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Lisalverto Bonilla is looking sharp in the minors for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by chinmusic on Sunday 15 July 2012 at 5:22 pm

22-year old righty reliever Lisalverto Bonilla came into this season as the Phillies’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America. Bonilla has pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball so far this year and he is 3-2 with 4 saves, a 1.55 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He has only given up 31 hits while whiffing 64 batters in his first 46 1/3 innings this year….which is pretty darn impressive. Bonilla has now pitched in 84 games (35 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 16-13 with 8 saves, a 2.50 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Raul Valdes on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Saturday 14 July 2012 at 3:55 pm

The Phillies have placed 34-year old lefty reliever Raul Valdes on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 9th, due to a right hip strain. Valdes has pitched in 16 games (1 start) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2-2 with a 3.80 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. 26-year old Joe Savery will replace Valdes in the bullpen. Savery has pitched in 17 games (0 starts) for the Phillies earlier this year and he is 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

The first half of the 2012 season was a disaster for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Wednesday 11 July 2012 at 8:42 am

The Philadelphia Phillies finished the first half of the 2012 season in last place in the N.L. East, 14 games behind the Nationals with a 37-50 record. Playing without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley for most of the season has proved too hard for the Phillies to overcome so far this year. Roy Halladay has also missed a big chunk of the 2012 season and that hasn’t helped matters. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2012 season, in my opinion:

Team MVP: Carlos Ruiz - 33-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz has been the Phillies’ best player so far this year. He has played in 78 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 90 for 257 (.350 avg, .995 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 13 homers, 46 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Phillies hope Ruiz stays hot wit the bat in the second half of the 2012 season.

Biggest Surprise: Juan Pierre - 34-year old lefty swinging LF Juan Pierre came to spring training on a minor league deal. It didn’t take him long to stake his claim to the starting LF job for the Phillies and he has played well for them. Pierre has played in 74 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 74 of 241 (.307 avg, .721 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 1 homer, 18 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

Biggest Disappointment: Placido Polanco - 36-year old righty swinging 3B Placido Polanco appears to be running on fumes this year for the Phillies. Polanco has played in 73 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 70 for 263 (.266 avg, .653 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 18 RBIs.

Dick Ruthven was a solid starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 7 July 2012 at 2:25 pm

Righty starting pitcher Dick Ruthven was with the Phillies for nine seasons, working in 207 games (198 starts) in which he was 78-65 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. His best season with the Phillies came back in 1978 when he worked in 20 games (all starts) in which he was 13-5 with a 2.99 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. When the Phillies won the World Series in 1980, Ruthven pitched in 33 games (all starts) in which he was 17-10 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Ruthven made it to his only All-Star Game with the Phillies in 1981 as he was 12-7 with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. Ruthven is tied for #9 in Phillies’ history in games started with Tully Sparks with 198 of them. Ruthven was a solid starting pitcher for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies hope that Ryan Howard and Chase Utley can spark a run in the second half

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 7 July 2012 at 2:18 pm

32-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard got back into action last night for the Phillies. He went 2 for 4 with a double. Howard has played in 1,028 games in his first 9 years for the Phillies and he is 1,045 of 3,798 (.275 avg, .928 OPS) with 633 runs scored, 286 homers, 864 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. 33-year old lefty swinging 2B Chase Utley has been back for a little over a week now. Utley has played in 8 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 7 for 26 (.269 avg, .821 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 3 RBIs. Utley has now played in 1,117 games in his first 10 years with the Phillies and he is 1,205 of 4,159 (.290 avg, .882 OPS) with 734 runs scored, 190 homers, 697 RBIs and 110 stolen bases. The Phillies are 37-48 on the season now, which has them in last place in the N.L. East, 13 games behind the Washington Nationals. The Phillies are also 9 games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the Wild Card hunt. I think they need to make a run from now until the end of July, or they are likely going to be sellers at the trade deadline. So they need Howard and Utley to start healthy and productive to prevent a fire sale.

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

Blogged under All-Stars, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 3 July 2012 at 3:28 pm

The Phillies are sending three players to the All-Star Game this year. 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels will be appearing in his 3rd All-Star Game. Hamels has now pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 10-4 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. 31-year old righty closer Jonathan Papelbon will be making his fifth trip to the All-Star Game. He has pitched in 30 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2-2 with 18 saves, a 3.03 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. 33-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz will be making his first appearance in the All-Star Game and he richly deserves it. He has played in 72 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 83 of 233 (.356 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 11 homers, 43 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.

The Philadelphia Phillies deal 1B/DH Jim Thome to the Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Sunday 1 July 2012 at 12:37 am

The Phillies have dealt 41-year old lefty swinging 1B/DH Jim Thome to the Baltimore Orioles for 21-year old righty starter/reliever Kyle Simon and 19-year old righty swinging catcher Gabriel Lino. Thome played in 30 games for the Phillies this year and he was 15 of 62 (.242 avg, .854 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 5 homers and 15 RBIs. Thome played in 391 games in his four years with the Phillies and he was 348 of 1,341 (.260 avg, .925 OPS) with 243 runs scored, 101 homers and 281 RBIs. He is going to take over as the Orioles’ full-time DH.

Kyle Simon came into this season as the Orioles’ #18 prospect according to Baseball America. Simon pitched in 14 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 2-8 with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. He has pitched in 28 games (14 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 3-10 with 1 save, a 3.63 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Gabriel Lino came into this season as the O’s #21 prospect according to Baseball America. Lino played in 56 games in A-ball for the O’s this year and he was 45 of 206 (.218 avg, .622 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 4 homers, 18 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 138 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 95 of 424 (.224 avg, .666 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 6 homers, 48 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.

The Phillies did well in this deal as Jim Thome is getting up there in years. Simon and Lino are having rough years, but they are legit prospects.

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