Jimmy Rollins is stepping up for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 17 May 2011 at 12:29 pm

32-year old switch hitting starting shortstop Jimmy Rollins had a rough year for the Phillies last year. He only played in 88 games for the Phillies in 2010 and he was 85 for 350 (.243 avg, .694 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 8 homers, 41 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. This year has been a different story so far for Rollins as he has stayed healthy. Rollins has played in 40 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 45 for 163 (.276 avg, .729 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 2 homers, 11 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. With all of the injuries the Phillies have suffered this year, Rollins has really stepped up when they needed him. The Phillies hope he can stay healthy the rest of the year.

Chase Utley is off to a good start on his rehab assignment for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by chinmusic on Saturday 14 May 2011 at 11:48 am

32-year old lefty swinging 2B Chase Utley is off to a good start in A-ball for the Philadelphia Phillies. He is rehabbing a bum knee that caused him to miss a lot of time last year. He has played in 3 games for the Clearwater Threshers so far this year and he is 4 for 10 (.400 avg, 1.255 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI. The Phillies are going to take their good ole sweet time with Utley as they have until the end of the month to activate him from the D.L. Utley has played in 1,006 games in his first 8 years with the Phillies and he is 1,095 for 3,735 (.293 avg, .894 OPS) with 677 runs scored, 177 homers, 650 RBIs and 96 stolen bases. The Phillies have been winning without Utley, but they are a much better all-around team with him. They can’t wait to get him back.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Brian Schneider on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 13 May 2011 at 8:59 am

The Phillies have placed backup catcher Brian Schneider on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring. Schneider has played in 16 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 9 for 52 (.173 avg, .545 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 4 RBIs. The Phillies are going to activate starting catcher Carlos Ruiz from the D.L. for tonight’s game. Ruiz has played in 21 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 14 for 62 (.226 avg, .681 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers and 9 RBIs. Schneider’s injury buys more time for Dane Sardinha to get to stay in nice hotels while earning a good paycheck. He has played in 6 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 3 for 13 (.231 avg, .606 OPS) with 2 runs scored.

Juan Perez is off to a good start in AAA for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 12 May 2011 at 3:19 pm

32-year old lefty reliever Juan Perez is off to a solid start in AAA-ball for the Phillies so far this year. He has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 0-0 with 4 saves, a 1.93 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He has only given up 7 hits while whiffing 20 batters in his first 14 innings of the year, but, he has also walked 11 batters and that’s way too many. He has now pitched in 406 games (45 starts) in his first 11 years in the minors and he is 38-40 with 35 saves, a 3.49 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. He has whiffed 713 batters in the minors in only 708 2/3 innings which shows what kind of stuff he has. Perez last pitched in the majors back in 2007 with the Pirates. He has now pitched in 24 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP. If something happens to either J.C. Romero or Antonio Bastardo while Perez is still pitching well, he might get another shot at the show in 2011.

Kevin Frandsen gets suspended for 50 games for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Wednesday 11 May 2011 at 5:16 pm

28-year old righty swinging infielder Kevin Frandsen has been suspended to 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy due to unprescibed ritalin. Frandsen has played in 30 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 35 for 109 (.321 avg, .873 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 3 homers, 18 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Frandsen has played in 228 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 138 for 568 (.243 avg, .636 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 5 homers, 38 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. I’m thinking he won’t get a chance to play for the Phillies this year.

Roy Halladay continues to dominate for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 9 May 2011 at 3:47 pm

33-year old righty starting pitcher Roy Halladay is still the unquestioned ace of the staff for the Phillies. Halladay has pitched in 7 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 5-1 with a 2.19 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. He has only given up 45 hits in 53 1/3 innings so far this year. Halladay has already whiffed 57 batters while only walking 7, which is amazing! Halladay has now pitched in 40 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 26-11 with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. With the way Halladay is pitching right now he might win the Cy Young Award in the N.L. once again this year.

Placido Polanco is really ripping the baseball this year for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 9 May 2011 at 3:42 pm

Last year, 34-year old righty swinging 3B Placido Polanco struggled through injuries. He played in 132 games for the Phillies last year and he was 165 of 554 (.298 avg, .726 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 6 homers, 52 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. But, so far this year, Polanco has been healthy and he’s making up for lost time. Polanco has played in 33 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 48 for 131 (.366 avg, .884 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 2 homers, 23 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has only whiffed 7 times this season while walking only 7 times. So not only is he hacking away but he’s hitting everything. The Phillies hope that Polanco can stay healthy as this was the version of him they thought they were getting when they signed him two winters ago.

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

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Sunday 8 May 2011 at 5:29 pm

The Phillies have placed starting catcher Carlos Ruiz on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 28th due to lower back tightness. The Phillies got tired of waiting around for Ruiz to get better as he hasn’t played since April 27th. Ruiz has played in 21 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 14 for 62 (.226 avg, .681 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers and 9 RBIs. Brian Schneider will likely get most of the work while Ruiz is out of action. Schneider has played in 13 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 8 for 44 (.182 avg, .575 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 4 RBIs. Dane Sardinha will continue to back up Schneider until Ruiz is ready to return to action. Sardinha has played in 3 games so far this year for the Phillies and he is 1 for 7 (.143 avg, .476 OPS).

The Philadelphia Phillies place Roy Oswalt on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 7 May 2011 at 6:37 pm

The Phillies have placed Roy Oswalt on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 27th due to lower back inflammation. Oswalt has pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 3-1 with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. The Phillies have called up 27-year old righty reliever Scott Mathieson to replace Oswalt on the pitching staff. Mathieson has already pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he is 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and a 4.20 WHIP. He has now pitched in 11 games (8 starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 1-4 with a 7.62 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP. The Phillies will likely take their time with Oswalt and let him get fully healthy as either Vance Worley or Kyle Kendrick will replace him in the starting rotation until he is ready to return to action.

The Philadelphia Phillies are happy with Jonathan Singleton’s progress in the minors

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Friday 6 May 2011 at 10:03 am

19-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Jonathan Singleton came into this year as the Phillies’ #2 prospect coming into this year according to Baseball America. Singleton has played in 18 games in A-ball so far this year and he is 18 for 58 (.310 avg, .817 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 153 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 156 of 534 (.292 avg, .859 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 17 homers, 98 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Singleton would be best served to learn a corner outfield position because I don’t see him bumping Ryan Howard out of a job.

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