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Roy Halladay is off to a fast start in 2012 for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 12 April 2012 at 2:06 pm

34-year old righty starting pitcher Roy Halladay is off to a blazing start to the 2012 season. He has pitched in 2 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA and a 0.53 WHIP. Halladay has only given up 7 hits and walked 1 batter in his first 15 innings this year with 8 strikeouts. Halladay has been awesome since arriving in Philly three years ago. He has now pitched in 67 games (all starts) for the Phillies and he is 42-16 with a 2.34 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.

Hunter Pence is off to a good start for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 12 April 2012 at 2:02 pm

The Phillies have only scored 15 runs in their first five games this year, but you can’t blame Hunter Pence for that. Pence has played in all 5 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 7 for 19 (.368 avg, 1.008 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base. I think that Pence is going to have a monster year with the bat in 2012, and he will be the main man in the batting order until Ryan Howard returns to action.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Pat Burrell to a 1-day minor league contract

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 12 April 2012 at 1:59 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed 35-year old righty swinging outfielder Pat Burrell to a 1-day minor league contract so that he could retire as a Phillie. Burrell played nine seasons for the Phillies, appearing in 1,306 games in which he was 1,166 of 4,535 (.257 avg, .852 OPS) with 655 runs scored, 251 homers, 827 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He is currently #4 in career homers with the Phillies with 251 of them. He is also #8 in RBIs (827) and #5 in walks (785) in Phillies’ history. Burrell hit 30+ homers in a season four times in his nine years with the Phillies and he had more than 115 RBIs twice. Burrell isn’t one of the best players in Phillies’ history, but he was a very solid one.

The Philadelphia Phillies got off to rough start last weekend

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 9 April 2012 at 12:08 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies only gave up 7 runs last weekend in Pittsburgh, but they are 1-2 on the year. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Vance Worley were a combined 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP over the weekend. But, the Phillies only scored 6 runs against the Pirates last weekend. The Phillies only had three players (Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence) had more than 2 hits over the weekend against the Pirates. The Phillies only hit .204 with a .524 OPS as a team over the weekend. The Phillies are going to host the Marlins the next few days, so maybe they can get their act together when they get home.

The Philadelphia Phillies have five rookies that could help them in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 5 April 2012 at 12:30 pm

The Phillies have five rookies that could help them at some point in 2012. Here is a look at them:

Freddy Galvis: 22-year old switch-hitting 2B Freddy Galvis comes into this season as the Phillies’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 137 games in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 151 of 543 (.278 avg, .716 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 8 homers, 43 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He has now played in 526 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 488 of 1,987 (.246 avg, .613 OPS) with 256 runs scored, 18 homers, 160 RBIs and 68 stolen bases. Galvis will be counted on to fill in for Chase Utley until he’s ready to return to action and those are some huge shoes to have to fill.

Phillippe Aumont: 23-year old righty reliever Phillippe Aumont comes into this season as the Phillies’ #5 prospect according to Baseball America. Aumont pitched in 43 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year in which he was 2-5 with 7 saves, a 2.68 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He has now pitched in 129 games (29 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 11-26 with 26 saves, a 4.21 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Aumont seemed to really start to get it last year, so he could help the Phillies in the pen at some point in 2012.

Justin DeFratus: 24-year old righty reliever Justin DeFratus comes into this season according to Baseball America. He pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He also pitched in 51 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 6-3 with 15 saves, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. DeFratus has now pitched in 160 games (34 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 22-17 with 39 saves, a 3.18 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. DeFratus is going to start the 2012 season on the D.L., but he should be able to help the Phillies later in the year.

Joe Savery: 26-year old lefty reliever Joe Savery comes into this season as the Phillies’ #25 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.38 WHIP. Savery also pitched in 25 games (0 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 5-0 with 2 saves, a 1.50 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He has now pitched in 115 games (77 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 33-31 with 2 saves, a 4.08 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Savery will work out of the bullpen for the Phillies in 2012, as he looked pretty solid in his first full season as reliever last year in the minors.

Michael Schwimer: 26-year old righty reliever Michael Schwimer comes into this season as the Phillies’ #30 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. He also pitched in 47 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 9-1 with 10 saves, a 1.85 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Schwimer has now pitched in 170 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 20-10 with 49 saves, a 2.50 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. The Phillies hope that Schwimer can help them out of the pen at some point in 2012.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Justin DeFratus on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Wednesday 4 April 2012 at 11:12 pm

The Phillies have placed 24-year old righty reliever Justin DeFratus on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26th due to a right elbow sprain. DeFratus pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He also pitched in 51 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year in which he was 6-3 with 15 saves, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. The Phillies have high hopes for DeFratus, so they hope he gets well soon.

The Philadelphia Phillies place 2B Chase Utley on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Wednesday 4 April 2012 at 11:09 pm

The Phillies have placed 33-year old lefty swinging 2B Chase Utley on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26th due to deterioration of cartilage behind his left kneecap. Utley played in 103 games for the Phillies last year and he was 103 of 398 (.259 avg, .769 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 11 homers, 44 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,109 games in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 1,198 of 4,133 (.290 avg, .882 OPS) with 731 runs scored, 188 homers, 694 RBIs and 110 stolen bases. Rookie Freddy Galvis is going to get his big shot to start at 2B until Chase Utley is ready to return to action. It’s starting to look like Chase Utley’s best baseball is behind him already.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Ryan Howard on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Wednesday 4 April 2012 at 11:04 pm

The Phillies have placed 32-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26th due to an Achillies injury. Howard played in 152 games for the Phillies last year and he was 141 of 557 (.253 avg, .835 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 33 homers, 116 RBIs and 1 stolen base. In his first 8 years with the Phillies, Howard has played in 1,027 games in which he is 1,043 of 3,794 (.275 avg, .928 OPS) with 633 runs scored, 286 homers, 864 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. The Phillies are going to use a combination of Ty Wigginton, John Mayberry and Jim Thome at 1B until Howard returns sometime likely in late May or early June. The Phillies are really going to miss Howard’s bat early in the year.

Michael Martinez is going to start the 2012 season on the D.L. for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Tuesday 3 April 2012 at 7:14 pm

29-year old switch-hitting infielder Michael Martinez is D.L. bound due to a foot injury that will cause him to miss the first 6-8 weeks of the 2012 baseball season. He played in 88 games for the Phillies last year and he was 41 of 209 (.196 avg, .540 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 3 homers, 24 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Phillies kept Martinez in the majors all year long as he was a Rule 5 Draft Pick in the winter of 2010. The Phillies are going to miss Martinez’ versatility in the field, but not his bat.

UPDATE: (4/4/2012) - The Phillies have placed Michael Martinez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26th, due to a right foot fracture.

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