The top three starters for the Philadelphia Phillies get off to good starts

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 4 April 2011 at 4:39 pm

Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt lived up to their advanced billing with solid first starts for the Phillies. They combined to go 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP for the Phillies over the weekend. The trio was downright nasty as they only gave up 14 hits in 19 innings over the weekend while whiffing 23 batters and only walking 1! The Phillies’ starting pitchers come right at hitters and they have great stuff. I think the rest of the N.L. is in deep trouble because of the quality and quantity of the Phillies’ starting rotation as Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton are also really solid pitchers.

The Philadelphia Phillies start off hot with the bats in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 4 April 2011 at 4:35 pm

Five starting players had really good weekends against the Astros. It all starts with the big fella, 1B Ryan Howard. Howard played in all 3 games over the weekend and he was 7 for 13 (.538 avg, 1.346 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 big RBIs. SS Jimmy Rollins is trying to forget a subpar, injury filled 2010, and he’s off to a good start. Rollins went 6 for 12 (.500 avg, 1.071 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 1 stolen base. He has been batting third in front of Ryan Howard, so the Phillies need him to get on base as often as possible. RF Ben Francisco is making the most of Domonic Brown’s injury as he was set to be a backup player this year. Francisco was 6 for 13 (.462 avg, 1.269 OPS) over the weekend with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. He wants to make the decision tough concerning RF when Domonic Brown gets healthy. 3B Placido Polanco was 5 for 12 (.417 avg, 1.083 OPS) with 5 runs scored over the weekend for the Phillies as he was pretty productive. 2B Wilson Valdez is off to a good start as Chase Utley’s replacement. He has played in 3 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 4 for 11 (.364 avg, .818 OPS) with 2 RBIs. Anything the Phillies get from Valdez’ bat is a bonus as they mostly care about him playing good defense.

The Philadelphia Phillies rolled over the Astros to start the 2011 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 4 April 2011 at 4:27 pm

The Phillies dominated the poor Astros over the weekend as they swept them. The Phillies outscored the Astros 21-11 in the three games over the weekend. The Phillies hit a combined .349 with a .878 OPS as they beat up on the Astros’ pitching staff. The Big Three also did their part as Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt all pitched well over the weekend. The Phillies appear to be just as good as advertised even without Chase Utley and Domonic Brown. Wait until those two guys get healthy.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Dan Meyer

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Sunday 3 April 2011 at 1:44 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have released 29-year old lefty reliever Dan Meyer from their minor league camp. Meyer pitched in 5 games (0 starts) during spring training for the Phillies and he was 2-0 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP. Meyer has had only one decent year in the majors so the Phillies likely won’t miss him too much, if at all, going forward.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Ronnie Belliard

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 2 April 2011 at 10:41 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed 35-year old righty swinging 2B Ronnie Belliard to a minor league deal. Belliard played in 82 games for the Dodgers last year and he was 35 of 162 (.216 avg, .622 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 2 homers, 19 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,484 games in his first 13 years in the majors and he is 1,377 of 5,045 (.273 avg, .753 OPS) with 685 runs scored, 114 homers, 601 RBIs and 43 stolen bases. If Belliard gets off to a hot start in the minors, I fully expect the Phillies to call him up.

The Philadelphia Phillies place 4 players on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 2 April 2011 at 9:58 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed starting 2B Chase Utley, starting RF Dominic Brown, shortstop Brian Bocock and righty reliever Brian Schlitter on the 15-day disabled list to start the 2011 season. Utley has right knee tendinitis which will keep him out indefinitely. Wilson Valdez will replace Utley at 2B until he’s ready to return to action. The Phillies really need Utley if the offense is to click on all cylinders in 2011. Dominic Brown has a fractured left hand, so he’s also going to miss a while. Ben Francisco and Ross Gload are going to share time in RF until Brown is ready to return to action. Bocock (left wrist fracture) and Schlitter (right forearm strain) will likely be sent to the minors when they get healthy.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Matt Anderson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 2 April 2011 at 7:56 pm

The Phillies have released 34-year old righty reliever Matt Anderson. Anderson pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this spring and he was 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA and a 3.60 WHIP. He gave up 5 hits, hit 1 batter and he had 1 walk in only 1 2/3 innings this spring. Despite only getting a limited tryout with the Phillies, they were convinced that Anderson didn’t have it anymore. They won’t miss him at all in 2011.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Luis Castillo

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 2 April 2011 at 12:22 pm

The Phillies have released 35-year old switch hitting 2B Luis Castillo. Castillo played in 18 games for the Mets & Phillies this spring and he was 14 of 50 (.280 avg, .668 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Phillies decided that they were better off to go with Wilson Valdez as the starting 2B until Chase Utley returns to action. Castillo can only play 2B, so it wouldn’t have made much sense to keep him on the roster as a backup.

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