Posts Tagged ‘Relief Appearances’

Phillies Sign Righty Matt Anderson

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, January 14, 2011 05:26 PM Comments: 6

From the Phillies:

Right-hander Matt Anderson signed a minor league contract with the Phillies, the club announced today.  He will report to minor league camp in spring training.

Anderson, 34, last pitched professionally in 2008 when he went 0-0 with a 5.60 ERA in 15 relief appearances for triple-A Charlotte.  His last major league appearance came on July 1, 2005 at Busch Stadium for the Colorado Rockies.  He appeared in 12 games for the Rockies that year.

The first overall selection by the Detroit Tigers in the 1997 draft out of Rice University, Anderson spent parts of seven seasons in the major leagues for the Tigers (1998-2003) and Rockies (2005).  His career major league record is 15-7 with 26 saves in 257 games, all in relief.

Anderson made his major league debut in his first professional season (1998) after starting his minor league career with a 0.65 ERA in 30 games and 45 strikeouts in 41.0 innings (9.9 SO/9.0 IP).  In 42 major league appearances that year, he went 5-1 with a 3.27 ERA.

The Phillies must be hoping to either catch lightning in a bottle here or he’s back to his flamethrowing ways. Anderson would routinely throw in the upper 90′s to 100 mph, but arm injuries derailed an already underwhelming career. He figures to add depth to the farm system, if he’s able to stay healthy and perform at all.

Bottom line: you probably won’t be seeing Matt Anderson anytime soon, but if he does rediscover his heat, I’m all for it.


Gameday: Phillies (21-13) at Brewers (15-20)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Sat, May 15, 2010 03:19 PM Comments: 90

Philadelphia Phillies (21-13) at Milwaukee Brewers (15-20)

Joe Blanton, RHP (0-2, 4.97 ERA) vs. Chris Narveson, LHP (3-0, 5.06 ERA)

Time: 4:10 p.m at Miller Park
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 58
TV: Fox
Twitter: @philliesnation

In the grand scheme of things, I think we all needed a Phils game like last night’s 9-5 win. The outcome was never really in doubt, and while it lacked the drama of certain other Philadelphia-related sporting events from yesterday, it was a pleasant way to spend an evening. Jamie Moyer, looking waaay too comfortable in the 1980s-era road blues, prevented the Brewers from hitting like Harvey’s Wallbangers even though they were dressed like Harvey’s Wallbangers.

Today, Joe Blanton makes his third start of the year, relieving a previous paucity of portly pitchers in Philadelphia. Blanton has so far not pitched badly, keeping the ball down and not walking very many, but his strikeout rate, even in this small sample size, has dropped far below his rate from last year, which contributed to 2009 being a career year for the righty.

In other news, for all the hand-wringing about the performance of Exxon Wilson Valdez and Paul Hoover, the two managed to drop a combined 3-for-8 with four runs scored last night. With Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz perhaps only a few days from returning, we’ll see how these two career minor leagues hold up.

The Phils will face 28-year-old lefty Chris Narveson today. A former St. Louis Cardinals prospect, Narveson has bounced between the rotation and the bullpen in parts of three major league seasons. His fastball, which tops out around 90, forces him to rely on three other pitches, a slider, a curve, and a changeup, to get batters out. Narveson, while appearing to be almost unbelievably average on paper, does sport a 3-0 record in three starts and nine relief appearances. We’ll see how that goes.

Tonight’s Lineup: Victorino (CF), Polanco (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Valdez (SS), Hoover (C),  Blanton (P)

Your Gameday Beer – BrewDog Sink the Bismarck

Coors  OriginalThis one goes out to Paul Hoover, who before resurfacing with the Phillies, served as president of Delta Tau Chi fraternity at Faber College. BrewDog is most famous for its Tactical Nuclear Penguin, a double-cask imperial stout from Scotland, which was, at 32% ABV, reputed to be the strongest beer on Earth. After a German brewery responded with an even stronger beer, those plucky Brits put out Sink the Bismarck, a 41% ABV offering. That’s about the strength of your garden variety vodka. I’ve never had it myself, but to quote Animal House, I anticipate a deeply religious experience. – By Michael



Around the Minors

Posted by Ben Seal, Sun, July 12, 2009 12:05 PM Comments: 0

Here’s a look at last night’s action around the Phillies minor league system:

mathiesonGCL PhilliesScott Mathieson’s long trip back to the majors is on track once again. After two Tommy John surgeries over the past three years, Mathieson is rehabbing in the rookie league as he attempts to climb the ranks. Last night he pitched a perfect inning, striking out two. He holds a spotless ERA in six innings over the past couple of weeks and has struck out 8 batters. It’s easy to forget that Mathieson, once rated as the No. 2 pitching prospect in the organization, is just 25. If his most recent surgery proves to be successful and Mathieson can resume his previous dominance of the lower levels, he could be mentioned among the top players in the farm system. He still carries a career K/9 ratio of 8.6 across all levels and could be an enticing bullpen option down the road.

Clearwater – He might not be on the level with Kyle Drabek or Joe Savery, but Mike Cisco is beginning to make some noise with the Threshers. Last night the righty picked up his third straight win, running his record to 6-1, as Clearwater won, 5-3. Cisco, who was drafted last year out of the University of South Carolina, gave up 2 runs (one earned) in 6 innings, allowing 6 hits and striking out two. He has now allowed one earned run or less in 7 of his last 8 starts, posting a 1.4 ERA during that stretch in 45 innings and striking out 30 against 8 walks. Michael Durant went 2-for-3 with a double, homer and two RBI to help Cisco pick up the win.

Lehigh Valley – Recently acquired starter Brian Mazone made his third appearance for the Iron Pigs, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits in four innings of work. But the Hogs offense bailed him out to beat Rochester, 7-5. DH David Newhan went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI and the big shot came from J.J. Furmaniak, who hit a sixth inning grand slam. Catcher Lou Marson went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts, holding his average at .302.

Reading – After a string of relief appearances, Tyson Brummett took the rubber as a starter for the R-Phils last night. His return to the rotation didn’t go very well, though, as he gave up 5 runs in the first inning and only lasted one more frame before being taken out. Reading tried to dig out of the early hole, but lost to Harrisburg, 5-4. First baseman Brian Stavisky provided most of the offense, slugging a two-run homer and an RBI double. Center fielder Quinton Berry went 3-for-5 with a double and his 32nd stolen base of the year. Michael Taylor was held hitless in 3 at-bats, dropping his average to .337.

Lakewood – 19-year-old righty Jason Knapp, who has pitched very well despite a poor record this season, was bombed last night against Kannapolis in a 9-4 loss. Knapp (2-7) couldn’t make it out of the first inning, giving up 3 hits and 3 walks in .2 innings. All 6 runners scored, raising Knapp’s ERA to 4.01. Second baseman Hector Garcia went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud had two hits including a double and an RBI and Zach Collier legged out a triple.

Williamsport – The Crosscutters game against Auburn was suspended.


Gameday: Phillies (36-31) At Rays (37-34)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, June 23, 2009 05:35 PM Comments: 318

Philadelphia Phillies (36-31) at Tampa Bay Rays (37-34)

Jamie Moyer (4-6, 6.35 ERA) vs. David Price (1-1, 3.46 ERA)
Time: 7:08 p.m at Tropicana Field
Weather: Dome
TV:Comcast Sportsnet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The Phillies road trip starts with a World Series rematch against the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Phillies look to turn around their struggles on the road where they are a Major League best 23-9.  They will turn to Jamie Moyer tonight.

Moyer struggled in his last outing, allowing six earned runs in six innings. However, in Game 3 of the World Series, Moyer had some success against the young Rays’ lineup.  He allowed five hits, three runs, and struck out five in 6.1 innings.

Moyer will be opposed by the Rays’ best prospect, David Price.  Price started the year in the minors, mainly for arbitration reasons.  In his last start, Price allowed five earned runs in seven innings against the Colorado Rockies.  In two relief appearances in the World Series, Price gave up two runs, one earned, in 3.1 innings.

Moyer will also see a familiar face, Pat Burrell.  The Phillies better hope he doesn’t crush the Phillies like he crushed the New York Mets throughout his career. 

Hopefully all the offense comes from the Phillies lineup, which will include Ryan Howard as the designated hitter.  In addition to Howard, the starting lineup will include Chris Coste at first base.  John Mayberry Jr. will be playing left.

Your Gameday Beer: Tonight’s beer is Holy Mackerel’s Special Golden Ale…as in “Holy Mackerel, the Phillies need a win!” This strong golden Belgian-style ale is brewed on the east coast of Florida in Fort Lauderdale. It was the winner of the Sam Adams sponsored World Homebrew Contest and weighs in at a hefty 8.5% ABV. Our friends at Barely Dine recommend a toasted Italian sandwich loaded with salami, prosciutto, provolone and Italian hot peppers. -By Brian

Go Phillies!


Gamenight: Marlins (21-25) At Phillies (24-19)

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Tue, May 26, 2009 06:01 PM Comments: 260

marlinslogoFlorida Marlins (21-25) at Philadelphia Phillies (24-19)
Andrew Miller (1-1, 4.94 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (2-3, 7.11 ERA)
Time: 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Weather: Cloudy, 56
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: Phillies Nation

A tough homecoming for the Phillies last night, but tonight is a new chance to grab the golden ring. Joe Blanton has the task against the Marlins at a potentially damp Citizens Bank Park.

Blanton was workmanlike for four innings Thursday against Cincinnati, but the fifth inning became a mess of problems. A Brandon Phillips home run did Blanton in, ending his night after five. He’s hoping to get his ERA back below seven and maybe to a season-best number – anything below 6.82. And he’ll get to do it against a group of players he hasn’t faced much. Most is Jorge Cantu, who is only .231 against Blanton.

The Phillies will stare down young Andrew Miller, of whom they’ve not taken advantage. His last start against the Phils was an eight-inning, seven-strikeout performance on June 11. Since, he made a few relief appearances against the Phils with one tough outing. Shane Victorino has hit him well (.455 AVG, 2 HR).

That’s good news for Vic, who was struggling in May but quietly climbing back to normalcy. His average sits at .270, thanks mostly to his good weekend in the Bronx.

Your gamenight beer: Bitter with fruity smell and golden appearance, Staropramen Lager is a Czech pilsner with international flavor. With its low alcohol content (5 percent), it’s perfect for a rainy night such as this. Even if there is no game, you can enjoy a few of these and move on with your night. Enjoy this with a good bowl of chicken noodle soup.

Go Phillies!


Phillies Claim Reliever Steven Register

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, May 20, 2009 03:17 PM Comments: 6

David Murphy reports the Phillies have claimed right-handed pitcher Steven Register off waivers from Colorado.

Register, 26, who was 0-2 with 4.50 ERA this season in16 relief appearances for AAA Colorado Springs, will join Lehigh Valley.

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