Philadelphia Phillies – Swatting The Nats

Last night Brett Myers shut down the Washington Nationals to gain his 1st win since returning from the minor leagues.  Myers only allowed 1 run, 1 walk and 4 hits over 7 innings in which he also plunked Ronnie Belliard and Paul Lo Duca in the process.  Understandably the Nationals are the worst offensive team in the National League sporting a .241 team combined batting average.  Not to take away anything from Brett because he did perform well by hitting the outside/inside portions of the plate.  He also kept his adrenaline in check to be able to locate his fastballs for strikes unlike his last outing at Shea.  On another note Brad Lidge was able to enter the game and accrue his 25th save of the season in as many opportunities.

On the offensive front the team failed to raise their hit count into double digits against the Nationals pitcher whom was recently brought up from the minor leagues.  There were several balls that were launched onto the warning track, but not much was done to manufacture runs on the ground.  The Phillies won the game only by Chase Utley’s 2 run shot out into right field seats.  Pedro Feliz has been placed on the 15 day diabled list due to lower back inflamation.  Phillies Injury Listing

Tonight the Ole’ man will take the mound with his impressive 3.76 ERA.  Jamie Moyer is in search of his 10th win this year facing off the Nationals Tim Redding (3.98 ERA) which the Phillies have historically had issues with hitting against.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .270
Victorino, CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .283
Utley, 2B 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 .290
Howard, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .237
Burrell, LF 4 0 2 0 0 2 1 .279
  Ruiz, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .211
Jenkins, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .237
Dobbs, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .306
  Bruntlett, 3B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .239
Coste, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .285
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Myers, P 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .063
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Durbin, C, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
  Werth, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .272
Totals 35 2 8 2 0 9 9
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State Of The Union – Myers, Happ, Utley, Eaton and Manny

     The Phillies starting pitcher turned bullpen help Adam Eaton was demoted yesterday to AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.  This comes off of a 2 inning mess on Sunday against the Braves that he allowed 3 runs with 2 of them being longballs.  Eaton was recently demoted into the bullpen hoping he could at least fill a need for a right handed long reliever, but he was unable to come into a game and shut down the opponent.  He was pulled into Manuel’s office after the game and gracefully bowed out as Brett Myers had recently done.  Adam will be placed into the starting rotation at Lehigh Valley and according to Ruben Amaro Jr. he will be shuffled around the Phillies affiliate teams in order to stay localized in case he needs to be called up.

     J.A. Happ is being called up to the Phillies once again, but it has not yet been determined whether he will be placed into the starting rotation or as a reliever.  Brett Myers has a start tomorrow against the Washington Nationals which could determine if he is to remain in the starting rotation or be moved to the bullpen and replaced by Happ.

     The trade rumors surrounding Manny Ramirez coming to Philadelphia has been down played by the Phillies organization.  It has been documented that the Phillies and the Mets have both contacted Boston in regards to trading Manny for their respective ball clubs.  The Mets do not have what it takes in trades to be able to get Manny and they are not even sure if they are willing to take the chance on disrupting the club house.  Pat Gillick had stated that the Phillies currently do not have a position open for Manny considering that they currently have Pat Burrell in left field.  I would assume that Manny would at least remain in Boston for the rest of the year considering how much his salary commands from an organization.

     Chase Utley has been having some soreness in his right hip according to Ruben Amaro Jr. and David Montgomery.  However, Utley has down played the injury stating that his soreness has nothing to do with his issues surrounding the recent hitting slump.  I would not expect Chase to be placed on the D.L., but you may see him get pulled out of games if they have a comfortable lead in order to rest his hip and get Eric Bruntlett some playing time.

Philadelphia Phillies – J.A. Happ Pulled From Iron Pigs

     J.A. Happ was pulled last night in the 3rd inning from the Iron Pigs while playing the Richmond Braves.  Happ up to that point pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings and was yanked off of the mound and replaced by Steve Green.  There are many rumors swirling that Happ is either being called up to Philly or has been traded off to gain another bat or lefty in the bullpen.  I also have read that Happ was seen being congratulated in the dugout after being pulled, but there was no news release as of yet.

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Philadelphia Phillies – Stroking The Longball

     The Phillies fought back again today with the longball to win the final game of the homestand against the Atlanta Braves.  The Phils accrued 5 homeruns over 9 innings from Rollins, Victorino, Burrell, Werth and Chris Coste.  There were a total of 14 hits bringing them to their 12-10 victory and 1 game closer to sharing the lead once again with the New York Mets.  The Phillies went through 7 pitchers including Blanton, Eaton, Condrey, Romero, Seanez, Madson and Lidge due to the initial rain delay.  Blanton was once again getting roughed up early in the game and was not getting calls on his breaking stuff including his curve ball.  Brad Lidge was able to come into the game and collect his 24th consecutive save opportunity after the Braves dropped in 5 more runs in the 8th bringing the tie to within 3 runs.

    The Braves may have to concede and look into rebuilding for next year after falling behind 7.5 games in the N.L. East.  Chipper Jones believes he will be headed to the D.L. with his hamstring.  Also, Brian McCann had two collisions at the plate tonight with Utley then with Shane Victorino in which he suffered a concussion and was removed from the game.

The Phillies have tomorrow off for their travels down to D.C. to play the Washington Nationals who are currently 19 games out of first in the eastern division and on a 6 game losing streak.  Brett Myers (5.82 ERA) will take the mound in search of his 1st win since returning from the minors against the righty Collin Balester (5.75 ERA).

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 4 3 2 1 1 1 3 .271
Victorino, CF 4 2 2 4 0 0 0 .283
Utley, 2B 5 0 2 0 0 2 3 .288
Howard, 1B 5 1 2 2 0 2 1 .237
Burrell, LF 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 .277
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Werth, RF-LF 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 .272
Bruntlett, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .234
Coste, C 3 1 2 2 0 0 1 .291
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  d-Dobbs, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .313
  Seanez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Madson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Jenkins, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241
Blanton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
  a-Eaton, PH-P 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .179
  b-Taguchi, PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .233
  Condrey, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Ruiz, PH-C 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 .211
Totals 35 12 14 12 4 7 11
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Philadelphia Phillies – It’s Alive

     The Phillies won last night 10-9 after dropping the 1st game to the Braves in the 3 game homestand.  Cole Hamels in a unusual outing was pulled after 3 2/3 innnings.  Hamels allowed 9 runs on 6 hits in the 4th inning crushing all hopes of the Phillies being able to move up in the N.L. East standings.  However, the Phillies offense decided to show up as though Dr. Frankenstein had put life back into once viable corpse.  The Phils were able to follow-up the 4th inning debacle with a 7 run 5th inning pushing past the Braves and holding on to the lead through 9.  Hopefully yesterday’s glimmer of hope won’t fade away as though it has done time and time again over th past 2 months.

     Today the newly acquired Joe Blanton (5.08 ERA) will take the mound in his 2nd start with the Phillies.  Blanton will face off against Jorge Campillo (2.83 ERA) in search of his 1st win in the red and white pinstripes.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 5 1 2 0 0 0 3 .268
Victorino, CF 5 2 2 0 0 1 2 .280
Utley, 2B 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 .287
Howard, 1B 3 2 1 2 1 1 0 .235
Burrell, LF 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 .278
  Ruiz, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .209
Werth, RF-LF 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .270
Bruntlett, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .238
Coste, C 4 1 3 3 0 0 0 .285
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hamels, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .260
  Seanez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Taguchi, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .222
  Eaton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .179
  b-Dobbs, PH 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 .315
  Madson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Durbin, C, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Jenkins, PH-RF 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .241
Totals 32 10 12 10 3 4 11  
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Philadelphia Phillies – MVP Attitude

     The saying lead by example does not come to mind when speaking of Jimmy Rollins recently.  Rollins was benched again today in the final series against the New York Mets.  Jimmy missed the team bus to Shea and decided to drive himself, but the traffic and lights hindered his transit.  Rollins did not make it to Shea until 1 hr prior to the game start.  He was quickly summoned to the Manager’s office and scratched off of today’s line-up.  Jimmy was replaced by the hard working Eric Bruntlett that went 3-4 with 2 doubles.  Bruntlett covered the short stop position for the reigning MVP while he was injured earlier in the year.  Other than having a rough 1st outing Bruntlett has proven himself worthy to fill the shoes of some of the most difficult positions on the field.

     Rollins is not new to contraversy when he was benched on June 5th by Charlie Manuel for failure to run out a routine fly ball that dropped.  Jimmy was also questioned recently about his strolling run into 3rd base that may have resulted in a run scoring if he would have given Steve Smith (3rd Base Coach) some hustle.  This is another report that Jimmy see differently than the coaching and managing staff.

     I’m not sure what city Jimmy thinks that he is playing for, but he has been highly disappointing this year with his lack of production and more importantly his “MVP” attitude.

Philadelphia Phillies – Fight For Survival

 

    The Philadelphia Phillies square off tomorrow against their biggest division rival the New York Mets.  The Phillies have the newly aquired right hander Joe Blanton (4.96 ERA) taking the mound against the Mets’ ace Johann Santana (3.10 ERA) .  Blanton has yet to give up a run in 15 career innings against the Mets organization.  On Wednesday opening day starter Brett Myers (5.84 ERA) will make his return back to the Phillies after his 4 minor league starts in Lehigh Valley, Reading and Clearwater against John Maine (4.22 ERA).  Myers was sent to down to help regain confidence in his fastball and reacquire his swagger in which he believes he has accomplished.  There is probably no other team that will test Myer’s resolve better than the Mets.  He is already setting the stage telling the reporters that he does not like the Mets so, be prepared for a battle.  Jamie Moyer (3.90 ERA) will finish off the 3 game series at Shea looking for double digits in his win column against Oliver Perez (4.36 ERA) which has had some shaky outings.  The Phillies need to regroup offensively and get back to basics by getting on base and manufacturing runs by moving the  runners into scoring position via sac bunts, flys or stealing bases.  They need to win 2 out of 3 in every series in the 2nd half of the season to be in contention for the post season.  I would not rely of the wild card with as well as the central division is currently playing.  Go Phightins !!