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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » 2009 » September

The Philadelphia Phillies lose Jamie Moyer for the year

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Wednesday 30 September 2009 at 11:06 pm

The Phillies have lost 46-year old lefty starter/reliever Jamie Moyer for the season due to tears in his groin and abdomen that will require surgery. Moyer pitched in 30 games (25 starts) this season for the Phillies and he was 12-10 with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. It will be interesting to see if Moyer wins a job in the starting rotation next season as he was bumped out of it by Pedro Martinez. Moyer has pitched three seasons for the Phillies covering 96 games (91 starts) in which he is 42-29 with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. I think part of the reason that Moyer was so upset about getting yanked from the starting rotation is that he might think he has a chance at getting 300 career wins. After all, he does have 258 wins in his career but time is running out for him.

Ryan Howard is having another monster season for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 30 September 2009 at 6:58 pm

29-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard is having another great season for the Phillies. He has played in 156 games this season for the Phillies and he is 166 for 603 (.275 avg, .918 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 43 homers, 137 RBIs and 8 stolen base. Howard has also whiffed 186 times this season but with his production no one is ever going to try to change his swing. In his four years as a full time starter he has scored over 100 runs three teams, has hit at least 43 homers all four years and he has knocked in at least 136 runs in each of the 4 years. Besides Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard is the best 1B on the planet of Earth.

The Philadelphia Phillies were smart to keep Dominic Brown

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Saturday 26 September 2009 at 7:31 pm

The Phillies were smart to keep 22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Dominic Brown who was wanted in return in almost every trade conversation the team had before the trade deadline. He was the #1 prospect in the Phillies’ system coming into this season according to Baseball America. He played in 106 games in Rookie+A+AA ball this season and he was 118 for 395 (.299 avg, .881 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 14 homers, 64 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. The Phillies have enough depth in the outfield to bring Brown along as his own pace.

What will the Philadelphia Phillies do about Brad Lidge?

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Pitching BP by chinmusic on Tuesday 22 September 2009 at 6:54 pm

Last season Brad Lidge had a season for the ages as he pitched in 72 games for the Phillies in which he was 2-0 with 41 saves, a 1.95 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Lidge did not blow any saves last season as he was a big key to them winning the World Series. But, this season has been a disaster for the closer. Lidge has pitched in 62 games for the Phillies this year and he is 0-7 with 31 saves, a 7.24 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Lidge has already blown 10 saves this season and that’s flat out unacceptable. He has been all over the place this season allowing 66 hits (11 homers) and he has walked 33 batters despite only pitching 54 2/3 innings. He has whiffed 58 batters this season so he still has good stuff it just appears as if he has forgotten how to pitch. Ryan Madson has been sharp in the 8th inning for the Phillies this season and he could close if the team wants to go that route. Madson has pitched in 75 games this season for the Phillies and he is 5-5 with 8 saves, a 3.25 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He has 72 strikeouts in 72 innings this season showing he indeed has the stuff needed to close games. Brett Myers has also been a closer in the past. But, he is just coming of a injury so the trust factor is probably not there yet. Since his return from the D.L., Myers has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) and he is 0-0 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. If I were the manager I would go with Madson as the closer as Lidge just can’t be trusted.

Philadelphia Phillies’ Pedro Martinez strains neck

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by Andrew on Sunday 20 September 2009 at 2:43 pm

The Phillies have gotten a rejuvenated and healthy Pedro Martinez this year, as the 37-year has looked like a vintage Pedro.  That was until his start Saturday against the Atlanta Braves, where he left after only three innings due to a “stiff neck”.  The Braves ended up winning the game 6-4, as they held off a Phillies rally in the 9th inning.  The bigger news was Pedro and his neck, as he said he felt some discomfort there after swinging and missing on a curveball during his second inning at bat.  His neck began to stiffen up soon after that and manager Charlie Manuel shut him down before the start of the 4th inning.  Pedro had already given up three runs and seven hits, so it was the right move by Manuel.  It didn’t sound like that serious of an injury for Martinez, but neck injuries tend to linger around for a while and this may be a big problem for the Phillies.

Pedro Martinez has been electric for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 September 2009 at 4:56 pm

37-year old Pedro Martinez seems like he has turned back the clock for the Philadelphia Phillies. Martinez has started 7 games for the Phillies and he is 5-0 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He has allowed 35 hits in 37 2/3 innings for the Phillies while whiffing 34 batters. He also has his pinpoint control back as he has only walked 6 batters so far this season. With the Phillies behind him Pedro looks almost unbeatable and they hope he can keep up the good work.

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA two more players

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 3 September 2009 at 8:45 pm

The Phillies have designated 26-year old righty reliever Steven Register and 23-year old lefty swinging catcher Joel Naughton. Register pitched in 1 game for the Phillies this season and he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. He also pitched in 49 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this season and he was 1-5 with 13 saves, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Naughton played in 82 games in A-ball this season and he was 67 for 279 (.240 avg, .663 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 7 homers and 37 RBIs. The Phillies won’t miss either of these guys in the future.

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA Brad Harman

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 1 September 2009 at 11:17 am

The Phillies have designated 23-year old righty swinging 2B Brad Harman for assignment. Harman played in 116 games in AA-ball this season and he was 85 for 419 (.203 avg, .585 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 5 homers and 41 RBIs. He had whiffed 117 times this season in AA and that’s way too many for a hitter like him. Harman played in 6 games last season for the Phillies in which he was 1 for 10 (.100 avg, .382 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.

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