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.

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Philadelphia Phillies – Welcome Joe Blanton !!

  

   Tonight I heard that the Phillies acquired Joe Blanton through a trade of 3 minor league prospects.  The Phillies sent Adrian Cardenas, Josh Outman and Matthew Spencer in return for the solid right handed hurler.  With Brett Myers still slated to return on 07/23 against the Mets that pushes Adam Eaton out of the rotation and into the bullpen.  This will allow the Phillies to fill a a right handed void where Tom Gordon was at prior to his stint on the D.L.  Now all we need is another lefty in the bullpen as well as another catcher that is productive and another lefty bench player to platoon with Jayson Werth in right field.  Sorry Jenkins . . . .  Oh. and the answer is not So Taguchi either !!  You can check out some more info on Joe at his blog site:

Big Joe’s Bluegrass Blog

Thanks Joe and welcome to Philly . . . . . . . .

Philadelphia Phillies – If I Was Pat Gillick For A Day

1.  My starting rotation would look like the following:

  1. Cole Hamels
  2. Brett Myers
  3. Jamie Moyer
  4. Kyle Kendrick
  5. J.A. Happ

     Trade Adam Eaton or make him another righty in the bullpen to replace Tom Gordon.  Tom Gordon should no longer be in the Phillies future.  He is no Jamie Moyer . . . . .

2.  I would either trade off Carlos Ruiz or reassign him to AA or AAA.  Then bring up Lou Marson as a replacement.  If he is not ready bring up Jason Jaramillo from the Iron Pigs.

3.  Geoff Jenkins needs to be traded off for another lefty to platoon with Jayson Werth in right field.

4.  So Taguchi is an absolute waste and needs to be outright released and can be replaced by Snelling or someone else from the Iron Pigs. (Not T.J. Bohn) !! 

    None of this is rocket science, but all I hear about is getting another starter.  Why?  Okay we do need another lefty in the bullpen, but do not sacrifice our future for it by trading Carrasco or Marson.  If they focus on fixing our current issues like Jenkins, Taguchi, and Ruiz we will be solid enough to go in the post season.  If the front office would not be so proud we could have come back and counter offered Kyle Lohse before he was picked up by the Cardinals.  We would be in excellent shape since we acquired Chad Durbin.  With all of this being taken into consideration I’m sure they will most likely do the exact opposite of everything that I’ve stated.  I’m glad that this is Pat Gillick’s last year with the organization . . . . .

Philadelphia Phillies – Eaton Alive

     Last night Adam Eaton who was 5-0 and a 3.29 ERA against the Mets was pulled after 2-2/3 innings.  Eaton gave away 8 runs off of 10 hits in his short outing yesterday in the Phillies’ 3rd loss to the Mets.  There were some heroics in the game with Chase Utley (25), Pat Burrell (22), Ryan Howard (24) and Geoff Jenkins (7) all belting homeruns.  R.J. Swindle celebrated his 25th birthday last night by pitching 3 innings in relief for Clay Condrey and the fallen Adam Eaton.  Swindle administered 3 strikeouts, 1 walk, 2 runs on 4 hits with one of those hits being a solo wake-up call by David Wright.

     Tonight the Phillies try to shake-off their failed home campaign against the Mets.  The Phightins face-off against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 3 game homestand.  The Phillies ace, Cole Hamels (3.22 ERA) takes the mound tonight against Joel Pineiro (4.52 ERA) in search of his 10th win of 2008 season.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 5 1 2 0 0 1 0 .272
Victorino, CF 5 2 2 1 0 0 1 .270
Utley, 2B 3 1 1 1 0 1 1 .294
  Bruntlett, 2B 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .234
Howard, 1B 4 1 2 2 1 1 2 .226
Burrell, LF 5 1 1 1 0 2 4 .277
Dobbs, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .322
  c-Feliz, PH 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .264
Werth, RF 3 1 1 0 2 1 2 .277
Coste, C 4 0 0 0 0 3 6 .292
Eaton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .179
  Condrey, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
  a-Taguchi, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200
  Swindle, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Jenkins, PH 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 .237
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 39 9 12 8 4 13 19
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     Brett Myers pitched last night against the Louisville Bats accruing his first win since his reassignment with the Iron Pigs.  Myers allowed 3 runs (2 ER) with 7 hits,  3 walks and 7 strikeouts over 7-1/3 innings.

Philadelphia Phillies – Brother In Arms

     The Philadelphia Phillies won last night against the Atlanta Braves in their return to the National League schedule.  Kyle Kendrick pitched his way into the 8th win of the season at Turner Field.  He allowed 3 runs over 6 innings while accruing 6 hits 2 strikeouts and 2 walks.  Kendrick received his usual run support from the Phils with them administering 14 hits and shutting down the Braves on their 1st game of a 3 game homestand.

     Tonight Adam Eaton (4.86 ERA) takes the mound in Atlanta in search of just his 3rd win of the season.  He will face off against the Braves righty Jorge Campillo (2.54 ERA).  With the temporary threat of  4 man rotation Cole Hamels will prepare himself for a early start and the Ace position in the rotation tomorrow.  Meanwhile Brett Myers will pitch tonight in Lehigh Valley in his 1st rehab assignment with the Iron Pigs.  There still is no permanent solution for his replacement, but rather a mish-mosh of AA and AAA pitchers including J.A. Happ and Carlos Carrasco.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 .267
Victorino, CF 5 1 2 4 1 1 1 .274
Utley, 2B 6 1 2 0 0 2 6 .298
Howard, 1B 5 1 2 0 0 1 4 .218
Burrell, LF 3 1 2 2 1 0 0 .275
  1-Werth, PR-LF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .268
Jenkins, RF 5 0 2 1 0 1 4 .243
Feliz, 3B 4 0 0 1 0 3 6 .256
Ruiz, C 2 1 0 0 3 0 2 .213
Kendrick, P 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .129
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Taguchi, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .203
  Gordon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Dobbs, PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .327
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 40 8 14 8 6 9 26  
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Philadelphia Phillies – Win Self Epic Battle

     Tonight the Phillies broke the 6 game losing streak with a shut out win of 4-0 against the Oakland Athletics.  The Phils were able to get back into their groove with accruing 11 hits over 9 innings and manufacturing run support for Kyle Kendrick’s 7th win of 2008.  Kyle pitched 8 innings while only allowing 4 hits and no earned runs with 1 walk.  J.C. Romero came in to seal the deal in the 9th while striking out 1 and allowing 1 walk.  The most important offensive break out tonight was from Chase Utley who went 4-5 at the plate.  Chase almost went the cycle with 2 singles, 1 double, and a triple.  Some other offensive notables were Pedro Feliz going 2-5 with an RBI triple and Chris Coste hitting 2-3.  Even though the Phightins stranded 11 runners on base they are showing signs of good base running and advancing the runners at the plate.

     With the win tonight the Phillies pull ahead to 2 games in the lead in the N.L. East.  The Florida Marlins’ were the only team in the eastern division to fall tonight with their loss to Tampa Bay.  The Phillies look ahead to gain some ground in their division before the All Star break.

     Tonight Adam Eaton (4.94 ERA) takes the mound in search of his 3rd win against Rich Harden (2.44 ERA) of the Athletics.  Adam has been able to keep his game ERA under 5.0 since May 28th.  If the Phillies offense shows up again tonight we should be ready to take on the Texas Rangers in the upcoming 3 game series.

Philadelphia Phillies – Offensive Woes Continue

The Mighty Philadelphia Phillies were once again silenced by the Angels of the American League.  The bats of the Phils have been struggling over the past several series.  This was the case last night against the Los Angeles Angels who they fell to with a score of 7-1.  The Angels racked up 17 hits compared to Phillies meager 2 from Coste and Victorino.  Adam Eaton gave up 6 runs and 12 hits in his 5 inning outing in which he tried to prove that he was worse than Brett Myers.  Impossible !!  Anyway the Phils are losing ground in the N.L. East and the series are only going to get tougher.  David Montgomery says that he is going to improve on a current postion(s) as long as everyone stays healthy and he does not have to fill a need like last year’s Tadihito Iguchi.  Hey, Dave keep an eye on your starting pitching staff – Sorry Cole, hold your ears . . . .   Tonight the marvelous Brett Myers (5.58 ERA) will take the mound in search of his 4th win this year against the Angels southpaw Joe Saunders (3.06 ERA).