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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.

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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.

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Phillies best first place Pirates with 3-1 win

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, July 02, 2013 10:25 PM Comments: 9

Richie Ashburn Award: Jonathan Pettibone

The Phillies ended the Pirates nine game winning streak on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over the Bucs in the opener of their three game series.

A three run sixth and a strong combined effort from the starting pitching and relief helped the Phils to the win after a rough weekend in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Pettibone has been a revelation for the Phils.  How long can it continue? (AP Photo).

Jonathan Pettibone allowed just one run in 5 1/3 innings against Pittsburgh on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Another stellar outing for Pettibone

The young right-hander dazzled again on Tuesday, this time against the top team in baseball. Pettibone lasted 5 2/3 innings, and held Pittsburgh scoreless until a solo home run from Garrett Jones put the Pirates on the board. He allowed just the one run on three hits and struck out six in the game. Three walks contributed to a higher pitch count, which is why he was ousted in the sixth, but nonetheless he still dominated Pirates hitters.

This is Pettibone’s third straight outing of three or fewer runs, and his tenth such start of 14 this year. His ERA is once again under four, sitting at 3.99 after today’s start.

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Gameday: Phillies (39-44) vs. Pirates (51-30)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, July 02, 2013 06:27 PM Comments: 0

Philadelphia Phillies (39-44) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-30)images (2)

Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.17 ERA) vs Brandon Cumpton (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

TIME: 7:10 ET

TV: Comcast SportsNet

WEATHER: 82,cloudy

MEDIA: Facebook and Twitter

The Phillies’ road trip gets no easier as they open a three game set with the first place Pirates tonight at PNC Park. Not only do the Pirates have the best record in the majors, the Phillies have not fared well at PNC park recently, even against the worst of Pirates teams.

Since 2001, when PNC Park opened, the Phillies are 12-23 against the Pirates on their home turf. The year 2000 was the last time they won a series against Pittsburgh on the road. The Pirates finished above .500 in none of those years since.

Jonathan Pettibone will be on the hill for the Phillies. He gave up three early runs against the Dodgers his last time out but settled in, retiring the last 15 batters he faced. He finished the outing allowing just three runs on four hits in six innings.

The Phillies catch a break with Pittsburgh’s starter, as Jeff Locke was scratched because he warmed up extensively last night in the Pirates long extra inning affair. Locke is 7-1 with a 2.06 ERA. Instead the Phillies will face Brandon Cumpton, who was recalled from Triple-A to make the start in the series opener. Cumpton has no record in two starts with Pittsburgh this year, and no Phillies player has ever faced him.

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

SummerLove-BottleGameday Beer: Victory Summer Love

There is nothing better than a Philadelphia-brewed beer to keep you at home while the team is 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.

 

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Phillies Leave L.A. After Ugly Weekend

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, June 30, 2013 07:59 PM Comments: 46

The Phillies saw Puig up close (AP)

The Phillies saw Puig up close (AP)

This weekend was mostly unfortunate for the Phillies outside of their 16-run barrage on Friday night, which happened to be the only time this season the team has eclipsed 10 runs in game.

Few things:

-Yaisel Puig certainly looks like the real deal. And it’s a damn shame he ripped on the Phils all weekend, although we’re seeing history in the making. With four hits on Sunday, Puig finished June with 44 hits, surpassing the 42 by Pittsburgh’s Bob Elliott in September 1939 for the second-most in a player’s first full calendar month in the major leagues. Joe DiMaggio had 48 in May 1936. Puig also eclipsed the Los Angeles Dodgers ‘ record for most hits in a month by a rookie, set by Steve Sax in August 1982.

-The news of Cole Hamels being pushed back is disheartening, but necessary. The guy needs to clear his head and come back against the Pirates with a strong outing.

-It’s nice to see Ben Revere hitting. His average is up to .289, so if you ripped on the guy, time to apologize.

-Ryan Howard is now 0-for-20 on this current slump, including 11 strikeouts. Do they DL him? Do they bench him? You know it’s ugly when Charlie Manuel is swapping him out in a big hitting situation for Kevin Frandsen.

 

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Phillies (38-41) vs. Dodgers (35-42)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Thu, June 27, 2013 09:00 PM Comments: 10

Philadelphia Phillies (38-41) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (35-42)images (1)

Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.14 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (4-2, 3.79 ERA)

TIME: 10:10 ET (7:10 PT)

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 80, mostly sunny

Media: Facebook and Twitter

The Phillies will try to extend their win streak to three games and improve to 3-1 on the road trip tonight when they open up a four game series with the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The Phillies lost five of their seven games with the Dodgers last season, but their two wins did come in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Pettibone is on the hill for the Phillies, coming off a strong outing against the Mets where he allowed just a run on five hits in six innings of work. It was his first outing of six innings and one run since May 3 against the Marlins.

The Phillies will have to work through tough right-hander Zack Greinke tonight, who is coming off his best outing of the year (eight innings, one run, eight strikeouts). It was his first game of eight innings pitched this season. Greinke has pitched well in three career starts against the Phillies, going 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA, and 16 strikeouts in 15 innings.

Of all the Phillies, Michael Young and Delmon Young have by far the most at bats against Greinke. Michael is 9-for-36 (.250) with two RBI, but is not in the lineup tonight, and Delmon is 7-for-28 (.250) with two doubles, a homer and six RBI. Here is how the lineup looks for tonight:

Lineup: Revere CF, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Brown LF, D. Young RF, Frandsen 3B, Quintero C, Pettibone P

SummerLove-BottleGameday Beer: Victory Summer Love

There is nothing better than a Philadelphia-brewed beer to keep you at home while the team is 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.

 

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Gameday: Phillies (36-40) vs. Padres (38-38)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Mon, June 24, 2013 09:00 PM Comments: 13

Philadelphia Phillies (36-40) vs. San Diego Padres (38-38)padres-logo

Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.53 ERA) vs. Eric Stults (6-5, 3.25 ERA)

TIME: 10:10 ET (7:10 PT)

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 70, mostly sunny

Media: Facebook and Twitter

The Phillies will turn to their ace tonight to try to take game one of a three game series against the Padres, which also kicks off a nine game road trip. The Phillies are down to four games under .500 and have lost three of their last four, including a dismal blowout/shutout at the hands of the Mets yesterday.

The good news for the staggering Phillies is that Cliff Lee is on the hill, and he has been unstoppable of late. Lee has won seven straight decisions and the Phillies have won eighth of the last nine games he started. Lee has allowed just two runs in  each of his last two outings, and has walked only one batter while striking out 15 over that span.

Opposing Lee is the fellow southpaw Eric Stults, who has pitched very well for the Padres this season. In his last three starts he is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.61. He has only had one career start against the Phillies, and he was chased from the game early after allowing four runs in the first three innings.

Ryan Howard has been on a tear lately, hitting .476 in the last week with three home runs, but he is not in the lineup against the lefty Stults tonight due to a sore knee. Domonic Brown moves up to the clean-up spot and the red-hot Frandsen gets the nod at first. Here is the rest of the lineup tonight.

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

download (1)Gameday Beer: Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier

This strange beer brings out the classic blackberry flavor with hints of citrus. The blackberry flavor is fairly strong and very unique, especially paired with the fact that it is not brewed with traditional hops, but with coriander instead. When the team isn’t going too well maybe it is time to shake things up and try something unconventional.

 

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Phillies Blow Lead, But Win in Walk-Off Fashion

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, June 22, 2013 07:36 PM Comments: 14

The Big Piece hit two home runs Saturday afternoon. (PHOTO: AP)

The Big Piece hit two home runs Saturday afternoon. (PHOTO: AP)

The Phillies were sitting pretty with a 7-1 lead in the sixth inning, thanks in part to two home runs by Ryan Howard, but an injury forced Jonathan Pettibone to be relieved and the bullpen nearly imploded in the 7th inning. The bleeding was stopped by Jake Diekman after four runs crossed the plate. But then in the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon gave up the lead with the help of some shoddy defense behind him, and the game went to the bottom of the ninth where Kevin Frandsen led off the inning with a walk-off home run.

HEART OF THE LINEUP DELIVERS

The Phillies went with a lineup that had Michael Young batting third, followed by Ryan Howard and then Domonic Brown. Young was 2-4 with 2 runs and an RBI, Howard was 3-4 with four RBI thanks to two home runs, and Brown was 2-4 with two doubles. Those three were involved in six of the the eight scoring plays. Brown is now slugging .550, and Howard .496.

PETTIBONE INJURED

Jonathan Pettibone pitched six great innings, giving up just one run and scattering five hits. However, he left the game with what was later called “lower back tightness on the right side”. There is no more information at this time. Michael Stutes came in for relief for him, which brings me to my next point…

STRUGGLING STUTES

Mike Stutes did not look good today. He ended up giving up four runs, and nearly threw as many balls as strikes. When he was pulled, he showed some discomfort in the dugout of his right shoulder, however nothing was formally announced yet.

He hasn’t looked all that good recently, and a shoulder injury could be an explanation. It would be a huge loss for the already diminished Phils bullpen, which looks like the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs bullpen right now.

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Howard Changing the Conversation?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, June 19, 2013 04:00 PM Comments: 5

The Big Piece is showing signs of his 2009 form. Photo by: Ian Riccaboni

The Big Piece is showing signs of his 2009 form. Photo by: Ian Riccaboni

Pop quiz: Over the last seven days, which Phillie has led the team in on-base percentage? How about the last 14 days? 30 days?

If you guessed Ryan Howard, you cheated. Or figured it out by reading the title.

Over the last 30 days, Howard has reached base at a nearly .400 clip (.398), good for 17th in the MLB and tenth among NL players. In his 2006 MVP campaign, Howard reached base at a .425 clip and in his fantastic 2007 follow-up, Howard reached base at a .392 rate.

Obviously, in such a small sample, Howard may not and likely will not be able to sustain this clip but it has put him in the positive in fWAR (0.6) for the year and has put him ahead of Albert Pujols in two out of three triple-slash categories.

On Monday, our Pat Gallen suggested that General Manager Ruben Amaro took shots at Howard. But Howard’s last 30 days has changed the direction of his season and has shifted the conversation a bit.

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Pulling the Plug On Delmon Young

Posted by Eric Seidman, Wed, June 19, 2013 01:30 PM Comments: 0

The Phillies’ signing of Delmon Young was met with mostly negative reviews. It wasn’t the money as much as the notion that the front office and manager considered Young a legitimate everyday starter. Young wasn’t signed to play in a platoon. He was brought here to provide right-handed power behind Ryan Howard. The problem is that he has never really been all that powerful, and whatever power he does possess is canceled out by abysmal fielding and below average baserunning. From an overall value standpoint, Young has little to none, as is evidenced by his career -1.1 WAR.

He wasn’t even an upgrade over players already rostered, either — his numbers have been bested by John Mayberry over the last few seasons. Mayberry isn’t just an upgrade in the field and on the bases either. He has better numbers at the plate too.

Save for the 2010 season, when Young hit a career-high 21 homers and tallied 1.6 WAR — still below what’s considered the league-average threshold — he has been either replacement level or below every year. Here are his WAR totals since 2007: 0.0, -0.8, -1.1, 1.6, 0.0, -0.9, and he is currently at -0.8.

Approaching the midpoint of the season it is time for the Phillies to cut ties with Young as an everyday player. If the team wants to use him against lefties in a platoon role, or as a designated hitter in a road interleague series, fine, but he should not be viewed any more favorably than Mayberry, Laynce Nix or Kevin Frandsen. And while I know some are tired of hearing Nate Schierholtz‘s name around these parts, Young is also vastly worse than the player the Phillies simply non-tendered; the player who makes slightly more than Young this season and currently leads the Cubs in WAR.

It’s time to either get rid of Young or permanently relegate him to part-time duty. The Phillies have too many holes in this lineup to consistently allocate playing time to a player whose perception far outweighs his contributions.

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