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NLCS Roster Decisions

Nothing has been made officially yet, but expect a similar roster for the NLCS against the Dodgers as the Phillies had in the NLDS.  It looks likely that Cole Hamels will pitch game one since he is on full rest.  Plus, with the birth of his son and some time home with the wife and child, he should now be ready to focus on baseball.  Hamels has done exceptionally well against the Dodgers.  He threw a shut-out against them this past June and also beat them twice in last year’s NLCS.

Cliff Lee will remain a starter as well with JA Happ, Pedro Martinez and Joe Blanton being juggled around again from the pen to the starters spot.  The bullpen however may see a change with Chan Ho Park returning from injury.  He is travelling to LA with the team, so he may be in position to take a roster spot away from Kyle Kendrick.

The bullpen is still making many people very nervous.  Brad Lidge did save 2 games, but still does not look super sharp.  Ryan Madson, the other potential closer, blew 2 saves in the series in the 8th inning.  And Brett Myers, who has done the job before, played only 2/3 of an inning and walked 2 batters.  This is a huge weak spot, especially when compared to the Dodgers bullpen which is much better.   

As for the bench players, this will probably stay the same; Greg Dobbs, Matt Stairs, Ben Francisco and Miguel Cairo.  However, with 8 at-bats between these 4 in the NLDS, there was not a hit among them.  Stairs did walk once in a critical situation, but Cairo and Dobbs both went 0 for 3.  Could this open the door for Eric Bruntlett to step in for Cairo?  Probably not, but the bench players are still a concern.

Then again, when you have the big guns like Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth to bail the team out when they run into trouble, you have to like the Phillies chances.   So, here is the schedule:

Gm 1

PHI @ LAD

Thu

Oct. 15

8:07 PM

Gm 2

PHI @ LAD

Fri

Oct. 16

4:07 PM

Gm 3

LAD @ PHI

Sun

Oct. 18

8:07 PM

Gm 4

LAD @ PHI

Mon

Oct. 19

8:07 PM

Gm 5*

LAD @ PHI

Wed

Oct. 21

8:07 PM

Gm 6*

PHI @ LAD

Fri

Oct. 23

8:07 PM

Gm 7*

PHI @ LAD

Sat

Oct. 24

8:07 PM

 

And just for fun, let me introduce to you our newest family member and Phillies fan, Chase Utley Kitten.  He is a Blue Point Ragdoll:Chase kitten.jpg

Yes, I named him Chase Utley….I fully expect him to pick up a ball and glove by 3 years.  At 2 ½ months, we will have to settle for the jersey.

Go Phillies!

Comeback Win Sends Phillies To NLCS

For the second year in a row, the Phillies will face the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.  The Phils beat the Rockies tonight with a 9th inning, 3-run comeback to win the NLDS series 3 games to 1.  It was another nail biter; many fans were calling for the oxygen tank, and not because of the Rocky mountain air.

Early on, this was a pitcher’s duel with Cliff Lee allowing only 1 run though 7 innings.  2 solo homers by Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth were the only scoring for the Phillies at that point.  But Lee ran into trouble in the 8th when he walked Dexter Fowler on 3 straight strikes that were called balls; the Pitch Tracker showed the pitches were in the zone and missed by the ump.  Nothing new; he missed calls all night long. 

But that walk led to big trouble.  Todd Helton hit what should have been a double play ball and Jimmy Rollins dropped the feed from Chase Utley, putting 2 runners on with 1 out.  DSCF1437edit.jpgRyan Madson came in and blew the inning wide open for the Rockies.  2 hits later and the Rockies were going into the 9th, at home, with a 4-2 lead.  By the way, that was Madson’s second blown save of this series.

In the 9th, Rollins singled and Utley walked to give Ryan Howard 2 runners in scoring position with 2 outs.  The Phillies had not had a single hit in the game with runners in scoring position at that point.  In fact, they even left the bases loaded twice in the game with 1 out and failed to score.  But this team just never gives up and Howard nailed a double to tie the game up.  Werth singled to score Howard and, with hearts pounding, the Phillies took the 5-4 lead into the bottom of the inning.

Scott Eyre, seemingly ok after twisting his ankle yesterday, got the 1st 2 outs, but also put 2 men on base.  So, Brad Lidge got the call for the final out and faced Troy Tulowitzki, the same batter he got to pop out to end yesterday’s game.  Lidge struck him out to win the game and send the Phillies back to the NLCS!

Also worth noting, Ben Francisco replaced Raul Ibanez in left late in the game as a defensive substitution.  Ibanez dropped a ball earlier in the game and Charlie Manuel was taking no chances.  The move paid off as Francisco made an amazing, diving catch in the 8th that saved 2 runs from scoring.

And now the champagne will flow as the Phillies celebrate their first 2009 post-season series victory.  And with any luck, 2 more such celebrations shall follow.  Go Phillies!

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2:00am Heroics Put Phillies One Win Away

The Phillies are 1 win away from advancing to the NLCS against the Dodgers after beating the Rockies last night 5-4.  They hold a 2-1 advantage in the series and also have the chance today to win 2 post-season games on the same day; last night’s game ended at 2:15am this morning and tonight will be a 6:07pm start time.  The Phillies finally got a prime time slot, since everyone else is done with their NLDS series.  Gee thanks, MLB, she says as she holds her eyes open with toothpicks…

This win was a true team effort with contributions up and down the line-up.  Chase Utley hit a solo homer in the 1st inning and the Rockies answered with 2 runs later that inning.  The Phillies took the lead again in the 4th with 3 runs.  It may have been more, but Pedro Feliz hit into a 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded and no outs.  But Carlos Ruiz picked his teammate up and knocked an RBI single to give the Phillies the lead again. 

The two teams traded runs again in the 6th and 7th innings, but the Phillies took the lead for good in the 9th with some small ball.  Jimmy Rollins led off with a hit and Shane Victorino bunted him over.  Chase Utley hit a dribbler for a single and moved Jimmy to third; Ryan Howard knocked him in with a sac fly.  So the Phillies gave the ball to Brad Lidge who, despite making us all bite our fingernails again, got the save.



P9213509 Lidge.jpgLidge seems to have his confidence back, which is great news.  If the Phillies are going to win, they need him.  The pitching overall on both sides was shaky, but bad umpiring did not help either.  JA Happ got squeezed at the plate for his short 3 innings of work where he allowed 3 runs and was prematurely pinch hit for in the 4th when the potential to add on runs arose.  Happ throws pitches that move a lot in a diagonal pattern across the plate.  The ball passes over the plate and ends up in the catcher’s mitt towards the back corner of the plate.  The ump last night was watching where the ball ended up instead of where it crossed the plate and missed tons of calls.

But the ump did that on both sides and both starters were forced out of the game in under 4 innings.  Blown calls have been the story of this entire NLDS, not just the Phillies and the Rockies.  It even started with the Twins-Tigers 1 game playoff where a batter was clearly hit with a pitch but no one called it.  And it continued last night with the ball-strike calls and even the “dribbler” Utley hit in the ninth.  If you watch the replay, the ball hit Utley in the leg and therefore should have been foul.  Instead, it was a hit.  But both the Phillies and Rockies were victims of bad calls, so I guess in the end it evened out.

It does make you wonder though, how are these umpires continually allowed to affect the outcome of such important games?  Did you write your letters to Bug Selig last night as I suggested?  If so, it was a VERY big pile.  Anyone else out there tired of the bad calls and no accountability here?  Feel free to vent in the comments.

But the Phillies won the game and that is what really matters.  And they did it in the most awful conditions; game time temperature was 35 degrees, which ties for the coldest post-season game on record.  The game also took 4 hours and 6 minutes.  Yikes!  No sleep for me, but at least I am not grouchy ;O)

In other news, Scott Eyre was hurt in the game; he twisted his ankle coming off the mound.  No word yet on his condition, but we hope he is ok!

Cliff Lee gets the ball tonight and hopefully, he can repeat the amazing performance he had in Game 1.  Go Phillies!

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Phils Get Home Field

Even though the Phillies lost, again, to the Marlins yesterday, a loss by the Cardinals gave them home field advantage for at least the first round of the playoffs.  They will face the Rockies starting on Wednesday in Philly.  The Dodgers get the Cardinals.

Despite the loss, a few good things came out of the game yesterday. 

·        Jayson Werth now stands at 99 RBI for the season with 1 game left. 

·        Antonio Bastardo, who was with the team earlier in the season but got hurt, is now back and pitched a scoreless 7th inning.  Bastardo is a lefty, so this may be good news for the pen.

·        Brett Myers pitched a scoreless 6th inning and felt no pain since the hip surgery and shoulder injury.

·        Ryan Howard blasted home run #45 for the season.

·        Miguel Cairo went 1 for 3 and is making a good case as a bench player on the post-season roster.

·        Brad Lidge looked like he may have his mojo back – he pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning and looked sharp for the first time in a LONG time.  Maybe it was the change in music?  Lidge dumped Drowning Pool’s “Soldiers” in favor of Linkin Park’s “No More Sorrow” as his intro song.  I’d say that is fitting.

JA Happ will pitch today in the final game of the regular season and try for lucky win #13 to make his case for Rookie of the Year.  Game time is 1:35pm.

Congress & Steroids Revisited

Yesterday, I posted some information on a CBS article that covered a possible Congressional inquest to see whether the regulations on dietary supplements should be revised by Congress.  Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter was made aware of the issue because of JC Romero’s suspension when he took a supplement that was illegally tainted.  Some felt that Congress should not worry about such issues and here is my response:

Senator Specter was made aware of the issue because of baseball, which is always in the limelight, but that is NOT the big picture.  This is beyond baseball.  It is about innocent people everywhere going to stores like GNC, which is in almost every major shopping mall in the country, and buying their vitamins and supplements and getting more than they bargained for.  I am one of those people.

I take a variety of vitamins and supplements which my doctor advised for various medical conditions.  These pills are not properly regulated by the FDA, which means you cannot know for sure what you are taking.   We all try to buy from reputable sources, but the bottom line is, companies can and will taint their products with illegal and dangerous substances either to save a buck or get you hooked so you will buy more.  I hope the only thing in my Vitamin C pill is Vitamin C, but do I know that for sure?  No.

These companies are putting people’s lives at risk.  Personally, I do not want steroids or anything else that could hurt or kill me in my supplements, do you?  So while the steroid issue in baseball may have been the catalyst for looking into the matter, it is not the main issue.  Congress does have plenty of issues to tend to, but regulating these drug companies is important as well.  Remember that the next time you take some Ginkgo Biloba, Glucosamine and Chondroitin or any other supplement which is unregulated.

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Two Games Left / Congress & Steroids

The Phillies went down in flames last night against the Marlins, who are officially out of the post-season race.  While the Phils have already clinched, home field advantage is still up for grabs but the team has been playing like they are not worried about home field.  They looked tired and lifeless in a 2-7 loss last night.  The team does play well on the road, with a 48-33 record this year.  However, nothing beats the 10th man advantage at home.

Ryan Howard gave the Phils their only jolt of energy in the 1st inning when he blasted a 2-run homer.  But pitcher Joe Blanton had a bad game, allowing 4 runs in the first 2 innings, which seemed to put the team right back to sleep.  Overall, Blanton allowed 5 runs in 6 innings and took the loss.  Several relief pitchers got some work and looked pretty good; Chad Durbin, Clay Condrey and Scott Eyre did not allow any runs in their outings and all 3 are recently recovered from injuries, so that is good news.

On the other hand, the rookie lefty Sergio Escalona, did not do well.  He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in 1 inning and now has a 5.25 ERA for the year.  Escalona was the only lefty possibility out of the pen besides Eyre now that JC Romero is hurt.  JA Happ may wind up in the bullpen as a result, because at this point, the Phillies cannot afford to put Escalona on the post-season roster.

If the Phillies can win their final 2 games, home field may still be possible.  They own the tiebreaker over the Cardinals, but not the Dodgers.  The Dodgers would need to lose their final 2 games.  So at 4:10pm today, the Phillies will try to beat the Marlins and then tomorrow at 1:35pm.  I will be at the last game and return with photos!

Congress & Steroids


P7266071 romero cr.jpgPennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter
is looking into a possible Congressional inquest to see whether the regulations on dietary supplements should be revised by Congress.  The inquiry is a result of over-the-counter supplements being tainted with steroids and illegal substances and Specter became interested in the subject due to JC Romero’s 50-game suspension this year. 

Romero took an over-the-counter supplement after getting approval from the Major League Baseball Players Association but the supplement was illegally tainted.  Romero sued the supplement manufacturer, but MLB refused to over-turn his ridiculous suspension.  The CBS article on the topic goes into greater detail, but essentially these companies need to be held accountable.  They are putting people’s lives at risk and it needs to stop.  Best of luck to Senator Specter!

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Ibanez Rocks New York

Raul Ibanez brought the pain to the New York Mets last night with a 3-run shot into the bullpen in the 10th inning.  The Phillies win the series in New York, 2 games to 1 and come home with a 7-3 record on this most recent road trip.

Ibanez has been the biggest surprise of the year for this team, bringing the defense to match his offense.  In the 4th, Ibanez played a hot shot off the wall and nailed David Wright at 2nd who was trying for a double.  From all the way back on the warning track, not only did Ibanez get the ball to Chase Utley without a hop, he placed the toss perfectly so Utley could make an easy tag. 
Thumbnail image for Ibanez Hulk.jpgThis guy has been like the Incredible Hulk for the Phillies (or the Ibanez Hulk), tossing opponents around as if they were small woodland creatures instead of professional ball players.  While leading the majors with 58 RBI’s, slugging percentage (.674) and he is also second in homers with 21, Ibanez has put this team on his back and intends to carry them to the promise land.  Could chants of “MVP!” from the fans at the ball park be far behind?  Just wait; it’s coming.

And the starting pitching continues to improve as well.  Jamie Moyer had another quality start against the Mets, going 6 innings with 3 runs on 8 hits and did not walk anyone.  He looked a bit frustrated at times, but he is the master at buckling down and getting it done.  The bullpen had another great outing too.  Clay Condrey continues to turn heads with his 2.27 ERA and last night he pitched 2 scoreless and hitless innings.  Chad Durbin and Scott Eyre took care of business in the 9th and Ryan Madson saved the game in the 10th.

But just when everything is about to click….the Phillies are getting ready to butt heads with the Boston Red Sox who are coming off a 3-game sweep of the Yankees.  The Phillies have been extraordinarily bad in inter league play historically; will 2009 be different?  Or will the Sox derail the train in Philly?  We shall see…

Save A Pet


Thumbnail image for utley_150x180.jpgIf you are going to the game tonight, stop by the Save A Pet charity booth which will be located at the first base gate and run by the Phillies Wives.  You can adopt an animal in need, donate toys and blankets, and/or purchase a calendar for which the proceeds go to benefit the SPCA.  Phillies players were photographed with either their own animals or adoptable pets from the SPCA and the result is a very adorable calendar.  You can also
buy the calendar online if you are not able to get to the game.  I may need to get about 10 copies… :O)

“Minor” Steroid Issue

Pablo Ozuna signed a Minor League contract with the Phillies on Jan. 22 and has since been playing 2nd base for the AAA Iron Pigs.  Yesterday, he was suspended 50 games for violating the league’s drug policy with an elevated testosterone level.  Prior to this year, he spent a short time with the Dodgers in 2008 and 3 years with the White Sox before that.  The Phillies are the 5th team he has played for.

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Getting Back on Track

After two blown saves Friday and Saturday, the Phillies rebounded last night while riding the back of rookie pitcher, Antonio Bastardo.  Although they should have swept the 4-game series against the Dodgers, coming away with a split is a relief after the drama of the last several days.  And Bastardo must be relieved as well to get a 2nd major league start, and 2nd win, under his belt.  Bastardo, who threw mostly fastballs in his first outing, calmed down a bit last night and began to mix in a change-up and a slider.  He allowed only 2 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings.  Not bad, especially considering he faced the team with the best record in baseball.

But the Phillies have the 2nd best record in all of baseball, and the offense finally showed everyone why that is last night.  Three home runs led the way; a two-run shot from Carlos Ruiz and solos from Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard in a park that many consider to be unfriendly to the long ball.  Jimmy Rollins was moved from the lead-off spot to #6 in the line-up and it worked.  Rollins went 2 for 4 in the game.  Charlie Manuel will likely not keep him there, but the change seemed to make him concentrate more on getting his swing back in line.

Now the real question is, could the rookie Bastardo be to 2009 what Kyle Kendrick was in 2007?  Kendrick was called up to temporarily fill a hole in the rotation after an injury to Freddie Garcia.  He did so well though that the Phillies kept him and Kendrick helped get them to the playoffs that year.  P9119563 Kendrick Eaton.jpgBut in 2008, Kendrick struggled and has since been sent back to the minors.  Bastardo is now filling in for the injured Brett Myers.  Could this kid be the answer for 2009?  So far, he looks good; but then again, so did Kendrick.  We will have to wait and see…

And if you really want to know what went wrong with Kendrick, here is my theory.  He took one too many pitching lessons from Adam Eaton.  By the way, after being released by the Orioles last month, Eaton singed a minor league contract on 6/6/09 with the Rockies.  Good luck to them!

So, after travelling to New York, the Phillies will have the day off today to rest up for a 3-game series with the Mets.  Going back to a normal East Coast schedule (thank goodness!), the game will begin at 7:10pm on Tuesday with JA Happ facing Johan Santana.

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Deja Vu

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I was so annoyed over last night’s 3-2, 12 inning loss to the Dodgers that I did not feel like writing anything.  I mean, what can I say?  Here is a brief synopsis to compare last night’s bone crushing loss to Friday nights:

Brad Lidge blew the save…again.

The offense took the day off…again.

Jimmy Rollins popped the ball up….again.

The starting pitcher (Blanton, Saturday) threw a great game and did not get the win…again.

Chase Utley and Pedro Feliz appeared to be the only players interested in getting on base…again.

Too many men (mostly Utley & Feliz) left on base…again.

Andre Ethier of the Dodgers hit the walk off blow to win the game…again.

The Phillies lost a game they should have won…again.

I wanted to kick my foot through the TV set and up a Phillies’ back side…again.

That about sums it up.  If this team does not walk away with a series split tonight, I may end up in the hospital with chest pains.  I realize it is only 2 losses and yes, we are still in first place, but when a team loses games in this disgusting fashion, it really just makes me ill.  Knowing that they have all this talent and just keep forgetting how to use it is simply brutal for the fans and everyone involved.  Please, please Phillies…get it done tonight!

And that is my rant for the day.  Thank you for listening / reading :O)  I feel better now.

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Offense & Defense Waste Good Pitching

The Phillies had a 3-2 lead going into the 9th inning last night in their 2nd game against the Dodgers, but missed opportunities and shoddy defense gave the game away.  Going 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position, the Phils wasted an outstanding performance by Jamie Moyer.  P5314951 Moyer.jpgMoyer had his longest outing of the year, going 7 innings and only allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with no walks.  You could not have asked for more from the veteran lefty.

But the bats went silent after the 4th inning and of 11 runners left on base, Jimmy Rollins accounted for 4 of those in scoring position, going 0 for 5 in the game.  Rollins is now batting a very sad .219.  Five other Phillies, including Chase Utley with 2 RBI in the game, had 2 hit nights, but most of them were not at key times. 

The big blow came in the 9th when Brad Lidge took over to attempt the save, which started out well.  He retired the first 2 batters quickly, but then gave up a hit and a walk, both coming after having the batters down in the count 1 ball, 2 strikes.  But when Russell Martin stepped up to the plate and hit an easy ground ball to third base, it looked like the Phils had the game in the bag.  One out and they were done.  No one expected Pedro Feliz to let the ball hop off his glove to load the bases, but that is exactly what happened.  Feliz, normally a stellar fielder, missed a routine play that a little leaguer could have handled.  And he cost the Phillies the game.  The next batter smacked a hit down the right field line, 2 runs scored, game over; Dodgers win.

Of course, you cannot blame it all on Feliz; the offense should have scored more runs.  All of the blown opportunities came back to bite them.  Shane Victorino was held out of the line-up again, which does not help, but Eric Bruntlett who replaced him had 2 hits.  So, you cannot say too much about that, except Bruntlett did miss a ball in the outfield that cost Moyer a run earlier in the game.  Add the awful defense together with the sleepy bats and this is the result; a very sad, very disappointing loss in a game that should have been won.

So the 7 game win streak comes to an end and the Phillies will try to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and get a win this afternoon.  Joe Blanton will attempt to right the ship; game time is 4:10pm.

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Complete Game Shut Out From Hamels

 

Welcome back to the West Coast, Cole!  Hamels loves pitching in California, and it shows.  He began the 4-games series with the Dodgers last night with a 5-hit shutout and tossed only 97 pitches in the process.  P5040017 Hamels hammer.jpgCole’s left arm looked more like a sledgehammer to the opposition, who struggled to squeak out those few hits.  The 3-0 win was the first shut-out of the season for the Phillies who had not blanked a team since August 20, 2008.  This win also marks the 7th straight for the Phightins.

While Hamels was on with his location and pitch selection, the offense was mostly off, but 3 runs got the job done.  Jayson Werth had 2 hits in the game, which he needed badly in light of his recent struggles at the plate.  His old team turned out to be the inspiration he needed.  Carlos Ruiz hit well again also, with 2 hits and a walk in the game.  Chase Utley extended his hit steak to 9 games, while Ryan Howard ended his 7-game stretch and came away with 1 walk in the game.

Concern for Jimmy Rollins has been mounting as he continues to look perplexed with a bat in his hands.  The 3-time All-Star and former MVP cannot seem to find a groove.  Rollins went 0-5 last night and his batting average now sits at an anemic .224.  Just when it looks like he may emerge from the slump, he has a game like last night.  But the rest of the line-up seems to be making up for his lack of solid contact, so this is as good a time as any to be working out his issues.  Hope remains that Rollins will get the wheels back on the wagon soon.

Shane Victorino sat again today, nursing a hip injury.  He says he is fine, and just giving the hip a break.   Victorino strained the hip while rounding the bases on Thursday night against the Padres.  His bat will be missed if the injury keeps him out for any length of time as Victorino had been hot at the plate before the incident.  But early reports indicate he is day to day and should return soon.

In other baseball news, Randy Johnson of the Giants notched career win #300 yesterday against the Nationals.  I actually had tickets to the game, which was supposed to take place Wednesday night, but it was rained out.  So, I missed the historical game, but I did get an autograph from Giants manager, Bruce Bochy and also had an unusual “tour” of the basement in Nationals Park while I watched the rain.  The employees took pity on me and let me hang out under the park to stay out of the rain; one nice young lady even brought me a chair :O)  I was right next to the Giants clubhouse too, which was tempting, but I did not want to get tossed out from my warm and comfy rain hide-out, so I behaved.  4 hours later, they finally called the game, but here are a few things I saw before that:

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I have a new appreciation for the people who wear those heavy and uncomfortable mascot outfits.

So, on to the next game!  Jamie Moyer will take the mound tonight in another late start of 10:10pm against the Dodgers.  I do not know about you, but the lack of sleep this week is beginning to make me a tad fuzzy.  TGIF!  I will catch up on sleep tomorrow :O)

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