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The Philadelphia Phillies are very happy with Jayson Werth this season

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 27 April 2010 at 4:41 pm

The Phillies aren’t sure that they will be able to re-sign starting RF Jayson Werth after the season as he is a impending free agent. But, they will definitely take his free agent walk numbers as he looks highly motivated so far this year. Werth has played in 19 games for the Phillies this season and he is 21 of 65 (.323 avg, 1.005 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers and 11 RBIs. Werth is also showing increased discipline at the plate as he has 11 walks this season which bodes well for his batting average. Werth is trying to build on his success of last season when he played in 159 games for the Phillies in which he was 153 of 571 (.268 avg, .879 OPS) with 98 runs scored, 36 homers, 99 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. I think that Werth is going to have a better year than he had in 2009 as long as he stays healthy.

Juan Castro is stepping up for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 27 April 2010 at 4:35 pm

Veteran backup infielder Juan Castro has filled in pretty well for the injured Jimmy Rollins. Castro has played in 12 games for the Phillies so far this season and he is 13 of 39 (.333 avg, .726 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 7 RBIs. The Phillies miss Rollins’ power and speed but they have to be ecstatic with the way that Castro has played so far. The Phillies still hope that Rollins returns soon because the scouting reports are going to catch up to Castro sooner or later as he has a lot of holes in his swing.

Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by Andrew on Thursday 22 April 2010 at 4:22 pm

Roy Halladay was always one of the top pitchers in the game, but he rarely got much run support while with the Toronto Blue Jays.  The superior lineup that the Philadelphia Phillies have was supposed to make Halladay an easy 20-game winner.  Well, so far Halladay has not needed much run support from his Phillies.  That is because Halladay has been mowing the opposition down as if he were facing little leaguers.  Through four starts so far, Halladay is 4-0 with 0.82 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 28 Ks, and only 3 walks in 33.0 innings pitched.  He has 2 complete games already and 1 shutout.  Halladay is off to one of the best starts of his career and it looks like he likes his new home in Philadelphia.  Barring injury, Halladay is the likely winner for this year’s NL Cy Young Winner.  Even though he is only 4 starts into the season, I am still confident he will be the Cy Young Winner this season for the Phillies.

Ryan Howard is ripping the ball for the Philadelphia Phillies so far

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 12 April 2010 at 2:43 pm

Ryan Howard is absolutely pounding the baseball so far this season for the Phillies. In his first 6 games of the year, Howard is 10 for 28 (.357 avg, 1.257 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 3 homers and 10 RBIs. The scariest thing for opposing teams is that Howard has only whiffed 4 times so far this year. Howard will likely make a strong run at the MVP of the N.L. as long as he can stay healthy because he is going to knock in a ton of runs in 2010.

Placido Polanco is on fire with the bat for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 10 April 2010 at 9:44 am

The Phillies knew when the put Placido Polanco second in the batting order that he was going to go off. Hitting behind Rollins and in front of Chase Utley guarantees that he will see a lot of good pitches to hit. He is 11 of 19 (.579 avg, 1.466 OPS) with 7 runs, 1 homer and 8 RBIs. If Polanco can stay healthy this season I see him setting career highs in runs scored, homers and RBIs in 2010.

Shane Victorino finishes tied for 18th for the N.L. MVP Award

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 3 December 2009 at 3:51 pm

29-year old switch-hitting CF Shane Victorino tied for 18th with Tim Lincecum in the voting for the N.L. MVP Voting. He played in 156 games for the Phillies last season and he was 181 for 620 (.292 avg, .803 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 10 homers, 62 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Victorino has now played in six years in the majors appearing in 643 games in which he is 611 for 2,151 (.284 avg, .774 OPS) with 365 runs scored, 44 homers, 224 RBIs and 109 stolen bases. Victorino is like the Energizer Bunny at the top of the lineup for the Phillies and he should continue to be a good player for at least the next few years.

Jayson Werth finishes 17th in the MVP Voting in the N.L.

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 3 December 2009 at 3:47 pm

30-year old righty swinging RF Jayson Werth finished 17th in the MVP Voting in the N.L. He played in 159 games for the Phillies last season and he was 153 for 571 (.268 avg, .879 OPS) with 98 runs scored, 36 homers, 99 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Werth has now played in 619 games in his 7 years in the majors and he is 520 for 1,965 (.265 avg, .827 OPS) with 327 runs scored, 93 homers, 321 RBIs and 64 stolen bases. Werth is a late bloomer but he should be a good player for the next few years for the Phillies.

Chase Utley finished 8th in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 3 December 2009 at 3:40 pm

30-year old lefty swinging 2B Chase Utley finished 8th in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award. He played in 156 games for the Phillies last season and he was 161 for 571 (.282 avg, .905 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 31 homers, 93 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. Utley has now played 7 years for the Phillies appearing in 891 games in which he is 978 for 3,310 (.295 avg, .902 OPS) with 602 runs scored, 161 homers, 585 RBIs and 83 stolen bases. Utley picked his game up even higher in the post season as he is currently in his prime right now. As long as Utley is batting right in front of Ryan Howard he will continue to put up huge numbers.

Ryan Howard finished third in the N.L. MVP Voting

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 3 December 2009 at 3:36 pm

30-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard finished third in the MVP voting of the N.L. behind only Albert Pujols and Hanley Ramirez. Howard played in 160 games for the Phillies last year and he was 172 for 616 (.279 avg, .931 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 45 homers, 141 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He has now played in 732 games in his six years in Philly and he is 750 for 2,687 (.279 avg, .961 OPS) with 465 runs scored, 222 homers, 640 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. There is no reason to think that Howard won’t compete for this award every year that he stays healthy for the next at least 4-5 years as he has the most power of any hitter in all of baseball.

Chase Utley has been huge for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Playing Well, The World Series by Andrew on Tuesday 3 November 2009 at 9:36 pm

Chase Utley and his bat have been keeping the Phillies alive this entire World Series against the New York Yankees.  Utley is hitting .333 (6/18) with 6 runs scored an 8 RBIs.  Five of Utley’s six hits have left the yard, and he has now tied Reggie Jackson for the most homeruns in a World Series.  Utley had 2 HR’s in game one, 1 HR in game four, and 2 HR’s in game five.  The Phillies are going to need Utley’s hot bat if they want to come back and win this series.  The last two games are in New York though, so they have a big challenge on their hands.  If the Phillies can comeback, Utley has almost assured himself the World Series MVP award.

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