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Revisiting Our Offseason Plans

Posted by Eric Seidman, Fri, September 13, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 9

Last November, Pat Gallen, Corey Seidman, Ian Riccaboni and I separately presented our roster plans for the 2013 Phillies. None of us truly believed the Phillies were a contender, but with our suggested acquisitions and some positive breaks, they might have a shot. With only a few weeks left in the season it seems as good a time as any to review our plans.

It’s interesting to note that the four of us agreed on an awful lot – we collectively selected 17 of the 25 roster spots. This was indicative of the few areas the Phillies could toy with. On one hand, agreement on 68% of the roster could suggest that the Phillies didn’t need to alter chunks of the roster or dole out even more lucrative deals. On the other hand, several of those 17 players were already signed to lucrative deals that could have prevented the team from properly filling the remaining spots.

Our starting rotations were identical across the board: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley. These plans were published prior to Worley’s trade to Minnesota, but, at that time, we all felt the Phillies rotation was set. They didn’t need to go out and sign a Dan Haren or Ryan Dempster. If the big three were healthy, and Kendrick continued improving, the rotation was solid.

We also agreed on Carlos Ruiz as the primary catcher with Erik Kratz backing him up. Chooch was coming off of his best season and it was a no-brainer to exercise his meager club option. Kratz, while not that solid of a defender, had hit for enough power to merit the backup role. It didn’t make sense to have one of the prospects back Ruiz up since consistent playing time is integral to their development.

Though there were question marks surrounding the infield triumvirate’s ability to remain both healthy and effective, we all agreed on Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins at their respective positions. Freddy Galvis, Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf and John Mayberry all made our teams as well, with Brown as a clear starter and Ruf getting more playing time than Galvis and Mayberry. It was also abundantly clear that Jonathan Papelbon wasn’t going anywhere, and our bullpens all included Antonio Bastardo and Jeremy Horst.

Third base, however, was the first area in which we really presented different plans.

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Phillies score six in the first to fuel win

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, September 12, 2013 11:28 PM Comments: 12

Richie Ashburn Award: Carlos Ruiz

After scoring 6 runs in the first inning, the Phillies held on tonight to beat the Padres 10-5.  The Phils won their second straight series and are 5-1 in their last six games.

Tonight’s match started after a rain delay and Will Venable led off the game with a home run off Roy Halladay.  Undoubtedly fans worried that we, especially Doc, were going to be in for a long night.  It turned into a long first inning for sure, but it was all good news after that.  With 6 runs on 5 hits, the Phillies jumped all over Padres starter Tyson Ross.

Halladay settled down and pitched well throughout the second, third and fourth innings.  But then he got into serious trouble in the fifth and allowed 4 Padres runs.  Their rally was fueled by 4 straight walks to start the inning then a throwing error Roy himself.  He didn’t make it out of the fifth which means Justin DeFratus left with the win.  DeFratus, along with Cesar Jimenez, Ethan Martin, B.J. Rosenberg and Jake Diekman held San Diego hitless over the final four innings.   Despite the win, concern for Halladay remains.

The Phillies offensive output was led by Carlos Ruiz who finished the game 3-3 with a double and 3 RBI out of the cleanup spot.  Chase Utley also drove in two runs and Jimmy Rollins was constantly on base with 2 hits and 2 walks.

The Phils head to Washington for a weekend series against the Nationals.  Kendrick, Hamels and Cloyd will start against Strasberg, Gonzalez and Zimmerman.

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Gameday: Phillies (67-78) vs Padres (66-78)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, September 12, 2013 06:23 PM Comments: 12

Philadelphia Phillies (67-78) vs. San Diego Padres (66-78)

Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.19 ) vs. Tyson Ross (3-7, 2.79 )

Time: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
CSN
Weather: Cloudy, stormy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Roy Halladay is coming off a start in which he only allowed one run over six innings, but had some serious command issues. He’ll look to fix those issues tonight, as long as the weather holds up. There’s storms in the area, as a cold front moves in, and we could be looking at a delay of some sort tonight.

Opposing him will be some guy named Tyson Ross. I’ve honestly never heard of him before, but he’s got some pretty good numbers this year. He’s made 12 starts this year, but has appeared in 31 games. He has an ERA of 2.79 in 103.1 IP. He’s thrown 2 2/3 scoreless innings against the Phillies this year in relief.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Ruf RF, Asche 3B, Frandsen 1B, Galvis LF, Halladay P

Gameday Beer: Shock Top Belgian White

The Phillies aren’t making many fans happy lately, so why not make up for it with a tasty beer to go with tonight’s game? Shock Top Belgian White is a great choice if you’re looking for something smooth and delicious. It’s sure to put a smile on your face. – Jon

GO PHILLIES!

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Phillies Nation TV: 2014 Rotation, Dom Brown Interview and Parking Lot Challenge

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, September 12, 2013 11:25 AM Comments: 2

Phillies Nation is back in full effect after a relaxing Labor Day hiatus.  Pat and Corey start off by giving their predictions for the 2014 Phillies roster – see what they think the future holds for guys like Roy Halladay, Kyle Kendrick, Miguel A. Gonzalez, Jonathan Pettibone and Jesse Biddle.

Ryann meets up with Domonic Brown at the Sports Vault in King of Prussia and talks to him about his breakout season this year.  She asks what made the difference this year compared to previous ones.  She also brings the guys viewer questions and comments including what to do with Ethan Martin and which former Phillies outfielder would have been best to keep.

Finally, Johnny Goodtimes returns for another hilarious edition of Parking Lot Challenge outside Citizens Bank Park.  Fun!

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Phils Blow Lead, Lose Series

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, September 04, 2013 10:09 PM Comments: 6

Doc struggled with command yet again, but gave up just one run over six innings. (PHOTO: AP)

Doc struggled with command yet again, but gave up just one run over six innings. (PHOTO: AP)

The Phillies had a 2-1 lead going into the 7th inning, after Roy Halladay had gutted out six innings of one-run baseball on the mound. But two batters later, the game was tied 2-2 after a home run by Ryan Zimmerman off Zach Miner. Then, in the 8th inning, a leadoff walk by Jake Diekman resulted in a manufactured run for the Nationals, and that’s all they would need to beat the Phils.

BAD START, GOOD FINISH FOR HALLADAY

Roy Halladay began the game in a…sub-optimal way. His first two innings included four walks and a HBP. However, he only gave up one run. He then seemed to settle in, and cruised four more innings without giving up a run before he was taken out after the sixth inning. His fastball sat in the 86-88 range, which was slightly better than his last outing. He also seemed to make real-time adjustments on his command, which was actually fascinating to watch. I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on him the rest of the year. Maybe he can learn to pitch like a Jamie Moyer type guy, as he suggested a couple weeks ago.

NEW LEADOFF HITTER?

This might be nothing, but I’ve noticed that Jimmy Rollins hasn’t been hitting leadoff lately. Tonight, Cesar Hernandez got the call at the top of the lineup, and delivered with a two-run double in the second inning along with a single and a walk. He was caught stealing in the fifth.

UP NEXT

The Phils are off tomorrow, but welcome the Atlanta Braves on Friday for a three game set. Friday is also the cool hat giveaway at Citizens Bank Park. Cliff Lee will take the mound for the Phillies and Mike Minor will get the ball for the Braves.

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Gameday: Phillies (63-76) vs Nationals (70-68)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, September 04, 2013 05:56 PM Comments: 18

Philadelphia Phillies (63-76) at Washinton Nationals (70-68)

Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.94) v Jordan Zimmerman (15-8, 3.33)

TIME: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 70′s, Clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

To tell you the truth, I’m pretty nervous about Roy Halladay’s start tonight. He’s coming off a game against the Cubs where he gave up five runs in as many innings, but it could’ve been much worse. I fear that it might be worse tonight.

Opposing him will be Jordan Zimmerman, and he’s been pretty good this year. He’s sporting a 15-8 record with a 3.33 ERA.

Lineup: Hernandez CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Ruiz C, Ruf 1B, Asche 3B, Mayberry LF, Bernadina RF, Halladay P

Your gameday beer: Anchor Steam Liberty Ale

A special top-fermenting ale yeast is used during fermentation and is responsible for many of Liberty Ale’s subtle flavors and characteristics. Carbonation is produced by an entirely natural process called “bunging,” which produces champagne-like bubbles. Enjoy with some steaks on the grill for today’s game.
– Pat

Go Phillies!

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Young, Frandsen Key Comeback Win For Phils

Posted by Alex Lee, Fri, August 30, 2013 05:34 PM Comments: 6

Michael Young provided the game-winning hit on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

Michael Young provided the game-winning hit on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The Phillies stormed back from a five-run deficit to beat the Cubs 6-5 at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon in Ryne Sandberg‘s managerial debut in his old stomping grounds.  Michael Young had the decisive hit, a two-out flare into right field in the ninth inning that scored Roger Bernadina and put the Phillies up for good.  The go-ahead single was the exclamation point on a great day for Young.  Starting at third, Young tallied four hits, two RBIs and scored a run.  It was the second time this season the Phillies have come from five behind to win, the first time being on June 14 in Colorado.

The Cubs jumped on a wild and ineffective Roy Halladay early to take a 5-0 lead.  The Phillies offense, behind two big Kevin Frandsen hits, came to life in the sixth and seventh innings while the bullpen shut down the Cubs over the game’s final four innings to seal the win.  Jonathan Papelbon nailed down his 23rd save of the season in the ninth.

DOC ALL OVER THE PLACE AT WRIGLEY

- In short, Halladay looked awful on Friday afternoon in an outing that was very reminiscent of the worrisome starts we saw from him in March and April.  For the day, Doc lasted only five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks.  He lacked command with all of his pitches, and his fastball sat between 85-87 miles-per-hour throughout the start.  He threw 77 pitches, only 48 of which went for strikes.  Not good.

- While he only gave up one run in the first three innings – an Anthony Rizzo wind-aided home run in the first – Doc was more effectively wild than he was effective in the early going.  Eventually it would catch up with him, as Nate Schierholtz hit a screaming liner over the right field fence to lead off the fourth to make it 2-0.  The Cubs added five more hits and a walk in the next two innings – the biggest of which was a two-run Starlin Castro double – to make it 5-0 through five. Continue reading Young, Frandsen Key Comeback Win For Phils

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Gameday: Phillies (50-61) vs. Cubs (49-62)

Posted by Alex Lee, Fri, August 30, 2013 02:22 PM Comments: 21

39212-cubsPhiladelphia Phillies (61-73) vs. Chicago Cubs (56-77)

RHP Roy Halladay (3-4, 7.81 ERA) vs RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.03 ERA)

TIME: 2:20 ET, Wrigley Field
TV: 
Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 89, clear
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Ryne Sandberg returns to Wrigley Field today for the first time ever as a big league manager.  The Hall of Fame second baseman turned Phillies manager spent 15 years on the North Side of Chicago, earning 10 All-Star berths and nine consecutive gold gloves for the Cubs after coming over from the Phillies in a lopsided trade that netted the Phils only Ivan DeJesus.  Wrigley is always a festive atmosphere for day games and today should be no different.  Expect a warm welcome for Ryno, whose No. 23 was retired by the Cubs in 2005.

On the field, today marks the second major league start for Roy Halladay since returning from surgery.  Doc was solid in his first start back last Sunday, surrendering only four hits and two earned runs over six innings and earning the win against the Diamondbacks, which was only his third of the season.  Halladay will become a free agent after the season and has expressed interest in sticking around in Philly.  Each of his remaining starts is critical in determining what the 36-year-old has left in the tank.

The Phils had shown signs of life lately, winning seven of nine before ultimately splitting a four-game series with the Mets.  They’ll look to get back on track this afternoon at Wrigley Field, which tends to be an unpredictable environment for baseball weather-wise.  The forecast calls for sun and temperatures around 90, so if the wind is blowing out this could be an exciting one.  Halladay is opposed by Cubs fireballer Jeff Samardzija, who has tailed off significantly after a promising start to the season.  Samardzija has an ERA over five in July and August.

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

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Gameday 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.

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Phillies Nation TV: Sandberg, Halladay and Top Free Agent Targets

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, August 30, 2013 11:34 AM Comments: 0

This week the Pat and Corey cover the first week under new Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. Was his hiring the catalyst for a team that won 5 of 6 games? Or perhaps it was Roy Halladay’s first start since going on the DL that will serve to energize the team. Still, like C.C. Sabathia in New York, the guys discuss how Roy’s performance is still below expectations.

Also covered this week are the futures for role players such as Roger Bernadina, Darin Ruf and Jake Diekman. We also breakdown last Saturday’s wacky 18-inning game in our “By the Numbers” segment.

Ryann asks the guys who tops their list of off-season free agent targets for the Phillies. And Brian Quinn of BQ Basement Systems stops by the set to talk about the dual disappointment of a wet basement and the 2013 Phillies.

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Phillies Crushed by Mets, 11-3

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, August 29, 2013 04:24 PM Comments: 20

Struggle

PHOTO: AP

The Phillies were absolutely crushed by the Mets Thursday afternoon. Ethan Martin lasted four innings while giving up three runs, but the bullpen lost control of the game in the later innings. The offense was only able to scrape one run across in the first seven innings (on a sac fly by Darin Ruf), and the Phillies lost 11-3.

STRUGGLING PITCHING

Ethan Martin is struggling. In his last start, he did not make it out of the first inning. Today, he allowed three runs in four innings. And it only got worse from there. He was relieved by Cesar Jimenez, who allowed three more runs in less than two innings. Justin De Fratus then relieved Jimenez, and he proceeded to allow four runs in one inning of work. And just for kicks, J.C. Ramirez gave up a run, too. It was tough to watch. The lone bright spot is that Martin looks like he can really rack up the strikeouts. He had nine today in four innings, which brings his total to 32 in 25.1 IP this year.

QUIET OFFENSE

With the exclusion of the Roger Bernadina home run in the eighth inning, the Phillies offense was REALLY quiet today. Doubles by Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz were the only other extra base hits. The team had seven hits total. They were facing a guy that, in his last appearance as a starter, was annihilated by the Washington Nationals. I would’ve expected more from the Phillies offense today.

UP NEXT:

The Phillies head to Chicago tomorrow for another day game with Roy Halladay and Jeff Samardzija getting the call.

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