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New Arizona Fall League Season Kicks Off

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, October 09, 2012 08:00 AM Comments: 1

Tuesday marks the beginning of another baseball season…the Arizona Fall League season.  This year, as the league celebrates its 20th anniversary, representatives from the Phillies organization will team with players from the Reds, Padres, Twins and Mariners to make up the Poeria Javelinas roster.

Led by 2012 Double-A Reading Phillies manager Dusty Wathan, the club will feature seven Phils minor leaguers.  Righty relievers Kyle Simon, Tyler Knigge and Colby Shreve, who each manned a key bullpen role for the R-Phils into the playoffs this season, will solidify Peoria’s relief corp.  Left-hander Jay Johnson will also be serving as a reliever for the team.  Additionally, catcher Tommy Joseph, who was acquired by the Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade this year, will see considerable playing time.  Third baseman Cody Asche, who made an impact at two levels in 2012, his first full year of professional baseball, is also on the roster along with outfielder Zach Collier, who was the Phils’ supplementary 1st round draft choice in 2008.

Simon, a 22-year-old, was acquired from Baltimore in the Jim Thome trade this year, posted excellent numbers after joining the Phils system.  In 20 contests, the University of Arizona product posted a 4-0 record with a 1.36 ERA while striking out 35 batters and walking just six in 39 2/3 innings.  Simon was the Orioles’ 4th round draft pick in 2011. Continue reading New Arizona Fall League Season Kicks Off


Former Phils Prospect Carrasco Bouncing Back from Surgery

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, September 18, 2012 02:00 PM Comments: 4

After some serious bumps in the road, former Phillies prospect Carlos Carrasco is headed back to full health and is focused on a successful future in the big leagues.

As a highly rated prospect in the Phillies’ organization, Carrasco once battled for an opening day roster spot with the Phils. During spring training 2009, the right-hander appeared in six games, posting a 2-2 record with a 5.95 ERA. The statistics weren’t overly impressive, but the “stuff” was there, just as it had been six months prior when he posted a 1.72 ERA over six starts as a 21-year-old in Triple-A. Philies brass, as well as scouts throughout baseball, saw great potential in the Venezuelan hurler and he became a sought-after commodity.

By mid-season that year, Carrasco would become the key prospect dealt in a package that allowed the Phillies to acquire Indians ace Cliff Lee. By the end of that season, at age 22, Carrasco had made his big league debut for the Indians, while Lee led a charge to the World Series for the Phils.

Since his entrance to the majors, Carrasco experienced some rough stretches, as he posted a 10-15 record with a 4.93 ERA in 33 starts. Last year, his season ended short after it was determined that he would require Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged ligament in his right elbow. Continue reading Former Phils Prospect Carrasco Bouncing Back from Surgery


Phils Should Pursue Mike Adams For Real This Time

Posted by Corey Seidman, Thu, August 09, 2012 03:02 PM Comments: 37

The Phillies’ bullpen has been an unmitigated disaster in 2012.

Just look at these numbers:

MLB Rank
19 27th
Blown Saves
Blown Ties

Groundball %


HR per 9 IP

The unit is better with the addition of Josh Lindblom, but the ‘pen still lacks a true eighth-inning reliever or a specialist from either side.

Hopes were high for Antonio Bastardo, but the pitcher we saw for the first five months of 2011 is gone, probably never to return. Bastardo since Sept. 1, 2011 has a 6.39 ERA, a 1.51 WHIP and 28 walks in 43.2 innings. He can’t throw strike one… he’s done it to just 83 of the 158 batters he’s faced this year.

What is the Phillies’ answer here? Do they sign a reliever or two this winter? Do they stick with the young guns?

Solving bullpen problems isn’t easy. Teams throw money around every winter at relievers coming off good and sometimes lucky seasons. Other clubs hope their homegrown parts develop. The Phillies took both approaches this season, paying a ton of money to one man (Jonathan Papelbon) and keeping the rest of the pen inexpensive with youngsters.

It hasn’t worked.

A free agent after the season, Mike Adams from 2009-11 had a 1.42 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP.

Look at all the games given away by early-year setup men Chad Qualls and Bastardo. Now imagine if that role was occupied by Ryan Madson or Mike Adams.

Both are free agents this winter. Madson is recovering from Tommy John surgery that will prevent him from making a single appearance this season for the Reds. Adams hasn’t been completely untouchable in Texas as he was in San Diego, but he still has a 2.97 ERA and decent strikeout and walk numbers.

The Phillies have money to spend this off-season, thanks to the deadline trade of Hunter Pence. They can afford to give Adams a three-year deal in the $18-21 million range, and that just might be the best option.

Before the new-wavy baseball community jumps down my throat for the mere suggestion that actual money should be spent on an actual reliever, consider the following points…

An 8th-9th inning combination of Adams and Papelbon would instantly be one of three-best back ends of a bullpen in either league. Adams from 2009-11 had a 1.42 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP and 192 strikeouts to 45 walks in 177.2 innings.

If you sign Adams to that type of deal, you’d have $19-20 million committed to two relievers, but you wouldn’t need to spend money anywhere else in the ‘pen. You could move forward with Papelbon and Adams, then piece together the rest of the relief corps with Lindblom, Bastardo and choices from the Diekman-De Fratus-Schwimer-Stutes-Herndon group. Sign a lefty specialist for about $1 million and you’re set.

Yes, Adams is 34 years old. But he’s a relief pitcher. These guys age differently. The best years of Darren Oliver’s career came in his age 36-40 seasons. And Adams has significantly less wear-and-tear than most elite relievers – he made only 61 major-league appearances before turning 29.

You also have to look at this winter’s free-agent class. You can spend money on an upgrade in center field, but there is practically nothing to choose from at third base and nothing worth splurging on in a corner outfield position. Considering that the only real way to upgrade third base is through a trade, would you complain if the Phillies’ two biggest signings this winter were Michael Bourn and Adams?

As far as interest goes, we know the Phillies have wanted Adams in the past. They pursued him at the 2011 trade deadline before unloading four prospects for Pence.

After what we’ve seen this season, you simply cannot overlook the need to vastly improve this bullpen. And Ruben Amaro has to be proactive… you can’t waste another year with this core hoping that young, unproven relievers pitch well. Ordinarily, I would never condone spending $19-20 million on two relievers. But the Papelbon hole has already been dug, and the Phils still need more help.

If you don’t want to commit that much money to Adams, there’s still Madson. He’ll have to take a lesser deal coming off Tommy John surgery and is really in no position to demand a closing job. The problem is that the Phillies have bad blood with Madson’s camp, most notably Scott Boras, after their reported handshake agreement for a four-year, $44 million contract fell through last winter. Unless the Phillies’ offer far exceeds what he can find anywhere else, it’s hard to imagine a scorned Madson coming back.

The top of the Phillies’ roster is still excellent, and it puts them in position to compete in 2013 if certain holes are filled and bad luck turns back to middling or good luck.

But the market dictates which holes can be filled, and Amaro won’t be able to solve every problem this off-season.

You can solve center field and the bullpen, so those should be the two priorities. And if you’re going to bring in outside help, you might as well pay for the best option.

I’d commit that money to Mike Adams to hold all the leads the Phillies lost this year in the eighth inning. Would you?


Surgery For Stutes; Could Miss Season

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, June 22, 2012 09:05 PM Comments: 6


According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, a source tells him reliever Mike Stutes could miss the rest of the season as he’s scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

The procedure will be done to clean up “fraying” from the shoulder, according to Gelb’s report. This comes just days after another reliever, David Herndon, was lost for the season after Tommy John surgery. Jose Contreras was lost to the same injury earlier in the season.

The 25-year old Stutes had trouble with the shoulder late in spring training but decided to give it a go for the season. The results were terrible as he put together a 6.35 ERA before being shut down. Stutes went to Clearwater to rest and rebuild strength in the shoulder, but that plan did not go well. And now, his season is in jeopardy.

Par for the course. This season has been a complete mess, with injuries wrecking the Phillies plans from the get-go. Unbelievably, there are four teams that have lost more players to the DL than the Phillies: Boston (18), Washington (16), San Diego (15), and Tampa Bay (14).

Stutes’ major league career began with so much promise, but now looks to be derailed until 2013.


Injury Updates for Howard, Utley, Halladay

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 19, 2012 07:25 PM Comments: 7

Stutes may need surgery.

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro spoke to the media today and gave a bevy of injury updates. Some were good, others were not.


-Roy Halladay is symptom-free during his throwing program, which is a huge positive. Seems like the 6-8 week timetable is still very much in play.

-Michael Stutes could have exploratory shoulder surgery, Amaro said. His nagging shoulder injury has not progressed the way they had hoped. Doesn’t sound like Stutes will be back anytime soon.

-David Herndon will almost certainly need had Tommy John surgery. He’s headed to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday to get the final word, but by all accounts, he’s going to have ligament replacement surgery. It was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, FL.

-And finally, Justin De Fratus is going to throw off a mound on Thursday and reportedly his balky elbow is feeling good, according to the Phillies GM.

Continue reading Injury Updates for Howard, Utley, Halladay


Gameday: Phillies (31-37) vs Rockies (25-40)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Tue, June 19, 2012 06:10 PM Comments: 6

Philadelphia Phillies (31-37) vs. Colorado Rockies (25-40)

Cole Hamels (9-3, 3.34) vs. Josh Outman (0-2, 8.44)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: PHL 17

Weather: 79, partly cloudy

Media: Twitter and Facebook

Updates: Freddy Galvis has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance enhancing substance… Ruben Amaro Jr. stated that David Herndon has visited with Dr. James Andrews and there’s a “strong possibility” he’ll require Tommy John Surgery… Michael Stutes may undergo exploratory surgery on his right shoulder after not progressing the way the Phillies would have liked… Laynce Nix suffered a setback in his recovery when he felt a pull in his injured calf while running the bases.


During the ebbs and flows of every baseball season, each team reaches a defining moment in which they’re struggling. The good teams battle back, finding a way to turn things around; the bad ones slip further into the abyss that eventually morphs into meaningless baseball over the final weeks of the season. The Phillies seemed to reach a defining moment  on Sunday, after they were swept out of Toronto by the Blue Jays. Now, they can either fight back and begin to make some headway in the standings, or they can continue their recent skid, and watch as a season that once held promise turns into a death march through the dog days of summer. We’ll begin to see just what the Phillies mettle is made of tonight when they begin a ten-game home stand against the Colorado Rockies with Cole Hamels on the mound.

The last few starts have not been friendly to Hamels. Since June 1st, he’s gone 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Teams have hit .281 against him in that span. If the Phillies are going to turn it around, it should start tonight with Hamels facing a much maligned Rockies lineup. Though his career numbers against Colorado aren’t great (1-1, 5.09), there’s really no excuse for Hamels to lay an egg tonight. He’s a bona fide ace, and the Phillies need him to pitch like one.

On the bump for the Rockies is former Phillies farmhand Josh Outman. Despite his suggestive moniker, Josh has gotten many men out in his first three starts, as his 7.94 ERA in games started suggests. In his lone start against the Phillies, Outman allowed three runs over six innings of work.

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

Your Gameday Beer- Saranac Hefeweizen Wheat Ale

In typical Saranac fashion, this brew features a wide array of tastes for your palette. Because it’s a wheat ale, the taste is particularly hoppy, with a slight bitterness.   It’s light-bodied and a very drinkable beer. Have it with a roast beef sandwich and some veggies. – By RD

Go Phillies!


Shreve showing promise despite rocky AA debut

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, June 13, 2012 08:30 AM Comments: 0

It wasn’t the debut Colby Shreve wanted to make at the Double-A level. On Thursday, fresh off the excitement of his second promotion of the season, the 24-year-old surrendered three hits and walked three batters, while letting up six runs (five of those earned) in two-thirds of an inning in relief for the Reading Phillies. The disappointment was far greater than he had felt at any point on the pitcher’s mound, but Shreve knew he would bounce back and prove himself worthy of competing in the Eastern League and beyond.

Following six outings with Class A Lakewood early this season, the right-handed Shreve, sporting a 3.60 ERA and 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings, was promoted to Class A Advanced Clearwater. Shreve then pitched to a 2.25 ERA and an 8.55 K/9 mark in 13 outings for the Threshers while recording two saves. Last week, the Southern Nevada Community College product took another step upward and didn’t make the kind of splash he hoped for. His initial outing for the R-Phils was actually more of a crash.

“I mean, that’s probably one of the worst outings of my life,” Shreve said. “Honestly, I knew what the problem was. I was just a little too amped up, you know. I waited a long time to get to Double A, so, maybe (I was) just overthrowing a little bit and not getting ahead of hitters.”

Following what could easily be described as an atrocious outing, Shreve quickly bounced back with his next effort, a scoreless, hitless inning to close out Reading’s 7-2 win over Harrisburg on Saturday. Continue reading Shreve showing promise despite rocky AA debut


Gameday: Phillies (18-19) at Cubs (15-21)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Wed, May 16, 2012 06:56 PM Comments: 54

Philadelphia Phillies (17-19) at Chicago Cubs (15-21)

Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 7.32) vs. Matt Garza (2-1, 2.56)

Time: 8:05, Wrigley Field
Weather: Sunny, 60
Media: Twitter and Facebook

NEWS ALERT! – Vance Worley has no structural damage according to the beat writers with the team in Chicago. He has inflammation in a joint of the right elbow. He wont throw for one week. No Tommy John!!

Also, Chase Utley is taking ground balls with the team in Chicago for the first time this season. This is a HUGE step in the right direction because it’s the only issue he’s had thus far. Let’s see if he can keep this up pain free – that is the key.


The friendly confines of Wrigley Field will be the site tonight when the Phillies kick off a short, two-game road trip against the Chicago Cubs. Along with looking to extend their season-high three-game winning streak in tonight’s game, the Phils will try to get back to .500 for the first time since May 3rd, when they were 13-13.

Continue reading Gameday: Phillies (18-19) at Cubs (15-21)


Gameday: Phillies (13-14) at Nationals (17-9)

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, May 05, 2012 12:26 PM Comments: 3

Philadelphia Phillies (13-14) at Washington Nationals (17-9)

Vance Worley (2-1, 1.97) vs. Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 1.82)

Time: 1:05 PM, Nationals Park
TV: CSN, MASN (for us VA people)
Weather: Scattered Rain, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Coming off an extra inning loss is always tough.  Especially when its a quick turn around to a day game.  The Phillies will be back up early today to take on the surprise Nationals.  Washington is leading the NL East 26 games into the season.  One of the big reasons for their early success is their pitching staff.

Gio Gonzalez was brought in this past offseason to pitch and to pitch well.  With young arms on the team ilke Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, Gio was, in some sense of the word, to be the staff veteran.  He is a solid right handed pitcher who with Oakland the past two years notched 21 victories.  He has never faced this Phillies team and has a 1.82 ERA in 29.2 innings pitched this season.

Philadelphia will be asking Vance Worley to just keep doing what he’s doing.  Just one month and five starts into his sophomore season, Worley is showing fans why Charlie Manuel wanted him in the rotation.  In 32 innings this season he has a 1.97 ERA and 32 strikeouts.  Worley is 2-1 in his young career against the Nationals.

Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre are the only two Phillies with hits off Gio, so I wouldn’t expect any barrage of offense tonight.  Another low scoring, good pitching matchup is what we are in store for I think.

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

Your Gameday Beer – Tequila

No I am not trying to pull a fast one over on you.  I know this isn’t a beer.  But it is Cinco de Mayo for crying out loud.  Now, Herradura might not be your favorite brand but it is quite refreshing.  Born in 1870, Herradura tradition is as interesting as its heritage.  So for this holiday, go make margaritas, a mojito or take it straight to the face.  Be safe and enjoy. -KC



Gameday: Phillies (13-13) at Nationals (16-9)

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, May 04, 2012 06:00 PM Comments: 23

Philadelphia Phillies (13-13) at Washington Nationals (16-9)

Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 6.59) vs. Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.13)

Time: 7:05 PM, Nationals Park
TV: Comcast The Comcast Network
Weather: Scattered Thunderstorms, 80
Media: Twitter and Facebook

I can’t tell you the last time I was this excited about a series in the beginning of May. Hell, I can’t tell you the last time I was this excited about a series with the Nationals. But I’m stoked for this one. With the Mets falling by the wayside in recent years, Phillies fans could use a new team to pose as the object of their scorn, and the Nats seem to be more than willing to volunteer for the position. It started back in February, when the Nats launched their Take Back The Park Campaign, which caused many local fans to try harder than ever to get seats in Washington for this series, and prompted a “Take Back Nationals Park” promotion here at Phillies Nation, which you can read about here and here. The tension escalated a month later, when Brad Lidge made the claim that the Nationals were probably the most talented team he had ever played on.

Suddenly, there’s a lot hype surrounding the Nats, and the Phillies could have a legitimate rival on their hands. The Nats even came up with an adorable little catchphrase and accompanying fan’s guide to cheering to show they mean business when the Phils come to town this year. Natitude. They couldn’t be cuter.

But empty catchphrases and promotional posturing aside, the Nats are a team with a young core of talent that is building to be a contender. One reason for that is the man who will be on the mound when they take the field tonight–Stephen Strasburg. In his only career start against the Phils, Strasburg was mowing them down, amassing six strikeouts and allowing two hits in 4.1 innings of work. Then this happened. The injury resulted in Strasburg needing Tommy John Surgery and missing the rest of 2010 and most of 2011. He’s back now, and pitching better than ever, taking home NL Pitcher of the Month honors for April. He’s gone at least six innings in all of his starts this season, and has yet to allow more than two runs. The Phillies will have their hands full.

Opposing Strasburg will be Mr. Inconsistency, Kyle Kendrick. In his two starts this season, Kendrick has posted an ERA of 9.00. But he is capable of pulling a rabbit out of his hat and putting together a really good start from time to time, as our own Corey Seidman wrote earlier. For his career, however, Kendrick has not been very good against the Nats, going 2-3 with a 5.46 ERA over 13 games. In four starts at Nationals Park, his ERA jumps up to 6.53.

One thing in the Phillies favor tonight: As bad as they were offensively through the first month of the season, the Nationals were worse. If Kendrick can keep the Phils in it, they may be able to steal a late-inning victory. Either way: Friday night, Strasburg on the mound, that guy Bryce Harper (whom you may have heard of) in left field, a chance to get over .500 for the second time this season, the dawning of a new rivalry–it ought to be a lot of fun.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Pierre LF, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Victorino CF, Nix 1B, Ruiz C, Orr 2B, Kendrick P.

Whirlwind WitbierYour Gameday Beer – Newcastle Brown Ale

What better way to kick off your weekend than with a Newcastle? Imported from England, Newcastle has a brown color with a reddish glow. The taste consists of soft caramel malts with just a hint of honey. It goes down smooth, making it perfect for a relaxing night in or a night at the bar. Since it’s British, have it with some bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes as we Statesiders call it). -By RD


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