The Philadelphia Phillies have seven impending free agents

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 15 October 2011 at 9:24 pm

The Phillies are going to have to make some tough decisions over the winter as they have seven players who are free agents after the World Series is over. Here is who I think will be leaving and staying out of this bunch:

Brian Schneider: 34-year old lefty swinging catcher Brian Schneider played in 34 games for the Phillies last year and he was 22 for 125 (.176 avg, .502 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 9 RBIs. The Phillies will be looking for cheaper alternatives to back up Carlos Ruiz over the winter. PREDICTION: LEAVING

Ross Gload: 35-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Ross Gload played in 93 games for the Phillies last year and he was 29 for 113 (.257 avg, .603 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 8 RBIs. He didn’t produce enough to warrant bringing him back. PREDICTION: LEAVING

Jimmy Rollins: 32-year old switch-hitting shortstop Jimmy Rollins played in 144 games for the Phillies last year and he was 152 of 567 (.268 avg, .736 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 16 homers, 63 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. I don’t see the Phillies paying top dollar to Rollins as he isn’t the player he used to be. PREDICTION: LEAVING

Raul Ibanez: 39-year old lefty swinging LF Raul Ibanez played in 144 games for the Phillies last year and he was 131 of 535 (.245 avg, .707 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 20 homers, 84 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. PREDICTION: LEAVING

Roy Oswalt: 34-year old righty starting pitcher Roy Oswalt pitched in 23 games (all starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. The Phillies and Oswalt have a mutual option for 2012, valued at $16 million bucks with a $2 million dollar buyout. The Phillies already have decent replacements for him on the pitching staff. PREDICTION: LEAVING

Ryan Madson: 31-year old righty reliever Ryan Madson served as the Phillies’ closer in 2011 and he was solid. He pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the Phillies in 2011 and he was 4-2 with 32 saves, a 2.37 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. The Phillies are going to want to bring Madson back. PREDICTION: STAYING

Brad Lidge: 34-year old righty reliever Brad Lidge worked in 25 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 0-2 with 1 save, a 1.40 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. The Phillies have a club option on Lidge for 2012 valued at $12.5 million bucks with a $1.5 million dollar buyout. PREDICTION: LEAVING

Dane Sardinha elects to leave the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 11 October 2011 at 6:56 pm

32-year old righty swinging catcher Dane Sardinha has elected to become a minor league free agent. Sardinha played in 15 games for the Phillies in 2011 and he was 7 for 32 (.219 avg, .669 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. He played in 28 games in his two years with the Phillies and he was 15 for 71 (.211 avg, .706 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 3 homers and 9 RBIs. The Phillies should have little problem replacing Sardinha.

The Philadelphia Phillies lose Ryan Howard for a while

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Sunday 9 October 2011 at 4:50 pm

31-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard ruptured his left Achilles Tendon in his last at bat of the N.L.D.S. against the Cardinals and he needs surgery to repair it. Howard will likely miss at least half, if not all of the 2012 season. This is a HUGE blow to the Phillies already in 2012. Howard played in 152 games for the Phillies in 2011 and he was 141 for 557 (.253 avg, .835 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 31 homers, 116 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Howard has now played in 1,027 games in his first 8 years with the Phillies and he is 1,043 of 3,794 (.275 avg, .928 OPS) with 633 runs scored, 286 homers, 864 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Howard’s bat in the middle of the Phillies’ lineup will be almost impossible to replace in 2012. Howard also signed a 5-year, $125 contract extension that starts with the 2012 season. The Phillies have an option for the 2017 season worth $23 million bucks with a buyout of $10 million bones. They need him to take his time in his rehab and not to return until he’s 100%, because they have a huge investment in him.

The Philadelphia Phillies didn’t reach their 2011 goal

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Season Reviews by chinmusic on Friday 7 October 2011 at 10:40 pm

The Phillies’ goal was to win the World Series in 2011, and they fell short. They still won the N.L. East by 13 games over the Braves as they had the best regular season record in the majors in 2011 with a 102-60 mark. Here is a look at what stood out in my mind about the Phillies in 2011:

TEAM MVP: 31-year old righty Ryan Madson stepped up and filled the role of closer the whole year. He pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 4-2 with 32 saves, a 2.37 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. The Phillies played a lot of close games in 2011 and Madson made them stand up.

BEST PITCHER: This is a three way tie between 34-year old righty Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP), 33-year old lefty Cliff Lee (17-8, a 2.40 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP) and 27-year old lefty Cole Hamels (14-9 with a 2.79 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP) lived up to the hype for the Phillies.

PLEASANT SURPRISE: 26-year old lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo was excellent until September for the Phillies. He pitched in 64 games (0 starts) for the Phillies in 2011 and he was 6-1 with 8 saves, a 2.64 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. He only gave up 28 hits while whiffing 70 batters in only 58 innings this year!

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: 32-year old lefty swinging 2B Chase Utley just couldn’t stay healthy in 2011. He played in 103 games for the Phillies in 2011 and he was 103 for 398 (.259 avg, .769 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 11 homers, 44 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

N.L.D.S. Game #5: St. Louis Cardinals 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Friday 7 October 2011 at 10:32 pm

Roy Halladay gave up a run in the first inning and after that he was nails. Halladay pitched the first 8 innings in this game and he gave up 6 hits, 1 run (it was earned), 1 walk and he whiffed 7 batters while earning a loss! Ryan Madson worked a scoreless 9th inning, giving up no hits or walks while whiffing 2 batters. Shane Victorino (2 for 3) and Chase Utley (1 for 3) were the whole extent of the Phillies’ offense in this game as the rest of the team was 0 for 24. The Phillies have lost the N.L.D.S. 3 games to 2 to the Brewers.

N.L.D.S. Game #4: St. Louis Cardinals 5, Philadelphia Phillies 3

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 6 October 2011 at 10:06 am

The Phillies jumped on Edwin Jackson and the Cardinals in the first inning when they jumped to a 2-0 lead. But that was about it offensively for the Phillies last night. Jimmy Rollins stayed red hot at the plate as he was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored in this game. Chase Utley was also excellent with the bat as he was 2 for 3 with a triple, 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Hunter Pence also pitched in as he was 1 for 4 with a RBI. The rest of the batters on the Phillies combined to go 2 for 21 last night. Roy Oswalt didn’t look too good last night as he worked the first six innings of this game, allowing 6 hits and 5 runs (all earned) while whiffing 5 batters and walking only one. He was the losing pitcher. Joe Blanton and Brad Lidge each pitched one scoreless inning of relief to allow the Phillies a chance to come back, which they didn’t do. This series is now tied up at 2 games apiece with a winner take all Game #5 tomorrow night in Philly.

Jimmy Rollins is on fire for the Philadelphia Phillies in the N.L.D.S.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 5 October 2011 at 1:48 pm

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins is on fire against the Cardinals in the N.L.D.S. He has played in 3 games for the Phillies so far in this series and he is 7 for 12 (.583 avg, 1.449 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 3 doubles and 2 stolen bases. Rollins has been giving the Phillies a good jolt from the top of the lineup as the Cardinals have been a very serious challenger so far. The Phillies need Rollins to keep up the good work.

A.L.D.S. Game #3: Philadelphia Phillies 3, St. Louis Cardinals 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 5 October 2011 at 8:00 am

The Phillies didn’t do anything with the bats last night until there were two outs and 2 runners on base in the 7th inning. That is when Ben Francisco stepped up to the plate as a pinch hitter. He then cranked a 3-run homer off of Jaime Garcia to give the Phillies all the runs they needed last night. Jimmy Rollins (2 for 4 with a double and stolen base), Shane Victorino (1 for 4 with 1 run scored) and Carlos Ruiz (1 for 3 with 1 run scored and a 1 walk) also pitched in offensively for the Phillies last night. Cole Hamels was outstanding, as usual, last night as he worked six shutout innings allowing 5 hits, walking 3 batters and whiffing 8 as he was the winning pitcher. The bullpen made this game really interesting for the Phillies. Vance Worley was first up and he worked the 7th inning, allowing 3 hits, walking 1 batter and giving up 1 run (it was earned). Antonio Bastardo did his job in the 8th inning as he pitched to one batter and he got him out. Brad Lidge followed Bastardo in the game and he didn’t get anyone out while allowing 2 hits. Ryan Madson finished up this game for the Phillies by working the last 1 2/3 innings in which he gave up 2 hits and 1 run (it was earned) as he got the save. The Phillies are now up 2-1 on the Cardinals with Game #4 tonight in St. Louis.

N.L.D.S. Game #2: St. Louis Cardinals 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 3 October 2011 at 8:53 am

The Milwaukee Brewers battered Cliff Lee last night and the Phillies couldn’t recover from it. Lee pitched 6 innings last night and he gave up 12 hits, 5 runs (all earned), walked 2 batters and he whiffed 9 as he was the losing pitcher. Brad Lidge, Antonio Bastardo, Vance Worley and Ryan Madson combined to work the last 3 innings without giving up any runs. Jimmy Rollins was the leader offensively for the Phillies in this game as he was 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles and 1 stolen base. Hunter Pence (1 for 3 with 1 run scored and 1 RBI) and Ryan Howard (1 for 4 with 2 RBIs) also pitched in offensively for the Phillies last night. The Phillies and Cardinals are now tied up at 1 game apiece as the series shifts to St. Louis for Games #3 and #4.

N.L.D.S. Game #1: Philadelphia Phillies 11, St. Louis Cardinals 6

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Sunday 2 October 2011 at 8:04 am

The Philadelphia Phillies were running up to the plate to bat yesterday against the Cardinals! Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez cranked homers in the sixth inning off of Kyle Lohse and that got the Phillies rolling. Howard finished this game 1 for 3 with 1 run scored, a walk, a homer and 4 RBIs. Raul Ibanez was also red hot at the plate as he was 2 for 4 with 1 run scored, a homer and 3 RBIs. Chase Utley (3 for 5 with 2 doubles and 3 runs scored), Jimmy Rollins (2 for 4 with a walk and 3 runs scored), Hunter Pence (2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs) and Shane Victorino (3 for 4 with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs) also had good games for the Phillies. Roy Halladay gave up a 3-run bomb to Lance Berkman in the first inning. He beared down after that and gave the Phillies a chance to come back, which they did. Halladay worked the first 8 innings of this game and he gave up 3 hits, 3 earned runs, walked 1 batter and whiffed 8 to earn the win. He was also 1 for 4 at the plate. Rookie Michael Stutes had a rough time as he worked 1/3 of an inning, allowing 3 hits, 1 walk and 3 earned runs. Ryan Madson finished up this game by working 2/3 of an inning, allowing 1 hit and whiffing 2 batters. The Phillies are now up 1-0 in this series with Game #2 today.

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