Phillies Spring Training (Part 9) Phillies 1-Hit Red Sox

3 Mar

In a low scoring game the Phillies beat the Red Sox 2-0, with a 1-hit shutout from the Phillies pitching staff. Cole Hamels pitched 4.0 innings, only allowing 1 hit and had 3 K’s and a walk. Hamels is looking like he is in mid-season form already and its only a week into Spring Training games. There were not many stand out performances from today’s low scoring game. Domonic Brown has still yet to register a hit in Spring Training, and his competition in RF Ben Francisco went 2 for 3 with a run scored.

RBI’s – RBI: Larish 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 – Ben Francisco– He went 2 for 3 with a run scored. He is batting .375 this spring and has been the most consistent player in camp.

Least Valuable Player – Michael Martinez– After going 0 for 4 today he now has a .083 AVG. I just do not see him making this roster and therefore being offered back to the Nationals at half-price.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Cole Hamels– He pitched 4.0 innings letting up only 1 hit and had 3 K’s and a walk. This is a good sign from Hamels as he looks to be back to his old dominant self that we saw in the 2008 Playoffs. He is out to prove that he is just as good as the rest of the aces on the staff.

Least Valuable Pitcher None– The Phillies only allowed 1 hit against the Red Sox, that is pretty impressive. Scott Mathieson, Michael Stutes, and Juan Perez filled in the other 5.0 IP all with quality outings.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – The player who helped his roster chances the most was Scott Mathieson. Pitching 2.0 IP with 2 K’s and a walk, if he can prove a nice RHP out of the bullpen he could replace Chad Durbin on this team. Pitcher Michael Stutespitched 2.0 IP and 2 K’s. He has now pitched 4.0 IP in Spring Training with 5 K’s. A great start to the Spring for him.

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Phillies Spring Training (Part 8) Phillies Fall to Orioles

2 Mar

The Phillies rallied in the 9th, but fall short to the Orioles 6-5 moving them to 2-3 in Grapefruit League Play. The rally was started on back-to-back HR’s by Michael Martinez and John Mayberry Jr. For the Phillies pitchers it was not their day allowing 6 runs on 16 hits. Roy Oswalt had a decent day with a line of 2.0 innings allowing 2 hits, 1 run, a walk & a strike out. Ryan Howard started off the scoring with a RBI double in the 1st inning. Also Carlos Ruiz has been away from camp to be with his family for the birth of his second son. He will be back in Spring Training by the weekend.

RBI’s – RBI: Howard (1), Young, De (1), Martinez, M (1), Mayberry (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 – John Mayberry Jr.– He went 2 for 4 with a HR and 1 RBI, if he could produce some consistent power off the bench it may win him a spot on the roster.

Least Valuable Player – Jimmy Rollins– I need a new LVP because Charlie gave Domonic Brown the day off today. Rollins went 0 for 3 with a K. Not good stats from a lead-off batter.

Most Valuable Pitcher – David Herndon– He pitched 1.0 innings letting up only 1 hit and had a K. I put only because he is the one of only 2 pitchers to let up less than 2 hits in this game. Not a good day for the Phillies pitchers.

Least Valuable Pitcher Brad Lidge– He pitched 1.0 innings allowing 3 hits and 1 earned run. As a closer he needs to cut down on the base runners, especially when the regular season comes around.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – The player who helped his roster chances the most was Delwyn Young once again. He is really making the most of his opportunity to win a bench spot. He went 1 for 1 today off the bench with an RBI. He is batting .500 so far this Spring and I give him the inside track on making the roster so far. Pitcher David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning only allowing 1 hit and had a K. This is a good outing out of a person who really needs to prove his worth, especially without the safety of being a Rule 5 pick anymore.

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Phillies Spring Training (Part 7) Phillies Fall to Tigers

1 Mar

The Phillies took a loss today to the Detroit Tigers falling to 2-2 in Grapefruit League play. Cliff Lee made his Spring debut on the mound pitching 2.0 innings and allowing 2 earned runs on 1 hit, a walk, HBP, and 3 K’S. This line may not look that great but the runs were scored on a HBP then a triple, which scored the first run, and then a Sac fly to score the second. Ben Francisco continues to produce although he went 0 for 3 he did get his 5th RBI of the Spring. Most of the regulars went 3 at-bats. The only real stand-out again was that Domonic Brown went 0 for 3 with another multiple K game (2 K’s). Back-up catcher Brian Schneider went 2 for 3 on the day.

RBI’s – RBI: Rollins (1), Francisco, B (5).

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– He went 1 for 2 with a walk hitting out of the 6th spot in the lineup a position where we should see him most of the year depending on how Jimmy Rollins produces at the top.

Least Valuable Player – Domonic Brown– Third straight day as LVP. He went 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts. He is yet to record a hit this Spring and needs to turn it around quickly to prove he can help this team Opening Day. I know it is still early but he has the most AB’s on the team but still has no hits, that does not cut it.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Dan Meyer & Mike Zagurski– Both of these left-handed relievers are trying to prove their worth as a coveted lefty out of the bullpen. Today they proved their worth each going an inning and not allowing any hits. They both walked a batter so that is a negative, but both worked their innings run free.

Least Valuable Pitcher Eddie Bonine– He pitched 2.0 innings allowing 5 hits (including 1 HR) and 4 earned runs against his old team. Not a good outing when you are trying to prove you belong.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – The player who helped his roster chances the most was Delwyn Young once again. He is really making the most of his opportunity to win a bench spot. He went 1 for 1 today off the bench which would be his main role on the Opening Day roster. On the other hand Michael Martinez came off the bench today going 0 for 2 with 2 K’s and 3 men LOB. It is not looking good for the Rule 5 draft pick specially since Josh Barfield, another infielder has gone 4 for 5 with an .800 AVG this spring.

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Phillies Spring Training (Part 6) Phillies Over Blue Jays

28 Feb

The Phillies took the win today 6-3 over the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, FL. Roy Halladay got in his first work of the spring and pitched 2.0 innings letting up 2 hits, with 1 strikeout and a walk. He allowed no runs. Most of the regulars in this game got about 3 at-bats and then were replaced for the backups. Domonic Brown got the start in RF and showed signs that he may not be ready for the big club yet, going 0 for 4 with 2 K’s (that makes 6 K’S and 0 hits in Spring). Placido Polanco and Carlos Ruiz both had 2 RBI’s to help Phillies to the early lead

RBI’s – RBI: Ruiz 2 (2), Polanco 2 (2), Francisco, B (4).

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 – Placido Polanco– He went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored. This is something we hope to see all year-long from Polly.

Least Valuable Player – Domonic Brown– Second straight day as LVP. He went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts and 2 men left on base. He is yet to record a hit this Spring and needs to turn it around quickly to prove he can help this team Opening Day.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Roy Halladay & J.C Ramirez– It is nice to see Halladay record a 2.0 inning shutout with a strikeout, but J.C Ramirez also pitched 2.0 innings allowing 1 hit and 4 K’s and he is only 22 years old facing some Blue jay starters.

Least Valuable Pitcher- Scott Mathieson– He pitched 1.0 innings allowing 2 hits and 2 earned runs against the Blue Jay’s back-ups

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – The player who helped his roster chances the most was Delwyn Young once again. He is really making the most of his opportunity to win a bench spot. He went 1 for 3 today but at least he is getting hits compared to the likes of Mayberry, M. Martinez, and Domonic Brown. Brown is really hurting his chance to make this club for Opening Day and could start out the season in AAA with Lehigh Valley. Pitching wise Scott Mathieson did not help his chance to make the roster out of the bullpen with a bad outing today.

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Phillies Spring Training (Part 5) Phillies Vs. Yankees part 2

27 Feb

The Phillies took their first lost of Spring Training today losing 7-3 to the Yankees in Clearwater, FL. Ben Francisco shined in the loss by going 2 for 4 with all 3 RBI’s in the game. Joe Blanton got the start and went a solid 3 innings not letting up any runs. Other regulars getting their first playing time of the Spring were Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Madson, J.C Romero, and Brad Lidge.

RBI’s – RBI: Francisco, B 3 (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 – Ben Francisco– For the second straight day he gets the MVP. He went 2 for 4 with a double, HR, and 3 RBI’s.

Least Valuable Player – Domonic Brown– He went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts and 1 man left on base. This is not a good showing, especially in trying to prove you should be the everyday starter

Most Valuable Pitcher – Joe Blanton– Pitched 3.0 inning with no hits allowed. Finished with 1 strikeout and a walk.

Least Valuable Pitcher- Brad Lidge– He pitched 1.0 innings allowing 1 hit, that being a HR and 1 earned runs. He can not divert back to last year and allow HR’s out of the bullpen if he wants to remain closer all season.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – The player who helped his chances the most is Delwyn Young who once again came off the bench with a hit and a run scored. The player who hurt his chances was Domonic Brown. You can not prove you are a starter by going 0 for 3 with 3 K’s, unacceptable. Also of note Danys Baez did not perform well in B game yesterday, which is not a good sign for him.

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Phillies Spring Training (Part 4) Game 2 Vs. NY Yankees

26 Feb

The Phillies opened up Grapefruit league play today with a 5-4 win over the Yankees. Dane Sardinha won the game in the top of the 8th inning on a bases-loaded 2 RBI Single. A total of 16 players played in this game as well as 6 pitchers. Cole Hamels got the start in the game going 2 inning letting up 1 run but none of them were earned. He struck out 2 batter and walked another. Regulars Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez got some at bats as well this game.

RBI’s – RBI: Orr (1), Gload (1), Sardinha, D 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 – Ben Francisco– He went 1 for 1 with a triple and a run scored. He also had a stolen base in his brief time in the game

Least Valuable Player – Raul Ibanez– He went 0 for 2 with a strikeout and 1 man left on base. It is early in Spring Training but today was not his greatest statistical game.

Most Valuable Pitcher – Cole Hamels– Pitched 2.0 inning only letting up 1 hit. He did allow one run, but it was unearned. Finished with 2 strikeouts and a walk.

Least Valuable Pitcher- Brian Schlitter– He pitched 1.0 innings allowing 2 hits and 2 earned runs. He had 1 walk and let up the games only HR. But still got the win, so not all bad.

Players Who Helped/Hurt Chance at Roster Spot – In today’s game Mike Zagurski helped his chances in an inning pitched he allowed 1 hit and struck out one. The player who hurt himself the most was Delwyn Young going 0 for 2 leaving 2 players on base. It was only one game but he needs to show a consistent effort all throughout Spring Training.

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Phillies Spring Training (Part 3) Bench

25 Feb

Based on my prior blog about the Phillies bullpen I said that the team will probably carry 7 relievers. That means the roster will consist of 5 starters, 7 relievers, 8 starting position players, and 5 bench players. There will be immense competition for the last couple spots on the bench. It is assumed that Brian Schneider, Ross Gload, and possibly Wilson Valdez (depending on competition from other utility players in camp) have secured spots. That leaves 2 spots available and a bunch of players trying to prove their worth in camp. I will take a look at each of these guys below:

The Loser of Ben Francisco & Domonic Brown – They will compete against each other during spring training to see who will become the starting RF. It could end being a tie and using a platoon situation, which is probably the best situation because I feel you can use either of those 2 to fill in for Ibanez on certain days as well as both could bring production off the bench.

John Mayberry Jr. – He is a dark horse, I feel that he is ready and prepared to take a role off the bench in order to ensure staying with the Phillies instead of being shipped off to AAA. If he could excel in a pinch hitting role it will not just help the team’s bench production, but his other assets such as running the base paths and playing OF on some days.

Delwyn Young – As a Non-Roster Invitee at Spring Training he is out to claim the last spot on the bench. The former Pirate and Dodger could be helpful off the bench because he is a switch hitter. That is always a nice thing coming off the bench so Charlie Manuel could play matchups against opposing pitchers. He does have a little power, but he must have a good Spring in order to make the final roster.

Robb Quinlan – In essence he looks like just another Ross Gload. He could play outfield but he is not good enough to play the field very much. He is mainly a first baseman just like Gload and we all know he will not play much there because of Ryan Howard. Unless he can prove that he is an excellent pinch hitter from the right side there is no room on the roster for him.

Michael Martinez – He is a Rule 5 Draft selection and we all know the Phillies like to take these players and for the most part they turn out to be pretty good. He has a little upside as a versatile fielder playing both infield and outfield. Also is a switch hitter and has a little base running skill. He will have to really show some potential in order for the Phillies to keep him around all year. He did get an RBI in the FSU game yesterday while playing CF.

Based on my analysis of these players the last 2 spots will go to the loser of the Francisco & Brown competition and John Mayberry Jr. It will all come down to who offers the best potential to replace Greg Dobbs and his pinch-hitting. I feel that the last 2 spots will be filled with OF’s no matter what because Wilson Valdez proved he can be a utility man for all 3 infield position last year and there is no need to change that. I also feel the last spot will be a right-handed or switch hitter because Ross Gload is already left-handed and Domonic Brown is as well.

It will be exciting to see who wins out these final roster spots, and I will keep you up to date on who is helping/hurting themselves throughout the Spring Training games.

-DB

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