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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » 2010 » August

The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Mike Sweeney from the Mariners

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 4 August 2010 at 9:12 pm

The Phillies have acquired 36-year old righty swinging 1B Mike Sweeney from the Mariners for either a player to be named later or cash. Sweeney played in 30 games for the Mariners this season and he was 26 of 99 (.263 avg, .802 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 6 homers, 18 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Sweeney is kind of brittle as he was just activated off the D.L. due to back spasms. He will make a solid platoon partner with Ross Gload until Ryan Howard is ready to return to action. Sweeney has now played in 1,428 games in his 16 years in the majors and he is 1,528 of 5,136 (.298 avg, .853 OPS) with 749 runs scored, 213 homers, 901 RBIs and 52 stolen bases. I like this pickup for the Phillies as the price was right.

Ryan Howard hits the D.L. for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 3 August 2010 at 4:42 pm

The Phillies have placed starting 1B Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list with sprained ligaments in his left ankle. Howard has played in 104 games this year for the Phillies and he is 119 of 407 (.292 avg, .884 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 23 homers and 81 RBIs. This could be the blow that knocks the Phillies out of the playoffs as they can’t replace Howard’s bat. Lefty swinging Ross Gload and righty swinging Cody Ransom could get the bulk of the P.T. at 1B while Howard’s out of action. Gload has played in 67 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 24 of 84 (.286 avg, .802 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 4 homers and 14 RBIs. Cody Ransom has played in 21 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 8 of 39 (.205 avg, .621 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Phillies are officially in trouble right now.

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