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Rollins Back in Starting Lineup

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Fri, March 14, 2014 11:03 AM Comments: 4

http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/1x17gzh1GiBU3l.CRO1U_Q--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYwMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/person/Ysports/jimmy-rollins-baseball-headshot-photo.jpgJimmy Rollins will be back in the starting lineup today batting second for the first time since Monday’s game against the Braves.

It was initially thought that Ryne Sandberg was benching Rollins in order to “send a message,” but it turns out it was not disciplinary and was just so Sandberg could get an extended look at the younger Freddy Galvis.

However, Sandberg was upset at Rollins for some comments that he made to the Philadelphia Daily News regarding the Phillies offensive struggles thus far.

“Who Cares,” Rollins said, and then expanded on that by saying Spring Training statistics are not telling of what will happen once the regular season begins.

“I just wanted him to clarify that, because I wanted to make sure that he cared. And I wanted to make sure  – I know that everyone else in the locker room cared. So when he told me about what he was talking about, it made sense…He was referencing himself and where he’s at right now,” said Sandberg

This is not the first time Rollins has attracted media attention for things that he said.

In 2007, Rollins got attention for his comments stating that the Phillies were “the team to beat” in the NL East. Those comments stuck throughout the season and seemed to fuel the Phillies’ quest to claim the division crown.

2013 was Rollins’ worst season of his career, hitting .252 with 6 home runs, 39 RBIs and a career .667 OPS.

Todd Zolecki reported that Rollins is not worried that the Phillies will try to have him share time at shortstop with Galvis over the course of the regular season.

“That hasn’t even crossed my mind,” said Rollins.

“(Rollins is) an important part of the team. He’s got his role on the team as a veteran player, and he comes into Spring Training in very good shape every year, and he has again this year. He’s got his playing time and at-bats coming up. It’s also a long season playing up the middle, so with him and Chase, I’m careful with their games. I know the grind of a season, and Jimmy plays over 150 games a year. It’s the time of the spring right now where he’ll have some time down the stretch,” said Sandberg.

Despite Sandberg’s comments saying that he benched Rollins to get more of a look at Galvis and to give Rollins a break, it would not be surprising if Rollins’ “who cares?” comment played a slight role in his benching. That being said, It’s good to see that Sandberg is willing to put his foot down when he sees the need to.



Minor League Rundown: Hernandez, Biddle, Milner, Cutters Updates

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, August 19, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 14

It’s another weekly rundown of the Phillies’ minor leagues with details on some recent noteworthy performers…

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Cesar Hernandez w/ Reading in 2012, image- Jay Floyd

International League All-Star Cesar Hernandez is back in action after missing a few weeks with a wrist injury.  In three games since rejoining the Pigs’ starting lineup, Hernandez has gone 3-for-9.  Overall this season, the switch-hitting 23-year-old has posted a .315 average with two homers, 35 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 95 minor league games.

Righty hurler Tyler Cloyd in his last seven starts has tallied a 4-1 record with a 0.77 ERA while striking out 32 and walking five in 47 innings.  In 12 big league starts, the 26-year-old is 4-4- with a 4.14 ERA.  Cloyd was the Phils’ 18th round draft selection in 2008.

Double-A Reading Fightin Phillies-

Left-hander Jesse Biddle struck out seven and walked none while allowing three earned runs in six innings in his latest start on Sunday.  The 21-year-old has a 3.13 ERA in four starts this month after posting a 7.11 mark in five July outings.  Biddle was the Phillies’ first round draft choice in 2010. Continue reading Minor League Rundown: Hernandez, Biddle, Milner, Cutters Updates


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. 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.

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Gameday: Phillies (7-11) vs. Cardinals (10-7)

Posted by Alex Lee, Sun, April 21, 2013 06:55 PM Comments: 21

CardinalsPhiladelphia Phillies (7-11) vs St. Louis Cardinals (10-7)

Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 3.38) vs Jake Westbrook (1-1, 0.00)

TIME: 8:00, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: 52, mostly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A day after being shutout and managing only three hits against the Cardinals, the Phillies are tasked with solving Jake Westbrook tonight, who has yet to give up an earned run in 15.2 innings this season.  The Phils counter with fellow sinker baller Kyle Kendrick, who is also off to a solid start in 2013 with an ERA of 3.38.

Westbrook’s sparkling statistics are a little misleading; the 35-year-old has allowed 10 walks in his two starts and was fortunate to have his third start against the Pirates, in which he gave up four runs in the first two innings, washed out due to rain.  Meanwhile, the Phillies are 27th in baseball in walks, with only 39 through 18 games.  Westbrook’s WHIP of 1.34 is just a tad under his career mark of 1.39.  His career ERA, however, is 4.26… much higher than the 0.00 he is sporting at the moment.  In short, something here has to give.

After getting hit with the injury bug late this week, the Phillies have both Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown in the lineup for the first time since Wednesday.  A week ago today, the Phillies clawed their way back to .500 in Miami behind Roy Halladay.  They are 1-5 since, scoring a microscopic seven runs in the five losses.  The Phillies desperately need to salvage a split with St. Louis on Sunday night to try to get back on track.  And they need to get both Howard and Brown going to do so.

Kendrick will have his hands full tonight.  The Cardinals, fifth in baseball in runs (90 in 17 games), are led by Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina.  Beltran has homered in all three games of the series.  Matt Holliday is not in the starting lineup for the Cardinals, but he is essentially being replaced by rookie sensation Matt Adams.  The lefty slugger is hitting .524 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI in only 21 at-bats, all of which adds up to an unconscionable OPS of 1.613.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Mayberry RF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Young 3B, Brown LF, Revere CF, Kratz C, Kendrick P

GAMEDAY BEER:  Busch Heavy

busch_bottle_decal__57144Sticking with the St. Louis theme, let’s switch it to straight up Busch Heavy tonight.  Everybody needs a good night’s sleep on Sundays but with the Phillies playing the late game, that will be a little more difficult tonight.  My solution?  Busch Heavy.

Go Phillies!


Phils Bounce Back Against Astros, 12-6

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, September 15, 2012 12:21 AM Comments: 34

How did this team lose to the Astros last night? The Phils bounced back in a big way Friday night, as the bats caught fire with the offense putting up 12 runs on 16 hits. They scored three runs before the Astros even recorded an out. Here are some notes from the blowout:


Cole Hamels didn’t have a great game, but he didn’t pitch all that badly, either. He threw seven innings, while giving up four runs (three of the earned) and added eight strikeouts. He gave up two home runs—one to Justin Maxwell in the 5th and one to Matt Downs in the 4th.

Also getting some work in tonight were Justin De Fratus and Jeremy Horst. Each of them gave up one run in one inning, and Horst struck out the side.



WHAT IS THIS?! Okay, maybe it’s because they played the Astros, but still. I like seeing those ‘crooked numbers’, as Wheels likes to say. 12 runs, 16 hits, four multi-run innings–I love it. Jimmy Rollins started off the game with a home run and it just kept getting better from there. Hopefully the offense can put up even half of what they did tonight more frequently.


Darin Ruf had an at-bat. And he popped out to third base. Oh well, it was nice to finally see him get some action. Let’s see if he lands in the starting lineup in one of the two remaining games in the series.


The Phillies take on the Astros again tomorrow at 7:05 PM with Kyle Kendrick pitching against Dallas Keuchel.


The Dom Brown Era (Finally) Begins

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, August 01, 2012 04:24 PM Comments: 8

The Brown Era begins (in full) on Wednesday night. (AP)

I guess I’ve yet to be completely tainted by working in the media. They say it ruins your fandom. But for tonight, I’ll revert to my old ways, if for just a few minutes.

Domonic Brown makes his long awaited return to the starting lineup and I’m hoping it’s just the start of him silencing the doubters. Phillies fans know his story well by now, so there is no sense in rehashing it. What we’ve learned recently is that Brown is somewhat fragile, but is finding himself and his game, as well.

Since returning from a DL stint, Brown’s numbers have been steadily on the rise; more than enough to bring him back to major leagues following the departure of Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence. With the promotion to the bigs, it’s now or never for Brown.

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Gameday: Padres (11-21) at Phillies (14-18)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, May 11, 2012 06:05 PM Comments: 16

San Diego Padres (11-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (14-18)

Clayton Richard (1-4, 4.89) vs. Vance Worley (2-2, 2.84)

Time: 7:05 Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Clear, 67
Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies will have some new blood on the roster when they take the field tonight. The hope is that with these new guys will come some new vibes around the team, which is currently marred in a season-long, three-game losing streak. Lucky, for the Phillies–a team that could use a few wins and some momentum–there is no better doormat in the N.L. than the San Diego Padres, who are currently sporting an N.L. low 11 wins this season, with just two of those wins coming on the road.

So far, the big issue for the Padres has been scoring runs. While their pitching ranks in the middle of the pack, they have scored just 102 runs this season, second worst in the N.L., ahead of only Pittsburgh. That’s good news for Vance Worley as he looks to bounce back from his worst start of the season against Washington–a game in which he went six innings, but allowed five runs. Worley’s faced the Padres once already this year, and was brilliant, pitching seven shutout innings to get his first win of the season.

Opposite Worley will be left-hander, Clayton Richard. 2012 has been a something of a struggle for Richard so far, as his 4.89 ERA would be the highest of any season he’s pitched in since 2008 when he made just eight starts and 13 appearances for the White Sox. Richard was the only Padres starter the Phillies did not face during their four game series in San Diego, but he has been good against the Phils historically, sporting a 2.40 ERA in two career starts against them. Both of those starts came in the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park, however. He has never pitched at the much more hitter-friendly CBP.

Fans looking to get a look at the new faces on the Phillies roster will have to wait as Hector Luna has been held out of the starting lineup. There is a fair chance we could see Diekman or Valdes out of the bullpen tonight, though, as Worley has failed to go deeper than seven innings in any start this season and  has pitched just one complete game in his career.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Wigginton 1B, Ruiz C, Mayberry LF, Galvis 2B, Worley P

Your gameday beer: Heineken

I bought some Heineken for tonight’s game and, knowing that, thought it’d be fraudulent if I didn’t recommend it in my Gameday. As far as imports go, there’s nothing quite like this reliable standby. It doesn’t have a complex taste, so it may not rate highly in the opinions of wiser beer connoisseurs than myself, but sometimes there is reverence in simplicity. I’ve found it goes great with baja fish tacos. – By Ryan



Spring Training Gameday: Blue Jays vs. Phillies

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, March 06, 2012 12:00 PM Comments: 0

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm, Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
Weather: Sunny, 72
TV: Sorry folks, this one isn’t on TV today.
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The Phillies take to the road in this rematch of the 1993 World Series. Hoping to put together some momentum, the Phils look to build on yesterday’s win over the Yankees when Cliff Lee takes the mound.

Lee will take the mound for the first time this Spring and we will have an opportunity to see how his abdominal strain is effecting him.

Some questions heading into the game: Will Hector Luna continue his push for Major League consideration? Will we seem some wheels or defense today from Juan Pierre? Does Domonic Brown’s absence from the line-up signal something greater or is it a routine day off?

Here is your Phillies starting lineup for today as they face off against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 of the Grapefruit League schedule. I guess they really are playing someone other than the Yankees this Spring!

Phillies Lineup:
1. Rollins SS
2. Pierre LF
3. Victorino CF
4. Wigginton 1B
5. Mayberry RF
6. Nix DH
7. Luna 3B
8. Ruiz C
9. Martinez 2B

Phillies Pitchers:
- LHP Cliff Lee
- RHP Kyle Kendrick
- LHP Jeremy Horst
- RHP Michael Schwimer
- RHP J.C. Ramirez
- LHP Raul Valdes



Spring Training Gameday: Yankees vs. Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, March 05, 2012 12:25 PM Comments: 5

New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm, Bright House Field
Sunny, 80
TV: MLB Network, The Comcast Network
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The Phillies have opened up the Grapefruit League schedule with back-to-back losses to the New York Yankees. They close out the “three-game set” to open up Spring Training today at Bright House Field.

Today, big Joe Blanton gets the ball, and we’ll get at least a look at how his elbow has progressed this offseason. So far, no complaints as he says he’s healthy and ready to go. Placido Polanco also gets his first start of the preseason.

Here is your Phillies starting lineup for today as they face off against the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the Grapefruit League schedule. Maybe one day they won’t play the Yankees?

Phillies Lineup:
-Rollins SS
-Polanco 3B
-Victorino CF
-Thome DH
-Pence RF
-Wigginton 1B
-Brown LF
-Schneider C
-Frandsen 2B

Phillies Pitchers:
-RHP Joe Blanton
-RHP Scott Elarton
-RHP Austin Hyatt
-RHP Brian Sanches
-RHP David Herndon



Spring Training Gameday: Phillies vs. Yankees

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, March 04, 2012 12:30 PM Comments: 4

New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm, Steinbrenner Field
Sunny, 80
TV: MLB Network
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Yesterday, the Phillies lost to the Yankees, 8-5, in the Grapefruit opener. Dontrelle Willis allowed a run on two hits while walking one and striking out none. Chad Qualls gave up three runs in one inning, two of them on a home run to Brett Gardner. Hunter Pence homered in yesterday’s game as well, as did Kevin Frandsen.

Here is your Phillies starting lineup for today as they face off against the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the Grapefruit League schedule.

Phillies Lineup:
Gillies CF
Podsednik DH
Wigginton 3B
Pence RF
Brown LF
Mayberry 1B
Martinez 2B
Galvis SS

Gosewisch C
Phillies Pitchers:
-RHP Roy Halladay
-RHP Joel Pineiro
-LHP David Purcey
-LHP Antonio Bastardo
-RHP Phillippe Aumont


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