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Spring Gameday 2012: Yankees vs. Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, March 03, 2012 12:30 PM Comments: 7

New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm, Bright House Field
Sunny, 80
TV: MLB Network, Comcast
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Welcome to Grapefruit League action. It’s a beautiful thing.

Here is your Phillies starting lineup for today as they face off against the New York Yankees in the GL opener.

Phillies Lineup:
1. Jimmy Rollins  SS
2. Shane Victorino CF
3. Hunter Pence RF
4. Jim Thome DH
5. Ty Wigginton 3B
6. John Mayberry Jr. 1B
7. Domonic Brown LF
8. Erik Kratz C
9. Michael Martinez 2B

Phillies Pitchers:
-LHP Cole Hamels
-RHP Dave Bush
-RHP Jonathan Papelbon
-RHP Dontrelle Willis
-LHP Raul Valdez
-RHP Mike Stutes



Phillies Trash Mets as Lee Wins 14th

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, August 22, 2011 11:05 PM Comments: 26


June, August, October. If Cliff Lee continues the way he’s pitching, we’re in for a fantastic postseason.

Maybe you haven’t taken notice, but Cliff Lee’s August has been almost as amazing as his June. He continued his torrid month by throwing seven shutout innings in Monday’s 10-0 win over the New York Mets.

Here in August, Lee is 4-0 with a 0.75 ERA. He has given up just two runs in 31 innings, a bounce back after a rough July by his standards. Lee has blown through August relatively quietly, but it’s almost on par with June. In that month, Lee tossed 42 innings and gave up just one earned run. If he didn’t own June completely, this August may be getting more press. But as it stands, Lee just continues to roll along, winning his 14th game on Monday night against the lowly Mets.

Run support was given early and often by Hunter Pence and John Mayberry, Jr. among many others. Mayberry ripped his 11th homer of the season in the third inning, Pence went yard in the sixth, his 16th of the year.

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Phils Down Jays For Second Grapefruit Win

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, February 28, 2011 04:25 PM Comments: 16

On Monday afternoon, in Dunedin, FL, the Phillies won their second Grapefruit League game, as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 6-3.  Read ahead for key notes from the match up.

-Roy Halladay made the start against his former team, earning the win with 2 shut out innings of work. Halladay allowed 2 hits, walked 1 and struck out 1.

-Ben Francisco continued to make a firm case to be the Phillies’ everyday right fielder to start the season. Through 3 spring games, “Benny Fresh” is batting .571. He collected his fourth RBI in two days with an RBI single off of Jays hurler Carlos Villanueva in the 4th inning.

-JC Ramirez, who was named the Phillies’ #15 prospect recently by PhoulBallz.com and PhilliesNation, looked tremendous, throwing 2 shut out innings against the Blue Jays starting lineup. Ramirez struck out 4 and walked 1, while allowing a hit and reached 95 MPH with his fastball on the stadium radar gun.

-Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco each drove in 2 runs in the victory for Philadelphia.

-Domonic Brown played the entire game in right field, going 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the contest. Brown is now 0-for-9 in Grapefruit League action.

-Former Phillies prospects Anthony Gose and Travis d’Arnaud each went 0-for-1, striking out. Gose drove home a run with a sacrifice fly in the 9th inning against Scott Mathieson. Gose was dealt to Houston in the Roy Oswalt trade last July, before being flipped to Toronto in a separate deal. d’Arnaud was part of the trade that brought Roy Halladay to Philadelphia in 2009.


Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league contributor. You can read more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.


Phillies Kick Off Exhibition Schedule with Florida St.

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, February 24, 2011 10:23 AM Comments: 8

In what has become a right of passage in Spring Training, the Phillies will start their exhibition season with a visit from the Florida State Seminoles baseball team today at 1:05 pm.

Here is today’s starting lineup for the Phillies:

  1. Shane Victorino CF
  2. Placido Polanco 3B
  3. Raul Ibanez DH
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Ben Francisco LF
  6. Domonic Brown RF
  7. Carlos Ruiz C
  8. Pete Orr 2B
  9. Wilson Valdez SS

The starters will likely get a couple of hacks and then make way for some of the backups. Chase Utley is fine, Charlie Manuel will give him a few days off because of body soreness, according to Dave Murphy of the Daily News. Manuel told the media Utley had been doing some heavy lifting and a lot of extra work in the field. Jimmy Rollins is at a White House function today celebrating Motown. Not a bad day off for J-Roll.

Here is today’s pitching schedule:

Thursday vs. Florida State

  • SP: RHP Drew Naylor
  • LHP Juan Perez
  • RHP Mike Stutes
  • RHP Mike Schwimer
  • RHP Justin DeFratus
  • RHP Scott Mathieson

You can keep up with the game through Dave Murphy’s other twitter account @HighCheeseGamer (if you have twitter).


Year in Review: The Other Bench Guys

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Mon, November 08, 2010 08:30 PM Comments: 10

The Phillies dealt with many injuries throughout this season.  At my best count, the Phils sent 15 players to the disabled list.  They sent Jimmy Rollins twice, and five of their other seven starters also saw time nursing injuries.

The Phillies also had two starting pitchers, their closer, four relief pitchers and two bench players go on the DL at one time or another.  April and June were the most injury stricken months seeing five players go on the DL.  October was the only month without a player being placed on the DL.

With all the injuries it opened the door for players from the system to come up and gain some valuable Major League experience.  Players like Domonic Brown and Wilson Valdez were called up and were mainstays throughout the summer and into the playoffs.  Now, Brown would have been a September call up anyways but because he was added so early it allowed him to be on the postseason roster.

Valdez, who was not on the opening day roster, played so well filling in for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Placido Polanco that the Phillies released Juan Castro in July.  Up to that point, Castro was only hitting .198 in 136 plate appearances.  Valdez even earned a spot start in the NLDS against Cincinnati.

Some of the other guys that saw some playing time but did not make the postseason roster were Cody Ransom, Paul Hoover, Dane Sardinha, John Mayberry and Brian Bocock.  This guys were used sparingly throughout the season when needed.  Sardinha and Ransom each had nine starts while Hoover saw his name six times in the starting lineup.  Mayberry started one game in the outfield and Bocock was mixed in here and there.

For the amount of time played, I think these guys performed admirably.  In 12 at bats, Mayberry only had four hits but two of them were home runs.  A small sample size, yes, but spread out through a full major league season and he could put up some good numbers.  For his career he has 16 big league hits with six for home runs.

Throwing out Bocock’s numbers (.000 across the board), these bench guys hit .217 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs.  Not exactly starter-like numbers but they worked for what the Phillies needed.  Even though all of them had seen time in the big leagues before the season I think you have to take in consideration they did start this season in the minors, aside from Castro.

I think Ruben Amaro made some good choices calling up the guys he did at the times he did.  With so many injuries, a lot of people didn’t even expect the Phillies to make the playoffs.


NICK’S GRADE: 2.5/10 I guess I did not watch the same bench guys that my colleague Kieran did. In a season where the Phillies were riddled with injuries, it is hard to remember these guys coming through in big spots when needed. Aside from a few random Ransom homers, I was pretty disappointed in the bench and think they were part of the reason the Phillies struggled early in the season.


Year in Review: Domonic Brown

Posted by Paul Boye, Fri, November 05, 2010 10:30 AM Comments: 38

On a team composed of veterans quickly approaching or comfortably nestled into their 30s, Domonic Brown provided a jolt of youth after his call-up in late July. Unfortunately, due to inconsistent playing time and sparse use off the bench, Dom didn’t contribute much at the Major League level.

But, seeing as this is a Year in Review for a player who will still be considered a rookie in 2011, it’s only fair that we take his whole season into account, and boy, what a season it was!

Entering spring training as one of the best prospects in baseball – in a field that still included the likes of Jason Heyward, Buster Posey, Mike Stanton, Logan Morrison and Stephen Strasburg, among others – was an excellent start. Buoyed by a strong .318/.391/.602 line at Double-A Reading and the promotions of those ranked above him, Brown quickly found his way to the peak of some midseason prospect lists. All he did for an encore, then, was hit .346/.390/.561 in 28 games for the IronPigs in Triple-A, making him an easy choice for promotion when Shane Victorino hit the DL back on July 28.

Dom’s .210/.257/.355 line in his 70 Major League PAs seems out character, considering his minor league success. He struck out frequently – 24 times in those 70 PA – and is still considered a “work in progress” for 2011. Hey, that’s fine. He’s just 22, has tools and talent that are lauded across the scouting spectrum and, in all likelihood, a seat in right field and the starting lineup that’s being kept warm for him. Those 70 PA aren’t nearly enough to be discouraging, as Brown still has loads of potential. Oh, and did I mention that he’s got a hose? Or, that while his defense is still a bit rough overall, he’s got some legitimate athleticism? I have now, anyway.

Someday, Domonic Brown will be a star for the Phillies. It could be as soon as 2011 or 2012, but there’s little denying the man’s future is bright enough to require Ray-Bans (waiting on the check). So what if 2010 wasn’t a rousing success in very limited time at the Major League level? Dom’s destruction of the Eastern and International Leagues, vaulting to the top tier of prospects and softening the blow of Jayson Werth‘s potential (and likely) departure are plenty enough to merit high marks.

PAUL’S GRADE: 8.9/10

PAT’S GRADE: 7.6/10 – It’s hard to say what his true grade should be. On one hand, he vaulted from Double-A to the majors quickly after tearing up minor league pitching. On the other hand, he didn’t do much once he got here, although he wasn’t given much of a chance because of the outfield logjam. The future is still bright.

NICK’S GRADE: 8/10 This is a year in review piece, and Brown destroyed minor league baseball. While his time with the Phillies was more or less a learning experience, you can’t not grade his season without including his time in the minors this year.


Phils Lose to Nats on Hangover Day

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 28, 2010 11:31 PM Comments: 0

There was a game played today? How dare they. After the champagne was cleaned up (although Matt Gelb of the Inquirer said there was a candle lit in the clubhouse and it still smelled of bubbly and stogies) the Phillies and Nationals got together for game two of a now-meaningless series. The Nats won 2-1 tonight on an Adam Dunn walkoff blast in the ninth, causing a celebration of sorts for the cellar dwelling neighbors to the south.

Roy Oswalt got the start and didn’t last very long before Charlie Manuel pulled the plug on his outing. He was stopped at just 66 pitches in an effort to keep him fresh for either Game 1 or Game 2 of the National League Division Series which begins next Wednesday. The over/under set by myself was at 70, so whoever had the under won nothing. For the playoffs, Slot #1 is reserved for Mr. Halladay, but beyond that, the order is not known.

Anywho, Oswalt was nice again tonight, throwing five innings and allowing no earned runs. Washington scored in the first inning after a Jimmy Rollins error on an attempted run-down play. Rollins threw the ball past Greg Dobbs as they tried to get Nyjer Morgan between second and third. Morgan would score a batter later on a ground out by Dunn.

Dunn would strike early and then again late with his 38th home run off Jose Contreras, an absolute missile well into the second deck.

Now on to more important things, such as the health of their shortstop Jimmy Rollins. J-Roll made his return to the starting lineup for the first time since September 8, going 1-for-3 with a few weak ground outs to first base. He said later that he probably wouldn’t be healthy until February, noting that legging out infield singles will have to wait until then. But as long as Rollins can maneuver in the field and give the Phils some clutchness in the postseason, it’s all you can ask for.

Few other notes: Dom Brown stole two bases tonight, flashing some speed that we hope to see next year. Placido Polanco got the night off and likely will have every night off until next Wednesday. He’s expected to have another cortisone shot in his bad elbow, which should help him get through October. Greg Dobbs went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts – he did not make a case for a spot on the postseason roster with another ugly performance. If it comes down to Brown and Dobbs, who do you take?


Stud Rookies Join the Ranks of the NL East Today

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 08, 2010 02:37 PM Comments: 7

Jayson Heyward is considered to be the front runner for Rookie of the Year – and for good reason. His .266/10/39 stat line is impressive for a 20-year old. His legend grew in his first ever at-bat as he swatted a long home run on Opening Day.

Ike Davis is being hailed as the Mets savior. The 23-year-old has quietly become a budding star in a big city, instantly gaining that status by playing solid defense and helping right the middle of the order for New York. Matt Cerrone of Metsblog.com says Davis “Doesn’t seem like a rookie at all. He’s very poised for such a young player.”

Today, two more heralded rooks will bring their game to the Majors. Both have an outstanding pedigree, both are looked at as the future of their respective franchises.

In Philly, Mike Stanton will be unveiled after belting 21 homers at Double-A.  There was no where else to go but the Florida Marlins starting lineup. He’s also just 20, but brings with him a forceful bat that the Phillies will be seeing for a long, long time.

Down in Washington, at a time where the BP oil disaster is wreaking havoc, and a day after the team selected young masher Bryce Harper with the 1st pick in the MLB Draft, flame thrower Stephen Strasburg will make his Major League debut tonight against the Pirates.  Strasburg bulldozed through Double-A and Triple-A this season, going a combined 7-2 with 65 strikeouts in just 55 1/3 innings.

With those four budding superstars all commencing on the National League East at the same time, the division will never be the same.  Each have a chance to be special and will each be looked upon to change the direction of their franchise (Davis and Stanton a little less so because of David Wright and Hanley Ramirez).

Here in Philly, we’re waiting on our own future-changer, Domonic Brown.  Yesterday, Corey Seidman wrote a very engaging piece on why Raul Ibanez should be let go. The odds of that at this time are very slim, the Phillies believe Ibanez still has plenty left in the tank, however, he makes a solid argument. Waiting in the wings is Brown who is tearing up the Eastern League in Double-A.

Is it time for a youth movement in the outfield here at home as well?  The rest of the NL East is doing it – are the Phillies far behind?  Regardless, we’ll be seeing a lot of these four rookies for the next decade. Heyward and Davis you know.  Strasburg and Stanton, you’ll get to know.

And perhaps sometime soon, we’ll be seeing our very own burgeoning star. The NL East is in very good shape for quite a while with this youth movement.


Phils Pull Off Wicked Awesome Win

Posted by Michael Baumann, Sat, May 22, 2010 12:06 AM Comments: 17

It was like 2008 all over again. Behind strong pitching by Cole Hamels and a decent offensive display, the Phillies imposed their will on an AL East team. Hamels went seven strong innings, mixing in his fastball with a devastating change to hold the Red Sox to a single run, on a first inning solo homer by catcher Victor Martinez. Hamels struck out eight and allowed only four baserunners in his second consecutive solid outing.

Jayson Werth also had a strong night, contributing a double and a fifth-inning home run (and a nifty running catch in right field to end the eighth inning). Ryan Howard also had a big night, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a home run. John Lackey, Boston’s big-money offseason acquisition, continued to look, well, lacklustah, allowing four runs and throwing 107 pitches in only five innings. All of this sounds pretty pissa, right? Well, there are a couple caveats.

After the Juan Castro and Exxon Wilson Valdez experiment, it was good to see the Phillies’ informal captain back in the lineup at short this past week, but Jimmy Rollins’ stay in the starting lineup might turn out to be short-lived. J-Roll (1-for-3 with a walk tonight) tweaked his calf again running out a grounder in the bottom of the sixth and was relieved by Castro. Rollins insisted that it was not as bad as the first time, when he spent a month on the DL after a bizarre incident just before the home opener, and insists that the injury has already started to feel better.

“You never wanna get injured twice when it’s the same area, but it happens. You deal with it,” Rollins said after the game. He seems to be relatively optimistic and is listed as day-to-day.

Second, Hamels looked strong, but with all the brouhaha over Roy Halladay throwing 132 pitches in Tuesday night’s loss to the Pirates, it should be noted that Hamels, who does not share Halladay’s workhorse reputation, tossed 116 balls in tonight’s game.

Finally, that ninth inning near-miss needs to be mentioned. Danys Baez came out for the ninth with a four-run lead, and while he got a quick first out, it turned into a save situation in a big hurry. J.C. Romero came on, retired J.D. Drew, hit Adrian Beltre to load the bases, and got pinch-hitter David Ortiz on a fly ball to the warning track in center with the bases loaded and two out to end the game. Baez continues to be untrustworthy, as I’m sure many of you have noticed.

Here’s some food for thought. David Appelman of FanGraphs came up with statistics called Shutdowns and Meltdowns, based on WPA. For those of you who are interested about the specifics, you can read about it here. For those of you who aren’t, shutdowns and meltdowns are supposed to improve on saves and blown saves by incorporating the closeness of the game and more accurately valuing middle relief appearances. Want to guess who tied for the major league lead in meltdowns last year? That’s right–Danys Baez. The post-Contreras bullpen situation bears monitoring.

Action resumes tomorrow evening at 7:10 , as Kyle Kendrick faces Daisuke Matsuzaka. If the Phillies win this series, coupled with the Flyers’ comeback over the Bruins, the national media has got to reconsider which Northeastern city with a rich political history, an inferiority complex, and mouthy fans it frames as a rival to New York. Move over, Boston–here we come.


Kendrick Struggles as Phils Snakebitten Again

Posted by Jonathan Fogg, Sun, April 25, 2010 08:44 PM Comments: 21

No matter where you looked on Sunday, you couldn’t have liked what you saw. Even before the game started, something didn’t seem right. Ross Gload and Wilson Valdez in the starting lineup? Clearly, this was not the same group that has piled up runs the past four years.

And after the game began, there were more troubling sights. Kyle Kendrick reverted back to the shaky pitcher who struggled in his first two starts of the season, and the bullpen again revealed itself to be short on the shutdown arms needed in tight games.

The result was an 8-6 loss to the Diamondbacks emblematic of most of the Phillies’ problems this season.

After Greg Dobbs – another component of a lineup that many Phillies fans never want to see again – put the Phils on top with a two-run homer in the first, Kendrick managed to scrape by through four innings despite loading the bases in the second and putting two on in the fourth. But in the fifth it all caught up with him. Kelly Johnson launched a two-run homer – his fourth of the series – before Mark Reynolds slugged a bomb to one of the deepest parts of the park to give the Diamondbacks a 5-3 lead.

The lineup still did have enough juice to muster a rally, with Carlos Ruiz’s two-out, two-run single off starter Rodrigo Lopez putting the Phillies up 6-5 in the sixth. But the bullpen – which also bears little resemblance to the one that helped carry the Phillies to the last three NL East titles – simply couldn’t hold the lead. Danys Baez (6.43 ERA) allowed a leadoff double to Chris Young in the seventh, and he scored on a bad-hop single over first base by John Hester.

In the eighth, David Herndon (7.04 ERA) was momentarily saved by a stellar relay throw from Valdez to Ruiz to get Stephen Drew at home. But Herndon allowed an RBI double to Reynolds, the next batter. Then Young singled in a run to pad the lead, and the Phillies went quietly in the ninth.

The Phillies had a chance to grab some wins in this series against the D’backs, but thanks to struggles both on the mound and at the plate, they barely managed to steal one win, falling to 3-3 on a road trip where their record could easily be 5-1 or 6-0. Too bad, too, because the Giants’ Jonathan Sanchez and Tim Lincecum are waiting in the next series.

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