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 – Catcher Help Wanted A.S.A.P.

     With the trade deadline closing in some of the top pitchers have already closed a deal with the Phillies sitting on the benches.  So, where does that leave Philadelphia?  There is nothing set in stone, but I would venture to say that the Phillies will not acquire another starting pitcher.  I believe that they will be sitting on Brett Myers with hopes he will continue to improve in his rehab assignment and come back into the starting rotation.  I also see them holding onto J.A, Happ for the rotation which puts them at 6 pitchers.  Kendrick will stay so, that leaves Moyer and Eaton.  Well if you go by pure stats Moyer far exceeds Eaton, but Eaton is younger with a stronger arm.  You can make an argument for both of them, but one will most likey be sent to the bullpen or thrown in a deal with a position player.  With Jenkins slowly coming out of his slump the next most logical position would be the catcher.  Chris Coste has already said that he is not going to be the regular catcher due to his knees and age.  So, that leaves Carlos Ruiz . . . . . . .   Yes, that is chooch!  His recent batting average has dropped to 206!!  He is also the king of the double play ball when a clutch hit is needed.  Pat Gillick has recently mentioned that he would consider improving on the catcher position.  However, it is very difficult to acquire a solid productive catcher because no team wants to give them up.

Here are some of the potential trades for catchers:

  • Ivan Rodriguez – Tigers
  • Ramon Hernandez – Orioles
  • Paul Lo Duca – Nationals
  • Johnny Estrada – Nationals
  • Miguel Olivo – Royals
  • Yorvit Torrealba – Rockies
  • Gregg Zaun – Blue Jays

     Now with all of that taken into consideration if the Phils look internally they maybe suprised.  I have listed below the top prospects from the Reading Phillies and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.  I also listed their stats in comparison to Carlos Ruiz.  It is difficult enough for an offense to absorb the pitchers role in the line-up, but the catcher should not be a sacrifice position.  I would much rather see the Phightins stick with what they found in J.A. Happ and hopefully Myers and replace Carlos Ruiz to bolster the offense even more.

  Carlos Ruiz – Philadelphia Phillies (MLB)

    Jason Jaramillo – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA)

   Lou Marson – Reading Phillies (AA)

  G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
Ruiz 63 189 24 39 7 0 2 20 52 21 26 0 0 0.299 0.275 0.206
Jaramillo 72 253 24 66 14 0 5 27 95 19 42 0 1 0.311 0.361 0.251
Marson 80 269 47 87 15 0 4 44 114 60 54 3 3 0.447 0.424 0.323

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 – Utley Ridiculous

The Philadelphia Phillies jumped out to an early lead against the Cincinnati Reds with help from their 2nd base southpaw.  Chase Utley made the bell gong once again in the city of brotherly love with his 2 run shot in the 1st inning which gives him 21 homers in 2008.  The Phillies summoned the bell two more times in the 4th inning with Pedro Feliz’s 2 run homerun and Chris Coste’s solo blast to left field.  The final score was 5 to 4 with the Phils accruing 12 hits over 9 innings in Citizen Bank Park and remaining at the top of the N.L. East.  The Phillies are looking to gain back Jayson Werth from the D.L. hopefully by June 9th as long as he continues to progress, but they did release the left handed slugger Chris Snelling from the D.L. and sending T.J. Bohn back down to the Minors.  With the set backs on Kris Benson’s recovery the Phils are looking to remain with the starting rotation as Adam Eaton (5.20 ERA) takes the mound tomorrow against Aaron Harang (4.38 ERA).

Phillies – Utley is Back in the Chase

 

Do you see any resemblance?  No, well both of them have the ability to unleash their bats and cause untold havoc on their opponents . . . .   Utley was back in his rare form yesterday when belted in 6 RBI’s against the Colorado Rockies.  The Philadelphia Phillies as a team knocked in 20 runs on 19 hits and rung the bells from Philly to Gotham.  Jamie Moyer was able to collect his 5th win of the season thanks to his unrivaled offensive barrage by his teammates.  Chase Utley went 3 for 6 with a 3 run homerun in the 1st inning to answer back to Ryan Spilborghs 3 run homer in the top of the 1st.  Chris Coste and So Taguchi both had a 3 hit game along with Pedro Feliz going 4 for 6 at the plate.  The Phillies have had an incredible streak over the past 2 games having slugged 35 runs scored on 35 hits.  Maybe this is just a little payback from last year’s post season?