The Philadelphia Phillies release Willy Taveras

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 29 June 2010 at 9:01 pm

The Phillies have seen enough of Willy Taveras so they have released him. The 28-year old righty swinging CF played in 23 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 20 of 96 (.208 avg, .526 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He played in 27 games with the Nationals earlier this year and he was 7 of 35 (.200 avg, .500 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Phillies won’t miss him as they have a lot of depth in the outfield.

The Philadelphia Phillies place two key players on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 29 June 2010 at 8:41 pm

The Phillies have placed starting 2B Chase Utley and starting 3B Placido Polanco on the 15-day disabled list. Utley has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. He has played in 72 games for the Phillies this season and he is 73 of 264 (.277 avg, .849 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 11 homers, 37 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Polanco has a sore left elbow. He has played in 62 games for the Phillies this year and he is 83 of 261 (.318 avg, .782 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 5 homers, 27 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Phillies have recalled 31-year old lefty swinging 1B/3B Greg Dobbs and 25-year old righty swinging infielder Brian Bocock to replace Utley and Polanco on the active roster. Dobbs played in 42 games for the Phillies earlier this season and he was 10 of 66 (.152 avg, .465 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Dobbs is a better hitter than he showed earlier this season so look for him to step up somewhat for the Phillies. Bocock has played in 65 games in AAA-ball this season and he is 38 of 212 (.179 avg, .470 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 12 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The Phillies are really going to miss Utley and Polanco.

UPDATE: Chase Utley had surgery to repair his thumb which will cause him to miss at least the next 8 weeks. Placido Polanco will avoid surgery but he will be out the next 3-4 weeks. With the Phillies behind both the Mets and Braves they will likely need to make a trade soon for infield help. I just don’t think you can replace Utley and Polanco with guys like Greg Dobbs, Wilson Valdez and Juan Castro.

Brad Lidge looks like he’s getting it back together for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 28 June 2010 at 4:15 pm

33-year old righty closer Brad Lidge was simply awful for the Phillies last season. He pitched in 67 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 0-8 with 31 saves, a 7.21 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. This season he started late because he was rehabbing from some surgery. He is off to a good start for the Phillies in 2010. He has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this season and he is 0-0 with 5 saves, a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He has whiffed 16 batters while only walking 3 in 11 innings which is promising. The Phillies can’t afford to be blowing games late this season like they did last season because the Braves and Mets are for real in 2010.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Chad Durbin on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Thursday 24 June 2010 at 9:46 am

The Phillies have placed 32-year old righty reliever Chad Durbin on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Durbin has pitched in 29 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he is 0-1 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Durbin has pitched the best baseball of his major league career with the Phillies as he has worked in 159 games (0 starts) in his three years with them and he is 7-7 with 3 saves, a 3.50 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. The Phillies will miss Durbin while he is on the shelf.

The Philadelphia Phillies place catcher Carlos Ruiz on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 22 June 2010 at 5:36 pm

The Phillies have placed starting catcher Carlos Ruiz on the 15-day disabled list with concussion like symptoms. Ruiz has played in 51 games this season for the Phillies and he is 42 of 153 (.275 avg, .764 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 2 homers and 13 RBIs. 33-year old Brian Schneider and 31-year old Dane Sardinha will have to hold down the fort until Ruiz returns to action. Schneider will get most of the work. He has played in 17 games this season for the Phillies and he is 11 of 44 (.250 avg, .648 OPS) with 5 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Dane Sardinha played in 38 games in AAA-ball this season and he was 32 of 126 (.254 avg, .678 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 4 homers and 20 RBIs. But he has struggled mightily with a bat in his hands in the majors. He has played in 31 games in his major league career and he is 10 of 80 (.125 avg, .325 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 6 RBIs. The Phillies have activated starting shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the D.L. to replace Ruiz on the active roster. Rollins has played in 12 games for the Phillies this year and he is 14 of 41 (.341 avg, 1.096 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The offense will get a nice boost if Rollins can stay healthy this time around.

Cole Hamels is looking good this year for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Sunday 20 June 2010 at 12:43 pm

26-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels had a rough go of it in 2009 working in 32 games (all starts) in which he was 10-11 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. But he looks like his old self this year. He has started 14 games for the Phillies this year and he is 6-5 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Hamels has whiffed 85 batters in 86 1/3 for the Phillies as he seems to be all the way back for the Phillies. He should start getting more wins soon as the offense and bullpen are both going to get better at some point this year.

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA Scott Mathieson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 19 June 2010 at 10:04 pm

The Phillies have designated 26-year old righty reliever/starter Scott Mathieson for assignment. He pitched in 1 game for the Phillies this year working 2/3 of an inning and allowing 3 hits and 2 earned runs. Mathieson also has pitched in 25 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this year in which he is 2-2 with 12 saves, a 2.43 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He just never seemed to have it going whenever the Phillies have called him up. He has pitched in 10 games (8 starts) in his career with the Phillies and he is 1-4 with a 7.82 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP. I think some team will be willing to give something up for Mathieson.

Shane Victorino has been solid this year for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 15 June 2010 at 6:16 pm

It looked like the Phillies were planning on batting Victorino pretty low in the batting order this season but the injuries to Jimmy Rollins have changed all of that. The 29-year old switch hitting CF has played in 60 games this season and he is 63 of 247 (.255 avg, .779 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 10 homers, 36 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He has been doing a solid job of leading off for the Phillies this season but they would like to see him up his average a tad but that’s nitpicking as Victorino always gives it his all every time he puts his uniform on.

Joe Blanton is looking pretty awful for the Philadelphia Phillies right now

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Saturday 12 June 2010 at 12:23 pm

29-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Blanton got off to a late start this season after a D.L. stint. But he has been awful since getting healthy. He has started 7 games for the Phillies this year and he is 1-4 with a 6.07 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Blanton has given up 51 hits already this season in 43 innings and 9 of them have left the yard. The Phillies don’t have many other options so they hope that Blanton turns things around soon.

Tug McGraw was one of the better relief pitchers in Philadelphia Phillies’ history

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 8 June 2010 at 12:49 pm

Lefty reliever Tug McGraw was one of the better relievers in Phillies’ team history. But in 1980 he was the king of the Baseball World. He finished 5th for the Cy Young Award working in 57 games (0 starts) in which he was 5-4 with 20 saves, a 1.46 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. McGraw only allowed 62 hits in 92 1/3 innings pitched that year for the Phillies showing just how dominant he was in 1980. McGraw was also on the mound in Game #6 of the World Series that year in which he sealed a World Championship for the Phillies saving the game. McGraw pitched in 4 games in the 1980 World Series for the Phillies in which he was 1-1 with 2 saves, a 1.17 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP. McGraw pitched in 463 games (3 starts) in his 10 years with the Phillies and he was 49-37 with 94 saves, a 3.10 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. McGraw is #3 in Phillies’ history in games pitched (463) and he is #4 in saves with 94. McGraw’s son is the famous country singer Tim McGraw. Tug McGraw died on January 5th, 2004 at the age of 59. He is gone but will never be forgotten in Philly.

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