Schmidt Invokes Last September – Inspires Phillies

Phillies’ Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt wrote an inspirational letter to Charlie Manuel.  He had asked Charlie to post it on locker room door for all of the players to read prior to the game against the Mets.  I have it posted below:

Guys,
One pitch, one at-bat, one play, one situation, think ‘small’ and ‘big’ things result. Tough at-bats, stay up the middle with men on base, whatever it takes to keep the line moving. Hot offense. 27 outs on defense. The Mets know you’re better than they are. They remember last year. You guys are never out of the game. Welcome the challenge that confronts you this weekend. You guys are the best.
Good luck,
#20

The Phightins took the 1st game of the series last night with Brett Myers shutting down the Mets’ offense.  Myers pitched a full 8 innings while allowing 3 hits and 2 walks and no earned runs.  Myers was dominating on the mound by striking out 10 hitters by having excellent control with his fastball and knockout punch of the curveball.  Brad Lidge entered in the 9th inning accruing his 34th consecutive save with a less than smooth outing.

Offensively the Phillies were stagnant against Mike Pelfrey after the 1st inning.  Then clutch hitter Greg Dobbs came up to the plate in the 7th inning.  Dobbs smoked a pitch off of Pelfrey into right field with Ryan Church just missing a snow cone catch as the ball continued over the outfield wall for a 2 run homer.

The game scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to Tropical Storm Hanna coming to town.  The Phillies will play a day / night double header on Sunday with the 1st game beginning at 2:15pm E.T. and the 2nd game starting at 8:05 pm E.T. being televised on ESPN.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .273
Victorino, CF 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .281
Utley, 2B 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 .291
Howard, 1B 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 .235
Burrell, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .255
  Bruntlett, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .217
Werth, RF 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .276
Dobbs, 3B 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 .297
  Feliz, 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Coste, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .272
  Ruiz, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221
Myers, P 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .039
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 30 3 4 3 2 6 5
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Phillies and Mets Collide at Shea Stadium

To say that this upcoming series with the New York Mets at Shea Stadium is important is an understatement.  The Phillies need to win at least 2 out of 3 from the Mets to bring them within 1 game of taking over the N.L. East.  If they faulter from this they mine as well consider their reign of the Eastern Division over.  They could still be in contention with the wildcard position in which they are currently 4.5 games back from Milwaukee.  However, the Phillies sights are on the Division and taking out the Mets in probably one of the last meaningful series to take place in Shea Stadium before it’s demolition.

Friday, September 5th:

Brett Myers, RHP (8-10, 4.40)
Mike Pelfrey, RHP (13-8, 3.66)

Saturday, September 6th:

Jamie Moyer, LHP (12-7, 3.80)
Pedro Martinez, RHP (5-3, 5.07)

Sunday, September 7th:

Cole Hamels, LHP (12-8, 3.01)
Johan Santana, LHP (12-7, 2.71)

Como Esta? Say Hello to My Little Friend . . .

Yesterday the Phillies unleashed some of their best pitching to date against the Chicago Cubs.  Brett Myers was dominant on the mound once again since his return to the majors.  Myers pitched 7 innings while allowing 2 earned runs on 11 hits.  He also struck out 8 batters and walked none.  The Phillies’ bullpen did not disappoint their fan base yesterday while they pitched 2 scoreless and hitless innings.  The pinnacle of the game was when J.C. Romero entered in the 8th inning with 2 base runners.   He stuckout the 1st two hitters then he allowed a walk to load the bases.  Romero then attacked Geovany Soto for the 3rd strikeout and retiring the side with a little Spanish flare.  This set-up closer Brad Lidge to enter the game in the 9th and strikout 2 of the 3 hitters and acquiring his 32nd save of the year.

The Phightins offense was alive as well yesterday with 10 hits accrued with and no walks.  There were 3 longballs unleashed that were administered by Ryan Howard and 2 by Jayson Werth.  Rollins also went 3 for 5 as well as Werth 3 for 5 with both Utley and Howard getting 2 hits over 9 innings.

Today Jamie Moyer (3.81 ERA) will take the mound against Sean Marshall (3.52 ERA) in search of his 12th win of the season.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 5 0 3 0 0 1 0 .270
Utley, 2B 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 .291
Burrell, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .258
  Bruntlett, LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .221
Howard, 1B 5 2 2 1 0 2 4 .230
Victorino, CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .282
Werth, RF 4 2 3 4 0 1 0 .279
Feliz, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .253
Coste, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .280
  Ruiz, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221
Myers, P 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .042
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Dobbs, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .296
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 38 5 10 5 0 7 15  
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Philadelphia Phillies – Dodging The Ball

The Philadelphia Phillies are playing for a sweep tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  This follows an earlier sweep of the Phillies administered by the Dodgers in the middle of August.  The Phils are currently sitting 1/2 game out of 1st behind the New York Mets.  So, with tonight’s finalization of the sweep we would have the potential to take control back of the N.L. East.

Brett Myers (4.17 ERA) is taking the mound against Chad Billingsley (3.10 ERA) in search of his 7th win.

Philadelphia Phillies: Planked The Scurvy Dogs

Last night Brett Myers had the Bucs walk the plank in his 7 2/3 inning outing sinking the Jolly Rogers with a score of 4-2.  Myers allowed 5 hits, 1 BB, 1 run while striking out 6 Pirates and providing some post celebration fireworks with Manager Charlie Manuel.  Myers had a little scurvy  on the brain by challenging Manuel when he approached the mound to bring in J.C. Romero to finish the inning.  Later there was a confrontation between Manuel and Myers in the dug-out in which Rich Dubee and Milt Thompson were seen holding back Manuel as Myers disappeared into the tunnel.  Later during the press conference Manuel addressed the press by saying that it was just two strong willed people disagreeing and their differences had been worked out.

The Phillies offense were able to cash in on their booty to accrue 10 hits against Pittsburgh.  Although, there were several highlights during the game, the most impressive was Jimmy Rollins.  Short stop Jimmy Rollins went 4-4 last night including 2 runs, 2 singles and an impressive 2 triples.  Rollins was hitting the ball hard last night with those triples just missing for homeruns.  It seemed as though the Jimmy of last year came to pay us a visit with his great defense and his addictive offense.

Tonight Jamie Moyer (3.78 ERA) takes the mound against the Pirates Jason Davis (2.57 ERA) who has recently been moved to the starting rotation from the bullpen.  Moyer will looking to add onto his wins while sinking the Bucs in the final game of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Series.

 

 
Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 4 2 4 0 0 0 0 .277
Victorino, CF 3 1 2 2 1 0 1 .289
Utley, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 6 .286
Howard, 1B 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 .240
Burrell, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .268
  Jenkins, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241
Werth, RF-LF 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .265
Dobbs, 3B 3 0 2 1 1 0 0 .304
  1-Bruntlett, PR-3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222
Coste, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 .271
Myers, P 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .054
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Cervenak, M, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
  Durbin, C, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Totals 32 4 10 4 4 5 16  
 
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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.