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 – 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.

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs – Mud Hole

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs are currently .300 winning percentage.  Does this sound like a good team to you?  Well little can be said for the stats surrounding the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, but they pulled their heads out of the trough.  The Iron Pigs have won 15 out of 50 games, but 11 of those wins have come within the past month of May.  You can check out the team stats here .  They have come along way since last time I went to see them play the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca Cola Park.  Most of the team’s batting averages were not even at the .200 mark.  I was almost embarassed for them, but when you check their stats now it is plain to see that they have made tremendous strides in their offense.  Maybe you can say that they are a fair weather team, but I can say they can keep their snouts high with the type of baseball they have been playing in May.  Go out and support your local AAA affliate baseball team . . . . .

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit Coca Cola Park and watch the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs vs Syracuse Chiefs.  The ballpark was very clean and had an open atmosphere to view the game.  The Iron Pigs on the other hand were a little rusty (no pun intended).  They ended up losing 1-0 in the 9th inning . . . . .   I did have a very enjoyable time watching the game.  The prices are very reasonable and it is a great place to bring the family.  It is also the team of choice for any Phillies rehab assignments.  So, do not hesitate to go to the AAA farm league team and support your Phightins!