Quantcast


Posts Tagged ‘Jimmy Rollins’

Rollins: “I’m not going anywhere”

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, July 28, 2013 05:52 PM Comments: 24

(MLB)

(MLB)

Jimmy Rollins made it clear to the Philadelphia media traveling with the team in Detroit: “I’m not going anywhere.” That was his response when asked if he were approached by the team with a trade to a contender.

Rollins has 5 and 10 rights, meaning five seasons with the same team, 10 in the league. Therefore, he has the ability to block all trades. Therefore, J-Roll isn’t going anywhere.

Rollins stated his quest to achieve Phillies records as his reason for staying put.

“There are still a couple things I would like to be number one on the lists of in this organization,” Rollins said, “so until those things are done, I’m not going anywhere.”

That statement could mean the end of the road for one, Chase Utley. It’s tough to imagine the Phillies keeping Utley around for several more seasons next to an aging Rollins and a rapidly-aging Ryan Howard. Assuming you resign Utley at $12 million per season, which is likely undervaluing him, that would account $48 million for three players, all in their mid-30′s. That would not be wise.

 

  • 24 Comments
 

Writer’s Roundtable: Should the Phillies give Chase Utley an extension?

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, July 25, 2013 04:25 PM Comments: 12

Rumors started flying this morning that the Phillies might be nearing a contract extension with Chase Utley. Is this a wise move for the organization? What combination of years-and-dollars would you be comfortable with the Phillies offering Utley?

Chase Utley Jon Nisula: A Chase Utley extension would make sense from Ruben Amaro Jr.’s perspective, but I don’t think it would be right for the club. From Amaro’s point of view, re-signing Utley would mean keeping around the biggest fan favorite and one of the better 2B’s in the league for a few more years. It would do a lot for the PR of the club. But this team needs to rebuild to get back to being perennial contenders, and if trading Utley right now could mean a chance at bringing in the next Jimmy Rollins, that’s the move that’s best for the club.

Pat Gallen: I think it is a wise move, especially knowing that Ruben Amaro will never be a full seller. As our guy Ryan Dinger pointed out on twitter, Utley, if he qualified, would be 5th in baseball among second basemen with a 3.2 WAR. The guy can still flat out play. The hard part is what to offer.

If you re-up Utley, I think you have to trade Jimmy Rollins. You can’t have 3/4 of your infield as aging, breaking-down players making $10 million-plus each. Utley/Howard or Rollins/Howard is enough. That said, I cannot give Utley a third year guarantee. I go 2 years, $32 million with a $10 million vesting option based on plate appearances and not ending up on the DL, similar to what they gave Rollins. If we’ve learned anything, it’s that Amaro has gone overboard on the extra year on deals with several aging players. Now is the time to stay away from that. But overall, bringing Utley back is not a bad thing, provided the price is right. Continue reading Writer’s Roundtable: Should the Phillies give Chase Utley an extension?

  • 12 Comments
 

Gameday: Phillies (48-48) vs. Mets (41-50)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, July 19, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 10

Philadelphia Phillies (48-48) vs. New York Mets (41-50)new-york-mets-alternate-logo-2-primary_display_image

Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.68 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hefner (4-6, 3.33 ERA)

TIME: 7:10

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 97, humid, sunny

Media: Facebook and Twitter

After a much needed break following three games in 24 hours, the Phillies return to action tonight in New York to kick of a nine game road trip with a three game series against the Mets. The Phillies, who finally reached the .500 mark right before the break, will look to get over that mark for the first time since early June.

Kyle Kendrick will get the ball for the Phillies in their opener tonight at Citi Field. He is coming off a terrific start against the Nationals where he earned the win after going seven innings and allowing just a run on five hits. It was Kendrick’s 13th quality start in 19 total starts this year. He last pitched against the Mets on April 26, where he tossed a complete game shutout for the only time this season, and allowed just three hits.

Opposing Kendrick will be Mets right hander Jeremy Hefner, who has been pitching extremely well of late. In his last four starts he has allowed fewer than three runs and five hits in all of them, and holds a 1.67 ERA over that stretch. Hefner did face the Phillies twice this season, yielding five runs in three innings back in April, but also holding them to just three runs in a Mets win on June 21.

Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Domoniv Brown have all fared well against Hefner throughout their careers. Rollins is hitting .415 (5-for-11) with two doubles and an RBI, Utley is 2-for-8 with a homer and three RBI and Brown is 4-for-4 with a homer, five RBI and two walks against the Mets right hander. All of them are in the lineup tonight, and here is how the remainder of the lineup looks:

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

SummerLove-BottleGameday Beer: Victory Summer Love

There is nothing better than a Philadelphia-brewed beer to keep you at home while the team starts on a long road trip. This summer ale has a nice floral, citrus taste with medium hops to bring a very lightly bitter and refreshing taste. It’s tough to go wrong with any local brew, and one that has a baseball surrounding the name (and I think a silhouette of Ryan Howard) is the perfect summer beer for the game.

 

  • 10 Comments
 

Recap of Lee, Brown, and the 2013 All Star Game

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, July 16, 2013 11:28 PM Comments: 1

All Star Game Highlights

The American League beat the National League 3-0 in the 2013 midsummer classic.  The game was dominated by pitching, as the National League only managed three hits.

The American League scored two runs on a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice.  The AL added a run in the 8th inning against Craig Kimbrel, an RBI double by Jason Kipnis.

The best moment was in the eighth inning, when Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blasted over the speakers as Mariano Rivera entered his last All Star Game ever.  He walked on the field alone, as both dugouts gave him a standing ovation, sending goosebumps across the baseball nation.  Rivera tossed a 1-2-3 inning, and earned the MVP honors.

Lee Surrenders a Run

Cliff Lee appeared in the fifth inning, tossing 32 pitches.  He got himself into some trouble, but was able to get out of the jam with just one run.

He allowed a lead-off double to Adam Jones, who eventually scored on a fielder’s choice.  Joe Mauer followed Jones with a base hit of his own, a single off the glove of Troy Tulowitzki.  It could be argued that Jimmy Rollins would have made the play, but Brandon Phillips would soon make two great plays to help Lee escape the inning.

Lee gave up a run and two hits in the inning.  Luckily it doesn’t count towards his ERA.

Brown’s All Star Debut

Domonic Brown entered the game in the sixth inning.  His first and only at-bat was in the seventh inning, with a man on and the NL down 2-0.  Brett Cecil struck him out.

  • 1 Comments
 

Writer’s Roundtable: Memorable Home Runs

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, July 15, 2013 02:02 PM Comments: 0

This one is all about the Home Run, mostly because MLB’s Home Run Derby is upon us, but also because “Chicks dig the long ball!”

What is the most memorable Home Run that you got to see in person? What you say is the most memorable Phillies HR ever? Is there a non-Phillies HR that helped get you hooked on baseball growing up?

——————–

Don McGettigan: I was lucky enough to be at 2008 NLDS Game 2… where with the Phillies already holding a 1-0 advantage in the series, the most unimaginable things occurred against one of baseball’s best pitchers, C.C. Sabathia. With a runner on 2nd, Brett Myers worked a 9-pitch Walk, followed by Jimmy Rollins free pass on four-straight balls. The bases now loaded, Shane Victorino stepped to the plate and hit a Grand Slam into the seats in left field to give the Phillies a lead they would not surrender. It was at that moment I realized the Phillies could beat any pitcher that postseason and that winning the World Series could actually happen.

I think the most memorable Phillies HR ever would have to be Mike Schmidt’s 500th… because I’m not sure we’ll ever see it happen to any other Phillies player.

There isn’t one specific HR that got me hooked as a kid, but watching Ken Griffey Jr. highlights all the time always left me wanting more, and ESPN Sports Center around the clock was about the only way a kid could get his Mariners’ fix. The other one that sticks out a lot is Kirk Gibson’s Game 1 game-winner off of Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Series. Since I was born in 1983 that play was shown over and over along with Kirby Puckett’s 1991 WS Game 6 game-winning HR, and some guy in Toronto who hit one to win something in 1993, but I don’t want to talk about it.

Eric Seidman: For me, the most memorable Phillies home run belongs to Matt Stairs. The go-ahead two-run homer in the 2008 NLCS was the moment that I really felt, holy shit, the Phillies could actually win the World Series. It was just such a majestic home run that I get goosebumps just thinking about it. The most memorable homer I saw in person was kind of a random one, from early on in the 2001 season. The Phillies were losing to the Braves and Kevin Jordan hit a grand slam in what was a 5-6 run inning and they moved ahead to win the game. While I was a fan prior to that season, that 2001 team was the first one where I really started watching 162 games per season and being in attendance at that game, it felt like a special Phillies team.

Continue reading Writer’s Roundtable: Memorable Home Runs

  • 0 Comments
 

Mayberry Bails Out Papelbon, Phils End Half at .500

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, July 14, 2013 06:20 PM Comments: 6

John Mayberry Jr. singled with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth after Jonathan Papelbon‘s blew his fifth save to grab a 4-3 victory for the Phillies. The win puts the Phillies at 48-48 entering the All-Star break and, coupled with today’s Braves loss, puts them just 6.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East race. The 48-48 mark is 6.5 game better than last year’s 37-50 at the All-Star break and is six games ahead of last year’s 42-54 pace through 96 games played.

Papelbon Wastes Fine Hamels Outing

Cole Hamels notched his third straight quality start, scattering eight hits in eight innings pitched, walking none and giving up just two earned while striking out seven. Hamels benefited from a first inning, two-run RBI double from Dom Brown and helped his own cause with an RBI single in the fourth. Hamels was en route to his third straight win, handing the 3-2 game over to Papelbon in the ninth.  Papelbon allowed Dayan Viciedo to reach via single and Viciedo’s pinch runner Blake Tekotte stole second. Josh Phegley singled Tekotte home to knot the game at three. After a scoreless bottom of the ninth and top of the tenth, Chase Utley doubled in the bottom of the tenth off of former IronPig David Purcey. Purcey would intentionally walk Jimmy Rollins to face Brown. Brown advanced both runners on a fielder’s choice and Darin Ruf was intentionally walked. Mayberry singled up the middle to win the game 4-3.

.500 at Last

The Phillies are now 6.5 back of the NL East lead for the first time since June 22, ending a ten game homestand with seven wins and reached .500 for the first time since June 7. The Phillies sit just 5.5 back of the Cincinnati Reds with just the Nationals (0.5 games) and the Dodgers (0.5 games as of press time) in between. The Phillies will resume their season on Friday July 19 when the Phillies start a tough, nine-game road trip at Citi Field.

  • 6 Comments
 

Lannan Twirls A Gem In Phils Win

Posted by Alex Lee, Mon, July 08, 2013 09:54 PM Comments: 14

John Lannan was unhittable on Monday night at CBP (Photo: AP).

John Lannan was unhittable on Monday night at CBP (Photo: AP).

Ruben Amaro publicly challenged his players when he decreed this 10-game homestand the tipping point of the 2013 season.  So far so good through four games, as the Phillies topped the Nationals on Monday night, 3-2, to climb within 2.5 games of second place Washington.

John Lannan (2-3, 4.26 ERA) threw eight innings of shutout ball and Ben Revere fueled the offense with his bat and his legs, tallying three hits, a steal and scoring two of the three Phillies runs.  Jimmy Rollins also had a good night, following two Revere hits with singles of his own in innings that led to runs.  Jonathan Papelbon navigated through a rocky ninth – two hits, a few loud outs – to capture his 19th save of the season.

The Phillies are now 4-3 against the Nationals this year and have three more against them this week at Citizens Bank Park.

LANNAN DOMINANT AGAINST FORMER MATES

- Lannan was magnificent in his second outing against his former team.  The lefthander retired the side in order in four of his eight frames, allowing only four hits and a pair of walks.  He induced 12 groundouts in eight innings.  Monday night was unequivocally Lannan’s best start as a member of the Phillies.  He needed only 109 pitches to get through eight, the first time he’s hit triple digits in 24 outings dating back to 2011.  He lowered his ERA to a respectable 4.26 on the season.

Continue reading Lannan Twirls A Gem In Phils Win

  • 14 Comments
 

Gameday: Phillies (40-44) vs. Pirates (51-31)

Posted by Alex Lee, Wed, July 03, 2013 05:30 PM Comments: 0

images (2)Philadelphia Phillies (40-44) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-31)

LHP John Lannan (1-2, 4.83 ERA) vs LHP Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06 ERA)

TIME: 7:05 ET, PNC Park
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 84, clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

It is getting to be that time of the season for this Phillies core group… either put up or shut up.  The team has two more games on this devilish 10-game road trip to make a statement before they come home for the last 10-games before the All-Star Game.  Jimmy Rollins said last month that the veterans understand they have to contend or this team might be broken up.  A series win against the first-place Pirates followed by a successful homestand is a step in that direction.

It won’t be easy.  The Bucs had won nine straight before Jonathan Pettibone and beat them last night.  The Phils face lefty Jeff Locke on Wednesday, who hasn’t lost since his opening start and has a 1.07 ERA over his last eight.  Locke dominated the Phillies lineup in April, allowing only two hits in six shutout innings of a 2-0 Pirates win.  The Phils will counter with John Lannan who had his best start (and only win) as a Phillie last Friday in Los Angeles.

The Phillies are without Ryan Howard on Wednesday, who admitted his knee was sore after last night’s win.  Before collecting two hits and an RBI last night, Howard had been 0 for his last 20 at-bats with 11 strikeouts.  That slides Domonic Brown into the clean-up spot and the suddenly hot Delmon Young into the five-hole.  Young is hitting .462 with nine RBIs through the first eight games of this road trip.

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

tumblr_mdrqqhVFlG1qck1jco1_400Gameday Beer: Smithwicks Irish Red Ale

Smithwicks has been around forever yet it never gets old. This red ale is one of the most common Irish brews and is perfect if you are in that Irish mood and want something lighter than a Guinness and a bit more than a Harp lager. It might not jump out at you, but you know that you are going to get a consistently solid beer, and a lot of times, that is enough.

  • 0 Comments
 

Logic Says Amaro, Phillies Should Sell Big

Posted by Alex Lee, Wed, July 03, 2013 02:32 PM Comments: 1

If Amaro doesn't change his tune, his insistence that this aging core is worth clinging to that will be his downfall.

If Amaro doesn’t change his tune, his insistence that this aging core is worth holding onto will be his downfall.

Back in March, I disagreed with the notion that the Phillies roster needed detonation, as was then being advocated by Jonah Keri of Grantland.com.  I thought there were too many pieces still in place to have that outlook going into 2013… that this veteran group had a legitimate shot at contention if enough went right.

Then the season started.  To be fair to myself, the performances of Domonic Brown, Chase Utley (when healthy) and Cliff Lee have proven me partially right – there was some gas left in the tank.  But the simultaneous play of Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Roy Halladay and nearly the entire bullpen has made it obvious that this core group needs to be broken up.

Keri hasn’t let up on his assertion that the Phillies are running themselves into the ground, which came to a head last week in his NL East Trade Deadline Preview.  He again advocated a fire sale and hurled some vitriol-filled grenades towards the Phils front office.  From Keri:

GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and his bosses are either delusional, in denial, terribly misguided, or all of the above. Sure, making drastic changes to a team that’s ascended to elite revenue-generating status thanks to big crowds and a pending TV megascore carries risk. But so too does clinging to a group of fading veterans and watching them limit the Phillies to a string of 75-win seasons.

Continue reading Logic Says Amaro, Phillies Should Sell Big

  • 1 Comments
 

Phillies Blow Out Dodgers

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, June 29, 2013 01:22 AM Comments: 17

Runs on runs on runs. (PHOTO: AP)

Runs on runs on runs. (PHOTO: AP)

Whew. That was fun. The Phillies put up three runs in each of the first two innings , and kept piling it on en route to a 16-1 thrashing of the Dodgers Friday night. The offensive explosion is the first time this season that the Phillies put up double digit runs in a game. Each Phillie in the starting lineup had a hit, including six with multiple hits (including starting pitcher John Lannan).

BATS

Bats. Where to start? The Phillies offense absolutely exploded Friday night. Everyone in the lineup recorded a hit, including John Lannan (who had three!!!) Michael Young, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Delmon Young, Ben Revere, and Lannan all had multiple hits. Delmon Young  had six RBI. Michael Young had four hits, including a home run. John Mayberry Jr. hit a dinger as well. It was like batting practice out in Los Angeles. John McDonald even got a hit in his first plate appearance as a Phillie.  Skip Schumaker ended up pitching for the Dodgers in the ninth, and was the only Dodger “pitcher” to not allow a run.

Continue reading Phillies Blow Out Dodgers

  • 17 Comments
 
Previous Page Next Page