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.

Raul Ibanez is on fire with the bat in May for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 28 May 2011 at 9:22 am

38-year old lefty starting LF Raul Ibanez looked awful in April, but he has been like gangbusters with the bat so far in May for the Phillies. Ibanez has played in 24 games so far in May and he is 30 for 93 (.323 avg, .921 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 5 homers and 15 RBIs. He has not been picky either as he has only walked 3 times while whiffing 13 times. Ibanez has now played in 48 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 44 for 180 (.244 avg, .700 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 6 homers and 25 RBIs. The Phillies need Ibanez’ bat to stay hot.

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.

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 have had good work out of backups so far this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 25 April 2011 at 3:10 pm

Starting 2B Chase Utley and starting RF Domonic Brown have not played a game for the Phillies so far this year. Ben Francisco has stepped up in RF for the Phillies so far this year. He has played in 21 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 20 for 76 (.263 avg, .764 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Francisco might have worked himself into a timeshare in RF when Brown returns to action, if he keeps playing well. Wilson Valdez has been playing good defense, but the Phillies miss Utley’s bat. Valdez has played in 18 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 15 for 57 (.263 avg, .627 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 5 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Phillies need Francisco & Valdez to keep up the good work until Brown & Utley are ready to return to action.

John Mayberry Jr. is off to a fast start for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 9 April 2011 at 6:38 pm

27-year old righty swinging outfielder John Mayberry Jr. is making the most of his atbats so far this year. He has played in 5 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 4 for 6 (.667 avg, 1.333 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Mayberry has been awesome for the Phillies so far this year as he’s getting a lot of very clutch hits. In his first two years with the Phillies, Mayberry played in 50 games in which he was 16 for 69 (.232 avg, .810 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 6 homers and 14 RBIs. Those are impressive power numbers for a guy who just doesn’t get consistent P.T. I don’t see Mayberry getting more P.T. unless the Phillies suffer some more injuries in the outfield, but the Phillies would be happy to see him giving them a lot of clutch hits going forward.

The Philadelphia Phillies start off hot with the bats in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 4 April 2011 at 4:35 pm

Five starting players had really good weekends against the Astros. It all starts with the big fella, 1B Ryan Howard. Howard played in all 3 games over the weekend and he was 7 for 13 (.538 avg, 1.346 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 big RBIs. SS Jimmy Rollins is trying to forget a subpar, injury filled 2010, and he’s off to a good start. Rollins went 6 for 12 (.500 avg, 1.071 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 1 stolen base. He has been batting third in front of Ryan Howard, so the Phillies need him to get on base as often as possible. RF Ben Francisco is making the most of Domonic Brown’s injury as he was set to be a backup player this year. Francisco was 6 for 13 (.462 avg, 1.269 OPS) over the weekend with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. He wants to make the decision tough concerning RF when Domonic Brown gets healthy. 3B Placido Polanco was 5 for 12 (.417 avg, 1.083 OPS) with 5 runs scored over the weekend for the Phillies as he was pretty productive. 2B Wilson Valdez is off to a good start as Chase Utley’s replacement. He has played in 3 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 4 for 11 (.364 avg, .818 OPS) with 2 RBIs. Anything the Phillies get from Valdez’ bat is a bonus as they mostly care about him playing good defense.

Ben Francisco has been a key off the bench for the Philadelphia Phillies this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 30 September 2010 at 5:11 pm

28-year old righty swinging outfielder Ben Francisco is one of the better 4th outfielders in the major leagues. He has played in 85 games this year for the Phillies and he is 46 of 170 (.271 avg, .779 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 6 homers, 25 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Francisco could play a big part in the post-season as one of the top Phillies’ pinch hitters off the bench. He also could be a starter for the Phillies in the outfield next year if Jayson Werth leaves the Phillies as a free agent.

Shane Victorino has turned in another solid year for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 21 September 2010 at 4:07 pm

29-year old switch hitting CF Shane Victorino is a big part of the glue that holds the team in the field together for the Phillies. He plays the game all-out, all of the time. Victorino has played in 137 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 146 of 550 (.265 avg, .770 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 17 homers, 66 RBIs and 34 stolen bases. He has set a career high in both homers and RBIs already with two weeks to go in the season which is impressive. He also needs four more steals to set a career high and it will be interesting to see if the Phillies keep giving him the green light the rest of the regular season.

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