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Led by Kendrick, Phillies rebound from tough loss

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Wed, June 26, 2013 01:20 AM Comments: 15

Richie Ashburn Award: Kyle Kendrick

One night after perhaps the most devastating loss of their sub-par season, the Phillies were clicking on all cylinders as timely hitting, lights-out starting pitching, and crisp fielding led the Phils to a 6-2 win over the Padres.

The Phillies have now won 22 of their last 29 games against the Padres, and have won 13 of their last 16 at Petco Park.

Brown crushes 20th homer, drives in four

Since his last home run on June 8, Brown had been hitting just .189 and had driven in only three runs over those 14 games. He matched those numbers with one swing of the bat on Tuesday, as he took Jason Marquis deep for a three-run shot in the fourth that helped the Phillies to a 3-2 lead.

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Reports: Adams Done for Season with Shoulder Injury

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 25, 2013 08:11 PM Comments: 8

mike-adamsAfter signing him to what was thought to be one of the best deals of the winter at two years, $12 million, the Phillies assumed they’d put their 8th inning woes behind them by bringing in Mike Adams. Now, they’re searching for a stopgap again.

According to both CSN Philly and The Philadelphia Inquirer, Adams will likely miss the remainder of the season as an exam in Los Angeles showed three tears in his shoulder. He will either have surgery or go the rehab route, but regardless, his season is almost certainly over.

The Phillies thought they were paying for the best set-up man in the game, who had a 1.66 ERA in four seasons with the Padres, before being dealt to the Rangers. All they acquired was damaged goods.

After offseason surgery to have a rib removed and thoracic outlet syndrome relieved, Adams dealt with numerous injuries from the start of this season and has been a shell of himself.

Unfortunately, I noticed a stark change in his velocity during a seemingly easy outing in April. He was cruising, but his velocity numbers were off. From that point on, it was all downhill.

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Phillies Blow Lead, But Win in Walk-Off Fashion

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, June 22, 2013 07:36 PM Comments: 14

The Big Piece hit two home runs Saturday afternoon. (PHOTO: AP)

The Big Piece hit two home runs Saturday afternoon. (PHOTO: AP)

The Phillies were sitting pretty with a 7-1 lead in the sixth inning, thanks in part to two home runs by Ryan Howard, but an injury forced Jonathan Pettibone to be relieved and the bullpen nearly imploded in the 7th inning. The bleeding was stopped by Jake Diekman after four runs crossed the plate. But then in the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon gave up the lead with the help of some shoddy defense behind him, and the game went to the bottom of the ninth where Kevin Frandsen led off the inning with a walk-off home run.

HEART OF THE LINEUP DELIVERS

The Phillies went with a lineup that had Michael Young batting third, followed by Ryan Howard and then Domonic Brown. Young was 2-4 with 2 runs and an RBI, Howard was 3-4 with four RBI thanks to two home runs, and Brown was 2-4 with two doubles. Those three were involved in six of the the eight scoring plays. Brown is now slugging .550, and Howard .496.

PETTIBONE INJURED

Jonathan Pettibone pitched six great innings, giving up just one run and scattering five hits. However, he left the game with what was later called “lower back tightness on the right side”. There is no more information at this time. Michael Stutes came in for relief for him, which brings me to my next point…

STRUGGLING STUTES

Mike Stutes did not look good today. He ended up giving up four runs, and nearly threw as many balls as strikes. When he was pulled, he showed some discomfort in the dugout of his right shoulder, however nothing was formally announced yet.

He hasn’t looked all that good recently, and a shoulder injury could be an explanation. It would be a huge loss for the already diminished Phils bullpen, which looks like the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs bullpen right now.

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Franco Promoted to Double-A Reading

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, June 19, 2013 04:32 PM Comments: 6

The same day he was named in FanGraphs’ “Fringe Five” of prospects to watch, third baseman Maikel Franco was promoted to Double-A Reading. Franco, who turns 21 in August, was a Florida State League All-Star for the Clearwater Threshers this year, hitting .299/.347/.576 with a Phillies system-leading 16 HR with 42 runs, and 52 RBIs.

The news was first reported by Mitch Rupert below:

Update, 5:22: Crosscutters manager Chris Truby told our own Jay Floyd this about Franco today:

“Maikel has worked his tail off and improved his game in all areas. At the plate he has a better idea of the strike zone and is able to do impressive damage when he gets a pitch to hit. He is using the whole field and driving the ball to all fields. On defense he is just as impressive. He can make all the plays. He works extremely hard and is very motivated to reach the highest level. He is just an impressive all around talent that has the desire to get better.”

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Lee leads Phils to second straight win over Nats

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, June 18, 2013 10:49 PM Comments: 25

Richie Ashburn Award: Cliff Lee

It’s funny how fast things can change. Just two days after finishing up an atrocious road-trip against three bad teams, the Phillies have won two straight against the Nationals, with a chance to sweep the series on Wednesday.

Cliff Lee allowed a solo home run to Jayson Werth in the fourth, but the Phillies came back to score four straight runs, which was all they would need in their 4-2 victory. The Phillies have now won six straight games at home.

Lee dazzles again

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Lee tossed eight strong innings, striking out nine and walking none en route to his ninth win. PHOTO: AP

It seems like every start is the same. He works fast, pounds the strike zone, racks up the punchouts, and exits having only improved his season numbers. Yea he gave up a few mistakes (solo homers to Werth and Jeff Kobernus) but he was still flat out dealing tonight.

Lee tossed eight strong innings, giving up just the two runs on five hits while striking out nine. It’s his third nine strikeout game in his last four starts, and his ERA is sitting at 2.53. He threw 110 pitches, 82 for strikes and walked none.

Frandsen provides knockout punch in sixth

Kevin Frandsen has quietly been one of the most consistent hitters on the Phillies when he plays. In the sixth inning, after Domonic Brown and Delmon Young both struck out with the bases loaded and less than two outs, Frandsen came through with a clutch two-RBI single to give the Phils a nice three run cushion.

Frandsen, who has to deal with sometimes not playing for two, three or four days or only having one at bat per game, has an average of .286 after play tonight. He is also hitting .300 with six RBI with two outs and runners in scoring position, and in the month in June his average is .375 with an OBP/OPS of .464/.923

Howard tripled? And Young doubles thrice

I thought it was at least worth noting that with his triple tonight, Howard now has more triples than he did in his 2006 MVP season when he was young and spry (sort of). Who would have thought.

Michael Young smashed three doubles tonight, and drove in a run. It took Young 29 games to get his first three doubles of the season.

Up Next…

Wednesday provides the Phillies a chance to sweep the series, but they will have to do it against the reigning N.L. wins leader Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 2.52 ERA in four career starts against the Phillies. He will be opposed by Kyle Kendrick, who has pitched well for the Phillies this year, but is coming off his worst outing of the year in which he gave up seven runs on ten hits to Colorado. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

 

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Horst to 15-Day DL

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, June 17, 2013 03:50 PM Comments: 3

In a bit of a shocker, lefty reliever Jeremy Horst is headed to the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain. The corresponding move is the activation of starter John Lannan for tonight’s game against the Washington Nationals.

Analysis: This one came out of left field. On Saturday, I wrote that I anticipated Joe Savery to head back down to Lehigh Valley today. Instead, it is Horst heading to the DL. Horst’s effectiveness has varied this year: for instance from May 8 to May 27, Horst did not allow a run in ten appearances but from May 30 to June 15, Horst’s BAA was .429/.500/.679.

In his last outing, Horst threw 41 pitches in Saturday’s outing, the only time he has topped 40 pitches this year. The high pitch count likely played a big part in his strain.

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Time To Change the Revere Narrative

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, June 14, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 48

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Revere’s legs put the Phillies ahead for good yesterday. Photo Credit: Jesse Johnson

Ben Revere was traded to the Phillies on December 6, 2012 for popular, but injury-bitten starter Vance Worley and former top prospect Trevor May. Revere came to the Phillies fresh off a 2012 where he hit .294/.333/.342 with 40 steals in 49 attempts as a 24-year old player. Revere combined those stats with excellent play in center and right fields for the Twins, stunning crowds with his glove and winning MLB Network’s GIBBY Award.

After an exciting Spring Training where Revere hit .326/.368/.382 with 10 steals in 13 attempts, the Phillies looked like they were getting exactly the player they traded for, except that maybe he was even better, with a year more experience.

You wouldn’t believe that if you read the opinion of fans: here, here, here, here, etc. Some of those comments came in the middle of a four hit game last night, where Revere was almost single-handedly responsible for the game winning run, using his speed to bunt for a base hit, go first to third, and then take home on a ground ball to first base. All of them came during Revere’s recent tear: since May 5, Revere has hit .321/.362/.376 with nine steals in 11 attempts, raising his average by 62 points in that time frame.

The point being: Ben Revere is exactly who he is supposed to be. And he’s a pretty good ball player. It’s time to change the inaccurate narrative surrounding him among Phillies fans.

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Phillies squander late lead en route to fifth straight loss

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Wed, June 12, 2013 11:30 PM Comments: 35

The Phillies took a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning Wednesday, but were unable to hold on as Minnesota surged back to win the ballgame 4-3.

The Phillies have now lost a season-high five straight games as they fall to 31-35 on the season.

Wednesday’s game was the same type of nightmare they experienced the day before. Their starting pitching was okay, but labored and could not go deep enough. The offense got the team out to a lead but fell silent in the middle and late innings, and the bullpen just could not get the job done with the lead.

Bullpen woes continue

Who can you count on? There seems to be a finite number of pitchers that keep getting opportunities to pitch in big spots and none can ever get the job done. With Cloyd leaving after five innings, the Phillies needed help from the bullpen and did not get it.

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Phillies blow late lead, end five game win streak

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sat, June 08, 2013 12:03 AM Comments: 43

The Phillies faltered late and blew a seventh inning, two-run lead that led to a 5-4 loss at the hands of the struggling Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Aramis Ramirez got the winning base hit with men on the corners and one out in the ninth, securing the come-from behind win for the Crew and halting the Phillies’ win streak before it could reach six games.

The Phillies spotted Cliff Lee a four run lead, but he struggled as the game went on. Lee departed with the score tied at four in the seventh, and the offense fell dormant and failed to score against the Brewer’s bullpen.

Lee labors a bit through his seven innings

The left-hander had just one clean inning and gave up four runs for the first time since May 1 (albeit only three earned). He allowed eight hits and uncharacteristically walked three batters. Until today, he had walked three in just one other game, and had not allowed a walk in his previous two starts. Lee did strike out nine batters, however, which givs him 20 strikeouts in his last two starts.

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At age 34, Cliff Lee is as good (or better) than ever

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, June 07, 2013 01:00 PM Comments: 0

There are two things that are certain when it comes to Cliff Lee this year—he is having a monster season so far, and he is not getting any younger.

But he might just be getting better.

I dug up some research on Lee, and tried to put what he has done both this season, and since re-joining the Phillies in 2011, into perspective. I found that age has made no difference in his output, and in many ways he has gotten better at certain things as he has gotten older.

Lee’s command is impeccable

We all know Lee is a strike thrower. It seems like every game he comes in and throws 100 pitches and 75 or so are strikes. In fact, as a side note—as a Phillie, Lee has had 20 starts where he has thrown 100 + pitches and 80 + for strikes, and also has had 20 starts where he has not issued a walk.

But back to this season.

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Lee’s control is still spot-on as he works through his age 34 season. PHOTO: AP

Lee’s command is one indicator that he could be extremely effective for several more years, even he were to lose some velocity as he gets up in age. Left-handers can usually get away with less velocity than righties anyway, especially with command like Lee’s.

In 88 1/3 innings this year, Lee has walked just 13 batters, which is tied for tenth in all of baseball among pitchers who have pitched at least 60 innings.  But Lee has pitched more innings than almost all of the starters ahead of him on that list, so if you look at his walks per nine innings, which is 1.43, he jumps to fifth.

From 2008 to 2013, Lee has been in the top seven in the MLB in walks per nine, and in three of those years he finished first. Few walks is half of the result of Lee’s ability to control several different pitches with great accuracy. Strikeouts are the other half.

This year Lee is averaging 5.69 strikeouts for every walk he issues, which is more than double the league average of 2.51.  Here is how Lee’s strikeout to walk ratio matches up with five other ace pitchers who are having tremendous seasons this year. Keep in mind that none of these pitchers are older than Lee. In fact, all are at least two years younger.

Lee- 5.69

Felix Hernandez- 5.59

C.C. Sabathia- 4.71

Matt Harvey- 4.68

Justin Verlander – 3.63

Clayton Kershaw- 3.6

And if you look at all six pitcher’s K/BB ratio since 2011, Lee is far above the rest.

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