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Oswalt’s Near Miss & Castillo’s Total Miss

Hearts stopped all over Phillies nation today as pitcher Roy Oswalt fell to the ground after appearing to get hit in the head with a line drive.  Always cool under pressure, Oswalt adjusted his cap as he lay on the ground awaiting assistance.

Oswalt walked off the field as if nothing happened but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.  Both X-Rays and CAT-Scans were negative.

As it turns out, the ball just barely missed a potentially dangerous area and hit just below the right ear, leaving him with a neck contusion.  Had Manny Ramirez hit the ball any harder though, it may have been a lot worse.

The good news is that Oswalt’s head is apparently made of bricks.

 

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The really good news is that he should be fine and is expected to make his next scheduled start.  Whew!

So while Oswalt had a near miss in the 4-1 loss to the Rays, Luis Castillo had a total miss.  In his first appearance as a Phillie, Castillo went 0-4 at the plate while grounding out twice, lining out and hitting a soft pop-up.  He also left four men on base.

One can only assume that the strikeout for Castillo will come in tomorrow’s game as he finishes up demonstrating all the different ways to make an out.

Just to recap, Castillo was given a second chance by the Phillies after being tossed out like the trash by the Mets.  He then proceeds to show up two days late to camp with lame excuses.  When finally put into a game, Castillo showed the Phillies nothing.  Basically, he sucked.

There are only seven games to go for Castillo to show he is better than Wilson Valdez, who should get the job in place of Chase Utley as he has earned it.  But alas, the charade will go on as games continue.

Then again, at the rate injuries have come this spring for the Phillies, maybe they should just sit all the roster players and let the minor leaguers play the final spring games.

The regulars should be instructed to cover themselves in bubble wrap and avoid all sharp objects or anything moving at rate faster than 0.5 MPH. 
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Pretty much, contact should be limited only to turtles who have had their claws clipped and jaws muzzled.

Although, that sounds a bit cruel to the turtles so, let’s make it goldfish.  Yeah, goldfish are pretty harmless, right?  Wait…both turtles and goldfish can carry Salmonella, which can infect humans!  Damn it!  No one is safe!

And that is your animal science lesson for the day.  Now, back to the bubble wrap…

 

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Bloomberg Sports Presentation Re-Cap

I hope everyone enjoyed my live blog yesterday from Bloomberg Headquarters in New York City.  I would like to thank the staff at Bloomberg for their hospitality and for getting the world of blog media involved in their project.  The presentation was phenomenal and I look forward to working with the new tools they have provided and sharing it with everyone.

 

Each person in attendance was given a one-year subscription to the new Draft Kit and In-Season tools which will officially roll out on 2/18/10.  You can pre-order the programs now on MLB.com; the Draft Kit is $19.95, the In-Season kit is $24.95 or the package with both is $31.95.  Both include the News Kit as well which will integrate news feeds from all over the internet, including my blog here at Phillies Phollowers and many, many others to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive information available.

 

Bloomberg has been a monster in the financial services industry since 1981.  Branching out into the sports world, they hope to bring the same innovation and analysis tools they use for finances to baseball.   Here are some of the major advantages you will get with the consumer product:

 

The application runs straight from the internet; there is no software to download and it will not slow down your computer performance.  The statistics and data you are able to view are in real-time.  This means if a batter hits a home run, that data is available right away and loaded into that players file.

 

For Fantasy Sports players, there are major advantages to using this program.  You are not limited to the stats and comparisons previously available to you for drafting teams and making in-season changes.  The program is totally customizable and will work in conjunction with ANY fantasy baseball platform you are currently using.  You can control ALL options like points, roster spots and anything else specific to your league or fantasy platform.  The program will show you player information based on your specifications and needs, making it easier to draft players or make adjustments.

 

There are both “watch” lists and “exclude” lists you can add players or even entire teams to.  If last year, your fantasy team was held back due to a lack of home runs, steals or whatever, you can sort players to choose from based on criteria you select.  These searches can be saved to view later as well.  This program can even help you decide which players or positions to draft in which round based on a supply/demand calculation.

 

If you are not into Fantasy Baseball, you may not need the Draft Kit, but the In-Season kit is invaluable for crunching numbers for us bloggers or for the avid sports fan who wants to analyze the game on a deeper level.  Angry at your team’s manager for making what you feel is a bone-head move?  Say they put a shift on a batter facing a left-handed pitcher throwing low and inside; go into the program, pull up the batters information and plug in the information about the pitcher and anything else pertinent.  You will get a spray chart of that batter’s tendencies in that specific situation with percentages and actual numbers.  You can then make an education decision as to how that play was handled.  Were 75% or more of that batter’s hits to the side of the shift under those circumstances?  If so, maybe it was not such a bone-head move by your manager ;O)

 

Think about proving your friends wrong; does your friend swear that a particular player can’t hit the inside fastball?  Show him and have proof to back it up.  Imagine all the fun you can have with tools like these!  You can even track a player’s performance by month, against certain teams, against certain pitchers, etc…  Basically anything you can think of is available with just a few clicks of the mouse.  And you do not have to open 5 or 6 internet windows to do it; it is all right there in one spot with color and shape coded graphics, charts, bar graphs and a variety of other views.

 

Have you ever gone to the stats page of MLB.com and been frustrated that you cannot run the comparison you want or have to do the math by hand or maybe the stats are totally not available at all?  Those days are gone.  This program does it all!  My only real concern with the consumer product is that the average computer user may find navigating the system difficult.  There are SO many options, it might be overwhelming.  The people at Bloomberg share my concern and are working hard to develop solid help files, video demonstrations and other educational tools to help make it easier to use for everyone.

 

I had a similar concern with the Professional product which all MLB teams will be receiving a free 6-month trial of this season.  Will all of these old-school managers and coaches take the time to learn how to use this to their advantage?  At the Winter Meetings, most of the feedback from the teams was very positive, as it should be.  This tool can provide teams with, literally, a statistical advantage over their opponents.

 

Teams already scout their opponents, but the level of detail this system provides is beyond your everyday scouting report.  The spray charts on batters can be put through as many filters as they want; for example, if you want to know how a batter will perform against a right-handed pitcher, during the day in June with an outside curveball thrown, this will tell you.  It can be that specific.  It can even be specific to the exact pitcher.  Can Manny Ramirez hit a Cole Hamels low, inside fastball?  And what percentage of the time will he strike out or ground out on that pitch?  This will give teams that information, which can be printed out and used during the game to advise the pitcher what to throw or tell fielders where to stand.

 

Add to all this space-age technology the Biometric security which features fingerprint access to the Pro-system and my mind is officially blown.  Some people at the meeting mentioned that they were so excited about the pro-system, they might be willing to sell body parts to have access to it.  While I do not recommend this course of action, I can see where the avid baseball fan would be tempted towards drastic measures.

 

So my suggestion is, give the consumer product a try.  I will begin using it as soon as it rolls out and give you additional feedback at that point.  I also hope to have some screen shots available soon to give you an idea of what it will look like.  The staff at Bloomberg says improvements and additions to the system will be on-going; any and all feedback will be considered.  As I have more information, I will be sure to pass it on!

Phillies Take Game 1


The Phillies hopped on board the Chooch Train last night and rode it to a win over the Dodgers; Thumbnail image for P9129082 CR.jpgCarlos Ruiz smashed a 3-run homer in the 5th inning to give the Phillies a lead that they would never relinquish.  Raul Ibanez hit a 3-run shot of his own in the 8th to pad that lead.  That Ibanez guy is not too shabby either.

It was not all sunshine and roses though for the Phillies.  Cole Hamels looked like the pitcher of old for 4 innings but then, after Chooch’s 3-run shot and Ryan Howard’s 2 RBI in the 5th blasted the Phillies to that big 5-1 lead, Hamels began to unravel.   The Cardinal Sin in baseball – to give the other team a boost after you just put a hurting on them. 

Hamels allowed a lead-off double, a single and then appeared to have a double play ball hit to Jimmy Rollins.  The ball got stuck in his glove so the feed to Chase Utley was late and Utley overthrew to first in his haste.  But Hamels still had a 3 run lead and 2 outs.  Instead of focusing on that, he showed up his teammate by throwing his hands up in disgust at Utley, putting his hands on his hips and shaking his head.  Cardinal Sin #2 – showing up your teammate.  Hamels could not concentrate after that and gave away a 2-run homer to Manny Ramirez.

The Phillies got the win, but the gestures and attitude of Hamels is disgusting.  How many times have his teammates bailed him out of bad situations?  And this is the thanks they get?  No double play is ever a sure thing.  Besides, if Hamels had not put two men on base, he would not have been in that situation to begin with.  Utley was not pitching, as near as one can tell; Hamels was.  Hamels should be ashamed for the lack of respect he showed his team.

Ok, let us not dwell…we did win the game :O)  The most pleasant surprise of the night was Chan Ho Park, who in his first relief appearance since 9/16/09 after an injury, came back looking sharp as ever.  He pitched a scoreless, hitless inning and had a lot of movement on his pitches.  Welcome back Chan Ho!

Six relievers were used in all and everyone did their job, except Ryan Madson who had a 4 hit, 2 run 8th inning.  Madson has not looked good this post-season at all and it is beginning to be a real concern.  Luckily, he had a 4 run lead and Brad Lidge was able to close out the game in the 9th with the 2 run lead he was left with.  Lidge seems to have his confidence back, which is good to see, but Madson appears to be going to opposite direction.  He did get Ramirez out to end the 8th, but how reliable is Madson going to be from now forward?

And how about that bad umpiring…again.  The Dodgers decided to pinch run for Jim Thome in the 6th inning, but Randy Wolf was not ready; he did not have his spikes on.  The umpire actually let the Dodgers get away with a delay of several minutes while Wolf changed his shoes in the clubhouse!  JA Happ stood on the mound pacing, waiting for the game to resume.  Sorry ump – BAD call.  You cannot let the other team’s pitcher stiffen up while you wait for someone to change shoes.  If they are not ready to go, too bad for them.  Game on.

Game 2 will kick off this afternoon at 4:07pm with former Dodger, Pedro Martinez facing former Phillie, Vincente Padilla.  This should be another good one!  Go Phillies!!!!

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Game On

It is finally Thursday!  Just a few short hours until the Phillies and Dodgers begin the battle for the NLCS title!  The final roster decisions have been made and few were interesting; Chan Ho Park did indeed make the roster and Kyle Kendrick did not, as I thought would happen.  But in a surprise move, Brett Myers was also left off and Eric Bruntlett added.  So, 11 pitchers instead of 12 and 1 more bench player.

Myers was very unhappy with the news, but maybe not entirely shocked.  His one outing in Game 2 of the NLDS did not go well; he walked two batters and hit another.  After to injuries this year, it appears Myers is not able to find his control yet.

As for the starters, it will be Cole Hamels tonight and Pedro Martinez tomorrow…maybe.  Martinez told reporters he has not gotten enough work in and that his BP session was “erratic.”  Either he does not feel ready, or this is some mental game he is playing with the Dodgers.  Whatever the case, it makes you a bit nervous, doesn’t it?

Some other fun notes about this series:

- The Phillies will be facing lots of old Phillies!  Larry Bowa, former player and manager, is the Dodgers 3rd base coach.  Pitchers Randy Wolf and Vincente Padilla are both former Phils as well as slugger, Jim Thome.

- Manny Ramirez used to play for Charlie Manuel in Cleveland and Manuel says he is “like a son” to him.

- Chan Ho Park, Pedro Martinez, Paul Bako and Jayson Werth are all former Dodgers.

- Both teams each have 8 players who were born in 1975 or earlier.  LOTS of experience :O)

- This is the fifth time the Phillies and Dodgers have met in the NLCS; they are split 2-2 lifetime.

- At 21 years old, pitcher Clayton Kershaw is the youngest player on either roster and will start the game for the Dodgers tonight.

Game time is 8:07pm….Get the rally towels going in your living room!PA071279.jpg

Go Phillies!!!!

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Happ Will Pitch; Fans Will Gobble Up No-Doze

Bust out the No-Doze folks; tonight’s 10:07pm start time will be a real challenge for us East-Coasters with jobs to get up for on Monday.  But the good news is, JA Happ will start the game instead of Pedro Martinez since yesterday’s game was postponed due to bad weather.  Happ has gotten an extra day to rest and recover from being hit just below the knee with a line drive in Game 2.  He only faced that one batter so should be fresh and ready to go tonight.PA040202.jpg

Not that Martinez was a bad idea, but his recent neck/shoulder injury and the fact that he has not pitched a full game in a month were factors in the decision.  Plus, Happ is a lefty and the Rockies have struggled against left-handed pitching.  Happ has also been the most consistent starter for the Phillies all year long.  In fact, if you look at the numbers, there is no doubt:

W

L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

J Happ

12

4

2.93

35

23

3

2

166

149

55

54

20

56

119

C Lee

7

4

3.39

12

12

3

1

79.2

80

35

30

7

10

74

P Martinez

5

1

3.63

9

9

0

0

44.2

48

18

18

7

8

37Bottom of Form

J Blanton

12

8

4.05

31

31

0

0

195

198

89

88

30

59

163

C Hamels

10

11

4.32

32

32

2

2

193

206

95

93

24

43

168

 

Happ has the best W-L record, the best ERA and is tied for the most complete games and shut-outs.  Lee and Martinez were not with us the whole year so some stats are hard to compare, but if you boil it down to ERA alone, Happ has been the most dependable.

All that is left now is for the fans to stay awake long enough to see if Happ can lead the team to a win.  Here are a few suggestions on how to stay up until wee hours of the morning:

·        No-Doze

·        SUGAR – sour-patch kids are great for this.  You will be bouncing off the walls in no time.

·        Smack your neighbor every time a Phillies batter strikes out -  you will probably get hit back, keeping you alert.

·        Scream “Bulls…t!” really loud every time a TBS announcer gets something wrong.  Of course, this may happen a lot, so be careful you do not lose your voice.

·        Run around your living room in circles while chewing gum and rubbing your belly…send me video ;o)  I am trying to stay awake too.

·        Ice cubes in odd places…use your imagination.

·        Every time an umpire blows a call, write an angry letter to Bug Selig.  While bomb threats are probably not appropriate, do feel free to use your favorite cuss words.  And keep a stack of paper on hand…the letters may start to pile up.

·        When the announcers mention Manny Ramirez (which should happen approximately 5.6 times per non-Dodgers broadcast), drink another RedBull.

·        And if none of that works, draw up a plan to sue Ryan Howard for no particular reason and teach your children a valuable lesson in extortion techniques.

Good luck to everyone out there in their quest to defy this ridiculous MLB scheduling!  Remember, we will all be suffering together :O)  Go Phillies!

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Victorino’s Final All-Star Bid With Walk-Off Win

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Tonight the Phillies faced the Reds in game 3 of this 4-game series and drama ensued.  Homer Bailey started the game for the Reds and true to his name, gave up a homer to Jayson Werth in the 6th inning, Werth’s 19th of the season.  What a horrible name for a pitcher…Homer.  Poor guy.  But for most of the game, he was very good and kept the Phillies hitters off balance.

The home plate umpire, Ron Kulpa, created a lot of controversy with his rather large strike zone; 20 strikeout’s were recorded in the game and 14 of those batters went down looking.  And so the game remained very tight throughout.

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The Phillies entered the 9th inning with a 2-2 tie and needed a hero to nail this one down.  With 2 outs and 2 on, The Flyin’ Hawaiian, Shane Victorino, stepped to the plate and solidified his campaign for an All-Star roster spot.  Shane singled into centerfield and Pedro Feliz scored to win the game, 3-2!
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Rules of Engagement

One of the more entertaining aspects of tonight’s game, as I mentioned earlier, was watching the Reds hitters argue and scream and cuss at the home plate umpire, Ron Kulpa.  To sum it up, basically every pitch was bound to be called a strike.  But he called it the same way for both side.  Yet, no less than 3 Reds players got right up in his face and yelled about strike calls.  It makes you wonder, why were none of these players thrown out of the game?  Not that I like watching guys get tossed, but how much grief is any umpire supposed to take?  Granted, this was one of the worst umpiring jobs I have seen in a long time, but the Phillies maintained controlled and did not try to rip his head off like the Reds did.  In fact, it is a rule that no one is allowed to argue balls and strikes (Official baseball rules section 9.02(a)).  After the first or second player, the ump needs to start ejecting guys.  Just sayin’…

Pitching Possibilities

Rodrigo Lopez did a great job through 5 innings tonight, but was removed from the game early with right shoulder inflammation.  That is certainly not good news.  However, maybe the push to get a quality starting pitcher like Roy Halladay of the Jays will reach a new level with the possibility of Lopez no longer being available. 

The Phillies front office has been insistent that certain minor league prospects are “untouchable” but frankly, that attitude will not get them far when competing with other teams who are more flexible.  Understanding the value of prospects in the farm system, teams need also be reminded of the value of winning, and winning right now.  With the Phillies core players in place, coming off a World Championship, the window of opportunity to win it again will likely only remain open for a few years.  So, if they need to give up 2-3 big prospects to get another ring, it seems like a fair trade off.

If the Phillies can get a #1 starter like Halladay, they would be foolish to let him go to another team.  Last year, they did miss out on CC Sabathia and even Manny Ramirez, and yes, they still won it all.  But the 2009 team has run into pitching trouble after losing Brett Myers, who was a big part of the World Series win.  The bullpen has been overworked and their production is way down from 2008.  This is a different team; the Phillies need a big starter if they are to have a shot at repeating.

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Fireworks In Philly – How FOX Sports Tried To Ruin The 4th Of July

Before I get to FOX Sports, I have a game re-cap for you.  Jamie Moyer, the oldest player in the major leagues, took the mound today against the New York Mets for his 600th career start!  P5314936 Moyer.jpgCongratulations Jamie!  What a milestone!  Moyer was outstanding in his effort and allowed only 1 run in 6 1/3 innings.  Not only is Jamie an amazing baseball player, he is an even more amazing human being.  Jamie dedicates countless hours to charity work with The Moyer Foundation and is ever-present in the community; a true role model for children and people of all ages.  It is refreshing to see such success come to a person who really deserves it.

Jamie got the win by a score of 4-1.  Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz were the Phillies offensive stars of the game today; Victorino went 3 for 4 with an RBI; Feliz had 3 hits as well.  Even Jimmy Rollins joined the party and collected 2 RBI on a double.  SO nice to see Jimmy creeping back to life!  It is also a big relief to see Ryan Madson begin to pitch his way back to normal.  In to relieve JC Romero, he recorded 2 quick outs to retire the Mets in the 8th inning.  Then Brad Lidge came in for the 9th, saved the game, and all is as it should be…at least for today ;O)

This gives the Phillies a series win at home for a change, and more importantly, an opportunity to sweep the Mets!  I will be at the game tomorrow and bring back news and photos.

Trade??

In some very odd news, Paul Bako, our back-up, back-up catcher (not a typo) has started 3 of the last 4 games.  This has given me some reason to speculate.  Could Carlos Ruiz be on the trading block with the Phillies desperately seeking pitching?  If they are in the middle of negotiating with another team, it makes sense to sit Ruiz as they would not want him to get hurt while making decisions.  With Chris Coste as a solid back-up and Lou Marson waiting in AAA, this may not be such a strange move.  Another possibility is that Ruiz is hurt again and no one is talking.  Then again, maybe Charlie Manuel was just feeling a bit silly this week?  We shall see as the week progresses.

Why FOX Sports Sucks

Can someone please explain to me WHY my Phillies – Mets game today was interrupted multiple times so that FOX sports could should gratuitous footage of Manny Ramirez at bat in San Diego?  It was Manny’s 2nd game back with the Dodgers since serving a 50-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug policy.  Can I get a big “WHO CARES??” from the peeps, please?  Thank you.

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Seriously, it was not Manny setting some amazing record; not Manny greeting aliens from a spaceship for our first extraterrestrial encounter; not even the President of the United States giving an important speech…Manny’s 2nd game back after a STEROID suspension.  Heck, not even the 1st game back (even so, I would not have cared to see that either).  Has FOX Sports reached an all-time low in trying to get ratings?  You betcha.  It was like them interrupting a blessing from Jesus Christ himself to show a drive-by shooting.  What exactly were they expecting to happen?  That Manny’s head would explode?  Or, he was going to announce the cure for cancer?  Now THAT would have been news.

And yet, on this most important day in America where we celebrate the freedom of our great country, we are subjected to this ridiculous, infantile Mannywood hype by FOX Sports.  On the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig retiring from baseball while suffering from a fatal disease…we get Manny-Insanity.  On the day Jamie Moyer celebrates his 600th career start as a pitcher, are we shown historical footage of the eldest current player in baseball…a person who is a great humanitarian as well?  No…we get dreadlock fever.  

 Truly disgusting.  FOX Sports – you should be ashamed of yourselves.

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Phils Start Off Series With A Win

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In his second start of the season, JA Happ performed well.  He had a 5-1 lead going into the 6th inning when, with 2 runners on base, he was pulled for Chad Durbin as his pitch count was mounting.  But Durbin did him no favors and allowed 2 runs to score.  Then Jayson Werth let a ball roll under his glove in right field, which allowed another run to score.  Suddenly, a comfy game got real tight, real fast.

The Phillies had a chance to score in the 7th when they loaded bases 1 out, but rookie John Mayberry struck out and Jimmy Rollins popped out to end the inning.  Shane Victorino led the 8th inning off with a single, his 4th hit of the game!  But then Chase Utley hit into a double play :O( 

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Ryan Howard
stepped up next and doubled and then Raul Ibanez walked; Ibanez was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI in the game so he did his job, like usual.  It will be a crime if this guy does not get to start the All-Star game because the mentally challenged are apparently voting for people like Manny Ramirez who is serving a 50 game suspension for steroid use.  At any rate, Werth stepped up to the plate with 2 men on and 2 outs and tried to atone for his costly error in the 6th; no such luck.  Werth grounded out.

So it was up to Brad Lidge to try to save the game which stood at 5-4.  Lidge has been anything but automatic this year, so a one run lead was no comfort to the fans watching as he strode to the mound.  As it turns out, Lidge had a mean slider working tonight and he sent the Nats down in order to squeak out the win.  Whew!  This is the first inning for Lidge in a long time where he got through it without any base runners.  Finally!

And just to update everyone on Brett Myers, it appears he will indeed have surgery on his right hip.  This will most likely end his season.  Myers is in a contract year so this could also affect his status as a Phillie.  That remains to be seen.  A player from the minors, to be named later, will be called up to fill in for at least one start and after that, who knows?  Stay tuned…

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The Phillies continue this 3-game series with the Nationals tomorrow at 7:05pm.  Cole Hamels will start the game.

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Today In Phillies Land


Greg_House.jpgI am still in Gregory House-type withdrawal after an off-day yesterday.  Sad, I know.  But the Phillies will start a 3-game series with the Dodgers tonight, and without Manny Ramirez.  Chan Ho Park is going to do his best not to lose his starting job; JA Happ will secretly wish Park screws up (kidding!); Jimmy Rollins will try to remember how to hit a baseball (line drives Jimmy; think line drives…none of this air-ball crap!); Brad Lidge will pray for a save opportunity which have been few and far between so far; Chase Utley will continue his bid for a 4th straight All-Star appearance; and me?  I will be screaming at the TV.

Baseball 101

Then tomorrow I will attend, for the 4th year in a row, the Phillies Baseball 101 event for women.  100 plus ladies will wander the field, toss a few balls, hit in the cages and even throw a pitch in the bullpen, all under the tutelage of the Phillies coaching staff.  It is an all-day and all-night event as we will stay for the 7:05pm game afterwards.  And since I will not get home until oh, probably one in the morning, I will post photos and a diary of the day on Thursday once I am conscious.

Mr. Manuel Goes To Washington

In other news, the Phillies have rescheduled their visit with President Obama at the White House for this coming Friday while they are in town to play the Nats.  The previous date was cancelled after the passing of our friend, Harry Kalas.   Will Obama dare wear a White Sox hat at the meeting?  Will the Phanatic frighten the new white house dog?  Oh, the drama.

Tonight’s Line-Up

J-Roll has been bumped down to the 5 hole.  Hope it helps!

1.     Shane Victorino, CF

2.     Chase Utley, 2B

3.     Jayson Werth, RF

4.     Ryan Howard, 1B

5.     Jimmy Rollins, SS

6.     Raul Ibanez, LF

7.     Pedro Feliz, 3B

8.     Carlos Ruiz, C

9.    Chan Ho Park, P

First pitch is 7:05pm…Go Phillies!

 

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Mets Mutilate Moyer

Jamie Moyer has historically not done well against the Mets; today, however, was a total massacre.  I’m talkin’ a George Romero, Stephen King, Wes Craven-type massacre.  Call it the “Nightmare on 126th Street.”  krueger baseball.jpgPulled after only 2 1/3 innings, Moyer gave up 7 earned runs on 7 hits, 3 of which were home runs.  And in the new Citi Field, home runs are hard to come by.  But the Mets looked like they were taking batting practice off Moyer as balls flew over the high outfield wall.  Apparently, Moyer did not attend the Charlie Manuel Spanish Inquisition.

So JA Happ took over for Moyer and totally shut the Mets down.  Oh yeah, tell me again WHY Happ is not a starter?  Please excuse the sarcasm ;O)  Happ racked up 3 2/3 innings, not allowing any runs.  A job well done!  Could the offense come back to reward Happ for his effort?  Ummmmm…no.   :o{

Shane Victorino extended his hitting streak to 16 games today, but the offense was mostly quiet again.  Ryan Howard hit a home run in the 4th that went about 420 feet, which was nice, but then the team went silent once more.  Jayson Werth woke everyone up in the 8th with a 2-run bomb; it was his 4th hit of the night and brought the Phillies closer, then trailing the Mets 7-5.  In his perfect night, Werth was 4 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.  The score held into the 9th inning but Pedro Feliz stepped to the plate and flied out on the 1st pitch.  The 1st pitch!  UGH!  Feliz swings at the 1st pitch probably about 80% of the time – pitchers know this.  Can someone give him a clue, please!  So then Miguel Cairo grounded out, Matt Stairs walked and Jimmy Rollins popped out to end the game.

If the offense could have pulled out a few runs last night, they would have won that game.  But tonight, when Moyer puts them in a 7-1 hole, they finally score, but not enough to overcome the deficit.  This short 2-game series was a real disappointment and another blown opportunity against a division foe.

Manny Being…A Moron?

So, I do not want to dwell on this.  Frankly, I am sick of the whole steroid issue.  Manny Ramirez was suspended for 50-games for taking the female fertility drug, human chorionic gonadatropin.  Ramirez says it was prescribed by a doctor for an undisclosed medical condition.  Well folks, the only reason a doctor would prescribe this drug to a man, would be to treat a lack of testosterone.  And what is the #1 reason among athletes for a lack of testosterone?  Steroid use.  So, enough said on that topic, although I would be curious to see if Ramirez can produce an actual prescription slip.

The Big Apple Has Gone Big-Time Nuts

Today, I logged on to the New York Yankees site to see about getting a ticket to the Phillies series at the new stadium.  I have been anxious to see the stadium; the Yankees are my “other” team so I was really hoping to get a look at what would someday be my dream World Series match-up as well.  However, I was shocked, appalled and utterly disgusted by what I found.  A basic seat beyond row 5, behind home plate in Citizens Bank Park in Philly costs $80.  It is the second most expensive seat in the ballpark.  The exact same seating location at the new Yankee Stadium is $900.  No, this is NOT a mistype – $900 dollars.  That is more than 11 times more expensive!  So, just for kicks, I looked up the same seat at the Mets new Citi Field: $695.  Holy Crap!

Ok, it gets better…the Handicapped seating in Yankee stadium: $375.  Wow!  Talk about raping the disabled.  How about the limited view seating?  toadily-insane.jpgMind you – you cannot see the whole field – $125.  OMG.  The bleacher seats, which are FAR away in centerfield, in CBP are $18.  Same seat for the Yankees: $125.  The Mets – $70.  And the most expensive seat in Yankee stadium – $2,625.  For ONE ticket!  STOP the insanity!  Oh, and by the way, these prices are actually reduced from what they were charging at the beginning of the season…no one was showing up to games, so the Yankees lowered the prices.  These are the NEW prices I have given you.

Seriously, where do these money-hungry, greedy, morally-defunct people get off charging these prices?  Is the state of New York on some higher plane of existence than the rest of the world?  And you know how I hate to cuss, but, WTF!  I am actually ANGRY over this right now.  Because now, unless I hit the lottery or some rich person takes pity on me, I may NEVER see the inside of new Yankee stadium!  And frankly, that is SO unfair to the millions of fans all over who just cannot afford these ridiculous prices.  Please join me in a collective, “ARRRRGGGHHHH!”

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