Philadelphia Phillies – Offensive Death

I could not bring myself to write about last night’s game.  So, I’ve taken this opportunity to channel my feelings into teaching others.  Below I have posted Merriam-Webster’s online version of the definition of offense in hopes that some of the members from the Phillies will read and learn.  I will just sit back the rest of the day and think about the rally towels from last year and Pat Gillick’s failure to re-sign Kyle Lohse and Aaron Rowand . . . . .  Oh, yeah and Jimmy Rollins whiner baby comments yesterday about the awesome Phillies Phans that he can no longer handle.  He just doesn’t like having to work for his millions!  Don’t worry Jimmy I feel the same way about you.  Maybe this is a wake-up call and a time for a change in the short stop position?

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/offense

Offense

Main Entry:
of·fense  
Variant(s):
or of·fence   \ə-ˈfen(t)s, especially for 3 ˈä-ˌfen(t)s, ˈ-\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin offensa, from feminine of offensus, past participle of offendere
Date:
14th century
1 aobsolete : an act of stumbling barchaic : a cause or occasion of sin : stumbling block2: something that outrages the moral or physical senses3 a: the act of attacking : assault b: the means or method of attacking or of attempting to score c: the offensive team or members of a team playing offensive positions d: scoring ability4 a: the act of displeasing or affronting b: the state of being insulted or morally outraged <takes offense at the slightest criticism>5 a: a breach of a moral or social code : sin, misdeed b: an infraction of law; especially : misdemeanor
of·fense·less  \-ləs\ adjective
synonyms offense, resentment, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, huff mean an emotional response to or an emotional state resulting from a slight or indignity. offense implies hurt displeasure <takes deep offense at racial slurs>. resentment suggests lasting indignation or ill will <harbored a lifelong resentment of his brother>. umbrage may suggest hurt pride, resentment, or suspicion of another’s motives <took umbrage at the offer of advice>. pique applies to a transient feeling of wounded vanity <in a pique I foolishly declined the invitation>. dudgeon suggests an angry fit of indignation <stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon>. huff implies a peevish short-lived spell of anger usually at a petty cause <in a huff he slammed the door>.
synonyms offense, sin, vice, crime, scandal mean a transgression of law. offense applies to the infraction of any law, rule, or code <at that school no offense went unpunished>. sin implies an offense against moral or religious law <the sin of blasphemy>. vice applies to a habit or practice that degrades or corrupts <regarded gambling as a vice>. crime implies a serious offense punishable by the law of the state <the crime of murder>. scandal applies to an offense that outrages the public conscience <a career ruined by a sex scandal>.
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Philadelphia Phillies: Dissecting the Dodgers

Last night the Phillies failed to dodge the ball on the first game in a four game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Phightins lost 8-6 in a ball game that was not determined until the last out by Ryan Howard in the top of the 9th inning.  The Phils had two on base with Ryan Howard being the go ahead run at bat.  Howard grounded out into the overshift ending the comeback that the Phillies were waging.  Kyle Kendrick was removed from the game in 3 1/3 innings while accruing 7 earned runs on 9 hits within that time.  Kendrick failed to strikeout any batters, but managed to walk 3 while administering a homerun to the former Indian Casey Blake.  The Phils then replaced Kendrick with the newbie lefthander Les Walrond which pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings with Clay Condrey finishing the game by allowing 1 run over 2 innings.

The Phillies offense started off slow, but was able to accumulate 10 hits over 9 innings.  Chase Utley was in rare form by amassing 3 hits on 5 opportunities.  Jimmy Rollins was able to hit another triple against Lowe which is his 8th of the year.

Tonight Cole “hard luck” Hamels takes the mound with hopes and aspirations that his team with mount another offensive strike.  Cole has recently been diagnosed with the Johann Sanatana disease and is on a day to day regiment of lack of offense.  Hamels (3.35 ERA) is searching for his 10th win this year against LA’s southpaw Clayton Kershaw (3.71 ERA).  On a side note Brad Lidge says he is ready to begin closing again since his recent right shoulder tendinitis left over from the All Star game in which he was repeatedly abused due to the lengthy game and multiple warm-up sessions.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 5 1 2 1 0 0 2 .276
Victorino, CF 4 1 2 0 1 1 1 .289
Utley, 2B 5 0 3 2 0 1 2 .290
Howard, 1B 5 0 0 2 0 0 5 .237
Burrell, LF 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .265
Werth, RF 4 1 1 0 0 3 2 .266
Dobbs, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .307
Ruiz, C 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 .217
Kendrick, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .116
  Walrond, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Jenkins, PH 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .244
  Condrey, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Cervenak, M, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .200
Totals 37 6 10 6 3 8 18  
 
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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 – 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 – MVP Attitude

     The saying lead by example does not come to mind when speaking of Jimmy Rollins recently.  Rollins was benched again today in the final series against the New York Mets.  Jimmy missed the team bus to Shea and decided to drive himself, but the traffic and lights hindered his transit.  Rollins did not make it to Shea until 1 hr prior to the game start.  He was quickly summoned to the Manager’s office and scratched off of today’s line-up.  Jimmy was replaced by the hard working Eric Bruntlett that went 3-4 with 2 doubles.  Bruntlett covered the short stop position for the reigning MVP while he was injured earlier in the year.  Other than having a rough 1st outing Bruntlett has proven himself worthy to fill the shoes of some of the most difficult positions on the field.

     Rollins is not new to contraversy when he was benched on June 5th by Charlie Manuel for failure to run out a routine fly ball that dropped.  Jimmy was also questioned recently about his strolling run into 3rd base that may have resulted in a run scoring if he would have given Steve Smith (3rd Base Coach) some hustle.  This is another report that Jimmy see differently than the coaching and managing staff.

     I’m not sure what city Jimmy thinks that he is playing for, but he has been highly disappointing this year with his lack of production and more importantly his “MVP” attitude.

Philadelphia Phillies – Ace Of Base Dealing

     Yesterday the Philadelphia Phillies were able to solidify their dominance in the N.L. East by clinching the #1 position prior to the All Star break.  Cole Hamels the Phillies’ ace was able to deal it to Brandon Webb and the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Hamels administered 8 strikeouts, 1 walk while allowing 11 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings.  Ryan Madson received the win while Brad Lidge chopped off the snake’s head with 2 strikeouts in the 9th inning.

     Pat Burrell once again displayed his clutch hitting prowess by smashing an 8th inning 3 run homerun into left center field.  Even though Pat did not mention it I’m sure it was meant to get Clint Hurdle’s attention since he was not selected for the All Star team.  Pedro “soft hands” Feliz followed up Burrell’s at bat with a longball of his own screaming underneath the radar into the left field seats.  Feliz also went 3 for 4 while at the plate and accrued  runs for the Phightins.  Some other notables are Jimmy Rollins going 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and Cole Hamels hitting as double into right center allowing Feliz to score from 1st base.

     The homerun derby will be televised at 8pm atlantic time on ESPN with the All Star game being viewed at 8pm of the Fox network.  Be sure to root for Chase Utley at Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch.

 

Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 .274
Victorino, CF 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 .279
Utley, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 .291
Howard, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .234
Burrell, LF 4 1 1 3 0 0 0 .275
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Jenkins, RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .237
  Werth, RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .271
Feliz, 3B 4 2 3 1 0 1 0 .270
Coste, C 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 .279
  1-Ruiz, PR-C 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .202
Hamels, P 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 .277
  a-Dobbs, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .322
  Madson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Bruntlett, PH-LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .232
Totals 35 6 11 6 0 7 12
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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