A Few First Looks At Pitchers and Hitters

In the last few Spring Training games, the Phillies have gotten a good look at many new and returning pitchers. 
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Cole Hamels gave up  a home run on only his 2nd pitch of spring against the Blue Jays, but recovered well and overall, had an good outing.  Hamels allowed two hits and a walk in two innings plus the home run.  He has added a cutter and a curveball to his repertoire of pitches which seems to be giving him a little more confidence in his ability to get outs.

Jamie Moyer also pitched in a “B” game that same day and does not look like a man who had 3 surgeries in the off-season.  He pitched 3 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and striking out 3 batters.  Clearly, Moyer is not ready to concede the 5th starters spot to one of the younger pitchers.  And with the $8 million dollars the Phillies owe him this year whether he performs or not, that is a good thing.

Three other pitchers who did not make such a great impression on Friday were J.C. Ramirez, picked up in the Cliff Lee trade; Ryan Vogelsong, a Philly-area native who recently spent time playing in Japan; and Bill White, who was picked up off waivers from the Rangers.  Ramirez allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in 1 1/3 innings.  Both Vogelsong and White gave up 4 runs each in an inning or less.  It is still early in Spring, but the results do not bode well for these pitchers.

Joe Blanton also had a rough outing today against the Pirates; 5 hits and 3 runs in 2 innings plus a number of extra base hits were the highlights.  However, the relievers did very well, including Danys Baez, BJ Rosenberg and Mike Zagurski; they each pitched 2 scoreless innings in the game.

As for the hitters, prospect Tyson Gillies, also from the Cliff Lee trade, hit a solo homer in the sixth inning against the Jays and was 2 for 2 overall with 2 RBI in the game, making a great first impression.  Gillies also has tremendous speed and a great arm from centerfield.  The Phillies top prospect Domonic Brown went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and threw a runner out at the plate from right field.  Brown appears to be on track to take over for Jayson Werth should he depart in 2011 once becoming a free agent.

Ryan Howard remains hitless so far this Spring, but more concerning is the absence of Shane Victorino.  Benched with a sore shoulder since the start of the month, Victorino did not travel to the Pirates game with the team today.  While this may simply be the Phillies being extra cautious with their star centerfielder, it is concerning.  Victorino has had a number of nagging injuries over the last few years that seemed fairly minor, but still kept him out of the line-up for extended periods of time.  All the Phillies can do is hope this does not become one of those situations.

And just for fun, has anyone seen the new Cliff Lee Topps Opening Day trading card?  Generally, when a player is traded, Topps will take one of their old trading cards and paint the new uniform in the photo over the old uniform.  In Cliff Lee’s transition from the Phillies to the Mariners, see if you can spot the error from Topps’ editing job:CliffLeeToppsGaff.jpg

Leave your guess in the comment section; the first person to get it right is the winner and be mentioned in my next blog.

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Photo by Jenn

 

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4 Comments

Jenn,
Hamels will be fine. Some pitchers are definitely throwing more fastballs than breaking balls this time of the Spring Training format, but there is no need to worry…yet.
If he is not getting the tight pitches or the breaking balls over for strikes in two weeks ago, then it will be time to worry…pronto.The Topps people did the same to Akinori Iwamura’s 2010 card for the Pirates. You see him in a black Pirates top, but see the blue walls and Field Turf of Tropicana Field just in the background.
Funny, I remember not so long ago they did the cards during the first week of Spring workouts.
guess time is money chimes in loud and clear and they do what they can with computers now.
Hopefully one day they do not photoshop in fair balls onto video screens…….or do they?
See you in Clearwater tomorrow. I am in Section 104 so I can yell at our RF, Pat Burrell…hehehehehe
Just kidding.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Hey, how nice of Seattle to honor HK on Lee’s new card!

I have a feeling the pitching this year is going to step up to the demands, with Halladay leading the way…
as for the Cliff Lee card , just goes to show they obviously get what they pay for with there graphic artists, there’s no replacement for experience… and knowledge of a Phillies Uniform… for the non-Phillie fans look closely at the HK patch…

~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

Geez, obviously they used a picture from last year, but I hadn’t realized it was the SAME FREAKIN’ ONE as last year’s card! They didn’t have even ONE OTHER action shot of Lee they could doctor up? “Hard to believe, Harry.”
Sue
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