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Why Rush Halladay Back?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, August 26, 2013 11:00 AM Comments: 27

http://l.yimg.com/iu/api/res/1.2/fj1BfdqEzacpjwJbVIlmnw--/YXBwaWQ9eXZpZGVvO2NoPTg2MDtjcj0xO2N3PTY1NztkeD0yO2R5PTE7Zmk9dWxjcm9wO2g9ODU7cT0xMDA7dz02NQ--/http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/i/us/sp/v/mlb/players_l/20130405/6134.1.jpgWith the ink barely drying on the tale of Roy Halladay‘s successful comeback start against the Diamondbacks, I’m here to suggest something pretty outrageous. The serendipitous aligning of the stars that allowed Halladay to pitch on Sunday was long ago a plan written in ink, Whited Out, and then put back down in Sharpie.

The detour came last Tuesday night, when Doc threw only 52 of 90 pitches for strikes and didn’t figure into the decision for the Lakewood Blue Claws. He didn’t have the gas, or the control, of a Major League pitcher that night. But Saturday’s 18 inning marathon against the Diamonbacks forced the Phils to use Sunday’s probable starter Tyler Cloyd and left a situation Doc had wanted for weeks, if not months.

Halladay told our Jay Floyd and other media members Tuesday that his goal was to pitch with the Phillies on Sunday. There are a number of reasons he would want to do that including the obvious fact that Halladay is pitching for a contract for 2014. The not so obvious reason Halladay has come back? Because a comeback yesterday allows Halladay to get in two starts before the waiver-trade deadline on September 1 to audition for a contender.I’m not suggesting a conspiracy allowed Doc to throw yesterday but rather that Halladay got a much needed quality start to keep open the small-but-real possibility that the Phillies could deal him to a contender to chase a ring in 2013.

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Phils Walk Off For Second Straight Night

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, August 22, 2013 10:37 PM Comments: 26

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Domonic Brown had plenty of reason to celebrate tonight. (Photo: AP)

Uh… what just happened?

I’m looking at the scoreboard here, and it appears the Phillies have defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-4 on a walk-off single by Domonic Brown. This, after they looked dead in the water with two outs and nobody on in the ninth. Somehow, someway, the Phils have won a series. It’s the just the second time that’s happened since the All Star break, the first win coming against the hapless Cubs.

The Philles have now won four of their last five games, three by walk-off.

CIRCUMSTANCE LETS THE PHILS TIE IT

- The Phils would get the tying run in scoring position in the ninth on a two-out double by Jimmy Rollins. With Young at the plate, Rollins was able to steal third, and put himself 90 feet away from knotting the game at 4. With two outs, the extra base didn’t seem like it would matter much. That is, until Young hit a little dribbler past the mound on the left side. A swinging bunt, the Rockies would have no play on Young at first and Rollins would score. It was fluky, but Young atoned for failing to come through earlier in the game. Chase Utley would follow the single with a walk, and suddenly the Phillies had a shot. Up to the plate strolled Brown. Continue reading Phils Walk Off For Second Straight Night

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Phillies Find Themselves Back in the Loss Column

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, August 20, 2013 11:59 PM Comments: 3

It was a nice winning streak while it lasted (a whole two games).  The Colorado Rockies defeated the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday.

The Rockies got to Tyler Cloyd quickly.  Troy Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario homered off him in the first and third innings respectively.  Cloyd lasted six innings, surrendering five earned runs.  Cloyd settled down after the third, but the Rockies provided the damage early.

The Phillies made some noise in the bottom of the third inning, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Jorge De La Rosa limited them to three runs (two earned).

The good news was that Zach Miner and Cesar Jimenez threw a combined three scoreless innings out of the Phillies bullpen.

Halladay Makes Rehab Appearance

Roy Halladay pitched six innings in Class-A Lakewood.  He allowed two runs (one earned) and seven hits.  He walked three and struck out four.   Halladay averaged 87 mph on his fastball, but touched 89 mph early on.  Out of his 90 pitches, 52 were strikes.

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Can the Phillies Change their Approach in 2014?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, August 20, 2013 03:21 PM Comments: 20

Can J-Roll change? (MLB)

Can J-Roll change? (MLB)

It’s not hard to see a direct correlation between getting on base, scoring runs, and winning games.

Phillies Runs Scored:

2007: 892
2008: 799
2009: 820
2010: 772
2011: 713
2012: 684
2013: 464 (on pace – 606)

Phillies On-Base Percentage:

2007: .354
2008: .332
2009: .334
2010: .332
2011: .323
2012: .317
2013: .303 (as of 8/20)

Phillies Record:

2007: 89-73
2008: 92-70
2009: 93-69
2010: 97-65
2011: 102-60
2012: 81-81
2013: 55-69 (as of 8/20)

We know how each Phillies team, year-by year beginning in 2007, was constructed. From 2007 to 2009, they scored between 5 and 5.5 runs per game, while getting just enough pitching to go with the monster lineup. In 2010, the offense was still productive, but their pitching was stronger than in previous years.

In 2011, the pitching staff put up ludicrous numbers, allowing just 3.27 runs per game, while leading the club to 102 wins. It overshadowed a declining, yet just-about-good-enough offense. In 2012, it all began to fall apart. And here we stand, in 2013, with a team that has totally imploded.

On the offensive side of things, it’s plain to see what ails the Phillies. They can’t get on base, therefore they cannot score enough runs to keep up with the rest of the league.

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Phillies hang on for 5-4 victory

Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, August 19, 2013 10:15 PM Comments: 22

ethan-martin2The Phillies lineup showed flashes of power tonight and it was enough to propel Ethan Martin to his second career win. It was also the Phils first back-to-back win since July 19th.

Offensively, the Phillies showed signs of improvement. They took an early 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a fielder’s choice by Cody Asche. It was Asche’s ninth career RBI in 57 at bats. Not soon after, John Mayberry, Jr. blasted his ninth homer of the season with two men on base. Carlos Ruiz added a solo shot in the fifth to give the Phils a 5-0 lead. Chooch benefited from hitting in the two-hole this evening, going 2-4. Ryne Sandberg mentioned prior to the game that he wanted to take advantage of his Ruiz’s situational hitting by moving him up in the batting order. He also spoke at length about his focus on getting Jimmy Rollins going offensively – i.e. seeing more pitches, getting on base and scoring runs.

Ethan Martin pitched well tonight, going 6.1 innings with 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. This represented the longest outing in the 24-year old’s budding career. Although he had trouble escaping the seventh inning and allowed 2 runs, Justin DeFratus’s relief minimized the damage. Martin started the game with a strong 12-pitch first inning which allowed him to go longer than previous games, but he still had trouble during his third time through the opponent’s lineup. Still, it was an encouraging start for the righty auditioning for a spot in the 2014 rotation.

Luis Garcia took the mound in eighth inning and coughed up 2 runs on 2 singles and 2 walks before being yanked for Jake Diekman. After a strikeout to record the second out, Diekman was called for a balk on an odd play during Nolan Arenado‘s at bat. Arenado seemed to shiver after Carlos Ruiz moved behind the plate and Jake Diekman thought time had been called. It had not, and after a short argument by the new Phillies skipper, Diekman recovered quickly to strikeout Arenado with a 99-mph fastball. The drama of the eighth inning certainly energized the CBP crowd of 35,000+. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth, earning his 21st save on the season and first since July 11. Unfortunately during the inning, Carlos Ruiz took a hard pitch off the facemask.

Tyler Cloyd makes his return to the Phillies to start tomorrow at 7:05pm.

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Halladay Tosses 6 Innings with GCL Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, August 15, 2013 03:01 PM Comments: 11

halladayRoy Halladay took a huge leap forward in his progression following shoulder surgery three months ago to the day. In Clearwater, with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Halladay tossed six innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out four, throwing 87 pitches.

There has been no word on what kind of velocity was behind his fastball, although I’m sure we’ll know that information in the coming hours. According to Chris Branch of the Wilmington News Journal, some onlookers tweeted he was mostly in the mid-80′s.

If Halladay and the Phillies are happy with the start, the next move could be to Lehigh Valley as they will be home when his turn in the rotation takes place Tuesday. The Phillies have said Halladay could need as few as two starts before returning to the major leagues. That said, if he’s only in the 80′s with his fastball against teenagers in the GCL, maybe a few more starts to get his endurance back to normal levels wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

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Strasburg dominates Phillies for first career shutout

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sun, August 11, 2013 07:55 PM Comments: 21

The Phillies were swept by the Nationals Sunday night after being shut out in the finale of their three game set 6-0. With the loss, the Phillies fall to 52-65 on the season, 19 games back of the first place Braves. It was the team’s eleventh straight road loss.

Strasburg shuts down Phillies’ bats

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Kyle Kendrick was ousted in the fifth after allowing six runs (four earned) on 11 hits.

Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg cut through the Phillies lineup, allowing just four hits in a complete game shutout with ten strikeouts. Against the Phillies this season Strasburg has gone 17 innings and allowed only one run, while racking up ten punchouts. 

The only hits Strasburg allowed were four singles- two from Kevin Frandsen and one a piece from Domonic Brown and Jimmy Rollins. At just 90 pitches through eight innings, Washington let him return for the ninth and earn his first complete game and shutout of his professional career. 

Kendrick struggles again
Early in the season Kendrick was easily the Phillies’ best starter. Now, he has struggled to show even glimpses of his prior success. The right-hander got touched up for six runs (four earned) on 11 hits in just 4 1/3 innings Sunday, marking the fourth time in his last seven starts he allowed six runs, and the second time in his last three starts he has not lasted five innings.

Kendrick allowed a run in the first, but never really settled in despite scoreless innings in the second and third. He gave up two more in the fourth, and then, aided by a Chase Utley error, three more in the fifth before he was pulled. On June 25, Kendrick’s ERA was 3.46, and since then it has ballooned more than 100 points to 4.48.

Up Next…
The Phillies will head further south tomorrow to open a series against the first place Braves. Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.81 ERA) will take the baseball opposite young right-hander Julio Teheran (9-5, 2.96 ERA). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

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Losses Keep Piling Up For Phils

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, August 10, 2013 09:57 PM Comments: 46

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Cliff Lee gave the Phillies a quality start tonight. Why would that be enough? (Photo: AP)

All the best metaphors and similes to describe a Phillies loss in which they blow an early lead have been exhausted over the course of this dreadful season. At this stage, you can only come out and say it: The Phillies were up 4-0 to start the third inning of tonight’s game. They’d end up down 8-5 by the time the ninth inning was over. It’s an outcome as predictable as the sunset at the end of a long summer’s day (Turns out there was one simile left). Charlie Manuel’s 1,000th win celebration will be delayed for another day, as his squad is not much in the business of winning presently.

THE OFFENSE GOES ONE AND DONE

- They’ve done it all year, so why should tonight have been any different? After putting up some runs early, the Phils shut it down, and the inability to tack on resulted in a loss.

- Darin Ruf stayed hot with a two-run homer in the second. The home run would spark a four-run inning for the Phils, with Lee and Jimmy Rollins accounting for the other RBIs. Ruf now has four home runs in the month of August and is posting a .984 OPS. He’s been a bright spot, for sure. The Phils were helped a bit by some sloppy Nats D, but they had done the necessary damage. Unfortunately, they would go cold after that. And that is understating it. Continue reading Losses Keep Piling Up For Phils

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Halladay Progressing, Still Plans to Pitch in ’13

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, August 07, 2013 05:32 PM Comments: 4

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

It’s been a long ride for Roy Halladay, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

On Monday, Halladay threw 75 pitches in what he called five “up and downs,” then followed it up with a 30-toss bullpen session today. On Saturday, he’ll take part in a simulated game in Clearwater. After being encouraged over the past few days by his performance, Halladay felt well enough to make the move to the Phillies spring home.

What follows the simulated game could be a rehab assignment depending on how he feels. He and the Phillies still have no timetable on his return to the big leagues, however Halladay is planning on being in the rotation at some point this year.

“I want to go out and pitch in those games and compete the way I would here so I know that when I get here I know where I stand.”

There have been no setbacks in his quest to return, either. “Everything we’ve set out to do we’ve accomplished,” said the 36-year-old. Halladay did not dive into specific details about his velocity, but said his arm slot is as good as its been since 2011, which has help his cutter and curveball the most. The velocity will come, but he’s more worried about mechanics.

Halladay also addressed next season, saying he’s not looking too far ahead.

“I’m not worried about next year.  I want to come back and pitch and I want to be a part of things and be effective. Really, for myself to come back and say ‘this is something I can overcome.’ To come back and pitch means more than anything.”

Whether or not next season comes with him in red pinstripes is also an unknown. Halladay acknowledged his first choice would be Philadelphia, but there are factors that come into play.

“I always want to play this game to win, and I’m not coming back to try and get a contract for next year, or a bigger contract for next year…and we’ll go from there. After that, hopefully, make a decision on where I can win. I hope that’s here.”

What we see on the field right now isn’t winning baseball, which leads you to believe it’s wide open for Halladay once free agents sets in after the season. He seems to be serious when he says Philly is the place he wants to be, but we all know what has eluded Halladay thus far: a championship. There’s no telling what will happen this offseason, but on paper, it doesn’t appear the Phillies are a serious contender, although that could change with a strong offseason.

“I see a lot here, actually. I see Chase, will they bring Michael Young back. I like our third baseman (Asche), I like his swing. Domonic Brown has been a positive. Seeing how Ryan Howard does this winter. And obviously myself, can I come back and compete at a high level?”

It should be noted that Halladay’s relationship with pitching coach Rich Dubee is strong. Dubee’s contract also expires after the season and Doc admitted that also could come into play when the time comes to re-up in Philadelphia.

Clearly, there is still much work to be done, not only on the mound for Halladay, but in the front office for the Phillies. If

 

 

 

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Brown Homers in Rehab Game with BlueClaws

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, August 05, 2013 11:35 PM Comments: 9

Dom Brown, Image- Joe Wombough

Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown laced three hits including a home run while driving in two runs in a rehab outing for Class A Lakewood on Monday night in Hagerstown.

Brown, who has been sidelined since July 23rd with a concussion, joined the BlueClaws and played all nine innings as the club’s left fielder, getting five at bats.

Following his first action in nearly two weeks, Brown told BlueClaws media relations director Greg Giombarrese that he felt no lasting effects from his concussion.

“I felt pretty good, no symptoms.  Felt pretty good in the box.  Just, really, trying to see some good pitches up and, you know, I had some pretty good swings,” Brown said.

The comfort level seemed to be up for the Phils All-Star as he got off to a great start in the contest, recording all three of his hits in his first three turns at the dish.

Batting in the three hole, Brown stroked an RBI single in the first inning.  He then led off the third inning with a home run.  Two frames later, the Phils’ 20th round draft choice from 2006 singled once more.  Brown grounded out to second base to end the 7th.  In the 9th, with the ‘Claws trailing 8-4, Brown stepped to the plate with the bases loaded with a chance to keep the team alive, but he grounded out to shortstop for the final out of the game.

The 25-year-old is expected to play one more rehab game on Tuesday with Double-A Reading as they visit Harrisburg. Continue reading Brown Homers in Rehab Game with BlueClaws

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