The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Kyle Lohse from the Reds

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Monday 30 July 2007 at 8:23 pm

The Phillies have acquired starting pitcher Kyle Lohse from the Reds but they paid a huge price in lefty starter Matt Maloney.  Maloney was the #9 prospect in the Phillies entire minor league system coming into this season according to Baseball America.  He has started 21 games in AA ball this season and he was 9-7 with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  In 125.2 innings this season he has allowed 117 hits, walked 45 batters and whiffed 115.  Still, the Phillies needed help in the rotation now…so this trade could wind up helping them some this season.  Lohse started 21 games this season for the Reds and he was 6-12 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  In 131.2 innings this season he has allowed 143 hits, walked 33 batters and whiffed 80.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Ryan Madson on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Monday 30 July 2007 at 8:12 pm

The Phillies have placed righty reliever Ryan Madson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder.  This will hurt the Phillies as Madson has been one of their best relievers this season.  Madson has pitched in 38 games this season and he is 2-2 with 1 save, a 3.29 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  In 56 innings pitched this season Madson has allowed 48 hits, walked 23 batters and whiffed 43.  The Phillies have recalled Geoff Geary to replace Madson in the bullpen.  Geary has pitched in 37 games this season for the Phillies and he is 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  Geary has thrown 39 innings for the Phillies this season and he has allowed 43 hits, walked 16 batters and whiffed 24.

The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Tadahito Iguchi from the White Sox

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Friday 27 July 2007 at 4:24 pm

The Phillies have acquired Tadahito Iguchi from the White Sox for 20 year old reliever Mike Dubee.  This was a steal for the Phillies as Dubee is not that great of a prospect.  Iguchi will immediately step into Chase Utley’s starting spot until he returns from his broken hand.  Iguchi has played in 90 games this season for the White Sox and he was 82 for 327 (.251 avg, .722 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 6 homers, 31 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Look for Iguchi to play well for the White Sox as he should see a lot of fastballs batting in the Phillies lineup.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Chase Utley on the DL

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 27 July 2007 at 9:18 am

The Phillies have placed All-Star 2B Chase Utley on the 15-day disabled list with a broken hand.  He will likely miss 4-6 weeks and this will really hurt the Phillies offense as Utley was having his best season ever.  Utley has played in 100 games this season and he is 134 for 399 (.336 avg, .995 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 17 homers, 82 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Abraham Nunez will likely take over as the starting secondbaseman of the Phillies until Utley is ready to return.  Nunez has played in 81 games this season and he is 46 for 180 (.256 avg, .627 OPS) with 19 runs scored and 13 RBIs.

Adam Eaton needs to start earning his paycheck that he gets from the Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 3:00 pm

It’s amazing that Adam Eaton has a 8-5 record considering how poorly he has pitched this season.  Eaton has a 5.69 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP which proves how lucky he is that he plays for a team that can hit the ball the way the Phillies can.  Eaton has allowed 17 homers and he has walked 48 batters in 104.1 innings this season and he will need to improve on those numbers if he has any hope of finishing this season with a winning record.

Cole Hamels and Ryan Madson have been the best two pitchers on the Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 2:47 pm

Lefty starter Cole Hamels has been the only pitcher on the Phillies having an outstanding season.  He has electric stuff and he has been pounding the strike zone this season which has led to big time success.  Hamels is 10-4 with a 2.71 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP so far this season.  He will likely make a run at a Cy Young Award if he keeps pitching like he is right now in the 2nd half of the season.  He has whiffed 124 batters and only has walked 29 in 118.2 innings this season.  Ryan Madson had a rough season in 2006 but he has rebounded and it has helped the Phillies bullpen big time.  Madson is 1-2 with 1 save, a 3.66 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP so far this season.  The Phillies need him to keep up the good work in the 2nd half of the season.

Pat Burrell and Rod Barajas have been awful this season for the Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 2:28 pm

Pat Burrell could be on the verge of losing his starting job in leftfield due to his completely awful play this season.  Burrell has never been a good defensive player so his value has been completely placed on what he does with a bat in his hands.  Burrell is only hitting .215 this season with 32 runs scored, 11 homers and 37 RBIs so far this season.  If Burrell can get his groove back with the bat the Phillies will even be more potent on offense.  Rod Barajas was signed by the Phillies to compete for the starting job with Carlos Ruiz but he was beaten out and he has played poorly so far this season.  Barajas is only hitting .213 this season with 15 runs scored, 4 homers and 9 RBIs in 108 atbats.

The Phillies are having no problem swinging the bats

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 2:11 pm

The Phillies have gotten a lot of good hitting efforts in the first half of the season.  Chase Utley has been awesome again this season as he is hitting .325 with 64 runs scored, 15 homers and 68 RBIs so far.  A lot of those numbers were produced before Ryan Howard started hitting the ball well which shows what kind of a hitter that Utley is.  Jimmy Rollins is the guy that makes the whole offense go for the Phillies.  Rollins is hitting .286 with 71 runs scored, 22 doubles, 10 triples, 16 homers, 53 RBIs and 15 stolen bases so far this season and that says it all about what he means to the lineup at the top.  Aaron Rowand has stayed healthy all season long and he has made the All Star game because of it.  He is the ultimate gamer as he gives the Phillies 110% every day and night.  Rowand is hitting .310 with 52 runs scored, 11 homers and 43 RBIs and he will continue to play well as long as he doesn’t get injured.  Shane Victorino has been a very pleasant surprise for the Phillies this year.  He is hitting .277 with 55 runs scored, 11 homers, 37 RBIs and 27 stolen bases so far this season.  Ryan Howard has finally got his stroke back after a very poor start to the season.  He is now hitting .256 with 39 runs scored, 21 homers and 67 RBIs this season.  Look for Howard to have a monster 2nd half of the season.

The Philadelphia Phillies have a so-so first half

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 1:45 pm

The Phillies finished the first half with a 44-44 record which has them in 3rd place in the National League East, 4.5 games behind the Mets.  The Phillies are also 4.5 games behind the Dodgers for the Wild Card spot.  The reason the Phillies are a .500 team is because they can hit the heck out of the baseball but they can’t pitch.  The Phillies have scored the most runs in the National League (456 runs) but they have the worst ERA (4.91) and WHIP (1.46) in the National League.  It’s amazing that the Phillies are .500 when you consider that they have lost Freddy Garcia, Jon Lieber, Tom Gordon and Brett Myers to serious injuries.

Shane Victorino has been great this season for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 7 July 2007 at 10:32 am

The Phillies expected Shane Victorino to play well for them but they had no idea that he would be this good.  Victorino has played in 86 games this season and he is 90 for 327 (.275 avg, .768 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 10 homers, 35 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.  Look for the Phillies to continue scoring a lot of runs as long as Victorino continues to get on base for the big boys in the lineup.

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