Posts Tagged ‘Ibanez’

Ibanez Leads Way to Sweep of Pirates

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, July 31, 2011 05:39 PM Comments: 38

With the addition of Hunter Pence, the offense is expected to ignite.  Last night, Ryan Howard saw more pitches in the zone, with Pence providing protection.  The talk is all about Pence, but Raul Ibanez is showing that there is no need for him to ride the pine.  Known as a streaky hitter, Ibanez is in the midst of a hot streak.

Ibanez  finished the day 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs.  He started the action with a solo shot in the first inning.  The one run was enough for starter Vance Worley, until the fifth inning.

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Polanco Back in the Lineup for Game 2

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, October 08, 2010 02:08 PM Comments: 19

Placido Polanco is back in his rightful spot in the number two slot of the Phillies order. He had been dealing with back issues during the early part of the week, but felt better yesterday. He was able to take BP and fielding practice, so it’s a go for Polly today. Here is the early Phillies order.

Phillies lineup: Victorino 8, Polanco 5, Utley 4, Howard 3, Werth 9, Rollins 6, Ibanez 7, Ruiz 2, Oswalt 1.

UPDATE, 4:00 pm — Pregame Quotes:

-Charlie Manuel on Jimmy Rollins being able to run: “I think it’s a day-to-day thing. I think it’s a confidence thing…I think that once something happens in the game where he gets confident, once he tests it, I feel like that will tell him…something about how good a shape he’s in and how good his leg feels.”

Manuel on Polanco in the lineup: “He’s feeling very good. He said he feels a lot better. I took it that he’s going to play the game just like he always has.”

Dusty Baker on facing Roy Oswalt tonight: “I think that’s the most important thing here. Get on the board with a win…A chance to go home 1-1 and maybe celebrate at home.”

Baker on the crowd being involved: “…I mean, the crowd means a lot. The noise level, you can feel the energy and the spirit of the crowd energizing your team. So, the crowd means a lot. These guys perform better and play well in a big crowd.”

-More Halladay Fun Facts:

  • The matchup between Roy Halladay and Edinson Volquez ws the fourth in major-league postseason history between a starting pitcher who won more than 20 games that season against a starting pitcher who won fewer than five games. The last time was the 2001 World Series between the Diamondbacks Curt Schilling (22-6) and the Yankees Orlando Hernandez (4-7). In each of the previous four games, the team with the starting pitcher with fewer wins won the game.
  • Halladay agreed to donate his No. 34 jersey to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Gameday: Rockies (51-44) at Phillies (49-46)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, July 23, 2010 07:20 PM Comments: 210

CardinalsColorado Rockies (51-44) at Philadelphia Phillies (49-46)

Aaron Cook, RHP (4-5, 4.56 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay, RHP (10-8, 2.40 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 92
Twitter: @PhilliesNation

LINEUP: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Ibanez LF, Howard 1B, Werth CF, Gload RF, Ruiz C, Valdez 2B, Halladay P.

Your Gameday Beer: Coors Original

Sam Elliot is the voice of Coors Beer.  Nuff said.

Go Phillies!


Today’s Lineup: Rollins, Werth Swap Spots

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Tue, May 12, 2009 03:46 PM Comments: 24

Today’s lineup, courtesy Scott Lauber, is:

Victorino / Utley / Werth / Howard / Rollins / Ibanez / Feliz / Ruiz / Park.

Jimmy Rollins is in the 5-hole, or a prime RBI position. You know, since he really allows opportunities to bring home runners.


So Far, Ibanez Vs. Burrell

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, May 01, 2009 07:00 AM Comments: 11

When the Phillies signed Raul Ibanez, many were unsure how he would fill the shoes of a fan favorite, Pat Burrell.  So far, there have been no complaints; just chants of “Rauuuuuuul!”

Traveling back a year ago, Burrell batted .326 with eight home runs and 21 runs batted in.  He struck out 18 times, but had a 1.135 on-base plus slugging percentage in April of 2008.  Not too many people thought you could get much hotter than Burrell.

So far this season, Ibanez batted .359 with 7 home runs, and 17 RBI.  His on base percentage is .433 and he slugged .718, giving him a 1.151 OPS.  He has come up clutch with a walk off home run and a late-inning grand slam.  The numbers are close, but Ibanez is off to a better start than Burrell was last season. 

In 2009, Burrell is batting .254 with with just one home run and eight runs batted in.  His on base percentage is .370, but he is slugging a low .343, totaling a .714 OPS.  He has struck out 14 times compared to Ibanez’s 10.

There were question marks surrounding Ibanez’s base running and defense, but so far he has been superb in the field and on the base paths.  He isn’t the greatest defender, but he has made some spectacular catches and his arm is stronger than originally thought to be.  He isn’t a track star, but he hustles, and is a better running option than Burrell. 

Because of the upgrade in speed and defense, the Phillies do not have substitute him for a defensive replacement or pinch runner.  An extra bat in the lineup in the later innings has proved to be a difference as the Phillies are among leaders in all of baseball in runs scored after the seventh inning.

If Ibanez can continue to be the consistent hitter that he is, he is going to put up very good numbers.  Ibanez played at Safeco Field last season, a pitcher’s park.  Moving to a hitter friendly park will only benefit him.  Burrell, on the other hand, moved from a hitter’s park that fitted him well.

As long as he continues to produce, the “Rauuuuuuul!” cheers will live on.