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.

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.

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