Solid Spring So Far For The Phillies

The Phillies have had a very productive month so far this spring and will go into their day off tomorrow with a record of 9 wins, 4 loses and a tie.  Spring Training results are not a great indicator of how a team will perform in the regular season, but based on years past, it seems like every player came to camp more prepared and more determined this year and it shows.  The bats are jumping and most guys have stayed fairly healthy.

Placido Polanco’s right knee strain is minor and he will be back in action probably by Friday.  Chase Utley has also sat out a few games with a respiratory illness but again, he seems to be on the road to recovery.  Even pitchers like JC Romero and Brad Lidge who had off-season surgeries are getting closer and closer to game-shape.  Romero threw to live batters this morning and is feeling good; both he and Lidge should be ready to go by early April.

Luck Of The Irish?

199a Hamels.jpgCole Hamels was feeling lucky this week; he threw 5 innings in a win over the Tigers on Tuesday without allowing an earned run; he gave up just 2 hits and struck out 4.  Joe Blanton was not quite as solid against the Yankees today in the St. Patty’s Day showdown, but still not bad.  Blanton did allow 2 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings, but maybe he is just allergic to the shamrock green uniforms?

The two young lefty bullpen hopefuls also pitched in the last two games and showed some progress.  Antonio Bastardo showed off some serious heat, striking out 2 batters and not allowing a base runner in his inning against the Tigers.  Sergio Escalona also pitched a scoreless inning against the Yanks, although he is still struggling with his control and walked two batters.  Regardless, it does appear that both players are anxious to crack the Opening Day roster.

As for the bats, Ryan Howard hit his first home run of Spring yesterday and is batting a very solid .344 so far.  Not to be outdone, Jayson Werth smashed a 3-run homer today that looked like a rocket as it travelled in nearly a straight line over the left field fence faster than you could blink.  It was his 2nd home run this spring.

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Cliff Lee Is Angry

No, not at the Phillies; or at least we think not anymore…however, he is having an interesting spring so far with the Mariners.  On Monday in a game against the D-Backs, Lee was actually ejected from a Spring Training game for the first time in his career.  For what?  He was tossed for intentionally throwing at a batter’s head.   The intended victim was D-Backs catcher Chris Snyder; teammate Mark Reynolds stood up for Snyder after the game, calling Lee’s actions “bush league.”

But did Lee really do it on purpose?  Reynolds purports, “I’ve faced Cliff Lee plenty of times to know he’s got amazing control.”  Check out the video and judge for yourself.

UPDATE: The league has now suspended Lee for 5 games at the start of the season for what they are calling an “intentional” act.

Tosh.0 Redeems A Philly Fan

Remember the adorable little girl who was all over TV last year for tossing her Daddy’s prized foul ball catch back onto the field?  Well, the father-daughter team are back and Daniel Tosh of Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0″ gave little Emily a chance at redemption.  Check it out:

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I am not sure what is more adorable; Emily tossing the Mardi Gras beads or her proclamation that tea parties are better than baseball.  Funny stuff!

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Photos by Jenn

 

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5 Comments

The Phillies seem to have moved through Spring Training this year better than other years… improvements all around and no one is flying out of the gate blasting on all cylinders, hopefully come April they will all step up and move through the year improving constantly with no lows…. wouldn’t that be nice a year with no lows or that ‘S’ words full of lumps

~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
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Werth’s homer yesterday really was a rocket! It got out of the park so fast I almost missed it. Sounds like Cliff Lee is trying to send a message to the AL: “I’m baaack.”

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Jenn,
I can’t watch videos at work hich is having check on the blogs twice. But pleeeze, 5 games?!! I like the old days of Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale where the brushup was standard.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/
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Lee is not being bush league. That’s how the game is SUPPOSED to be played. Ask Bob Gibson. No one would call Gibby bush league. Bush league (to me) is hanging out being all buddy buddy with the opposition. Outside the game, fine, but I want my team to be fiery, competitive, angry! :-)
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

It seems that a five game suspension for a spring training game is a bit much.
Glad your Phillies had a great spring training so far.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

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