The Philadelphia Phillies place Ryan Madson on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 30 April 2010 at 8:53 pm

The Phillies have placed closer Ryan Madson on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right big toe. He injured himself after kicking a metal chair last Wednesday after blowing a save. That was very mature of him. Madson has pitched in 9 games (0 starts) in which he is 1-0 with 4 saves, a 7.00 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. The Phillies have activated Brad Lidge off the D.L. and they have also recalled 24-year old lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo. Lidge will likely take back over as the closer for the Phillies. He pitched in 8 games (3 starts) on his rehab assignment in A+AA+AAA-ball this year and he was 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. The Phillies hope that Lidge will be better this season than he was in 2009. In 2009, Lidge pitched in 67 games (0 starts) in which he was 0-8 with 31 saves, a 7.21 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. If he can’t handle the job while Madson is out of action the Phillies could be in big trouble with the bullpen. Antonio Bastardo has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this season and he is 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He never deserved to be sent to the minors in the first place so the Phillies think he will pitch well for them.

UPDATE: (5/5/2010) – Madson had surgery to repair his broken toe which will keep him out of action for at least the next 8 weeks. This is a huge blow to the Phillies as they must now trust Brad Lidge again as the closer with very few alternatives.

Jose Contreras has been nasty out of the pen for the Philadelphia Phillies so far

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Friday 30 April 2010 at 7:46 pm

38-year old righty reliever Jose Contreras has been downright nasty out of the pen for the Phillies so far this year. He has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this season and he is 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP. Contreras has only given up 4 hits in 6 2/3 innings this season as he is missing a lot of bats. He also has a stunning 12 whiffs without walking a batters showing just how much control he has had over the hitters this year. If Contreras keeps pitching like he is right now he will start pitching later in games for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies are very happy with Jayson Werth this season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 27 April 2010 at 4:41 pm

The Phillies aren’t sure that they will be able to re-sign starting RF Jayson Werth after the season as he is a impending free agent. But, they will definitely take his free agent walk numbers as he looks highly motivated so far this year. Werth has played in 19 games for the Phillies this season and he is 21 of 65 (.323 avg, 1.005 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers and 11 RBIs. Werth is also showing increased discipline at the plate as he has 11 walks this season which bodes well for his batting average. Werth is trying to build on his success of last season when he played in 159 games for the Phillies in which he was 153 of 571 (.268 avg, .879 OPS) with 98 runs scored, 36 homers, 99 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. I think that Werth is going to have a better year than he had in 2009 as long as he stays healthy.

Juan Castro is stepping up for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 27 April 2010 at 4:35 pm

Veteran backup infielder Juan Castro has filled in pretty well for the injured Jimmy Rollins. Castro has played in 12 games for the Phillies so far this season and he is 13 of 39 (.333 avg, .726 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 7 RBIs. The Phillies miss Rollins’ power and speed but they have to be ecstatic with the way that Castro has played so far. The Phillies still hope that Rollins returns soon because the scouting reports are going to catch up to Castro sooner or later as he has a lot of holes in his swing.

The Philadelphia Phillies place J.A. Happ on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 22 April 2010 at 5:52 pm

The Phillies have placed lefty starting pitcher J.A. Happ on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left forearm. Happ has started 2 games for the Phillies this year and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. Veteran righty Nelson Figueroa will take over in the starting rotation while Happ is out of action. Figueroa has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this season and he is 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. I think Figueroa will do a decent job for the Phillies but he isn’t near as good as Happ who they hope can return in a couple of weeks. The Phillies have activated lefty reliever J.C. Romero off the D.L. to replace Happ on the pitching staff. He pitched in 5 games (3 starts) in A+AAA-ball this year on a rehab assignment and he was 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. The Phillies are glad to have Romero back giving them a dependable lefty in the pen.

Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by Andrew on Thursday 22 April 2010 at 4:22 pm

Roy Halladay was always one of the top pitchers in the game, but he rarely got much run support while with the Toronto Blue Jays.  The superior lineup that the Philadelphia Phillies have was supposed to make Halladay an easy 20-game winner.  Well, so far Halladay has not needed much run support from his Phillies.  That is because Halladay has been mowing the opposition down as if he were facing little leaguers.  Through four starts so far, Halladay is 4-0 with 0.82 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 28 Ks, and only 3 walks in 33.0 innings pitched.  He has 2 complete games already and 1 shutout.  Halladay is off to one of the best starts of his career and it looks like he likes his new home in Philadelphia.  Barring injury, Halladay is the likely winner for this year’s NL Cy Young Winner.  Even though he is only 4 starts into the season, I am still confident he will be the Cy Young Winner this season for the Phillies.

J.A. Happ is pitching well this season for the Philadelphia Phillies but he’s hurting

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 19 April 2010 at 5:49 pm

27-year old lefty starting pitcher J.A. Happ is off to a good start this season for the Phillies. He has started 2 games for the Phillies this season and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. Happ has only given up 9 hits in 10 1/3 innings this season but he has walked 8 batters and that is way too many. He will need to start throwing more strikes of he’s going to get into a lot of trouble this year. He looks like he might be missing his next start due to elbow and forearm soreness. With Joe Blanton already on the D.L. the Phillies can’t afford to be without Happ too long.

The Philadelphia Phillies are still in first place in the N.L. East

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 19 April 2010 at 5:46 pm

The Phillies had a rough time with the Florida Marlins over the weekend as they lost 2 out of three against them. Still, they are in first place in the N.L. East with a 8-4 record as they have outscored their opponents 78-49. The Phillies take their act on the road this week with three games in Atlanta followed by 3 games in Arizona. They will have to be clicking on all cylinders to handle those teams on the road.

Raul Ibanez is off to a slow start for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Sunday 18 April 2010 at 8:08 am

Starting LF Raul Ibanez is going to be 38 years old in a couple of months so the Phillies are hoping that he’s just off to a slow start and that he is not nearing the end of his career. Ibanez has played in 11 games this season for the Phillies and he is 7 for 40 (.175 avg, .550 OPS) with 5 runs scored and 5 RBIs. I think that Ibanez will step out of his funk soon because he is just too good of a player. After all, he did crank 34 homers last season for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies need Juan Castro to hold down the fort at SS until Jimmy Rollins in ready to return

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 15 April 2010 at 10:43 am

Ancient Juan Castro will be called upon to replace Jimmy Rollins as the starting shortstop until he is ready to return to action. Castro has played in 2 games for the Phillies so far this season and he is 1 for 8 (.125 avg, .472 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Castro has never been much of a hitter in the majors but the Phillies don’t need him to be….they just need him to play good D as they have more than enough firepower on the roster already.

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