Philadelphia Phillies – Overboard

Last night the Phillies were hanging over the side of the S.S. Citizen’s Bank creating their own chum wake.  The Florida Marlins knocked around Jamie Moyer trying to make up for the previous 10 losses and then proceeded to spank young J.A. Happ just to ensure he does not follow in the elder’s footsteps.  The pain staking 8-2 loss was only over shadowed by the fact that Victorino’s 2 run homerun was actually foul.  So, those of you who are following along that means that the Phightins were actually shutout in my book.

The offense was able to accrue 8 hits last night, but it does not help when all of those hits were spread out over 9 innings.  In addition to the offense failure to make it happen was Ryan Howard’s ground ball that went between his legs.  Let’s put this in perspective . . . . .  If you were to fail this much at your normal everyday job you would probably be fired, but he still is able to keep his job and make 10 million a year.  Would someone please tell Ryan Howard that defense is also part of his job description and Philly does not except a doctor’s note to sit out on the defense.  Oh, thank you Geoff Jenkins for your web gem catch !!

Tonight Krazy “K” takes the mound with his mighty sinker ball trying to get his double digit win bringing him to 10 for the season.  Kendrick (4.59 ERA) will face off against Anibal “Anakin” Sanchez (3.18 ERA) trying to bring down the death star known as the Marlins.  Kendrick – Please do not embarass us !!

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 4 1 2 0 1 0 1 .266
Victorino, CF 5 1 2 2 0 0 3 .288
Utley, 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 .292
Howard, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .242
Burrell, LF 3 0 1 0 1 2 1 .278
Jenkins, RF 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 .244
  d-Werth, PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .265
Bruntlett, 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .224
  b-Dobbs, PH-3B 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .301
Ruiz, C 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .216
Moyer, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .114
  a-Cervenak, M, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Condrey, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Walrond, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Madson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Taguchi, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .224
  Happ, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  e-Coste, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .277
Totals 32 2 8 2 5 7 22  
 
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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.

Some Sources:

Iron Pigs Baseball

Phuture Phillies

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 – 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 – Fireworks At The Bank

   

     Last night the young Phillies phenom J.A. Happ was able to keep the Phightins in the game long enough for their offense to win it.  J.A. Happ pitched against Johann Santana which has lost his past 6 starts with the Mets.  Happ hurled for 4-2/3 innings while allowing 4 walks, 3 hits, 2 runs and striking out 3.  He was pulled in the 5th inning after a poor call was made when Happ had struckout David Wright.  Chad Durbin came in and struckout 6 out of the next 7 that approached the plate.

     The Phillies offense accrued 8 hits over 9 innings with no longballs to manufacture run support.  Some notables were Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth both going 2-4 off of Johann Santana.  In the 9th inning with the score tied 2-2 the Mets brought in Duaner Sanchez that allowed Pedro Feliz to hit a double going into left field.  Next at bat would be Shane Victorino who was hitless all night long against Santana, but was able to connect on a walk-off single hit into right field bringing in Pedro Feliz from 2nd base to score.  This ended the game with a final score of 3-2 with the Phillies once again pushing back on their division rivals to trailing 5.5 games in the N.L. Eastern Division.

     Tonight Jamie Moyer (4.13 ERA) takes the mound in search of his 8th win against John Maine (3.86 ERA).  The ageless Moyer is looking to extend the Phillies winning streak to 5 games.  The Marlins lost again last night against the Colorado Rockies which makes the eastern division look as follows:  Phillies (1st), Marlins (2nd-3.5 GB), Mets (3rd-5.5 GB), Braves (4th-7.0 GB), Nationals (5th-15.5 GB).

 

 
Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Werth, RF 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .273
Utley, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .299
Rollins, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .272
Howard, 1B 4 0 2 1 0 1 1 .223
Burrell, LF 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .278
Feliz, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .266
Victorino, CF 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 .265
Coste, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .310
Happ, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
  Durbin, C, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .167
  a-Bruntlett, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .237
  Madson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 3 8 3 0 8 8
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Philadelphia Phillies – Atlanta Not So Brave

    

     The Philadelphia Phillies brought down the tee-pee in the Atlanta Braves series last night.  The Phillies defeated the Braves in a 4-1 victory while displaying their prowess in their division by sweeping the Braves both times they met this year in Atlanta.  Cole Hamels showed his ace status by pitching 8-2/3 innings while allowing 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks and administering 7 strikeouts.  The Phillies offense also showed up for the 3rd consecutive day placing 8 hits on the board with 3 of those hits being homeruns from Chase Utley (24), Ryan Howard (22) and Pedro Feliz (10).  Some other notables are Pat Burrell going 2-4 and Pedro Feliz 3-4 while both of these players are breaking through a hitting slump.  The Phillies are hoping for the reversal of the overall offensive slump that they accrued after sweeping the Braves the 1st time.  Sweeping them the 2nd time around should place them back on track to dominating the N.L. Eastern Division once again.

     Tonight starts the 4 game series with the Phillies hosting the Mets at Citizen Bank Park.  J.A. Happ the rookie sensation will pitch tonight away from his normal home at Coca Cola Park and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.  Happ (3.54 ERA) which had started for 1 game last year against the Mets is hoping that his new bag of tricks will help defeat his rival Johann Santana (3.01 ERA) which he faces on the mound tonight.  J.A. Happ has proven himself at the AAA level with 3.54 ERA, 38 BB, 104 strikeouts over 101.2 innings pitched.  You can check out more J.A. Happ stats as well as Kris Benson and Brett Myers here.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .276
Victorino, CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .265
Utley, 2B 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .300
Howard, 1B 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .219
Burrell, LF 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .278
  Werth, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268
Jenkins, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .239
Feliz, 3B 4 1 3 2 0 0 0 .267
Ruiz, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .208
Hamels, P 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .279
  Gordon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 4 8 4 1 8 11
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