Rod Barajas loses starting job with frigid start to the season for the Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Wednesday 11 April 2007 at 9:36 pm

Rod Barajas started out the season 0 for 8 with a .111 OPS and seems to have lost his starting job to Carlos Ruiz.  He can get it back if he starts swinging a good bat which is possible considering his past performance as a starting catcher.

The Philadelphia Phillies have a few players that got off to good starts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 9 April 2007 at 5:09 pm

The Phillies have three hitters that got off to good starts.  Jimmy Rollins has been incredible leading off for the Phils as he’s hitting .304 with 6 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBIs.  Pat Burrell (.381) and catcher Carlos Ruiz (.333) are both off to good starts also.

Cole Hamels really had an excellent first start of the season as he pitched 7 innings and whiffed 8 batters while not allowing and earned run.  But, he didn’t win the game.  4 relievers didn’t give up an earned run last week and they were:  Clay Condrey (3 IP, 5 K’s),  Geoff Geary (2.2 IP), Joseph Bisenius (2 IP) and Matt Smith (1.2 IP).

The Philadelphia Phillies off to a rough start to 2007 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 9 April 2007 at 5:02 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies only went 1-5 last week and they sit it 4th place in the A.L. East, 4 games behind the Braves.  The Phillies were outscored 32-26 in their six games which shows that the pitching has been the big reason for their rough start to the season.

The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Francisco Rosario from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Saturday 7 April 2007 at 10:58 am

The Phillies really needed help in the bullpen and Rosario might really be a good acquisition by them.  The 26 year old righty Francisco Rosario pitched in 17 games for the Blue Jays last season and he was 1-2 with 1 hold, a 6.65 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.  He walked 16 batters and allowed 4 homers in only 23 innings for the Jays and he will need to improve on those numbers big-time if he’s going to help the Phillies.  But he has a very live arm as he whiffed 21 batters in 23 innings for the Jays so don’t bet against him pitching well for the Phillies this season. 

The Philadelphia Phillies sign relief pitcher Rick Bauer to a minor league contract

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Saturday 7 April 2007 at 10:48 am

30 year old righty reliever Rick Bauer had an awful Spring Training for the Texas Rangers and it got him cut.  The Phillies will start Bauer out in the minors and bring him up to big league club if he pitches well.  He was 3-1 with 7 holds, 2 saves, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in 58 games (1 start) for the Texas Rangers last season.  Over his six year career, Bauer has complied a 11-14 record with 22 holds, 3 saves, a 4.34 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in 183 games (10 starts).  If Bauer straightens out he will really help the Phillies who are hurting in the bullpen.

The Philadelphia Phillies place catcher Chris Coste on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Monday 2 April 2007 at 8:59 pm

The Phillies have placed Chris Coste on the DL because of a strained right hamstring.  He should be able to return when he’s elgible as the Phillies think this is just a minor injury.

The Philadelphia Phillies place 3 players on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Monday 2 April 2007 at 1:56 pm

The Phillies have placed pitchers Jon Lieber, Freddy Garcia and catcher Ryan Buddie on the 15-day DL.  Garcia has a case of right biceps tendinitis.  He will likely rejoin the Phillies rotation on 17th or 18th.  Jon Lieber has a strained right oblique muscle which comes at a bad time for him as he could have subbed for Garcia.  He will pitch out of the bullpen when he returns unless the Phillies’ have a starting pitcher go down to injury.  Ryan Buddie has a strained oblique muscle.  Buddie has at least three catchers ahead of him on the Phillies depth chart, so he will likely be returned to the Los Angeles Angels at some point as he was selected off ot their roster in the Rule 5 Draft last winter.

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