Lenny Dykstra was a sparkplug for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 29 April 2011 at 8:28 pm

Lefty swinging CF Lenny Dykstra was a sparkplug at the top of the lineup for the Philadelphia Phillies. His best year with the Phillies came in 1993 when he won a Silver Slugger Award and finished 2nd in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award. Dykstra played in 161 games for the Phillies in 1993 and he was 194 of 637 (.305 avg, .902 OPS) with 143 runs scored (led the majors), 19 homers, 66 RBIs and 37 stolen bases. He also walked 129 times while only whiffing 64 times as he showed outstanding plate discipline in 1993. Dykstra made it to 3 N.L. All-Star teams and he won 1 Silver Slugger Award in his 8 years with the Phillies. Dykstra played in 734 games in his 8 years with the Phillies and he was 829 of 2,873 (.289 avg, .810 OPS) with 515 runs scored, 51 homers, 251 RBIs and 169 stolen bases.

Antonio Bastardo has been downright nasty this year for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Friday 29 April 2011 at 8:19 pm

25-year old lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo came into this season as the Phillies’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America and he’s showing why so far this year. Bastardo has pitched in 10 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 1-0 with 1 save, a 0.87 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP. He only has given up 4 hits in his first 10 1/3 innings this year while whiffing 16 batters as he has been electric so far this year. The Phillies hope that Bastardo keeps up the good work as he could team with J.C. Romero (when he comes off the D.L.) to give them a nice pair of lefties in the pen.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Joe Blanton on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 29 April 2011 at 11:31 am

The Phillies have placed 30-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Blanton on the 15-day disabled list due to a impingement of his right elbow. Blanton pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 5.92 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. The Phillies have called up 23-year old righty starting pitcher Vance Worley to replace Blanton in the starting rotation. Worley pitched in 4 games (all starts) in AAA-ball earlier this year and he was 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. He whiffed 25 batters while only walking six of them in 22 2/3 innings in the minors which shows how nasty he can be. Worley got his first taste of the majors last year when he pitched in 5 games (2 starts) in which he was 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. Worley came into this season as the Phillies’ #11 ranked prospect, so they are expecting him to do a solid job while Blanton is out of action.

Roy Oswalt leaves the Philadelphia Phillies indefinitely

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 27 April 2011 at 7:13 pm

33-year old righty starting pitcher Roy Oswalt has left the Philadelphia Phillies indefinitely due to concern for his family and home in Mississippi as the area was smacked down due to tornadoes and severe storms. Oswalt has started 5 games so far this year for the Phillies and he is 3-1 with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. The Phillies are holding out hope that Oswalt will be ready to make his next start after a couple of days off to check on things at home. Prayers are going out to the people of Mississippi and the family of Roy Oswalt.

The Philadelphia Phillies have had good work out of backups so far this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 25 April 2011 at 3:10 pm

Starting 2B Chase Utley and starting RF Domonic Brown have not played a game for the Phillies so far this year. Ben Francisco has stepped up in RF for the Phillies so far this year. He has played in 21 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 20 for 76 (.263 avg, .764 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Francisco might have worked himself into a timeshare in RF when Brown returns to action, if he keeps playing well. Wilson Valdez has been playing good defense, but the Phillies miss Utley’s bat. Valdez has played in 18 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 15 for 57 (.263 avg, .627 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 5 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Phillies need Francisco & Valdez to keep up the good work until Brown & Utley are ready to return to action.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Jose Contreras on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Sunday 24 April 2011 at 9:06 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed closer Jose Contreras on the 15-day disabled list due to a right flexor pronator strain. Contreras has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with 5 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He has only given up 4 hits while whiffing 9 batters in his first 8 innings of the year. Righty Ryan Madson will replace Contreras as the closer until he’s ready to return to action. Madson has pitched in 9 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2-0 with 2 saves, a 1.00 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. I think Madson will do a solid job this time around as the Phillies’ closer. The Phillies have recalled 24-year old righty reliever Michael Stutes to replace Contreras in the bullpen. Stutes has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 2-1 with 1 save, a 1.80 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. This is Stutes’ first trip to the majors.

Ryan Madson is looking good this year for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 21 April 2011 at 10:56 am

Righty set-up man Ryan Madson is off to a solid start for the Phillies in 2011. Madson has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He has only given up 5 hits while walking 2 batters in his first 7 innings this year. Madson has also whiffed 9 batters as he is doing an outstanding job of setting up for Jose Contreras. The Phillies need Madson to keep up the good work because they can’t afford to be giving up leads late in games.

The Philadelphia Phillies place J.C. Romero on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 19 April 2011 at 6:19 pm

The Phillies have placed lefty reliever J.C. Romero on the 15-day disabled list due to a left calf strain. Romero has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. The Phillies have recalled 28-year old lefty reliever Mike Zagurski to replace Romero in the pen. He pitched in 3 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this year and he is 1-0 with 1 save, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. He only gave up 2 hits and 1 walk in his first 3 1/3 innings in the minors this year and he had 7 whiffs, so he was outstanding in the minors. The Phillies hope that Zagurski can handle replacing Romero until he returns to health.

Jose Contreras is off to a good start for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 11 April 2011 at 2:25 pm

When Brad Lidge went down to injury at the end of spring training, the Phillies weren’t sure of who to turn to as the closer. Ryan Madson seemed much more comfortable as a set-up man than as a closer last year. That led to the Phillies deciding to give 39-year old righty Jose Contreras a chance to close. Contreras only had 4 saves in his career (all coming last season with the Phillies) coming into this year. But, he has been outstanding so far this year for the Phillies. Contreras has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with 2 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Contreras has 4 whiffs in only 3 innings so far this year as his stuff plays much better as a late inning reliever as it did when he was a starting pitcher. The Phillies need Contreras to keep up the good work because Lidge is going to be out until at least the All-Star Game.

John Mayberry Jr. is off to a fast start for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 9 April 2011 at 6:38 pm

27-year old righty swinging outfielder John Mayberry Jr. is making the most of his atbats so far this year. He has played in 5 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 4 for 6 (.667 avg, 1.333 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Mayberry has been awesome for the Phillies so far this year as he’s getting a lot of very clutch hits. In his first two years with the Phillies, Mayberry played in 50 games in which he was 16 for 69 (.232 avg, .810 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 6 homers and 14 RBIs. Those are impressive power numbers for a guy who just doesn’t get consistent P.T. I don’t see Mayberry getting more P.T. unless the Phillies suffer some more injuries in the outfield, but the Phillies would be happy to see him giving them a lot of clutch hits going forward.

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