offense took a few of his starts against Miami off. For his career, Hamels has a record of 8-10 with a 3.36 ERA when facing the Marlins. In three games at Marlins Park, he’s posted a 3.60 ERA. The Phillies are looking for a strong outing from Hamels, as he tries regain the form that has made him one of the best pitchers in baseball.

Opposing Hamels will be rookie Jose Fernandez. In his Major League debut last week, Fernandez went five innings, holding the Mets to just one run. He struck out eight in that game and showed the ability to dominate hitters.

Charlie Manuel has deviated from the lineup he’s used thus far for the first time this season, benching the righthanded Michael Young in lieu of the switch-hitting Freddy Galvis, who is making his first start of the season. It’s a move that gives the Phillies a lineup stacked with lefthanders, with the first seven men in the order batting left-handed against Fernandez.

LINEUP: Revere CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Brown LF, Nix RF, Galvis 3B, Kratz C, Hamels P

Whirlwind WitbierYour Gameday Beer – Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen
On tap tonight, we have one Sierra Nevada’s finest brews–the Kellerweis Hefeweizen. What makes this beer so great is that it gives drinkers the best of both worlds. The initial taste is sweet, with a hint of banana and yeast. But as you swallow, you’re hit with an unexpected spiciness that serves as a perfect compliment to the sweet. It serves as a year-round offering, and while it is ideal for a hot summer day, it is equally delicious on a cool spring night. Try pairing this one with a B.L.T. and some potato salad.  – RD



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