Results tagged ‘ Aaron Cook ’

Phillies Putting All Their Eggs In One Basket

The Phillies have made a few egg-head moves in the last week or so.  First, they released utility infielder Yuniesky Betancourt, who will now reportedly sign with the Brewers.  And now they have released pitcher Aaron Cook, who appeared to be a lock as the unofficial 6th starter in the Phillies rotation.  Cook pitched in 6 spring training games, posting a 3.38 ERA over 18.2 innings.

Last year, Kyle Kendrick fit into this spot nicely, filling in when a starter was needed due to injury.  But Kendrick is #4 in the rotation now.  Cook performed well enough this spring to become the new Kendrick, but apparently a $100,000 bonus was too much for the Phillies to handle.  So instead of paying him, Cook was sent packing.

Granted, Cook did not pitch well in the majors over the past several years.  But neither did John Lannan, who coincidentally gave up 12 runs in his last 4 innings of work this spring.  And Lannan is starter #5.  Cook appeared to be improving and was the Phillies only veteran option to start a game in the event that a started gets injured.

The Phillies have now put all their eggs in one basket, filled with 5 starters, 2 of whom are on shaky ground.  Lannan is an unknown at this point; he has not been consistent this spring.  Even more frightening, Roy Halladay has been awful.  Last season, he pitched injured, and the results certainly showed it.  This spring, Halladay has been sick with a stomach virus, experienced a dead-arm, complained of fatigue and his velocity is way down.

If Halladay cannot get back to pitching like a major-leaguer, this team is in serious trouble.  And with Cook’s release, the only option they have if Halladay goes down is to toss a minor league pitcher into the fire and hope he does not get burned.  With the imminent arrival of the Easter Bunny this weekend and Opening Day on Monday, they had better hope their eggs do not start to crack.

 

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Phillies Add More Pitching & Hamels Gets an Unpleasant Surprise

The Phillies have added three right handed pitchers;  Juan Cruz, Aaron Cook and Rodrigo Lopez.  They have each been asked to attend Spring Training as non-roster invitees on minor league contracts.

You may remember Lopez (photo to the right); he started 5 games for the Phillies in 2009.  He spent the last 2 years with the Cubs and in the minors.  Lopez, 37, has a career 4.82 ERA in the majors and compiled a 5.28 ERA in the minors last year over 18 games.

Cook and Cruz are both 34 years old.  Cook posted a 5.65 ERA in 18 starts with the Red Sox last year and will get $1.625 million if he makes the roster.  Cruz was with the Pirates in 2012 and went 1-1 with a 2.78 ERA in 43 games.

The combined age of all three pitchers is 105.  Clearly, these signings were not meant to help the team get any younger.  These are just more spare parts in case Cole Hamels breaks a finger nail or Roy Halladay’s arm falls off.

Hamels is already having a rough off-season.  In October, the star pitcher apparently had a sore shoulder, which the Phillies have since downplayed as being nothing serious.

And more recently, Hamels found out that the Philadelphia school system flat out lied to him in regards to donations he and his wife made to 3 Philly schools that are now slated for closure.  They were assured these schools would remain open.  The Hamels Foundation is now trying to save those schools so that the playgrounds and library they helped build do not get torn down and turned into apartment complexes or the like.

At least Spring Training is almost here…26 days to go!

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Utley & Lidge Are All-Stars

Chase Utley and Brad Lidge will represent the Phillies in the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15th, 2008.  Utley earned the top number of votes among all National League players and was just barely edged out at the last minute from being the top vote getter in all of baseball by the American League’s Alex Rodriguez.  Still a great honor though, Utley will start at second base and attend his third All-Star game in a row.  Lidge too is having quite a day.  Today, in addition to being named an All-Star, the Phillies locked him up for another 3 years with an extension worth 37.5 million dollars, a club option for 2012 and performance incentives.  Lidge is one of two major league full-time closers, along with Mariano Rivera of the Yankees, who has not blown a save yet this year.

We still have one more shot at getting another Phillie into the All-Star game! 
P4208090 pat cr.jpgPat Burrell can make it if we VOTE him in!  You have until this Thursday at 5pm to cast your VOTES as many times as you can and here is how to do it:  Either on-line by using THIS FORM or from your cell phone, text the word VOTE to 36197 and reply with “Pat Burrell” as your choice.  Your regular text messaging rates will apply.  Anyhow, VOTE FOR PAT!!!!  He should have been in there in the first place!

But, we all know how nepotism works…Clint Hurdle, manager of the Colorado Rockies, got to pick the pitchers and the reserve players (a few were by players votes too).  Now sure, every team needs a representative so I expected either a Rockies pitcher OR Matt Holliday, but certainly not BOTH for a FOURTH PLACE team.  But I guess he figured he could get away with it, and really, who’s to stop him.  So, he took Matt, which erased all possibility of Pat getting picked and then took his own Aaron Cook, which killed Cole Hamels’ chances.  However, if you compare the numbers on these guys, he really should have gone with either Cole or Pat for one of these spots:

 

G

AB

R

H

 

2B

3B

HR

RBI

TB

BB

SO

SB

CS

OBP%

SLG%

AVG

Burrell

86

284

47

79

20

2

21

53

166

65

70

0

0

0.411

0.585

0.278

Holliday

71

281

49

96

21

2

13

49

160

37

52

10

1

0.424

0.569

0.342

 

W

L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

HBP

BB

SO

Hamels

9

5

3.22

18

18

2

2

128.2

98

48

46

15

0

33

110

Cook

11

5

3.38

18

18

2

1

125.1

130

52

47

11

3

28

59

The only spot where Holliday shines above Burrell is average…he gets more hits; but Burrell hits for way more power and in more key situations.  As for Hamels and Cook, Hamels has twice as many strike outs, more innings and gives up fewer hits overall.  I think this one is a real shame.  Those couple of no decisions where the Phillies offense didn’t score for Cole really hurt him here, because Mr. Hurdle will use # of wins as a crutch to back his pick, but the rest of the numbers do not substantiate his obviously going with his own team, regardless of making the correct call.

In other news, the Phillies are still in a rain delay with the Mets leading 1-0 in the 8th inning.  You have to hope they can find a way to pull this one out after a terrible loss last night, where the usually dependable bullpen really let them down.  The offense is showing signs again of a slumber as they have been unable to score runs and move runners in key situations.  I hope they are using the rainy time to find a way to kick start their bats!    To be continued…  Go Phillies!

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