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Kendrick Struggles in Loss to Nats

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, May 24, 2013 10:07 PM Comments: 34

 

Kyle Kendrick was out of sync all night (PHOTO: AP)

Kyle Kendrick was out of sync all night (PHOTO: AP)

Kyle Kendrick struggled for the second straight outing on Friday night, and the Phillies dropped the first of their three game series with the Nationals, 5-2. Kendrick and the defense had a very tough time in the fifth inning, giving up four runs in that frame alone. The inning started off with a Bryce Harper single, and the scoring began with an RBI triple by Adam Laroche,  followed by an RBI single by Kurt Suzuki, and a 2 RBI double by Steve Lombardozzi. The Phillies runs came from an RBI single by Domonic Brown and a sac fly by Erik Kratz.

STRUGGLING KENDRICK

Kendrick’s line was 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4BB, 1 K. That’s two straight starts where he gave up at least four runs, bringing his era up to 3.29. His defense didn’t do him any favors tonight, but he did struggle with his command, and didn’t miss many bats. This isn’t a good sign for the Phillies, because Kendrick has been arguably their best pitcher so far this year, and two straight poor starts might be a sign of regression. Hopefully he can snap out of it.

FREE SWINGERS

The Phillies walked zero times Friday night. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. They only collected six hits, and grounded out 15 times, including two GIDP’s–one that absolutely killed a rally in a promising fifth inning. The only Phillie with multiple hits was Domonic Brown.

THE RETURN OF STUTES

Michael Stutes got his first in-game MLB action since April of 2012. He threw two scoreless innings while striking out two batters. He threw 16 strikes in 21 pitches. It was very good to see him back out there again.

The Phillies return to action on national TV tomorrow at 7:15 with Jonathan Pettibone and Dan Haren squaring off against each other.

 

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The Colbert Hamels Report: Not Good in Loss to Indians

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, May 15, 2013 04:09 PM Comments: 13

After a disastrous trip to Cleveland two weeks ago, the Phillies could have exacted revenge with a quick two-game sweep. Instead, they were blown out on Wednesday afternoon, losing 10-4 to the Indians. Starter Cole Hamels was rocked and the bullpen followed suit.

BAD COLE’d:

-After six consecutive starts throwing six innings or more and allowing three runs or less, Hamels was rocked by the Indians in the series finale. He allowed five runs on six hits in five innings and labored from the start. His record is now 1-6.

-His pitch count was an issue from the get-go, reaching 51 pitches through just two innings. His fastball is also a problem. Going into Wednesday’s game with Cleveland, Hamels’ 4-seam fastball had been getting tagged at a .330 clip. The Indians hit several hard hit fastballs off him in this start, including Mike Aviles’ home run and Jason Kipnis’ double. Mark Reynolds doubled on a cutter that scored two runs and Nick Swisher hit a two-run shot in the fifth on it, something Hamels has shied away from more recently. However, his change up and occasional curveball are still fooling hitters as much as ever.

-With the fastball, the location is certainly lacking. Hamels is walking guys at a ridiculous rate, so clearly something is up. Matt Gelb tweeted some speculation that perhaps the shoulder ailment he had over the winter is affecting him. Of course, no one from the Phillies, Hamels included, has mentioned it. But keep that one nearby.

-The bullpen struggled again today. Chad Durbin has to be on a short leash. He got the first two men out, then walked the pitcher Cory Kluber and gave up a single to the next batter Drew Stubbs. Durbin then gave way to Jeremy Horst, who allowed two runs to score on a hard-hit single up the middle. Horst can’t seem to string good games together, either.

-Phillippe Aumont got through his inning with a double-play, but Raul Valdes got tagged for three runs in his inning of work. Just when you think the pen is turning a corner they allow the game to get out of reach.

PHILS STRUGGLE WITH KLUBER

-Just call him Kluber Lang. Corey Kluber is a pitcher the Phillies have never seen before. He also entered play Wednesday with a 5.64 ERA. And yet he’s another middling pitcher who skates by. You’d think that because the Phillies have not seen him, they’d allow themselves to take some pitches and see what the guys has. Not so. Again they swing away instead of making the pitcher work. Kluber went six innings, allowing three runs and striking out five.

-Jimmy Rollins kept it close with a two-run double in the fifth inning, scoring John Mayberry Jr. and Carlos Ruiz. Rollins has been struggling to stay near .250 recently, but he smashed a rope down the line and finished the day 2-for-3 with three RBI.

-The middle of the order was a big problem today. Utley, Young, Howard, Young, and Brown combined to go 2-for-19, with both hits going to Delmon.

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Who Fills in For Doc?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, May 06, 2013 10:00 AM Comments: 25

With Roy Halladay likely headed to the the disabled list, the Phillies will have a vacant spot in the rotation that needs to be filled. There are really only three candidates to replace him and our selection may surprise you.

Quick notes: whoever replaces Halladay, as Matt Gelb points out, will have a hard time pitching worse than Halladay has in 2013. Our Eric Seidman pointed out last week that Halladay’s biggest comparable over the last calendar year has been Joe Blanton – unfortunately for Halladay, with his last two outings, that ship has sailed as well.

Finally, for the purposes of this article, Jesse Biddle, despite his strong start, is not included here because, frankly, myself and many others would like to see slightly more out of him in Double-A, and perhaps Triple-A, before considering him for a promotion to MLB but also because his addition would require him being added to the 40-man roster – a move that would be almost wasted should Doc’s expected DL stint last for only 15 days.

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5169fc91/turbine/mc-morgan-adam-jpg-20130413/600/480x600Adam Morgan

Pros: Dynamite secondary pitches, great location on fastball, started the year with two truly great starts (1.29 ERA, 9 Ks in 14 IP against a very good Syracuse club), most complete/polished pitcher of the three available at this time.

Cons: Just 23 years old – why rush? Has struggled in last three starts (6.75 ERA, 3 HR allowed) and has struggled keeping pitch count low. Has only gone past the sixth inning once. Is not on the 40-man roster.

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Kendrick Leads Phillies to 7-2 Win Over Miami

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, May 02, 2013 09:56 PM Comments: 20

After a disappointing two-game series in Cleveland, the Phillies quickly put it behind them and battled past the Marlins, 7-2, on Thursday night.

KENDRICK BATTLES FOR A WIN

-After 96 pitches, 67 of them for strikes, in seven innings, Kyle Kendrick’s night was complete. He allowed seven hits and two walks, but kept the damage to a minimum by giving up just the two runs to the Marlins. Kendrick added five strikeouts.

-What Kendrick has done a solid job of all season is keeping runners on base. His strand rate coming into the game was 85 percent, 7th best in the National League. That number went up, as Kendrick left runners on base in the second, third, and fourth innings without allowing any damage on the scoreboard. In the third, he held the bases loaded, and that ability to keep teams from scoring in tight situations has catapulted him into a new stratosphere as a starting pitcher.

-Although his line was solid, Kendrick was lucky to come away with this sort of performance. What the numbers don’t really show was that Kendrick was not at his best. He left many pitches up in the zone and would have been hurt much more by a better hitting ball club. Alas, a win is a win, but Kendrick will have to do better next time.

-Great inning from Mike Adams. Hit 92 on the fastball, struck out two, threw 14 pitches, 12 strikes.

HOWARD HOT/BROWN’S BOMB

-Over his last 12 games, Ryan Howard is hitting .326 (14-for-43) with 4 doubles, 3 homers and 12 RBIs. The only problem is his lack of walks. With his eighth inning walk, Howard reached first base by way of bases on balls for the first time since April 12, a stretch of 16 games.

-Domonic Brown is also heating up a bit. Over his last eight games, Brown’s average has risen 60 points, from .206 on April 23 to .266 after Thursday’s game. Brown went yard in the second inning in an estimated time of 3.1 seconds according to Chris Wheeler, who happened to tell me that in the mens room after the inning. Too much? Brown also singled in the fourth inning and again in the eighth, a very good sign. “On pace” means little, but regardless, Brown is on pace for 22 home runs and a line of .266/.333/.426.

-Very productive fifth inning. Erik Kratz lead off with an 11-pitch walk and eventually scored on a Chase Utley sacrifice fly. It was made possible by an error on second baseman Donovan Solano off the bat of Jimmy Rollins. J-Roll then scored the fourth Phillies run on a passed ball. Great way to take advantage of a miscue and tack on some important insurance runs.

-Jimmy Rollins is struggling. He’s just 1-for-15 over the last four games. His average has dipped to .243.

-The Phillies added three insurance runs in the eighth inning. No matter the opponent, it’s been a struggle for them to add any runs late. Another positive.

 

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Phils Squander Lead, Lose 5-3 to the Pirates

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, April 24, 2013 10:45 PM Comments: 26

Another solid outing wasted

Roy Halladay continued to silence critics with another solid performance, as Corey predicted on this week’s PNTV.  His eight strikeouts and two walks were much closer to what we’re used to from Doc.  Although his strike ratio of 57/95 was still lower than normal, Halladay made it through 6 innings allowing just a single hit.  Unfortunately, that hit in the fourth did yield a run, as Halladay walked and hit a batter earlier in the inning as he tried to paint the inside corner on lefties.

Roy tee’d up the game for the Bastardo-Adams-Paplebon trio to close out the 3-1 lead.  Bastardo gave up a solo shot in the sixth but finished his inning without further damage.  Mike Adams subsequently allowed 2 walks, 2 singles and a run before yielding to Jeremy Horst.   Horst allowed one of his inherited runners to score – the winning run – before recording three outs.  He pitched the ninth and allowed another run, but by that point, the Phillies and the crowd were deflated.

Offensive spurts

Chase Utley and Ryan Howard each hit second-deck home runs tonight.  The bombs were spectacular, not the least of which because they were off a lefty.  But of course, no one was on base and they were just solo shots.

The Phillies supplemented their paltry 2 walks in the game with 10 hits.  Still, it wasn’t enough as they left eight runners on base.  One particularly disheartening play occurred in the fifth inning as Michael Young grounded into a 6-4-2 double play.  Jimmy Rollins was nailed at home after unwisely attempting to sneak a run across.

Game Notes

Domonic Brown made a diving catch in the fifth (is it me, or are the Phillies racking up the Web Gems this season?)…Chase Utley followed his homer with an infield bunt single in the fifth inning…Michael Young’s consecutive game hit streak ended at 14.

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Kratz Shaky Behind the Plate in Early Going

Posted by Alex Lee, Thu, April 11, 2013 03:17 PM Comments: 14

Erik Kratz must improve behind the plate. (Photo via AP)

Erik Kratz must improve defensively. (Photo via AP)

If their recent offensive surge is a sign of things to come for the Phillies, the team won’t need Carlos Ruiz to duplicate the other-worldly .934 OPS he posted in 2012 when he returns to the lineup.

That is the good news.

The bad news is that Ruiz’s absence has exposed the defensive shortcomings of catcher Erik Kratz.  Despite undeniable pop at the plate, Kratz was essentially a minor league lifer until netting 141 at bats as Chooch’s 31-year-old backup last year.  It took him a decade to reach the big leagues for a reason.  Through his first seven starts, we may just be seeing it.

Easiest to identify are the communication difficulties between Kratz and Roy Halladay that landed him on the bench for Doc’s second start in favor of Humberto Quintero.  All parties involved, except Kratz himself, downplayed the catcher’s role in the early-season struggles of the pitching staff.  But if reading between the lines, Halladay’s words were hard to ignore.  Here is what Kratz had to say on Monday, courtesy of Matt Gelb at the Inquirer:

“There’s one thing that’s consistent back there, and that’s me.  So I have to look at myself and look at how we’re doing back there. If I can’t help the team improve, they put [Quintero] in there. I have to do a better job, for sure.”

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Phils Rally in 9th, Not Enough as Pitching Continues to Struggle

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, April 07, 2013 07:12 PM Comments: 33

Billy Butler finishes the night with a grand slam and 7 RBIs (Photo: AP)

The game looked to be over as the Phillies trailed the Royals 9-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth.  Could there be more ninth inning magic left over from Saturday?

Ezequiel Carrerra lead off the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk.  Two batters later, Ben Revere singled.  With two on and one out, it still didn’t appear that anything spectacular would happen.  Maybe the Phillies would get one run.  But Jimmy Rollins changed the momentum with one swing of the bat.  Rollins smashed his first home run of the year, a three-run shot.  The Phillies were now trailing 9-7.  The crowd, who had lost enthusiasm earlier, was now back into the game and fully behind the home team.  Maybe there was some magic left after all.

The hits kept coming, and there was hope again.  Ryan Howard and Michael Young singled with two outs.  Laynce Nix followed with an RBI single to put the Phillies within one.  With Erik Kratz up, a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third.  A single would win the game!

The intense, ninth-inning, heart-pounding adrenaline was rushing through the bodies of anxious Phillies fans — a feeling that drives fans crazy, but is needed at the same time.  Could Kratz be the hero?  Could the Phillies have another miracle comeback?

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Behind Revere, New-Look Lineup Shows Patience

Posted by Alex Lee, Tue, April 02, 2013 01:25 PM Comments: 36

Revere had the at-bat of the night against Tim Hudson.  Can he keep it up? (AP)

Revere had the at-bat of the night against Tim Hudson. Can he keep it up? (AP)

For a second, forget about Chase Utley spraying line drives all over (and out of) Turner Field last night.  It was a satisfying sight, for sure.  But equally fulfilling was the sight of Tim Hudson, prior to Utley’s two-run single, laboring in the fifth inning.

Hudson threw 90 pitches to 21 batters over the course of 4.1 innings, which breaks down to 4.28 pitches per plate appearance for the Phillies.  That is an impressive number.  Yes, injuries stripped the Phillies of plenty of power and production last season.  Equally as important, however, was that those injuries, as well as certain personnel, made the lineup eminently easier pitch deep into games against.

That is why I mention the importance of Hudson laboring prior to Utley’s fifth-inning knock.  Even if the Phillies hadn’t capitalized in the fifth, Hudson was undoubtedly on his way out of the game shortly thereafter.  An idea made famous by Billy Beane and then brought to the big stage by the Yankees and Red Sox, getting into the opponent’s bullpen early should be the goal of every offense over the course of a season.  Mission accomplished for the Phillies on Monday night.

For the better part of three innings, Hudson was in cruise control.  He was getting ahead (10/11 first pitch strikes) and putting Phillies hitters away (11 hitters faced through three).  But the Phillies gradually raised his pitch total from 13 in each of the first two innings to 19 in the third, 21 in the fourth and 24 in the fifth before he was yanked in favor of Luis Avilan.

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Utley Stars, Hamels Stalls in Phillies Opening Day Loss

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, April 01, 2013 10:14 PM Comments: 6

Utley got off on the right foot in the Phillies loss. (AP)

Utley got off on the right foot in the Phillies loss. (AP)

A near-cycle from Chase Utley wasn’t enough to overcome a shaky start from Cole Hamels as the Braves held off the Phillies, 7-5.

UTLEY UNLOADS ON OPENING DAY

-What a day for Chase Utley. In the fourth, Tim Hudson tossed a sinker that hung up in the zone and Utley tagged it to dead center field, over 400 feet away for the first homer of the season for the Phillies.

-In the fifth, Utley slapped a single to right that scored Cole Hamels and Ben Revere, moving the Phillies to within a run at 4-3. Beyond the single, Utley came hard out of the box and advanced to second base on the throw that went to third, where Jimmy Rollins had advanced on the hit.

-In the seventh, Utley tripled on a wormburner through the right-center gap. Really, it should have been a double, but Utley ran like his ass was on fire and made it just ahead of the throw. Ryan Howard sent him home on a ground out. Utley would finish 3-for-5 with three RBI.

-The offense was able to do enough to chase Tim Hudson from the game after just 4 1/3 innings. Hudson allowed three runs, walked three, and struck out three.

-Michael Young was 0-for-2 but did walk twice. Domonic Brown went 1-for-3 with walk.

HAMELS CAN’T SETTLE

-In what was the first start of his career on Opening Day, Cole Hamels was unable to bring his spring success with him to Atlanta. Hamels lacked command early which led to a monster, two-run home run by Freddie Freeman and a solo shot by Dan Uggla in the first two frames. Justin Upton also crushed a 460-foot homer to left-center field in the fifth inning on a pitch that was right down the middle.

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Lee Helped by Rollins, Brown in Phillies Win

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 17, 2012 09:50 PM Comments: 23

Earlier today on our Phillies Nation twitter account (@PhilliesNation), I posted this:

Well, it happened. Cliff Lee was awesome tonight, fanning 10 Mets in eight innings as the Phillies held on for a 3-1 victory.

Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown supplied the offense, both going yard to right field; Rollins in the fifth inning, Brown in the seventh, both off starter and Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey. Jonathan Papelbon supplied the other arm, closing down the Mets in order in the ninth for his 35th save.

For J-Roll, it was his 21st of the season. CSN put up an interesting graphic regarding Jimmy: He’s had four seasons of 20 homers and 30 steals, only Bobby Bonds (9) and son Barry Bonds (7) have had more. That’s how good he’s been for such a long period of time in this town.

For Dom, it was his fourth bomb of the season; he also added a triple to raise his average to .248 on the season. He homered over the weekend, so he’s starting to flash some of that power we were all hoping to see.

But it was all about Lee pushing the Phillies to within 3 1/2 games of the second wild card in the National League. They needed that shutdown performance from him, something he was able to provide for most of last season, but has been relatively sparse this year. That’s not to say Lee hasn’t been the victim of bad luck and bad play by his offense – but I think we all know he hasn’t been as crisp as in 2011.

For him to come out and take control from the start was key. It was apparent even prior to first pitch he would need to do that against a very good knuckleballer in Dickey, a guy who has been one of the best in baseball all year. With runs hard to come by, Lee was ace.

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