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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.

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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.

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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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Next Stop Philadelphia!

7 Feb

After watching the Super Bowl yesterday and seeing Aaron Rodgers win it for the Green Bay Packers, I was thinking it could not have happened to a classier athlete. He waited his turn and when the time arrived he did nothing but capture it and led his team to a Super Bowl victory.

I also can not stop thinking about how we have two teams in the Flyers and the Phillies who are headed in the same direction as the Packers. With both the NHL season starting to get close to the end and Spring Training starting in about a week’s time it is an exciting time for Philadelphia.

The Phillies begin their season with a lot of hype and expectations to win the World Series next fall. With a rotation of R2C2 (Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Oswalt) it is hard to expect anything less than a championship. As long as the offense does not go stagnant, you should expect the Phillies competing untill the end.

With the Flyers sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 35-13-5, they are in great position to clinch a playoff spot and secure home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Although home-ice is not that essential as they have a better road record, it is still nice to see those bright orange jerseys and the home crowd decked out in all orange.

In the Super Bowl yesterday Roger Staubach presented the Lombardi trophy to the commissioner, which I though was a good idea that the NHL should take up. I feel though that the legend should be from the team that won such as in the Flyers case like Bob Clarke or others from the Broad Street Bullies Stanley Cup winning team. Either way it would an amazing sight to see Mike Richards lift the Stanley Cup over his head in celebration.

Go Philly!

-DB

76ers: A Definite Playoff Team?

28 Jan

The 76ers have won 5 of there last 7 games with the only losses coming on the road to Orlando and Charlotte, both games that could have been won losing by a combined 3 points. They are making strides to becoming a better overall team and currently sit in 7th place in the Eastern Conference Standings.

The Sixers schedule is extremely favorable to them down the stretch with 37 games left. 20 of the games will be at the Wells Fargo Center where they have a record of 14-7, and 17 of them on the road where there record is only 6-18.

Of the 37 games left on the schedule only 11 (only 4 on the road) of those games are against opponents that currently reside in the top 5 positions in each conference, teams like Orlando, Miami, Dallas, etc. The more favorable part of the schedule is the fact that of those 37 games 20 of them are against teams that if the playoffs started today they would not be playing. That makes up more than half of the remaining schedule (54%).

With this favorable schedule down the stretch, and just by running some numbers on current home and road record trends I predict that they will finish there last 37 games with a record of 24-13, finishing with a record of 44-38. If they are able to continue to play well at home and steal some games on the road they will finish above .500 and secure a playoff spot easily. As of right now on Hollinger’s playoff odds on espn.com the Sixers have a 71% chance of making the playoffs.

They are getting great play from their bench and have multiple guys that have the potential to step up and have a really good game. Evan Turner also seems to be gaining more and more confidence which could only lead to better things. The more this team plays as a team the better they will be and I believe Doug Collins is taking them in the right direction.

-DB

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