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.

Ross Gload is swinging a good bat for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Wednesday 18 August 2010 at 5:47 pm

34-year old lefty swinging 1B/OF Ross Gload is hurting a little bit right now but he is swinging a good stick for the Phillies this year. Gload has played in 76 games for the Phillies this year and he is 31 of 107 (.290 avg, .850 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 6 homers, 21 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Gload goes up to the plate hacking as he has only walked 8 times this year but he also makes a ton of contact as he has only whiffed 8 times this year. It sucks for both Gload and the Phillies that he’s banged up right now because he was getting a lot of P.T. with Ryan Howard out of action.

Raul Ibanez has gotten hot at the plate for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Friday 6 August 2010 at 8:53 am

Amid all of the big injuries the Phillies have endured lately…..Raul Ibanez has risen from the ashes. In his last 10 games, Ibanez is 16 of 34 (.471 avg) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs. Ibanez is stepping up when the team needs him the most as they have gotten right back into the race despite the injuries. Ibanez has now played in 103 games for the Phillies this year and he is 98 of 357 (.275 avg, .798 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 10 homers, 54 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Phillies need Ibanez to stay hot because he is the best lefty hitter on the team right now with Utley and Howard out of action.

The Philadelphia Phillies have three All-Stars

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 5 July 2010 at 9:48 am

2B Chase Utley was voted in by the fans to start the All-Star Game but he will have to miss it due to injury. Utley has played in 72 games this season for the Phillies and he was 73 of 264 (.277 avg, .849 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 11 homers, 37 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Martin Prado of the Braves. This was the fifth time Utley was selected to play in the All-Star Game in his career. 1B Ryan Howard was picked as a reserve for the N.L. Howard has played in 80 games this season for the Phillies and he is 93 of 317 (.293 avg, .850 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 15 homers and 59 RBIs. This will be Howard’s third appearance in the mid-summer classic. Roy Halladay has made the pitching staff for the N.L. He has pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Phillies this year and he is 9-7 with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Halladay has only walked 17 batters in 130 innings this season as he has been very aggressive in the strike zone. This will be Halladay’s 7th All-Star Game of his career.

Shane Victorino has been solid this year for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 15 June 2010 at 6:16 pm

It looked like the Phillies were planning on batting Victorino pretty low in the batting order this season but the injuries to Jimmy Rollins have changed all of that. The 29-year old switch hitting CF has played in 60 games this season and he is 63 of 247 (.255 avg, .779 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 10 homers, 36 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He has been doing a solid job of leading off for the Phillies this season but they would like to see him up his average a tad but that’s nitpicking as Victorino always gives it his all every time he puts his uniform on.

Jayson Werth is crushing the baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies right now

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 13 May 2010 at 11:56 am

31-year old righty swinging Jayson Werth knows that free agency awaits for him at the end of the season so he has the pedal to the metal right now. Werth has played in 33 games for the Phillies so far this season and he is 40 of 116 (.345 avg, 1.104 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 18 doubles, 7 homers, 27 RBIs and 2 stolen bases already. Werth could have a monster season for the Phillies this year and that would make it more likely that he would leave after the year as he would have a lot of suitors.

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