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 – Road To The Unknown

Tonight the Phillies are going into the 3rd game of a 3 game series against the Washington Nationals in which they will intend for a sweep.  More importantly than the Nats are the uncoming series against some of the Phightins toughest competitors.  The Phils start off with another 4 game series against the Dodgers, but this time it is at home on our turf at Citizen Bank Park.  Next we have a 2 game series with the Mets at home and then we go on the road to Chicago.  In Chicago we face off against the Cubs in Wrigley Field which is one of the toughest divisions this year.  However, if we can remain close to the Mets for the remainder of August we have a chance at taking over 1st place in September.  The Phillies have an extremely weak schedule in September except for a series with the Mets and Brewers.  The remainder  of the month consists of mostly the Marlins, Nationals, and Braves.

The Pitching match-up tonight is Jamie “the ace” Moyer against Tim Redding.  Redding a pitcher whom is usually lethal against the Phillies line-up was waxed last time against the Phightins in DC.  Redding allowed 7 runs in just 4 innings against the Phillies on July 30th.

On a side note catcher David Ross will not be joining the Phillies for the division run.  He has decided to accept an offer from Boston.  Pat Gillick remains optimistic that they will be able to acquire another bat.  He had said it would more likely be a bench player as opposed to a position player.  Gillick said that they feel comfortable with Jayson Werth in right field.  In addition, I would expect to see Lou Marson in the wing when they are allowed expand on their roster.

Philadelphia Phillies – Cleaning House In The East

The Philadelphia Phillies won last night completing their sweep of the Washington Nationals.  In addition to their victory the Phightins pushed the New York Mets of of their perch that they held temporarily for the Phillies.  Kyle Kendrick pitched 6 2/3 innings while allowing only 7 hits and 2 runs while striking out 4 on his 9th win of the season.  Kendrick also hit 2 batsmen which in turn had the opposition hit Victorino and Utley.  Both benches were warned by the homeplate umpire after Colome struck Chase Utley and began to approach homeplate as though to get into an altercation with Utley.  Lannan who was the starter for the Nationals tonight was responsible for Chase Utley’s broken hand last year at Citizen Bank Park.

The Phillies offense has remained strong through the series accrueing 31 hits over 3 games.  They were once again vibrant last night with 11 hits bringing the final score to 8-4.  The longball was administered last night by Jayson Werth and Jimmy “The MVP” Rollins.  Rollins was able to take advantge of a foul tip that was not contolled by the Nationals catcher and allow Kendrick to make his way onto base due to a throwing error.  This set-up Rollins for a 2 run blast out into the left field seats.  The Phillies’ Fans were out in droves through the series cheering on their team including the bunch known as the “Flying Hawaiians” on the day Victorino hit a homerun.

The Phils are headed off to St. Louis to face off the Cardinals and add to their current 5 game win streak.  Cole “The Ace” Hamels is looking to rebound from last games 9 run disaster inning against the Braves.  Hamels (3.27 ERA) takes the mound in search of his 10 win against the former Philly Kyle Lohse (3.68 ERA).

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 4 2 2 3 1 0 1 .272
Victorino, CF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .289
Utley, 2B 3 1 1 0 1 1 2 .293
Howard, 1B 5 0 2 1 0 2 4 .239
Burrell, LF 3 0 1 1 2 0 2 .279
  Seanez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Durbin, C, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Werth, RF-LF 5 1 1 1 0 3 4 .271
Bruntlett, 3B 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 .232
Ruiz, C 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .217
Kendrick, P 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 .125
  Condrey, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Jenkins, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .242
Totals 36 8 11 6 4 10
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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 – 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 – Success By Numbers

The Philadelphia Phillies have the night off to prepare for the upcoming barrage of teams that they must face for the next 22 games until the All Star game.  The Series are as follows:

  1. Angels
  2. A’s
  3. Rangers
  4. Braves
  5. Mets
  6. Cardinals
  7. Diamondbacks

This is by no doubt a difficult task, but If you research some of the stats it should ease some of your concern.  The Phils also rank in the top 5 in the Major League in Runs, RBI’s, HR, and SLG %.  Even with our most recent slump offensively we are well prepared for the road ahead . . . . .  Go Phightins!

The top 5 Batting Averages for regular position players are as follows:

  1. .294 – Chase Utley
  2. .289 – Jimmy Rollins
  3. .280 – Pat Burrell
  4. .278 – Shane Victorino
  5. .268 – Jayson Werth

The top 5 players for RBI’s:

  1. 63 – Ryan Howard
  2. 62 – Chase Utley
  3. 47 – Pat Burrell
  4. 33 – Pedro Feliz
  5. 28 – Jayson Werth

The top 5 ERA for starting pitchers:

  1. 3.23 – Cole Hamels
  2. 4.09  – Jamie Moyer
  3. 4.57 – Adam Eaton
  4. 5.06 – Kyle Kendrick
  5. 5.58 – Brett Myers

The top 5 OBP for regular position players:

  1. .421 – Pat Burrell
  2. .385 – Chase Utley
  3. .353 – Jimmy Rollins
  4. .351 – Jayson Werth
  5. .347 – Shane Victorino

The top 5 HR for position players:

  1. 22 – Chase Utley
  2. 19 – Ryan Howard
  3. 18 – Pat Burrell
  4. 09 – Jayson Werth
  5. 08 – Pedro Feliz