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When Will The Horror End?

Hey, remember that amazing perfect game pitched by Roy Halladay a few days ago?  That was so awesome.  It was the happiest Phillies day in all of 2010 so far; a historical, momentous occasion.  Ah, memories…

With the way the Phillies have been playing lately, that perfect game now seems like it happened ages ago; a distant memory of a happier time.  Aside from that one bright spot, the Phillies last 10 games have resembled a bad horror movie, including today’s 9-3 loss to the Braves.

The game got off to a very scary start when, with 1st & 3rd and only 1 out, Ryan Howard hit into an inning-ending double play.  Then starting pitcher Joe Blanton gave up a 2-run homer to Chipper Jones in the bottom of the 1st.  To make matters worse, manager Charlie Manuel decided to put Ross Gload in right field to give the struggling Jayson Werth a mental day off.  Well, with 2 outs, Gload missed a routine fly ball, sending the runner to second instead of ending the inning.  That runner scored and the Phillies fell into an 0-3 hole.

The next inning was just as frightening; with 2 men on base and 1 out, Wilson Valdez grounded into another double play to end another inning. 
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Manuel got ejected from the game in the 3rd inning following an indecisive call by the home plate umpire.  Larry Vanover said Greg Dobbs was hit by a pitch and then changed his mind after the Braves argued the call.  Nice job, ump.  Just what we needed…

Manuel’s ejection did nothing to wake the zombified Phillies offense.  Howard missed an easy ground ball in the bottom of the 3rd, allowing yet another unearned run to score.  And the Phillies bats stayed silent until the 7th inning when 4 straight doubles scored 3 runs.  What?  3 runs in one inning and all with 2 outs in the inning?  Who are these Phillies and where did they hide the zombies?

Oh wait, the undead have returned…in the form of the Phillies bullpen.  Given a little hope with those 3 runs and trailing by just 3-6, the Phillies bullpen put a stop to that.  Antonio Bastardo got 1 out in the 7th and then allowed a single and a walk.  Chad Durbin took over and with just one pitch, he gave up a 3-run homer.  I guess Durbin was just trying to clean off the bases for a fresh start?  Ugh.

Earlier today, Brad Lidge was activated off the DL…again.  How long this will last, no one knows.  He did pitch the 8th inning, as the Phillies tried to ease him back into his regular role.  He pitched a clean inning and looked like he is feeling much better.  We shall see…

With Lidge back, instead of optioning the young Bastardo to make room, the Phillies chose to designate Nelson Figueroa for assignment.  Figueroa may not be back.  He has to clear waivers first and then, if he is not picked up, he could either become a free agent or take an assignment to the minors.

So with this loss today, the Phillies are out of first place, ½ game behind the Braves.  If they can wake up and get anything done in the next 2 games against the Braves, they could turn it around.  The way this month has gone, I am sure everyone is happy to be done with May.  Let us hope June is better.

 

Head shots by Jenn Zambri Photography except Werth: MLB.com

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Finally…Some Runs And A Win

Odds were good that the Phillies would have to bust out of this major slump at some point.  Today against the Marlins, they finally scored for the first time since the 9th inning against the Red Sox on Sunday…5 days ago.  In the 4th inning against the Fish, a Ryan Howard single followed by a Raul Ibanez triple ended the drought.  Whew!

Of course, 3 strike-outs followed the Ibanez RBI, leaving him stranded on 3rd, making fans wonder if the one run was a fluke.  But the offense kept creeping back to life, scoring one run each in the 5th and 7th innings.  Chase Utley manufactured a run by walking, then stealing 2nd base, allowing him to score on another Howard single.  Utley later grounded out to score a runner from 3rd base.

Manager Charlie Manuel moved the line-up around a bit, giving Jayson Werth and Placido Polanco the day off.  Ross Gload and Greg Dobbs filled in; Gload went 1 for 4 and Dobbs was hitless.  Polanco is still having elbow issues after being hit with a pitch at the start of the season.  Hopefully, a little rest will get him back into the lineup.

As for starter Kyle Kendrick, he pitched very well.  His fielding, however, was not great and cost him the only 2 runs he allowed.  Thumbnail image for P7306493 kendrick cr.jpgWith 2 outs and 2 men on in the 3rd, Hanley Ramirez hit an easy ground ball to Kendrick who drilled the ball into the ground trying to throw to first.  Just as it looked like he was out of the inning, 2 runs crossed the plate on the error.

Both runs were unearned and Kendrick wound up going 6 innings without additional incident.  Overall, it was a quality start.  Chad Durbin and Danys Baez got through the next two innings fairly easily.  Jose Contreras came in for the 9th and got into trouble, allowing back-to-back singles with one out.  He struck out Cody Ross next and then Ronnie Paulino popped up to end the game.

So, with a little help, Kendrick beats the Fish and Contreras collected the save.  And the Phillies finally put an end to the 5-game losing streak.  Can I get one more big SIGH of relief….whew!  Game 2 in Miami is tomorrow at 7:10pm with Roy Halladay on the mound.

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Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Phillies Phestival 2010

The Phillies held their annual ALS Charity Phestival today which was attended by a huge sold-out crowd. 
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All of the players, coaches and broadcasters were there to sign autographs, mingle with fans and a few took photos with fans as well.   The Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay photo booths were very popular.  Halladay was especially friendly, signing extra autographs for fans even though the photo came with his signature.

The staff did a great job handling the large crowd and things ran smoothly.  It took less than 1/2 an hour for me to get through the Chase Utley line, which was a small miracle.  Here is Utley plus Raul Ibanez, Chad Durbin, Jose Contreras, Ross Gload, and the 2009 NL Champs and 2008 World Series Trophy’s:


Phestival 2010.jpgThe players were in good spirits and with a little help, I walked out with 21 autographs, plus some nice goodies in the grab bags I bought.  In the bags, I wound up with an Ibanez signed hat, a Brad Lidge signed ball, some bobbleheads and a ball signed by the entire broadcasting team.  Not too shabby.


DSCF6301.JPGI also met some very interesting people, like Bryan, who is a Cole Hamels look-alike.  He did eventually get a photo with Cole and hopefully, he will be emailing me a copy so I can share it with everyone.  This photo here does not do justice to the resemblence, which is amazing.   Every person who walked by him said, “Is that Cole Hamels?”  Bryan may be changing his name to “Cole” soon ;0)

Another thing I thought was very nice was seeing ALL of the players there to support the charity, even those on the DL.  Players not on the active roster can technically bail out on the event, as some have in years past.  But Jimmy Rollins, Brad Lidge, JA Happ and Ryan Madson were all there.  Kudos to these guys for their dedication!

By the way, back-up catcher Brian Schneider was also there as he has been taken off the DL and Paul Hoover was designated for assignment.

Here is the full Photo Album from the day.  By the way, congratulations to the Philadelphia Flyers!  They are on their way to the Stanley Cup finals!  Go Philly!

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Halladay Hit Hard

With a 3-8 loss to the Red Sox, it was a bad day all around for Phillies fans.  First, two of the stars from the movie “The Hangover” were supposed to throw out first pitches, but I guess it got bumped due to time constraints after the rain clean-up and tarp removal.  And I really, really wanted a picture of Bradley Cooper.  A sad day for women everywhere…

Next, the curse of the Phillies and Interleague play continued…  Roy Halladay had a very, very bad day.  Worries about his being overworked in his last outing, throwing 132 pitches, are beginning to look justified.  Todd Zolecki reported that due to the increased work load, Halladay actually adjusted his routine between starts.  Anytime a pitcher is thrown off his usual routine, something is wrong.

And that something is that Halladay is being used and abused and it finally caught up to him.  He had given up just 1 run going into the 4th inning but that is where the game took a serious turn for the worse.  With the bases loaded and one out, Greg Dobbs missed a ball that looked like a routine double play ball. Instead, it trickled into the outfield and 2 runs scored.
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Knowing that would have gotten him out of the jam, Halladay was visibly upset and had to be calmed by pitching coach, Rich Dubee.  It all went downhill from there.  Halladay ended the game with 7 runs, 6 of them earned, in just 5 2/3 innings.  The defense did not help him out as witnessed by the Dobbs blunder and check out this miss, which Shane Victorino almost caught:


052310a.jpgBy the way, this begs the question, why was Dobbs playing third with a sinker ball pitcher on the mound?  There is way too much action at 3rd in this situation and, as a bench player, Dobbs does not get much practice.  Placido Polanco could have taken a day off when either Joe Blanton or Cole Hamels were going to pitch.  The move made no sense and it cost the Phillies.

What also cost them was the lack of offense…again.  The Sox pitcher, Tim Wakefield, had not thrown a shut-out since 1997.  But today, it looked like it may happen as he went 8 scoreless innings.  The Phillies made this 43-year old pitcher look like a spring chicken.

Once Wakefield was pulled, the Phillies managed to squeak out 3 runs in the 9th with a Ross Gload 2-run homer and doubles from Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez. Here are a few more game shots:


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Photo Album from today’s game which includes these shots and more.

So the Phillies will be holding their annual Phillies Phestival tomorrow and I will report back on those events sometime on Tuesday.  After the Phestival,  they hit the road and start a series with the Mets at 7:10pm on Tuesday night.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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The See-Saw Ride From Hell

Have you ever noticed how a player on your favorite team seems like an Angel in the right uniform?  
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But when he goes to another team, he becomes the Devil.  Such is the case with Rodrigo Lopez who pitched for the Phillies last year and went to the Diamondbacks for 2010.  Lopez started the game against the Phillies today and pitched 6 innings, allowing 6 runs.  So, while we thank him for the 6 runs, sadly, he would only have earned his wings back if he gave us about 15 runs.

Because it looked like the Phillies were going to need 15 runs to win this one.  Kyle Kendrick started out pitching really well, but that only lasted 4 innings.  By the 5th, Kendrick had returned to his old ways, leaving balls way up in the hitter’s happy-zones and before you knew it, 5 runs had crossed the plate.  Kendrick was pulled after 5 innings and his outing turned into a huge disappointment.

The offense tried to keep pace and by the top of the 6th, they had gone ahead of the D-Backs by a score of 6-5.  Greg Dobbs hit a 2-run homer in the first, Ross Gload had 2 hits and an RBI and Carlos Ruiz gave them the lead with a 2-out, 2-run single. 

The line-up tonight was a bit odd, with Gload and Dobbs in the 1 & 2 spots and Wilson Valdez at short stop.   Juan Castro is still nursing a sore hamstring;  Shane Victorino sat in order to re-group as he has not been hitting lately; and Dobbs took 3rd base for Placido Polanco.  Polly has not looked the same since getting hit in the elbow with a pitch.

So if the Phillies were going to pull out a series win, they were going to have to depend on the back-up players and also hope that the pitching would hold up.  The back-ups did their job; the pitchers did not.

After Kendrick’s disastrous 5th inning, Danys Baez could not hold the lead.  He gave up 1 run in the 7th to tie the game at 6-6.  David Herdon got into trouble in the 8th; with no outs, Raul Ibanez threw a runner out going home and Ruiz held onto the ball for the out.  Herndon got a second chance, but he blew it.  A 1-out double scored the go-ahead run and then the hits kept coming.  By the end of the inning, the Phillies were down by a score of 6-8 and only 1 inning left to get back in it.

And as expected with this suddenly unpredictable offense, the Phillies fell short in the 9th and went down 6-8.  Having lost this series 1 game to 2, the Phillies have a lot of issues to address, not the least of which is starting pitching.  One man does not a rotation make and Roy Halladay can only win 1 game every five days.   Kendrick and Cole Hamels need to get their act together…fast.  Joe Blanton and JA Happ had better get well soon and Jamie Moyer is holding his own in the 5th spot.

see-saw ride.jpgAn even bigger issue is the bullpen; their performance has varied from inconsistent to just plain awful.  A lot of the pen pitchers, like Baez, seem to have a one game on, one game off thing going on.  It is like the see-saw ride from hell.  You just never know which end is going to be up or down and when.

And now the Phillies are heading to San Francisco to face the Giants red-hot pitching staff.  With all the injuries and inconsistent performances, the Phillies may be headed into big, big trouble.  And Trouble is called Jonathan Sanchez and Tim “I have 2 Cy Youngs” Lincecum.  The first game of the series starts tomorrow at 10:15pm.  Bust out the bottle of Tums; this is going to be interesting.

 

Player photos by Jenn Zambri Photography except Lopez as a D-Back; MLB.com

 

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Hamels Shines; Loses Game Anyway

On behalf of Cole Hamels, can I get a collective “Arrgghhhh!” please?  Thank you.  This poor guy pitched like a real ace today against the Marlins and has nothing to show for it.  His first two outings this year stunk, but the offense scored 8 and 7 runs for him, respectively.  Today, Hamels allowed just 2 runs over 8 innings, striking out 8 batters and did not issue any walks.  And this game, he loses by a score of 0-2.  Ugh.


P4189587.jpgThere were a few moments in the game where it looked like Hamels may revert to his 2009 ways and lose his cool.  The home run to Dan Uggla in the 2nd inning was one, but he just kept on pitching as if it did not happen.  The second instance was huge; with no outs in the 3rd, the inning began with a double to centerfield from the Marlins pitcher.  Allowing hits to the opposing pitcher, especially extra base hits, is usually the one thing you can count on to mess with a pitchers head.  But instead, Hamels struck out the next 2 batters and got the 3rd on a ground ball.  Bravo, Cole!  This is the guy we had all been missing.

But even after the huge effort put forth by Hamels, the offense came up with a great big ZERO.  The Phillies had opportunities, including 3 walks in the 2nd inning to Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz, but they still failed to score.  Incidentally, those same 3 players accounted for 3 of the 4 Phillies hits tonight.  The 4th was Placido Polanco.  So while Charlie Manuel apparently took my hint yesterday about player Francisco in place of Raul Ibanez, Francisco’s walk and double were wasted by those who batted after him.

Here are a few photos from the game:


041810b.jpgIn that same 2nd inning, Werth could have scored on the fly out by Juan Castro but did not.  He tagged up and started to run from third base, but for some reason he stopped and went back.  With Werth’s speed, he had a chance to make it.  Plus, there were 2 outs in the inning and the pitcher, Hamels, was due up next.  It was worth the risk.  And as luck would have it, the throw home sailed past the catcher, meaning Werth would have scored easily.  Another wasted opportunity.

For their final chance in the 9th, three pinch hitters were sent in; Ross Gload, Ibanez and Greg Dobbs all went down without a fight, faster than fans could run to the parking lot.  And there you have it; the Phillies first shut-out of the year and first lost series of the year.  They are now only ½ game in front of the Marlins for first place.

The Phillies have the day off tomorrow to collect themselves, but more bad news may be on the horizon.  JA Happ is suffering from a sore forearm and his scheduled Wednesday start is uncertain as a result.  They are already missing Joe Blanton from the rotation; if Happ is forced to the DL as well, the Phillies may be in big trouble.  Nelson Figueroa can probably fill in as a starter, but the pitching is starting to look awfully thin.  Please think Happ-Y thoughts this week and perhaps we can all will him to health :O)  It is worth a shot…

So, here is the full Photo Album from today’s game, which includes the always entertaining Phanatic Birthday celebration.  Check out the stuffed Clam, Clammy Sosa, eating and then spitting out an umpire…classic.

 

Photos by Jenn

 

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Meet The Newbie’s

So another Opening Day has passed and the Phillies are on their way to global dominance…or, something like it anyway ;o)  If you missed my photos from the event, check out the PHOTO ALBUM which includes Opening Day ceremonies, President Obama’s first pitch and game action.


1-warm ups (38).jpgAnd now it is time to start the season off right and introduce yourselves to the newest members of the 2010 Phillies.  The first one is easy…if you do not know who Roy Halladay is, you are clearly not a Phillies fan.  No worries though…only one game has passed; you have time to catch up .  Here is Mr. Halladay on the right with his very, very serious pre-game face on.  This former Cy Young winner goes by the nickname “Doc” and he is pretty amazing.  Enough said.

The few players you may not know well include pitchers Danys Baez, Jose Contreras and David Herndon; outfielder Ross Gload, infielder Juan Castro and catcher Brian Schneider, pictured here in that order from left to right, top to bottom:


newbies.jpgBoth Baez and Contreras are Cuban defectors; Baez is in his 9th major league season, pitched last for the Orioles and has a name that defies normal spelling rules.  Contreras, not as hard to spell, is in his 7th season and helped the Yankees coin the term “Evil Empire” when they signed him over the Red Sox back in 2002.  In other words, the Sox were pissed….end of story.

Herndon was in the Angels minor leagues last year and this will be his first shot at the bigs.  Ladies, he is single and plays the guitar…go get him!  I kid…

As for Gload, this is his 9th season in the majors and his 6th team.  He is a lifetime .283 hitter and should be a solid bench player for the Phillies.  Castro is another veteran going into his 16th season; he will be 38 in June and may start taking the same youth-inducing vitamins Jamie Moyer does ;o)  He is not a power hitter, but will be a good defensive back-up for the infield.  Schneider, formerly of the Mets and Nationals, is very familiar with the Phillies.  And as a former Phillies-killer, we are glad to have him on our side now.  His 11th season will be served as back-up to Carlos Ruiz.

And as a bonus, here are a few guys who are not really new, but you may not know them.  Pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Drew Carpenter are still rookies who spent a very short time with the Phillies last year.  They spent most of 2009 in the Phillies minors.

And then there is Placido Polanco, who returns to the Phillies after almost a 5 year absence; he was traded in 2005 to the Tigers.  But after his record-setting performance of 6 RBI in one game yesterday, the most by any Phillie on Opening Day, I am confident you now know who he is.  Welcome back, Polly!


AB DC PP.jpgLeft to right: Bastardo, Carpenter, Polanco   

Cole Hamels will take the mound against the Nationals in game 2 tomorrow at 7:05pm…Go Phillies!

 

Photos by Jenn

 

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Spring Ends On A High Note

The Phillies prevailed over the Pirates today by a score of 4-3 in the final spring exhibition game.  This win brings their Spring Training record to 15 wins, 12 losses and 1 tie.  Spring numbers do not mean a whole lot, however, so we will all be very glad to see the real games begin on Monday.

JA Happ started the game today and pitched 3 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits.  In the second inning, Happ loaded the bases with no outs and still only managed to give up the one run, thanks in part to some nice defense.


P4036015.jpgOne thing that has stood out the past 3 springs is the effort this team puts forth, even in games that do not mean anything.  Phillies players give 100% effort even in Spring Training.  It is refreshing to see that they do not hold back and always play the game the right way.  Here are just a few of the highlights from today’s game:


040310.jpgIn addition to the field acrobatics, a few players stood out at the plate as well.  Jayson Werth hit a solo homer in the 4th inning and both Chase Utley and Shane Victorino had 2 hits and 1 RBI each.  Raul Ibanez had a rough Spring overall, but he did collect one more hit today to improve his average to .130.  The low average is due to his very slow start, but Ibanez looks more comfortable at the plate now and hopefully, he is ready to compete.

The roster is nearly set now; after the game, the following players were assigned to AAA – catcher Paul Hoover, infielders Cody Ransom and Wilson Valdez and outfielder Dewayne Wise.  That leaves Juan Castro, Ross Gload, Ben Francisco and Greg Dobbs as the bench players, as well as back-up catcher Brian Schneider.

Three pitchers were placed in the DL retroactive to March 26; Joe Blanton, Brad Lidge and JC Romero.  These are not surprises.  There are 11 pitchers left on the active roster after these moves, which leaves one spot open for a bullpen pitcher after losing Blanton and moving Kyle Kendrick to the starting rotation.  Who the #12 guy will be has not yet been announced, although it is expected to be right-hander Andrew Carpenter.

Here is the full Photo Album from today’s game.  I will also be at the Opener in DC on Monday and will bring back photos from that one as well.  President Obama will toss the first pitch…see you there!

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Photos by Jenn

 

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Moyer Plays Superman; Hamels Still Working On It

While nothing official has been announced yet, it looks like the 5th starters spot will go to Jamie Moyer.  Against the Yankees on Friday, Moyer solidified his bid for the job by pitching 6 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed only 1 hit. 
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His overall ERA for spring is now 2.61, if your count all the “B” games he pitched also.  Is it possible that this 47-year old man, coming off 3 surgeries in the off-season, is simply just indestructible?  Either he is taking Fountain of Youth pills or secretly, he is Superman with the red, white and blue uniform being perfect camouflage for his super hero suit.

So Kyle Kendrick will probably start the year in the bullpen and just wait around for someone to toss a huge ball of Kryptonite at Moyer.  Either way, Kendrick should be content just to make the team after a young but up and down career so far.

Leaving his super hero costume at home, Cole Hamels is still a work in progress.  He got beat up on Saturday against the Twins, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 6 1/3 innings.  While Hamels was pleased that he was able to reach the 90-pitch mark in a game, he still has some big control issues to work out.  After the game, Hamels told the press that he is “starting to really feel game-oriented.”  With only 8 days left until Opening Day, let us hope that his “game-oriented” compass is pointing towards the strike zone.

Another point of concern this spring is Raul Ibanez, who is barely swinging the bat with a paltry .098 average.  That is only 4 hits in 41 at bats.  Ibanez struggle the 2nd half of 2009 with a hernia that was operated on this off-season.  While he recovered well from the operation, he still has not looked at all like the “RAUUUUUL” of old.  To make matters worse, he got hit in the right elbow with a pitch on Friday.  It may not be a serious injury, but it may be enough that he does not get much more hitting practice before Opening Day.

When the Phillies signed Ibanez to replace Pat Burrell last year, many people, myself included, questioned why they signed a player who was 4-years older than Burrell to a 3-year contract.  Ibanez will turn 38 in June and it does appear that he is not wearing the same Superman cape that Jamie Moyer is using.  Moyer is a freak of nature.  Ibanez, however, appears to be a mere mortal.  While everyone was thrilled with his performance in the first half of 2009, things went downhill from there and show no signs of improving.  Cross your fingers; this could get interesting.

The good news is, if one of the outfielders should go down, John Mayberry Jr. is waiting in the wings.  Mayberry was sent to minor league camp today, but he had a great spring and would likely be first in line to be brought up if anything goes wrong.   Mayberry had 6 RBI, a homer, 3 doubles and hit for an average of .289 in camp.

Two more players were reassigned today also; catcher Dane Sardinha and infielder Ozzie Chavez.  This means the bench for the Phillies should consist of catcher Brian Schneider, infielders Juan Castro and Greg Dobbs and outfielder Ross Gload.  With the 12 pitchers and other regulars, that should complete the 25-man roster.

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Moyer head shot by Jenn

 

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Half Way Through Spring

Having gone past the half-way point of Spring Training, the paring down of the Phillies roster has begun.  The first fourteen cuts included pitchers Phillippe Aumont, Yohan Flande, Scott Mathieson, Drew Naylor, J.C. Ramirez, Jesus Sanchez, Joe Savery and Bill White; position players cut were catchers Tuffy Gosewisch, Kevin Nelson and John Sumoi; infielder Freddy Galvis; and outfielders Quintin Berry and Tyson Gillies.  You will notice that all three of the players involved in the Cliff Lee trade are on the list.

One of those players, Aumont, had a very rough start in camp in an exhibition game.  But after that, he made a solid 2 2/3 inning appearance where he did not allow a run.  J.C. Ramirez did not fare as well, appearing in two games and allowing 3 runs over 4 1/3 innings.  Both pitchers are still early in their development and we may not have a real sense of their worth for some time to come.


Thumbnail image for Gillies.jpgThe third player from the Lee trade is Tyson Gillies who showed some real potential.  He ended his trip to camp with a .286 average in 7 at-bats, including a home run, a double and 2 RBI.  Gillies told the press that camp was a huge learning experience for him and was especially grateful to manager Charlie Manuel for his words of advice; Gillies said, “Charlie told me the things I need to work on, slowing things down. Slower. Slower when I’m hitting. He wants me to be slow with the feet, and quick with the hands. Basically just stay back a little bit more. Keep my hands and everything back and try not to lunge at everything. Let the ball come to me.”

While it is endearing to hear those comments from a young player, it also leaves one to wonder what exactly the coaching staff in Seattle has been doing…or not doing.  Gillies has been in the minors since 2007 and no one ever told him not to lunge at the ball?  Or even how to properly approach an at-bat and hit the ball?  It is no wonder then why so many young players develop so many bad habits.  Seems that “coaching” may be a lost art…

Those players that remain in camp will slowly be whittled down to the final 25-man roster.  Starting pitchers, like JA Happ, will see a steady increase in innings.  Happ went 4 solid yesterday in a 5-4 win over the Twins.  He allowed just one hit and struck out 3.  Kyle Kendrick followed today with 4 solid innings of his own, allowing 2 hits.  Kendrick remains on the heels of Jamie Moyer in the competition for the 5th starters spot.

As for the hitters, here is a look at the batting averages for each player still in camp, with at least 5 at-bats:

W Valdez

.750

 

R Gload

.294

B Bocock

.455

 

J Castro

.273

C Utley

.438

 

R Howard

.250

P Polanco

.375

 

J Rollins

.250

D Wise

.375

 

B Francisco

.235

D Brown

.350

 

C Ransom

.200

O Chavez

.333

 

F Galvis

.182

G Dobbs

.333

 

J Werth

.136

B Schneider

.333

 

R Ibanez

.115

J Mayberry

.318

 

C Ruiz

.100 Bottom of Form

S Victorino

.313

 

 

 

 

Chase Utley and Placido Polanco lead the pack among the regular players.  And as expected, Polanco’s transition from 2nd to 3rd base has been very smooth.  He had one rough game right at the start for his only error of Spring, but has been great ever since.  Polanco has 17 assists and turned 5 double plays in 42 innings of work.

As for the still rehabbing players, Brad Lidge is doing well and will start a Double A Spring game on Thursday.  Manager Charlie Manuel announced that is Lidge is not ready in April, Ryan Madson will be given the closer duties.  JC Romero is also progressing, but will not be ready for Opening Day; he did throw some breaking balls today for the first time since his surgery and depending on how he feels over the next few days, he may get to throw to hitters this week.

 

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Gillies photo – MLB.com

 

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