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The Philadelphia Phillies had a so-so first half in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Season Reviews by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 July 2013 at 4:07 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies had a literally so-so first half as they finished it with a 48-48 (50%) record.  The Phillies are in 3rd place in the N.L. East, 6.5 games behind the Braves.  The Phillies are also 5.5 games behind the Reds for the last Wild Card spot in the N.L.  Here is a look at the players that made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2013 season for the Phillies, in my opinion:

TEAM MVP:  Domonic Brown - 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Domonic Brown has been by far the best player on the Phillies so far in 2013.  He has played in 95 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 97 of 355 (.273 avg, .856 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 23 homers, 67 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Brown is leading the Phillies in runs scored (49), homers (23) and RBIs (67) so far this year.  Brown is rewarding the Phillies for the patience they have showed with him over the years.

BIGGEST SURPRISE:  Jonathan Pettibone - 22-year old righty starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone came into this season as the Phillies’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America, but he wasn’t supposed to pitch for them until very late in the season at best.  An injury to Roy Halladay opened up a spot in the rotation and Pettibone has taken advantage of it so far this year.  Pettibone has pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 5-3 with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:  Carlos Ruiz - 34-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz started the 2013 season late due to a 25-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall.  He has played in only 40 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 34 of 127 (.268 avg, .613 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base.

The Philadelphia Phillies didn’t reach their 2011 goal

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Season Reviews by chinmusic on Friday 7 October 2011 at 10:40 pm

The Phillies’ goal was to win the World Series in 2011, and they fell short. They still won the N.L. East by 13 games over the Braves as they had the best regular season record in the majors in 2011 with a 102-60 mark. Here is a look at what stood out in my mind about the Phillies in 2011:

TEAM MVP: 31-year old righty Ryan Madson stepped up and filled the role of closer the whole year. He pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 4-2 with 32 saves, a 2.37 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. The Phillies played a lot of close games in 2011 and Madson made them stand up.

BEST PITCHER: This is a three way tie between 34-year old righty Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP), 33-year old lefty Cliff Lee (17-8, a 2.40 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP) and 27-year old lefty Cole Hamels (14-9 with a 2.79 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP) lived up to the hype for the Phillies.

PLEASANT SURPRISE: 26-year old lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo was excellent until September for the Phillies. He pitched in 64 games (0 starts) for the Phillies in 2011 and he was 6-1 with 8 saves, a 2.64 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. He only gave up 28 hits while whiffing 70 batters in only 58 innings this year!

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: 32-year old lefty swinging 2B Chase Utley just couldn’t stay healthy in 2011. He played in 103 games for the Phillies in 2011 and he was 103 for 398 (.259 avg, .769 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 11 homers, 44 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

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