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Not Perfect, But Still Pretty Good

While it was far from perfection from Roy Halladay last night in his first start since pitching the Perfect Game, he was effective.  Halladay allowed just 2 runs on 10 hits over 7 innings.  He worked in and out of several jams with multiple base runners against a very good Padres team to keep the Phillies in the game.

Halladay even helped himself out at the plate, knocking a 1 out single in the 3rd that led to Shane Victorino’s 2-run homer.  With the Phillies offense still struggling, those two hits turned out to be a big key in winning the game.  Jayson Werth collected the 3rd RBI in the 3-2 win by walking with the bases loaded in the 5th inning.  Of course, the Phillies offense also left the bases loaded twice and as a team, left 9 men on base.

The lack of scoring was again highlighted in the 8th inning when Jose Contreras hit a batter and then issued a walk.  JC Romero was brought in to stop the bleeding and began by walking the next batter to load the bases with 1 out.  But it was JC’s birthday, and his present to himself was getting a ground ball double play to end the inning.  Happy Birthday, JC!

Thumbnail image for P7306368 Lidge cr.jpgThe real highlight of the evening, however, was Brad Lidge.  In his first save opportunity since coming off the DL for the second time this year, Lidge looked like Mr. Perfect from 2008.  Lidge mowed down the Padres in order with a nasty slider and good movement on his fastball.  His speed clocked in at 94mph on a few pitches.  Is this a sign that all is now well with Lidge?  Cross your fingers…

Game 2 against the Padres is tonight at 7:05pm.  Jamie Moyer will pitch against Jon Garland. 

By the way, have you seen the new player-designed apparel at the Phillies MLB Shop?  If you have not, be sure to check it out.  Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Cole Hamels and Raul Ibanez all designed jerseys, tee-shirts and hats for the new collection.  Here is a sample of what they designed:

Players choice.jpgOther teams got into the action as well, so if you are a fan of another team (although I find that hard to imagine ;o), check out their MLB Shop site too. I believe the Mets, Yankees and Twins also participated.  Hey, if it is cool looking, maybe I’ll pick up a Mets jersey….or, not. ;o)

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Spring Drags On

Mid-March is about the time when I begin to find Spring Training dull and get anxious for the real games to begin.  Ok yes, Joe Blanton had a good outing against the Tigers today after a shaky spring start.  Cole Hamels looks like he is in good shape with two solid performances so far.  The bats are jumping and as a team, the Phillies are hitting at an average of .301 with 7 homers and 36 RBI.  And still, I am a bit sleepy about the whole thing.

In my boredom today, I decided to scan through this week’s MLB headlines to see what was going on around the league.  Here are a few fun tidbits I came across in my search:

  • Yankees shortstop and baseball God, Derek Jeter, sat out of a Spring Training game with flu symptoms.  And then an Angel lost its wings :O(

  • At age 39, Brian Giles, former Padre, has decided to retire.  It was either that or start taking the same magical, fountain of youth pills that Jamie Moyer takes.
  • Angels center fielder Torii Hunter told USA Today that Latin Americans are “imposters” in relation to black ballplayers.  Hunter was then rushed to Jose Reyes’ Canadian doctor and diagnosed with “foot-in-mouth” disease.  He was given a “special” injection and should be back to hitting homers in no time.
  • 86224234_jpg_25207_cropped.jpgRed Sox Nomar Garciaparra also retired this week.  He now has plenty of free time to write a memoir about the many baseball adventures of his gigantic nose.  Did it provide shade when trying to catch a pop fly in the sun?  How many times did the nose save his life by blocking a high, inside pitch?  It will be a must-read.
  • Braves Manager Bobby Cox reported that Derek Lowe was suffering from a blister.  “He gutted through it, and it’s a mess,” Cox said about the blister. “I don’t know how he pitched at all.”  I know what he means; last week, I broke a nail and was not sure if I could go on typing.  I toughed it out as I could not disappoint my readers – that is how much I love you guys.
  • In an interview with ESPN, Milton Bradley whined that he received hate mail from the Cubs last year.  He went on to note that unless you’re “Superman or you’re Andre Dawson, Ernie Banks or [in the] Hall of Fame, then it’s going to be tough” for African-American players in Chicago.  I don’t suppose his .257 batting average had anything to do with his difficulties?  Oh, and wasn’t Superman a white dude?  Just sayin’…
  • Going back to the drug-dealing Canadian doctor, Alex Rodriguez was treated by this same guy after hip surgery last year.  In response to the investigation, A-Rod said, “I am aware of an investigation, and I plan on cooperating.”  The last time he “cooperated” there were no real consequences; so hey, no biggie.

Come on Opening Day!  Get here….quick!

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Garciaparra photo by Al Bello/Getty Images


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Phils Pummel Padres

In the make-up game tonight against the Padres, the Phillies brought out the big guns.  Both Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz each had 3 hits and 1 RBI a piece.  P4170305.jpgEvery other position starter had at least one hit with Raul Ibanez collecting 2 RBI and Jimmy Rollins with 2 hits, 2 runs scored and 1 RBI.

Cole Hamels was not spectacular, but he did put in a quality start.  Hamels got through 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Hopefully, this will be a stepping stone for Hamels to get back to his MVP form.  The Phillies won the game, 9-4 and will start a 3-game series tomorrow with the Cardinals.

Helmet Saves A Life

Many coaches, including ex-Phillies manager Larry Bowa, have grumbled over having to wear batting helmets while on the field coaching 1st or 3rd base during a game.  This action was taken when minor league coach, Mike Coolbaugh, was killed after being struck in the head with a foul ball in July of 2007.  Well tonight, the rule saved a life.  Padres 1st base coach, Rick Renteria, was hit directly in the helmet with a hard line drive off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez.  The crowd gasped as Renteria hit the ground, but thanks to the helmet, he was fine and went right on coaching.  Whew!  A very tense moment, to say the least.


Both JC Romero and Chad Durbin, big pieces of the Phillies bullpen, were placed on the 15-day DL today.  Romero is having a minor forearm strain and should be quick to return.  Durbin, on the other hand, has apparently been suffering from a back injury for a month now and neglected to tell anyone.  But after giving up 3 runs in a game last night which killed any shot the team had at a rally, Durbin finally fessed up.  Ugh.

So, Tyler Walker returns from the Iron Pigs to fill one of the spots and Drew Carpenter gets the second spot.  It is Carpenter’s 2nd stop to the team this year and his 3rd trip to the majors overall.


And congrats to Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox who threw a perfect game today against the Tampa Bay Rays!  And then, Buehrle got a congratulatory call from President Obama.  And then, I mentioned him in MY blog!  What a lucky, lucky guy :O)

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Win Streak Ends

The Cubs took revenge on the Phillies last night after being clubbed over their tiny bear heads the last few days.  So the Phils did not sweep and their win streak came to an end at 10 games.  But if they win every 10 out of 11 games, I think most fans will be more than happy with that. :O)

Although you cannot win every time, there were a few concerning aspects of the game.  Chase Utley does not look quite right.  In the entire series, Utley managed only 1 hit in 13 at-bats and struck out 5 times, which is not usually his style.  Utley also had an error in the field last night and just looks uncomfortable.  While you hate to speculate, it was this same time last year that Utley’s hip began to really bother him.  So, is he injured again or is this just a slump and maybe some fatigue after the rat race of the All-Star events?  We shall see…

Another player who is showing signs of trouble is Brad Lidge.  No one expects the perfection he displayed last year, of course.  And his struggles at the beginning seem to stem from the injury to his knee.  But now?  P7058522.jpgLidge claims to be healthy but has given up 5 runs in his last 5 2/3 innings.  That equates to an ERA of 7.94.  And his ERA for the season stands at 7.20 which closely mirrors his last 7 games.

Lidge has been put into games several times in non-save situations, and as baseball lore tells us, this is usually not a good thing for any closer.  It is said that the adrenaline and intensity are not the same in those situations, so many closers struggle.  Frankly, I do not buy it.  Do I see it happen all the time?  Yes.  But it should not happen.  These guys should be able to pump themselves up no matter the situation; it is what they get paid for.  If Lidge were truly “lights-out” when he does come in for saves, then the non-save problems would be easier to accept.  But he struggles even in the save situations now, allowing too many hits and too many walks.  Lidge did much of the same last year, but not to this extent.  Should we be worried?  Maybe.  Lidge needs to step it up and start looking like the closer that everyone knows he has the potential and ability to be.  But I am sure I do not need to tell him this; he already knows.

And that is my rant for the day :O)  So, today was supposed to be an off-day, but thanks to earlier April Showers, the Padres will come to town tonight for the one game make-up date.  Cole Hamels will need to do his best to rest our very weary bullpen.  Start time is 7:05pm and it is dollar dog night at the ballpark.  Enjoy!

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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:

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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A Sweep In San Diego / Hip Injuries On The Rise

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Greg Dobbs is a magician.  Just ask JA Happ.  While Happ pitched very well in last night’s 5-1 win over the Padres, he gives credit to Dobbs for turning his night around after a dicey 2nd inning.  Dobbs made a running, over the shoulder grab in right field to get Happ out of an inning where he had given up 2 singles and a walk to load the bases.  After the game, Happ said, “Dobber really turned the game around and gave me some confidence and made me focus in there more.”  Ultimately, Happ got through 7 scoreless innings with only 4 hits total surrendered.  He now has a record of 4-0 and a 2.48 ERA.

JC Romero returned to the mound tonight after that ridiculous 50-game suspension.  JC, welcome back!  We missed you!  Romero pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up 2 hits, a walk and one unearned run.  He was likely very emotional in his return, but he got the job done.  It must be a huge relief for him to finally get that first game out of the way.  By the way, Happy Birthday to JC who turns 33 today!

As for the offense, Ryan Howard belted a 2-run homer in the 1st to get the game off to a great start.  And Dobbs was a magician at the plate, as well as in the field, with 2 hits, including a double.  Pedro Feliz, Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth each knocked in a run and Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 8 games.  Every starting position player had a hit in the game except Chris Coste, but he walked twice.

This win in San Diego marks the Phillies 2nd sweep and 6th victory in a row!

Shooting From The Hip

The New York Times did an article this week on the recent rise in hip injuries, which have included Phillies’ Chase Utley, Brett Myers and now, Shane Victorino, who left the game last night with a left hip problem. 

Other big names like Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Carlos Delgado of the Mets have suffered the same injuries this year to their hip labrums.  Are they putting something in our water or is there another explanation?

While the theories vary, it seems many doctors think it may be a combination of kids who start playing at young ages before their bones are fully developed and strength training that focuses on knees and other areas, thereby putting more strain on the hips.  In my own personal experience, I can tell you both may be true.  I was diagnosed with the same hip injury over a year ago.  I chose to avoid surgery (for now) because it is very risky and in my case, it was possible that it may make things worse.  Being that I do not have a physical job like a professional athlete, I can get away with hobbling around when I need to.

In my case, I started playing baseball when I was 6 years old; plus, I have an underlying genetic bone deformity that is not helping the situation.  But I played anyway, because I wanted to feel like a normal kid.  Doctors were always worried about my knees and sure enough, a knee injury ended my playing days half way through high school.  In the years that passed, I spent countless hours building leg strength to protect my knees, as instructed by the doctors.  Now you can use my calf muscles to hold up a coffee table, but my hips are shot.  Coincidence?  They say hindsight is always 20-20.

When you focus on one part of the body, how can you expect the rest not to suffer?  This seems to be the case here.  Ten years from now, we may have the answer.  For the time being, all that can be done is to treat the issues as they arise.  I will keep you updated on Shane’s condition as the information is published.

Up Next

The weary eyes of all those intent on following this west coast trip will get no rest this week.  The play continues tonight in Los Angeles, which begins a 4-game series with the Dodgers.  And no sleep in sight for the East Coast fans…

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Rookie Impressive In Debut

Antonio Bastardo made his major league debut last night against the Padres and held them to only 1 run; a solo homer from Adrian Gonzalez. The 23-year old rookie pitched 6 innings, allowing 4 hits total, 1 walk and he struck out 5.  Bastardo threw mostly fastballs, but the 95mph heat proved to be explosive.  If he can begin mixing in a few more off-speed pitches, this kid may be the answer to the Phillies’ prayers.

P5314819 Ibanez.jpgAlso feeling the power last night was Raul Ibanez who, on his 37th birthday, knocked in 5 runs with a double and two homers; a very Happy Birthday indeed!  The birthday bash continued with 2 hits from Shane Victorino, and 2 RBI each from Ryan Howard and Greg Dobbs.  The score was 10-1 by the middle of the 7th.

Enter Chan Ho Park: Park allowed 4 runs to the Padres in the bottom of the 7th and looked like a little league pitcher.  Obviously disappointed about losing his starting spot, Park has really begun to unravel.  But if he cannot accept his new role, then what good is he?  I believe the clock may be ticking for Park…

Chad Durbin ran into trouble as well in the 9th when he loaded the bases.  Durbin has not looked like the pitcher of 2008 all year long; he did have a quick and easy 8th inning, but the hit and 2 walks in the 9th still leave everyone with the feeling that he is just not right.  Luckily, Ryan Madson threw one pitch to end the game and bail Durbin out, avoiding a huge disaster; but you still have to wonder, what is wrong with Durbin?  But give him a few more outings and let’s see if he can fix the issue.

The Phillies will try for their 2nd sweep in a row tonight with JA Happ on the mound; game time is 10:05pm again.

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Road Trip Kicks Off With A Win

Despite the west coast jet lag, the Phillies pulled off a win in San Diego last night with help from Chase Utley and Ryan Howard who nailed back-to-back solo homers in the 5th.  Shane Victorino collected 2 RBI on 2 hits and Raul Ibanez also had a 2 hit night.  The Phillies left a lot of men on base and in scoring position, but the pitching held up and they walked away with the victory.

Joe Blanton continues to improve upon his slow start to the season; Blanton pitched 5 innings of one run ball, but ran into trouble in the 6th.  Not to be outdone by the Phillies, the Padres also hit back-to-back homers in that inning.  But Blanton collected himself and went 7 solid with 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk.  Scott Eyre pitched 1 inning held the Padres down, allowing Brad Lidge to notch his 4th save in a row.

While the game was entertaining, the Padres 2nd baseman was far more interesting.  Can someone explain exactly what is up with David Eckstein’s batting stance?  Or, maybe I should call it his batting dance?  This guy looks like he downed a gallon of pure sugar before stepping to the plate.  He bounces all around, waves the bat back and forth frantically and looks as if his head may explode.  See for yourself:

Somebody get this man a Valium.

So tonight the Phillies send the rookie, Antonio Bastardo to the mound for his first major league start.  And yes, that IS his real name (Insert joke here).  Poor guy.  Incidentally, Bastardo is from the Dominican Republic and his name does in fact mean what you think it means.  In Spanish, the literal translation of “bastardo” is “Bast*ard, a son born out of wedlock or Boa, a short, thick-bodied, and very poisonous snake.”  Either way, not flattering.  Let us hope his pitching is more impressive ;O)

Romero 08ed.jpgAlso,  JC Romero is back tomorrow!!!  Say it with me now…Whooo Hooo!  After serving a bogus and totally undeserved 50 game suspension, Romero will finally be eligible to pitch.  Free at last!  Look for emotions to run high the first time he steps on the mound.  Welcome back JC!  We missed you!

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Meet Antonio Bastardo

Everyone loves to see young guys get a break and make it to the Majors; but the journey for Antonio Bastardo, 23, begins with a season-ending injury to the Phillies #2 starting pitcher, Brett Myers.  Antonio Bastardo JZD.jpgMyers will have hip surgery and Bastardo will have some very big shoes to fill.  Is he up to the challenge?

Bastardo was signed by the Phillies after he was not drafted in 2007.  With a 9-0 record and 1.87 ERA at the Lakewood Blue Claws that year, Bastardo was moved to Clearwater to start 2008.  Impressive again, Bastardo pitched his way to the Reading Phillies after a 2-0 record and 1.17 ERA with the Threshers.  In 2009, Bastardo earned a spot in the Phillies Spring Training camp where he continued to work on his pitches.  Ultimately, he ended up with Reading Phillies (AA) where his 2-2 record and 1.82 ERA earned him a promotion to the Iron Pigs (AAA).

After only 2 games with the Pigs, Bastardo now finds himself readying to face big league hitters.  Whether the youngster will show off his stuff or crack under the pressure is yet to be determined.  What we do know is that the Phillies need an arm to fill the void left by Myers and if Bastardo does not work out, the Phils may find themselves in a heap of trouble.  Or maybe he will be a surprise like Kyle Kendrick was in 2007.  Bastardo gets his first start on Tuesday in San Diego against Jake Peavy and the Padres.  Best of luck to him!

Just For Fun

I shot some video before yesterday’s game of Jayson Werth warming up in the Phillies batting cages; the footage is possibly a bit…interesting?  For lack of a better word anyway; but hey, I did not go down there and make him show off his belly…although if requested, I am happy to oblige ;O)


Race Weekend

And also just for entertainment’s sake, I thought I would share with you the hell that is NASCAR race weekend in Dover.  The Monster Mile attracts thousands of fans from all over the country and literally shuts down the town for 3 days.  You cannot go to the Mall, the grocery store or pretty much anywhere.  All businesses rent out their parking lots exclusively for the race fans cars, trailers and campers and local residents are trapped inside their houses for the weekend.  If you live in the neighborhood, you even have to show ID to get to your own house!  Here is just a sampling of what I had to drive through to get to the Phillies game yesterday:

I just keep telling myself, it is good for the economy and only happens two times a year.  Now if I could just avoid the toxic fumes, engines noises, beer can-strewn roads and drunk folks wandering about aimlessly…  Hmmmm…maybe next time ;O)

And in case you missed it yesterday, here is the Photo Album from the Phillies sweep of the Nats and historic win #250 for Jamie Moyer!

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Phinally! Moyer Gets #250

It took 6 tries, but the Washington Nationals proved to be the magic potion for Jamie Moyer who today became the oldest major leaguer in history to record 250 wins.  Moyer is exactly 46 years and 194 days old today.  The only run Moyer surrendered in 6 innings of work this afternoon was a solo home run to Josh Willingham, who hit 2 on the day; the second was off reliever Clay Condrey.  Incidentally, Randy Johnson of the San Francisco Giants will also go for a career milestone against the Nationals this Wednesday; Johnson is looking for win #300.  I am actually going to that game in DC to see if I can catch two historical events in one week :O)  Wish me luck…

By the way, Moyer is a saint!  Look at how he takes the time to show this little girl how to pitch right before the game and then gives her both the ball he signed and the pitched ball she threw:

Moyer 053109 ed.jpgAnd maybe that sporty new buzzed haircut helped him out today too :O)

As for the rest of this afternoon’s events, the 4-2 win over the Nats completed a 3-game sweep for the Phillies.  Lending a helping hand towards this victory was Chase Utley who seems to have taken up a personal mission to make Nats pitcher John Lannan’s life a living hell; Lannan is the same pitcher who broke Utley’s hand 2 years ago and since then, Utley has made him pay for it.  Utley went 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI in the win.  Chris Coste helped out, while making the most of a rare start; Coste hit a home run, a single and had 2 walks.  And Ryan Howard, hot off his grand slam yesterday, nailed an RBI triple in the 7th to give his team some cushion going into the late innings.

Some photos for you –  Howard tosses to first; Utley slides in safe; Howard slides in for a triple; Victorino runs the bases:

053109 ed.jpgAnd welcome back Brad Lidge!  “Light’s Out” Lidge has now notched 3 saves in a row, after a very rough start to the season with 4 blown saves.  He is throwing his slider for strikes, cutting down on the walks and starting to look like the Mr. Perfect of 2008 once again.  One more “Phinally!” on the day :O)

Here is the Photo Album from today’s win and historic #250 for Moyer!

The Phillies now head off to the West Coast to begin a 10-day road trip which will include the Padres, Dodgers and Mets.  A step up from playing the Nationals, but the Phillies have been hot on the road this year.  So the anticipation mounts as rookie Antonio Bastardo prepares to make his first major league appearance on Tuesday night against the Padres, in place of the injured Brett Myers.  But first, Joe Blanton takes the mound tomorrow night at 10:05pm (yikes!).  So much for getting any sleep this week…

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