The Philadelphia Phillies need Ben Francisco to step up

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 8 July 2011 at 1:18 pm

With Shane Victorino on the D.L., the Phillies are likely going to turn to 29-year old righty swinging Ben Francisco in CF until he’s ready to return to action. Francisco has played in 71 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 46 for 199 (.231 avg, .712 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 6 homers, 31 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Phillies really need Francisco to step up both offensively and defensively as Victorino is the only outfielder on the team having a good year.

Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies wins the Final Vote

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 7 July 2011 at 8:20 pm

30-year old switch-hitting CF Shane Victorino won MLB’s Final Vote, so he will be the fifth All-Star for the Phillies. The Flyin Hawaiian has played in 68 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 81 for 267 (.303 avg, .900 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 9 homers, 34 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. This will be Victorino’s second All-Star appearance and he deserves it. His all out style is perfect for the city of Philadelphia as he’s sure to get his uniform dirty in next week’s All-Star Game.

UPDATE: (7/8/2011) – Shane Victorino will miss the All-Star Game as he has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained right thumb. The Phillies have called up 32-year old lefty swinging infielder Pete Orr to replace Victorino on the active roster. Orr played in 26 games earlier this year for the Phillies and he was 14 for 61 (.230 avg, .577 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base.

The Philadelphia Phillies are sending a quartet to the All-Star Game

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 6 July 2011 at 9:59 am

The Philadelphia Phillies will be sending a quartet of players to the All-Star Game next week. 35-year old righty swinging 3B Placido Polanco was elected by the fans, so he’s going to be the starting 3B. Polanco has played in 83 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 88 for 321 (.274 avg, .676 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 4 homers, 39 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He was the best of a very weak crop of 3B in the N.L. this year. 34-year old righty starting pitcher Roy Halladay will be making the trip to the All-Star Game. He has started 18 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 11-3 with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. 32-year old lefty Cliff Lee will be heading out west next week too. Lee has started 18 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 9-6 with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. 27-year old Cole Hamels rounds out the Phillies’ contingent heading to the All-Star Game as he is having by far the best year of his career. Hamels has started 18 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 10-4 with a 2.40 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. I’m surprised that Ryan Howard didn’t get picked but the Phillies will still be represented well at the All-Star Game.

Antonio Bastardo has been a lifesaver in the bullpen for the Philadelphia Phillies this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 4 July 2011 at 1:33 pm

With Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras on the D.L., the Phillies have turned to 25-year old lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo to close and he’s off to a good start in his new role. Bastardo has pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 3-0 with 4 saves, a 0.90 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP. He has only given up 11 hits in his first 30 innings this year while he has whiffed 34 batters which shows just how nasty he has been this year. Bastardo has really grown up as a pitcher as his first two years were kind of rough. In Bastardo’s first two years with the Phillies, he worked in 31 games (0 starts) in which he was 4-3 with a 5.53 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. The Phillies need Bastardo to stay on his game as he has been electric for them so far this year.

The Philadelphia Phillies need to add some bullpen and bench help this month

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were the GM by chinmusic on Saturday 2 July 2011 at 8:08 am

I don’t see the Phillies needing to make any major moves but I can see them making a few minor trades to really stengthen the team the rest of the way. First off, the Phillies should call up the bankrupt Dodgers and offer to take some salary off the books. Infielder Aaron Miles and righty reliever Matt Guerrier would come to the Phillies for young rookie lefty swinging 1B Matt Rizzotti. I would also offer outfielder John Mayberry (his dad played with the Royals) to the Royals for outfielder Mitch Maier. Righty reliever Chad Qualls also would be appealing to the Phillies and I think the Padres would be happy to deal him for righty relievers Drew Carpenter and David Herndon. Finally, the Phillies should offer righty reliever Scott Mathieson to the A’s for lefty reliever Jeremy Blevins. If the Phillies pulled these deals off, I don’t see any team that could challenge them for the World Series.

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