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Earthquake or Cole Hamels going to the DL? Sadly, it was both. But clearly, this is the universe’s response to the Hamels DL move. The universe, and all Phillies fans, are NOT happy.
However, the Phillies are saying that Hamels will start on Monday. But the move gave them a chance to add a player; utility man Pete Orr has been recalled from Triple-A.
As for the earthquake, it originated in Virginia and was around 5.9 on the Richter scale. Reports have come from as far north as Massachusetts and as far south as North Carolina. I am in Dover, DE and the entire house shook for about 30 seconds. I jumped up and moved away from anything that could fall on me, grabbed my son and went outside to see what happened.
Everyone in the neighborhood was doing the same thing; standing in their front yards, looking around, trying to figure out what happened.
And here is some reaction from Phillies, reporters & others:
Roy Halladay thumbed his nose at the earth and kept right on working out…classic.
Here is the line-up for tonight’s game: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Pence RF, Mayberry 1B, Francisco LF, Valdez SS, Schneider C, Worley P.
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In last night’s Phillies loss to the Nationals, shortstop Jimmy Rollins was lifted from the game early after an injury. I tweeted a photo collage of J-Roll from the 2nd inning where he did a 360 move from catch to throw on a grounder, after which he was seen grimacing in pain.
It turns out the initial injury occurred as he ran to first base in the 1st inning. Rollins tweeted me back with this information:
And then shortly after, he received the results of his MRI which led to these tweets:
So Rollins is on the DL with a grade 2 groin strain. This is sad news :O( Rollins has been having a very good year so to see him shut-down now is disappointing.
Placido Polanco is expected to come off the DL today, so the two players will most likely be swapping spots with no additional roster moves.
This also means continued playing time for both Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez, who have done a fantastic job filling in at third base.
I wish J-Roll all the best in his recovery; hopefully, he will be back very soon!
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Only 2.5 games ahead of the Braves in the NL East, this weekend series is a big one for the Phillies. And now, one of their biggest offensive threats will not be joining them.
Earlier today, centerfielder Shane Victorino was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Monday, July 4th. He would be eligible to return on July 19th. This is his second trip to the DL this year.
This move comes one day after Victorino was voted into the All-Star game by the fans. Obviously, he will now not be participating in the All-Star festivities due to the sprained thumb.
The injury occurred after Victorino stumbled on the astro turf in Toronto this past Sunday. Initially, it looked like Victorino twisted his ankle:
Later, it was revealed that he jammed his thumb during the fall.
Pete Orr has been recalled from Triple-A to take Victorino’s place on the roster. Still, this is a huge blow for the Phillies who also have Placido Polanco in limbo with an aching back. Polanco was supposed to see a specialist yesterday, but there is still no word on the outcome.
So the Phillies will enter this important 3-game series with five veteran pitchers on the DL, their centerfielder on the DL and third baseman in limbo. On top of that, the Braves have a very good team and a much better bullpen then the Phillies.
Buckle-up Phillies fans; this is going to be a long, crazy weekend.
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Did the Phillies forget to pay their electric bill this month? Because they are suffering from a serious and prolonged power outage. When sluggers Ryan Howard and Chase Utley finally came off the DL in mid-late August, everyone was relieved to finally see the Phillies line-up back in order. But the relief was short lived as the team has been on a downward spiral ever since.
And now, the Phillies have lost ground in the NL East race, falling 3 games behind the Braves and missing key opportunities to catch up. This 4-game sweep at the hands of the Astros may come back to haunt them in September.
Howard has only 3 hits in his last 10 games and has struck out 20 times. In 16 at-bats for the Astros series, Howard got only 1 hit. Utley has had only 7 hits in his last 34 at-bats since coming off the DL. Other key players during the Astros 4-game series did not hit either; Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco had just 3 hits each. They have consistently failed to hit with runners in scoring position too, with the worst offender being Jayson Werth.
They have lost their fire and their intensity. That was no more evident than today in the 5th inning when Werth tried to tag and score on a shallow fly to right. Not only did Werth not even bother to slide, he never even touched the plate. Werth should have slid hard and tried to take out the catcher to get that run. Instead, he gave up and basically accepted defeat.
Kyle Kendrick looked half asleep on the mound too. Ever since JA Happ was shipped to the Astros, Kendrick had relaxed more and more each start, to the point where he is just not present on the mound. Maybe he figures there is no one left to take his job so why bother kicking it up a notch? Kendrick has allowed 15 runs in his last 4 starts, with 4 of those runs coming in 6 innings tonight.
However, the real offenders this series were the Phillies hitters who got absolutely nothing done. Except maybe for getting picked off on the base paths multiple times, failing to gets bunts down and not bothering to slide in order to score. The way they have played is disgraceful.
If the Phillies take this sort of attitude and performance into San Diego tomorrow, they are going to be crushed. They have 3 games with the Padres, 3 with the Dodgers and then a make-up in Denver against the now hot Rockies. Cross your fingers. Game time tomorrow is 10:05pm.
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Before today’s game against the Dodgers, Shane Victorino was activated off the DL and lefty Antonio Bastardo was sent to AAA to make room. Victorino did not start the game as Charlie Manuel had already told Ben Francisco he would start tonight. Victorino did pinch hit in the 8th and drew a walk. Francisco had a much more interesting game…more on that shortly.
Pitcher Joe Blanton started the game and sadly, had another Blah-anton-type outing. He allowed 3 runs right off the bat in the first inning. After 5 2/3 innings, Blanton had walked 4 batters, allowed 8 hits and 4 runs total. The hole was dug deeper by relief pitcher Chad Durbin who did not provide any relief. Durbin allowed a 2-run homer in the 7th to put the Phillies down 6-2.
But the damage did not end there. JC Romero pitched the 8th inning and while Romero has had trouble of late, this time it was the defense that let him down. Mike Sweeney missed a ground ball at first to start the inning. Carlos Ruiz had an error as well and two unearned runs scored. Jose Contreras came in to relieve Romero and gave up another run.
Down 9-2 going into the bottom of the 8th, it looked like this game was over. Then suddenly, the hits started coming. It began with 4 straight hits: singles from Placido Polanco, Sweeney, Jayson Werth and a double from Francisco. Wilson Valdez got another hit for the 4th run of the inning. The 9-6 score seemed a tad more manageable.
The Dodgers sent their closer in for the 9th, Jonathan Broxton. The same 4 players that ignited the 8th inning rally started another one in the 9th. Polanco was hit by a pitch; Sweeney and Werth both walked. Francisco got on base after an error and 2 runs scored. Just like that, the bases were loaded with no outs for Carlos Ruiz with a 9-8 score. Ruiz smashed a walk-off double to win the game!
The Phillies came back from a 7 run deficit to win the game and take 2 of 3 games in the series. When asked how he felt after the game, Ruiz told Gary Matthews, “I’m happy, I’m so happy.” Well Chooch, we are SO happy too! Werth then ran up behind him and dumped a bucket of Gatorade over Ruiz’s head. I supposed shaving cream pies are out of fashion now.
Next up: the Mets in New York for the weekend. Game time tomorrow is 7:10pm.
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Roy Oswalt’s first home start in Philly went very, very well against the Dodgers tonight. He did not surrender a run while allowing 5 hits and 2 walks. Oswalt was finished after 7 innings with a really good strike-ball ratio of 73-36. It looked so easy, one may have thought that Oswalt could have pitched this game in his sleep. Yawn!
But as has been the case for Oswalt this year with both the Astros and the Phillies, he got very little run support. Domonic Brown collected the first run of the game in the 4th inning with a bases-loaded RBI ground-out. Raul Ibanez extended his hit streak to 18 games with an RBI-double in the 6th. However, in that same inning, the Phillies lost Ross Gload. He hit a double down the right field line and came up limping halfway to second base. Gload has been diagnosed with a groin strain.
If Gload goes on the DL, he will be the 16th Phillies player this year to land there. And he would be the 5th player on the DL right now, along with Ryan Howard, whom Gload was replacing at first base. Mike Sweeney took over for Gload tonight and may wind up playing a lot more than anyone expected.
With a 2-0 lead, the Phillies would now have to lean on their 8-9 combination of Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge. Getting a few extra runs would have been nice too, but that did not happen. In fact, the Phillies wasted a Wilson Valdez lead-off triple at one point and left runners on third base with less than 2 outs twice. It began to look more and more like this game would come down to the Phils bullpen.
And it did come down to the pen. Madson pitched a scoreless 8th and looked pretty solid. Lidge came in for the 9th with the same 2-0 lead and quickly got three outs for the save. Oswalt got his first win as a Phillie behind Lidge’s save, just as they both used to do for the Astros. Teammates once again, Lidge had to be thrilled to help out his friend.
The final game with the Dodgers will be at 7:05pm tomorrow night. The pitching match-up should be Joe Blanton vs. Clayton Kershaw. Blanton did well in his last outing; a solid follow-up performance would be nice.
In other news today, Chase Utley has been approved by his doctor to start swinging a bat again since the surgery on his thumb. Utley has been running drills and fielding balls so this is one more step towards getting him ready to play again. Utley expects to be back in the line-up either at the end of August or early September.
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The Phillies returned home today after a very bad road trip hoping to turn things around against the Rockies. For starters, they fired their hitting coach, Milt Thompson and replaced him with Greg Gross. Thompson is the fall guy for this severely underachieving offense. But would this slap to the face be the wake-up call the Phillies are certainly in need of?
At first, it looked like the same old routine of hitting into double plays and leaving the bases loaded. But in the 5th inning, the offense woke up and figured out how to score some runs. Three straight hits, including an RBI double from Raul Ibanez, got things started.
Ryan Howard even stole a base, as his teammates giggled in the dugout after seeing the big man scamper to second. Jayson Werth hit a sac fly and then Ross Gload, getting a rare start in the outfield, smacked a 2-run homer for his second hit of the night.
The only starter who did not contribute tonight was Wilson Valdez who went 0 for 4. Everyone else, even the pitcher, got a hit. Ibanez finally looks like RAUUUUUULLL again! He had 3 hits and 3 RBI tonight. Ibanez likes hitting 3rd, as I mentioned yesterday. Jimmy Rollins, back in the lead-off spot as I also suggested yesterday, seems to have found his groove as well. J-Roll collected 2 hits and a walk.
On the mound, Roy Halladay returned to his usual dominating form after allowing 6 runs (5 earned) in his last outing. Tonight, he pitched extremely well, allowing only 5 hits and no runs over 8 innings. Oddly enough, the hitting was a bigger story today than 8 shut-out innings from Halladay. Because we expect Halladay to be good; but the offense has been so bad, seeing the Phillies score 6 runs was more exciting.
JC Romero pitched an easy 9th inning and looked very sharp. He hit the leadoff batter, but was lights-out after that. The Phillies won by a score of 6-0 and Halladay finally experienced some run support. Hopefully, this win will be a much needed boost for the team.
The starting pitching for the rest of the weekend has finally been announced. Kyle Kendrick will be brought up to pitch Saturday as Jamie Moyer is placed on the DL. And on Sunday, JA Happ will get his first start since 4/15/10 when an injury sent him to the DL.
As for Moyer, the news is not good. An MRI showed that he has both a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor pronator muscle; those injuries are to the left forearm and elbow. The two injuries may require surgery and this may also signal the end of Moyer’s career. He is going for another exam early next week and should know for sure after that. Either way, the injuries are more serious than what Happ had this year and Happ missed more than 3 months.
Moyer is in the last year of his contract with the Phillies and it is unlikely that a team would sign a 48-year old pitcher fresh off multiple injuries and possibly surgery. So Moyer may have pitched his last inning. Then again, if anyone can bounce back after such damage, it would be Moyer. I wish him luck :O)
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Not many would have guessed at the beginning of the season that a 4-game series against the worst team in the National League and 2nd worst in all of baseball would be such a huge turning point for the Phillies. But this series with the Pirates has become just that. With 7 players and major contributors on the DL, a banged-up back-up catcher and 2 losses to the Bucos already behind them, the Phillies next two games could make or break their season.
The Phillies are five games behind the Braves after last night’s 0-2 shut-out loss to the Pirates. They do have a series with the Braves next, but if they lose 3 or even 4 games in this Pirates series, they will not have much left to bring to the Braves series. Getting whipped by a last place team will mean that they have allowed the injuries to win.
Plus, last night this team looked like it was sleep-walking. Like the energy and confidence has been sucked right out of them. The only player who still looked determined was Jamie Moyer, who pitched six solid innings and allowed only one earned run. Moyer has been rock solid in his last several starts. The rest of the team looks like runny oatmeal.
Oddly enough, the only position player showing some life is back-up Wilson Valdez. Even Jimmy Rollins said after the game about Valdez, “My man right here, he’s got some swag.” Last night was the 3rd multi-hit game for Valdez in his last 4 games. He has also hit 2 home runs in those games. While it is great to see a bench guy step-up like this, where is the rest of the team?
Charlie Manuel said yesterday that he moved Raul Ibanez to the 2-spot in the lineup because “he is a high on-base percentage guy.” Really? Because every starter on the team has a higher OBP than Ibanez who is in 11th place at .322. Not to mention, Ibanez had only 5 hits in 96 at-bats in the month of June. What part of this screams 2-hole hitter?
It is moves like this that make people wonder. It appears that Manuel is grasping at straws trying to get his team back into action. What the Phillies really need is a bucket of ice down the pants to wake them up.
The team did get a small bit of good news. Back-up catcher Brian Schneider has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb; yes, the exact same injury Chase Utley was said to have. Except, Utley wound up with a torn ligament where Schneider says he just needs a few days to rest and can play in an emergency. Schneider is one of the tough guys; you have to love that.
So it boils down to these next few games. Will the Phillies fold under the pressure or come out swinging? They have overcome a lot in years past so there is no reason to think they cannot do it. But this time, if they cannot get back on track fast, it may be too big a hill to climb later. Game time tonight is 7:05pm.
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Scoring runs against the veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte of the Yankees is no small feat. The Phillies did a descent job hitting him tonight, although they let several opportunities pass by. A Ryan Howard single scored Shane Victorino in the 4th inning. Then in the 5th, Victorino hit a 2-run homer.
Things looked promising in the 7th inning as well while the Phils loaded the bases with only one out. But scoring runs has been the Achilles heel of this team for an entire month now. Placido Polanco grounded into a fielder’s choice which erased Carlos Ruiz on his way home. Then Howard struck out on another low and outside pitch, something he seem to make a habit of. All the offense could do was pray that this inning would not come back to haunt them.
Kyle Kendrick stepped up to the challenge of pitching against the veteran Pettitte and kept the team in the game. Through 7 innings, Kendrick allowed one run on 4 hits and 2 walks. Despite getting himself into a multitude of bad situations, Kendrick kept his composure and did not fold under the pressure. That, more than his pitching, was the most impressive part of his game.
Not as impressive is the still struggling Chase Utley, who went hitless. Yesterday, Utley resorted to voodoo magic to try to jump-start his swing. He laid out a pattern on the clubhouse floor using bats, Red Bull and a variety of fruits. Then today, batting coach Milt Thompson reportedly built a shrine to Jobu, the voodoo doll used in the movie Major League. Can you say, “desperation”? Oh my.
I have also been known to practice baseball voodoo from time to time. However, I am not a major leaguer so if my readers think my noodle has slipped, no one really cares, least of all me. Normally, I reserve the voodoo J-Roll Smurf magic for the National League East. But with the Phillies recent struggles against everyone, and in light of Utley’s acceptance of such practices, I made an exception before today’s game. I think it may have helped:
The voodoo did seem to work. The Phillies scored again in the 9th inning after a Ruiz double and a Wilson Valdez single. Then they loaded the bases and scored two more runs on sac flies by Polanco and Howard. Then Raul Ibanez smelled the burning Jobu / Smurf incense, woke up and hit an RBI single with two outs. Ibanez did run into some bad luck after that, getting nicked in the foot with a hit ball. Apparently, the umpires did not see it, as nothing was called until the Yanks complained. So they called him out anyway to end the inning.
The defense got a spark earlier as well. Polanco helped Kendrick get out of a rough inning by diving on top of the rolled up tarp and catching a foul ball that was inches into the stands. And Jose Contreras snagged a bullet off the bat of Curtis Granderson in the 8th inning to save a hit. The Phils entered the bottom of the 9th inning with a 7-1 lead.
Contreras stayed in the game for one more batter; then with one out in the 9th, JC Romero was called in to end the game. Romero ended it quickly and the Phils won both the game and the series, 2 games to 1.
The Phillies will head home now for a weekend series with the Twins. They are without lefty Antonio Bastardo who is now on the DL with left elbow ulnar neuritis. Scott Mathieson was called up to take his spot on the roster. Mathieson looked like his career might be over after two Tommy John surgeries in 2006 and 2008 but his recovery has been remarkable. Look forward to seeing him pitch very soon!
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Since tonight’s Phillies-Mets game totally sucked, unless you are a Mets fan, let us begin with the really humorous news from the day. Seriously, get ready to giggle. It turns out that Ryan Madson has a rather large skeleton in his closet. No, not the kind that involves hot pink 3-inch heels and a lace thong….the real shocker is that Ryan Madson HATES chairs. No really, he hates chairs….and blown saves, of course.
Despite the fact that chairs are both inanimate and inherently non-threatening, Madson holds incredible, furious anger towards these raised sitting surfaces.
After his blown save in San Francisco against the Giants on Thursday, this pent up rage finally got the best of poor Ryan. He reared back and with all his might, kicked a clubhouse chair right where it hurts; in the leg.
But the chair battled back in an effort to defend its honor as a useful household item. Apparently, the chair stood tall against Madson, who found himself walking away with a broken toe and a 15-day stint on the disabled list. That chair was not going down without a fight. Madson, on the other hand, is now down and out, having embarrassed himself and let down his teammates.
Damn those pesky chairs! Oh, and I suppose the blown save did not help either. But certainly, we do not expect Madson to take this humiliation sitting down. Have I perhaps taken the clever analogies too far? Maybe…but then again, I do have a strong hatred for boring and uncreative writing. Lucky for me, this anger management issue is unlikely to result in a broken toe.
However, tonight’s mega-choke against the Mets is likely to cause serious brain injury. Yes, I have a major headache after watching Kyle Kendrick crush all my hopes and dreams of a happy evening. On 5 hits and a walk, Kendrick allowed 4 runs, including 3 homers in just 5 innings.
As if that were not bad enough, the bullpen struck again. Danys Baez was unimpressed with those 4 runs in 5 innings and said, hey, I can do that in just ONE inning! And so he did. Take that Kendrick! But wait, there is more…Brad Lidge returned from the DL and the first batter he faced smacked a home run to left. The third batter singled to right. And that ended the evening for Lidge.
You are waiting to hear about the offense, but do not hold your breath…there was no offense. The Phillies scored a totally amazing ONE run! Awesome.
I know what you are thinking; this must be April fool’s day, right? It cannot possibly be THAT bad. Sorry to disappoint; this is not a joke. The only good news for this team is that April is over. Because the last few weeks have been an absolute nightmare and tonight’s 1-9 loss was the month-old, rotting icing on the moldy cake. Let us hope the April Showers really do produce May Flowers…
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