Death to the Shootout!

24 Mar

The shootout has got to go! I understand the reason it was put into the NHL, so they gain regain some popularity and put in a new rule that fans would look forward to. It is no way to end the game and I am not just saying that because the Flyers have lost their last 2 in shootout style. It is not exciting and it places the emphasis on individual players instead of the whole team. They already waste all this time bringing the Zamboni’s out on the ice before the shootout, they might as well change it to something different.

Alternatives

1. First off you can keep the 4 on 4 OT style that they play with but extend the time to 10, 15, or 20 minutes sudden death. 4 on 4 hockey is very exciting and it is back and forth the whole time.

2. Play a 4 on 4, 5 minute OT. If nobody scores during that time then go to 3 on 3 for 5 minutes. I am positive that with the skill on the ice a goal will be scored during this time.

3. Both of these options are good options but if nobody scores in the amount of time allotted then the game should end in a tie and each team gets 1 point and we move on to the next game.

The shootout proves nothing and frankly seems more boring then exciting to me these days. Specially because it takes time to Zamboni then they go one at a time and it just ends. Boooooorrrringgggg! NHL should change the rules so that more team skill is involved instead of individual skill.

-DB

Phillies Spring Training (Part 15) Phillies Beat the Tigers

9 Mar

The Phillies won their Grapefruit League game today 5-3 over the Tigers behind a strong 4 run second inning. Joe Blanton took the hill today despite rumors he could be traded the Texas Rangers. His final line was 5.0 IP allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs, along with 3 K’s and 2 walks. Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero also pitched for a combined 2.0 IP allowing no runs. On Offense most of the runs came from Brian Schneider who hit a 3-Run HR in the 2nd inning. Also having a good day was Raul Ibanez who went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Chase Utley is going to be seeking more opinions, but it does not look like good news will be coming out of this story.

RBI’s – RBI: Gload (2), Schneider 3 (4), Larish (3).

I will hand out awards for each Spring Training game based on mostly statistical categories. There will be 5 awards handed out to players who are normally regulars. (Most Valuable Player, Least Valuable Player, Most Valuable Pitcher, Least Valuable Pitcher, Players Who Helped/Hurt Chances of Making the Team)

Awards for Game
Most Valuable Player – Raul Ibanez- Ibanez went 2 for 3 today with a run scored. He raised his Spring Batting Average to .240 AVG. Multiple hit games especially in Spring Training are always a sign of a good game.

Least Valuable Player – None- Every Phillies starter got at least a hit or reached base through a walk. Nobody really had a glaring bad day, which as a fan is a nice thing to see.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Ryan Madson- I tweeted the other day that i would like to see Madson get a chance at being a closer full-time. Brad Lidge is really inconsistent, which is not a good thing for a closer to be. Both could be Free Agents at the end of the year and I feel Madson has more upside of the two.

Least Valuable Pitcher – Mike Zagurski- he pitched 1.0 IP allowing a run on 2 hits. As a lefty in competition for a roster spot giving up runs, especially late in the game never looks good on the stat sheet.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning only allowing 1 hit. That is a good sign for him as he competes to make the final roster. On offense Delwyn Young continues to accumulate hits going 1 for 3 today and hitting .321 AVG for the spring.

Boxscore

Phillies Spring Training (Part 14) Phillies Walk-Off Over Orioles

8 Mar

The Phillies came from behind with a walk-off single in the 9th inning to beat the Orioles 4-3. Cole Hamels got the start going 4.0 IP allowing 1 hit and 2 earned runs, along with 2 K’s and 2 walks. He started the game off slow with a couple walks and a double, but later turned it around had a nice outing. Ryan Howard hit his 3rd HR of the Spring going 1 for 2 with a RBI. Carlos Rivero won the game in the 9th on a walk-off single. Both Delwyn Young and John Mayberry Jr. also recorded a hit a piece.

RBI’s – RBI: Howard (5), Victorino (1), Rivero 2 (2).

I will hand out awards for each Spring Training game based on mostly statistical categories. There will be 5 awards handed out to players who are normally regulars. (Most Valuable Player, Least Valuable Player, Most Valuable Pitcher, Least Valuable Pitcher, Players Who Helped/Hurt Chances of Making the Team)

Awards for Game
Most Valuable Player – Shane Victorino- Victorino went 2 for 3 this game with a double and a RBI. Hitting out of the lead-off spot in the lineup today. He is now hitting .333 AVG this Spring.

Least Valuable Player – Placido Polanco- He went 0 for 3 with 2 runners left on base. So far he is only batting .208 AVG in the Spring and with Utley not playing right now the Phillies need more production out of him in the lineup.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Danys Baez & Drew Carpenter- These 2 Right-Handed Relievers both pitched perfect innings in the late part of the game to keep it close. They also combined for 3 K’s (Baez 2, Carpenter 1). These are the types of outings that help pitchers make the roster.

Least Valuable Pitcher – Brad Lidge- Pitching in his 1.0 IP he again managed to let up a run. As a closer, especially in close games, you expect them to shut them down. He started the inning with a HBP then later allowed a double to let the run score.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – I like how Danys Baez and Drew Carpenter worked out of the bullpen today. With the loss of Chad Durbin there is a need for another righty out of the pen. On offense Carlos Rivero went 2 for 2 with the game-winning single in the 9th inning.

Boxscore

Phillies Spring Training (Part 13) Phillies lose to Yankees

7 Mar

The Phillies lose to the Yankees 7-1 on Monday. The offense did not really show up for the game, with the only run coming off a Wilson Valdez HR. The only other starters with hits were Shane Victorino and Jimmy Rollins (both with singles). Roy Oswalt did not have his greatest appearance, but that is allowed when it is only Spring Training. Vance Worley also did not pitch well letting up 5 hits in 2.0 IP. The Phillies take on the Orioles tomorrow in Grapefruit League action.

RBI’s – RBI: Valdez, W (1).

I will hand out awards for each Spring Training game based on mostly statistical categories. There will be 5 awards handed out to players who are normally regulars. (Most Valuable Player, Least Valuable Player, Most Valuable Pitcher, Least Valuable Pitcher, Players Who Helped/Hurt Chances of Making the Team)

Awards for Game
Most Valuable Player – Wilson Valdez- Valdez went 1 for 2 with a rare HR. He accounted for the Phillies only run of the game and is now hitting .529 AVG in the Spring. It was not the Phillies strongest game offensively recording only 5 hits.

Least Valuable Player – Ryan Howard- He went 0 for 3 with 2 K’s. We all know he can’t always have good games. In these games where the offense is off strike outs really stand out.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Drew Naylor- Naylor a young pitcher from Australia pitched 1.1 IP allowing 1 hit with 3 K’s and a walk. In a game where the team allowed 7 runs this is a very good line for a pitcher.

Least Valuable Pitcher – Roy Oswalt- He pitched 2.2 innings allowing 4 hits and 5 runs, 3 earned, 3 K’s. His downfall was that he allowed the Yankees to hit 2 HR’s off of him in the short time he was in the game.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – Nobody really helped there chances of making the roster and also nobody really hurt their chances either. Since the Phillies did not get many hits and the starters played untill they reached 3 at-bats there were no real chances for back-ups to show their stuff.

Boxscore

Phillies Spring Training (Part 12) Phillies Split (Split-Squad) Games

6 Mar

Game 1 Vs. Rays
The Phillies split-squad game against the Rays was decided on a walk-off single by back-up catcher Joel Naughton. The Phillies tied it an inning earlier on a HR by Mike Rizzotti. The final score was 5-4 Phillies. Cliff was impressive in his 4 IP, he had 5 K’s. Ryan Howard recorded his 4th RBI on his 2nd HR of the Spring. Other solid performances were turned in by Ross Gload going 2 for 4, and Placido Polanco going 1 for 3 with a RBI. J.C. Romero and Scott Mathieson both recorded scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th.

RBI’s – RBI: Howard (4), Schneider (1), Polanco (3), Rizzotti (2), Naughton (1).

I will hand out awards for each Spring Training game based on mostly statistical categories. There will be 5 awards handed out to players who are normally regulars. (Most Valuable Player, Least Valuable Player, Most Valuable Pitcher, Least Valuable Pitcher, Players Who Helped/Hurt Chances of Making the Team)

Awards for Game
Most Valuable Player – Ryan Howard & Mike Rizzotti- These two big guys combined to go 3 for 4 each hitting a HR. Rizzotti’s HR tied the game in the 8th inning. For Howard it is nice to see his power and hope it sticks around for a while. Rizzotti is a young, Howard like first baseman who we could see down the line as the replacement for Ryan.

Least Valuable Player – Jimmy Rollins- He went 0 for 3 again with 1 runners left on base. He is batting .190 AVG this Spring and really has not done much with his playing time so far. As fans we look for his imporvement before the start of the regular season.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Cliff Lee- Lee pitched 4.0 shut down inning only allowing 2 hits and striking out 5. He faced 14 batter which is 2 above the minimum and he seems to be getting really close to his regular season shut-down form.

Least Valuable Pitcher – Eddie Bonine- His name has come up in these blogs twice so far both as a LVP. He pitched 2.0 IP allowing 3 runs toady on 3 hits. His current spring ERA is at 15.75, which as we all know will not get you a spot on the Opening Day Roster.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – With the news of Domonic Brown breaking his hand it opens up a spot on the team especially for an OF. Some people who will benefit from this is Delwyn Young (who I thought already should make the team), John Mayberry Jr., or even an extra infielder such as Josh Barfield, or Robb Quinlan. The only reason for an extra infielder is based on how hurt Chase Utley is. Scott Mathieson pitched 1.0 IP with a walk and a strikeout, allowing no hits.

Game 1 Boxscore

Game 2 Vs. Tigers
The Phillies lose to the Tigers on a walk-off single in the 9th. Kyle Kendrick was solid in his 3.0 IP as was David Herndon in his 2.0 IP. On offense John Mayberry Jr. got his 2nd HR of the spring and Wilson Valdez going 3 for 3. Also the Phillies received a hit from Carlos Ruiz

RBI’s – RBI: Mayberry (2).

Awards for Game
Most Valuable Player – Wilson Valdez- Valdez went 3 for 3 this game while playing CF and batting lead-off. If he can add OF to his repertoire he makes himself very useful and will provide him with more opportunities to play. SO far this Spring he is batting .533 AVG and has stolen a couple of bases. Very good production out of a bench player.

Least Valuable Player – Robb Quinlan- He went 0 for 3 in today’s game and is batting .111 AVG throughout the Spring. He is trying to prove to the Phillies that he is a useful player to keep on the big league roster, but so far he has done nothing to impress.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Kyle Kendrick- Kendrick got the start and went 3.0 IP allowing only 1 hit and striking out 1 batter. He is looking good so far this spring and is fit for a spot as the long reliever/spot starter for the Phillies coming out of camp. His competitor David Herndon also pitched well in this game.

Least Valuable Pitcher – Matt Anderson- He only recorded 1 out in the 9th inning while allowing 3 hits and letting the winning run score for the Tigers. He is a veteran pitcher trying to prove he is still worthy of a job in the Major League. Probably not a spot open for him on the Phillies.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – One player who I am really high on is John Mayberry Jr. I feel his right-handed bat could be a nice asset on the bench and allow options for those games when the Phillies face left-handed pitching all game long. He went 1 for 3 in the game with his 2nd HR of Spring Training.

Game 2 Boxscore

Phillies Spring Training (Part 11) Halladay Shines in Loss

5 Mar

The Phillies take the loss today to the Pirates 4-3. There were a lot of positives that came out of todays game starting with Roy Halladay pitching 3.0 IP allowing 1 hit, with 4 K’s and 2 walks. A pretty solid Spring Training line for Halladay. On offense both Ben Francisco and Delwyn Young had big games going 5 for 6 combined with 2 RBI’s. Another positive was the appearance of the back-end of the bullpen. Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, and Jose Contreras shut down the Pirates in the last 3 innings in hope of a Phillies comeback. The Phillies play their 1st split-squad game tomorrow look for multiple blogs…

RBI’s – RBI: Francisco, B (6), Young, De (2), Martinez, M (2).

I will hand out awards for each Spring Training game based on mostly statistical categories. There will be 5 awards handed out to players who are normally regulars. (Most Valuable Player, Least Valuable Player, Most Valuable Pitcher, Least Valuable Pitcher, Players Who Helped/Hurt Chances of Making the Team)

Awards for Game
Most Valuable Player – Delwyn Young- Young went 3 for 3 filling in at 2B for the injured Chase Utley. He also recorded a RBI and run scored in the game. He has everything needed for an Opening Day roster spot on the bench. He can play both OF and 2B, which is especially important with the uncertainty of Utley right now.

Least Valuable Player – Jimmy Rollins- He went 0 for 3 with 2 runners left on base. He needs to show more consistency in the Spring so that it will transfer over to the regular season. Everyone expects him to be better than his poor showing last year (somewhat due to injuries).

Most Valuable Pitcher – Back-End of Bullpen- Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, and Jose Contreras all pitched in today’s game. They combined for 3.0 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk and 2 K’s. They shut down the game at the end, which is what will be expected of those 3 come the regular season.

Least Valuable Pitcher – J.C Ramirez- He pitched 3.0 innings allowing 5 hits and 4 earned runs, and a K. Just a tough day allowing too many hits and runs. Keep in mind he is still a young pitcher.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – Domonic Brown finally got his first hit of the Spring today and finished off 1 for 1 in the game. Hopefully this will settle him down and gets him on a little roll this week. He has the ability to make this roster and even be the starting RF, but with the camp Ben Francisco is having it will be tough to win that spot. Francisco went 2 for 3 today with an RBI.

Boxscore

Phillies Spring Training (Part 10) Phillies Over Pirates

4 Mar

The Phillies took on the Pirates today and came out with the 7-4 win. Ryan Howard hit his 1st HR of the spring along with going 2 for 3. Other regulars with multiple hits were Jimmy Rollins going 2 for 3 and Wilson Valdez going 3 for 4. Joe Blanton got the start and had a decent outing. His final line was 3.2 IP allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 2 K’s and a walk. Drew Carpenter worked his first inning out of relief since his switch from being a starter. He pitched himself into a bases loaded jam, but eventually got out of the inning without any damage. Good sign of nerves from him out of the bullpen.

RBI’s – RBI: Ibanez (1), Howard 2 (3), Rizzotti (1), Orr (2), Sardinha, D (3), Galvis (1).

I will hand out awards for each Spring Training game based on mostly statistical categories. There will be 5 awards handed out to players who are normally regulars. (Most Valuable Player, Least Valuable Player, Most Valuable Pitcher, Least Valuable Pitcher, Players Who Helped/Hurt Chances of Making the Team)

Awards for Game
Most Valuable Player – Ryan Howard & Wilson Valdez- Howard went 2 for 3 with a run scored and 2 RBI’s. He also hit his 1st HR of the Spring, which is always a good site to see. Wilson Valdez went 3 for 4 with 2 stolen bases and a run scored. This is what you like to see out of a bench utility player, especially with Chase Utley injured right now.

Least Valuable Player – Michael Martinez- After going 0 for 4 yesterday he went 0 for 4 today as well. He now has a .063 AVG. I do not see him making this roster, he offers nothing that we can’t get out of a Delwyn Young or Wilson Valdez.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Danys Baez- He pitched 1.1 innings letting up 1 hit. This is a good sign specially because he pitched fairly early in the game against real competition. He is a veteran and if he can get back to where he was prior to coming to the Phillies it can be nothing but good for the bullpen. Remember Chad Durbin’s spot in the bullpen needs to be replaced.

Least Valuable Pitcher – Dan Meyer - He pitched 1.0 innings allowing 2 hits and 2 earned run’s 2 K’s and a walk. He is a lefty who needs to prove his worth to make it into the bullpen for the Phillies on Opening Day.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – Not necessarily making the roster but proving he may be Ryan Howard’s replacement sometime down the line is what Mike Rizzotti did today. He went 1 for 1 with a double, RBI, and a run scored. He is similar in stature to Howard standing at 6-5, 235 pounds. Also Antonio Bastardo pitched the 9th inning today and held the Pirates hitless along with posting 2 K’s. A great sign from the hard throwing lefty.

Boxscore

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