The Philadelphia Phillies release Cory Sullivan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Sunday 29 May 2011 at 8:59 am

The Phillies have released 31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Cory Sullivan. Sullivan played in 36 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 21 for 100 (.210 avg, .586 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 0 homers, 14 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has played in 476 games in six years in the majors and he is 305 for 1,127 (.271 avg, .708 OPS) with 156 runs scored, 10 homers, 97 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. The Phillies needed room for Scott Podsednik which led to Sullivan’s release.

Raul Ibanez is on fire with the bat in May for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 28 May 2011 at 9:22 am

38-year old lefty starting LF Raul Ibanez looked awful in April, but he has been like gangbusters with the bat so far in May for the Phillies. Ibanez has played in 24 games so far in May and he is 30 for 93 (.323 avg, .921 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 5 homers and 15 RBIs. He has not been picky either as he has only walked 3 times while whiffing 13 times. Ibanez has now played in 48 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 44 for 180 (.244 avg, .700 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 6 homers and 25 RBIs. The Phillies need Ibanez’ bat to stay hot.

Mitch Williams has a dubious place in Philadelphia Phillies’ history

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 26 May 2011 at 4:54 pm

Lefty closer Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams definately had a place in Phillies’ and World Series’ history. He pitched in 65 games (0 starts) during the regular season in 1993 and he was 3-7 with 43 saves, a 3.34 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. But, he is most known for his meltdown in the World Series against the Blue Jays. He pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Phillies in that World Series and he was 0-2 with 1 save, a 20.25 ERA and a 3.38 WHIP. He gave up 5 hits and he walked 4 batters in only 2 2/3 innings in that World Series. Williams gave up a walkoff homer to Joe Carter of the Jays in Game #6, which ended the World Series! Williams was then jettisoned out of town. He pitched in 200 games (0 starts) in three years with the Phillies and he was 20-20 with 102 saves, a 3.11 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Williams is still #3 in Phillies’ history in saves.

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired Niuman Romero from the Blue Jays

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 26 May 2011 at 8:46 am

The Phillies have acquired 26-year old switch-hitting infielder Niuman Romero from the Blue Jays for cash considerations. Romero has played in 11 games in AA+AAA-ball so far this year and he is 4 for 31 (.129 avg, .358 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 stolen bases. Romero has played in parts of two years in the majors, appearing in 12 games in which he is 2 for 18 (.111 avg, .269 OPS) with 3 runs scored. The Phillies needed depth in the middle infield in the minors and Romero will give them that.

Jim Kaat passed through Philadelphia for four years with the Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 12:39 pm

Lefty starting pitcher Jim Kaat played four years with the Phillies (1976-79). He worked in 102 games (87 starts) in his four years with the Phillies and he was 27-30 with a 4.23 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He won the last of his fifteen Gold Gloves (two of them) with the Phillies. Kaat won 283 games in his major league career, as his better days weren’t spent with the Phillies.

Pete Alexander was pretty awesome for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 12:36 pm

Righty starting pitcher Pete (Grover Cleveland) Alexander was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1938. He did his best work with the Philadelphia Phillies. From 1915-17, Alexander pitched in 142 games (131 starts) in which he as 94-35 with 6 saves, a 1.54 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. He won at least 30 games in each of those years and his highest ERA was 1.83! Alexander pitched in 338 games (280 starts) in his 8 years with the Phillies and he was 190-91 with 15 saves, a 2.18 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Alexander is the Phillies’ all-time leader in shutouts with 61 of them. He is also #9 in games pitched (338), #4 in games started (280), #3 in wins (190), #3 in innings pitched (2,513 2/3), #5 in whiffs (1,409) and he’s #2 in complete games (219). Alexander finished his major league career with 373 wins, which has him tied for 3rd place with Christy Mathewson.

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed Joe Blanton on the 15-day D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Monday 23 May 2011 at 4:41 pm

The Phillies have placed 30-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Blanton on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. Blanton has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. He has given up 45 hits in his first 34 1/3 innings for the Phillies this year as he hasn’t been missing many bats. The Phillies have called up 23-year old righty Vance Worley to replace Blanton in the starting rotation. Worley has pitched in 4 games (2 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. The Phillies think Worley will do another good job for them this time around.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Scott Podsednik

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 23 May 2011 at 8:49 am

The Phillies have signed 35-year old lefty swinging outfielder Scott Podsednik to a minor league deal. Podsednik has played in 17 games in A+AAA-ball so far this year and he is 18 for 71 (.254 avg, .717 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has played in 1,016 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 1,036 for 3,707 (.279 avg, .721 OPS) with 544 runs scored, 41 homers, 300 RBIs and 301 stolen bases. This was a good signing for the Phillies who are having a lot of health and performance issues in the outfield so far this year.

Cole Hamels is really pitching well so far this year for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Friday 20 May 2011 at 4:12 pm

27-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels has been outstanding so far this year for the Phillies. He has pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 5-2 with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. He has only given up 49 hits and walked 13 batters in his first 61 2/3 innings this year while whiffing 64 batters. He has been the Phillies’ second best starting pitcher behind Roy Halladay so far this year. He will likely set new career highs in both wins (15) and strikeouts (211) in 2011 if he can just stay healthy.

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed Shane Victorino on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 20 May 2011 at 4:09 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 30-year old switch-hitting CF Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list due to a right hamstring strain. Victorino has played in 39 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 44 for 155 (.284 avg, .846 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 6 homers, 19 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. The Phillies have called up 23-year old lefty swinging Domonic Brown to replace Victorino on the active roster. Brown has played in 16 games in A+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment from a broken hand and he was 21 for 60 (.350 avg, 1.031 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 4 homers, 14 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Brown got his first taste of the majors for the Phillies last year when he played in 35 games in which he was 13 for 62 (.210 avg, .612 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers, 13 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He whiffed 24 times while only walking 5 times in his first chance in the majors as he was hacking at the plate. The Phillies need Brown to be better this time around because he’s going to get a lot of P.T. right away for them.

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