Game #3: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 10 October 2009 at 10:53 am

This is the pivotal game in this series as it’s tied at 1 game apiece. The Phillies have to like the pitching matchup in this game as they have Pedro Martinez against Jason Hammel of the Rockies. Martinez has started 9 games this season for the Phillies and he is 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He has not pitched against the Rockies this season. Only two players on the Rockies have had success hitting against him in his career and one of them is starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez who is 2 for 3 against him. The other hitters with success against Pedro is the Rockies’ starting RF Brad Hawpe who is 2 for 4 with a solo homer against him. Joe Blanton will be ready in the bullpen if Martinez can’t go too deep in this game. Jason Hammel pitched in 34 games (30 starts) this season for the Rockies and he was 10-8 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He has pitched in 2 games (1 start) against the Phillies this season and he was 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. A few Phillies’ hitters have had a lot of success against Hammel. Jimmy Rollins is 2 for 5 with a homer and 2 RBIs and Shane Victorino is 3 for 5 with a double against Hammel so the Phillies have to think the table setters of the offense will have good games tonight. Raul Ibanez is already having a great series for the Phillies and he was 3 for 4 with a solo homer against Hammel this season. Pedro Feliz also has had success against Hammel as he is 2 for 4 with 1 RBI. Things look good for the Phillies in this game which is a “must win” for both teams.

The Philadelphia Phillies have some players swinging hot sticks

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 10 October 2009 at 10:00 am

The Philadelphia Phillies have a few hitters swinging hot sticks right now against the Rockies. Jayson Werth was really good in the Phillies’ run to the World Championship last season and he is at it again. He is 3 for 7 (.429 avg, 1.643 OPS) with a triple, homer, 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Raul Ibanez has also been off to a hot start for the Phillies as he is 4 for 8 (.500 avg, 1.125 OPS) with a double, 1 run scored and 4 RBIs. Ryan Howard has been solid as usual with the bat in this series as he is 4 for 8 (.500 avg, 1.250 OPS) with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Shane Victorino has been a sparkplug at the top of the lineup for the Phillies as he is 4 for 9 (.444 avg, 1.000 OPS) with a double and a run scored. The Phillies need to keep hitting the baseball well as the Rockies appear to be up to the challenge so far.

Colorado Rockies 5, Philadelphia Phillies 4

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 8 October 2009 at 9:23 pm

The Phillies lost a heartbreaker earlier today to the Rockies. Cole Hamels continued to have issues with the Colorado Rockies. He worked the first five innings of this game and he allowed 7 hits and 4 earned runs as the Rockies dealt him the loss. Joe Blanton followed Hamels in the game and he worked a inning and allowed a earned run. Lefty J.A. Happ followed Blanton and the first batter hit the ball off of his body forcing him to leave the game. With Blanton having worked in this game and Happ getting injured it appears as if veteran righty Pedro Martinez might get the start in Game #3 at Coors Field. The Phillies hit the ball well but they just couldn’t get enough runs to cross the plate to win this game. Shane Victorino was 3 for 5 with a run scored. Ryan Howard (double, run, RBI) and Raul Ibanez (2 RBIs) were each 2 for 4 in this game. Jayson Werth was only 1 for 4 but his hit was a homer in the 8th inning off of Rafael Betancourt. This series is now tied 1-1 as it heads to Coors Field.

Game #2: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 10:42 pm

A lot of the reporters in the Philadelphia press were grilling Charlie Manuel about why he was using Cliff Lee over Cole Hamels in Game #1 in this series. Well, they are all dingbats. Cole Hamels has started 1 game (this year) in his career against the Rockies and he was the losing pitcher as he gave up 11 hits and 7 earned runs in only 3 2/3 innings. Something has to give here as either the Rockies will beat him up again or he could pitch a game like Cliff Lee. Aaron Cook will be starting for the Rockies in this game. He started 2 games against the Phillies this season and he was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. If he can keep his sinking fastball down in the strike zone he could be a load for the Phillies tomorrow. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley have had a lot of success in their careers so far against Cook. Rollins is 11 for 29 (.379 avg, .897 OPS) with 2 RBIs while Utley is 8 for 21 (.381 avg, 1.010 OPS) with a homer and 11 RBIs.

Philadelphia Phillies 5, Colorado Rockies 1

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 10:37 pm

Cliff Lee was a 1-man gang against the Rockies in this game. He pitched a complete game allowing only six hits, 1 earned run and he didn’t walk any batters while whiffing 5. Lee also was good with the bat going 1 for 2 with a stolen base. Ubaldo Jimenez breezed through the first four innings before the Phillies started getting to him. Jayson Werth had a outstanding all around game for the Phillies as he was 2 for 3 with a triple, 2 runs scored and a RBI. He also threw out Yorvit Torrealba at 3B for a double play to end a Rockies’ threat early in the game. Ryan Howard also had a good game with the stick going 2 for 4 with a double, 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Raul Ibanez pitched in too on offense as he was 2 for 4 with a double, 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. The Phillies are now up 1-0 in this series.

Game #1: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 12:56 pm

Game #1 matches up pretty well in the Phillies’ favor. Cliff Lee will toe the rubber for the Phillies against righty Ubaldo Jimenez. Lee started 34 games for the Indians & Phillies this year and he was 14-13 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He did start one game against the Rockies this season and he was dominating. He was the winning pitcher in a game in which he worked 7 innings and whiffed 9 batters while only allowing 1 earned run. Ubaldo Jimenez is a good young pitcher with a lot of upside. He pitched in 33 games (32 starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 15-12 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Jimenez did not pitch against the Phillies this season but he brings great stuff to the mound and he could pitch a big game for the Rockies. One thing to watch with Jimenez is his control which becomes quite spotty at times.

The Philadelphia Phillies have a lot of question marks in the pen

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 10:32 am

The Phillies will go with Ryan Madson as the closer during the post season. He pitched in 79 games for the Phillies this season and he was 5-5 with 10 saves, a 3.26 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He didn’t close in the post season last year but he was very effective for the Phillies. He has pitched in 11 games out of the pen in his career in the post season and he is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. Madson has whiffed 12 batters while only walking 1 in 12 2/3 innings in this post season career so I think he will be able to handle the pressure of pitching in the 9th inning. There is no telling who will work the 8th inning for the Phillies this post season. It could be Brad Lidge the ex-closer who had a rough season. He pitched in 67 games for the Phillies this season and he was 0-8 with 31 saves, a 7.21 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Lidge has been effective in the post season however so the Phillies have their fingers crossed that he can handle the pressure. Lidge has pitched in 26 games in his post season career and he is 1-3 with 13 saves, a 2.10 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. He has only allowed 23 hits in 34 1/3 innings in his post season career and he has whiffed 51 batters! Scott Eyre will be used quite a bit in the playoffs as he is the lone lefty in the bullpen unless the Phillies use J.A. Happ there. Eyre has pitched in 42 games for the Phillies this season and he was 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He has also been really effective in his career in the post season working in 17 games in which he is 0-0 with a 0.96 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Brett Myers could also work his way into a important role in the bullpen for the Phillies. He pitched in 18 games (10 starts) for the Phillies this season and he was 4-3 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Myers has pitched in 5 games (3 starts) in his post season career and he is 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Chad Durbin will be one of the long men in the bullpen for the Phillies. He pitched in 59 games for the Phillies this season and he was 2-2 with 2 saves, a 4.39 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Durbin has pitched in 6 games out of the pen in his post season career and he is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. But, Durbin has allowed 7 hits and he has walked 3 batters in only 3 1/3 innings in his playoff career. Kyle Kendrick made the post season roster for the Phillies by pitching well down the stretch. He pitched in 9 games (2 starts) for the Phillies this season and he was 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Kendrick has started 1 game in his post season career and he was 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. Rookie Antonio Bastardo was the #11 rated prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He did not pitch like it however. He pitched in 6 games (5 starts) as a rookie this season and he was 2-3 with a 6.46 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.

The Philadelphia Phillies have a very deep and talented starting rotation

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 9:58 am

The Phillies have a sterling starting rotation with Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ and Pedro Martinez. Cliff Lee will be the #1 starter for the Phillies. He started 12 games after coming over in a trade with the Indians and he was 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He doesn’t have any post season experience but he is a big game pitcher so he should do well. Fellow lefty Cole Hamels did not have a good season for the Phillies. He started 32 games this season and he was 10-11 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. But, he has proved to be a outstanding post season pitcher and the Phillies expect that to continue starting with Game #2 against the Rockies. He has started 6 games in his post season career and he is 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. He has only given up 26 hits in 41 2/3 innings in his post season career while whiffing 37 batters showing his dominance. The Phillies have not announced a starter for Game #3 but I’m betting on it being veteran righty Joe Blanton. Blanton started 31 games for the Phillies this year and he was 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He has also been solid in the post season in his career. He has pitched in 4 games (3 starts) in his post season career and he is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Now if the Phillies need a #4 starter it will be interesting to see who they choose. Lefty J.A. Happ has been outstanding this season but the Phillies lack a 2nd lefty in the bullpen and veteran righty Pedro Martinez is a more battle tested post season pitcher. J.A. Happ has pitched in 35 games (23 starts) for the Phillies this season and he is 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has only pitched in 1 game out of the pen in the post season in his career and he was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. Pedro Martinez has been very solid for the Phillies in the 2nd half of the season. He started 9 games for the Phillies this season and he was 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. In 13 games (11 starts) in his post season career he is 6-2 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.

The Philadelphia Phillies have a decent bench going into the playoffs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 9:40 am

The Phillies have three really solid pinch hitters coming into the playoffs. None of these guys will likely start any games in the post season unless there are injuries to the regulars. 1B/3B Greg Dobbs has been a solid player since coming to the Phillies a few years ago. He played in 97 games for the Phillies this season and he was 38 for 154 (.247 avg, .646 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 5 homers and 20 RBIs. Dobbs has played in 11 games in his post season career and he is 7 for 17 (.412 avg, .971 OPS) with 2 runs scored. Ancient Matt Stairs gives the Phillies another solid lefty bat off the bench along with Dobbs. He played in 99 games for the Phillies this year and he was 20 for 103 (.194 avg, .736 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 5 homers and 17 RBIs. Stairs has played in 8 games in his post season career and he is 2 for 14 (.143 avg, with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Outfielder Ben Francisco came over with Cliff Lee from the Indians and he did a solid job for the Phillies. He played in 37 games for the Phillies and he was 27 for 97 (.278 avg, .843 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 5 homers and 13 RBIs. He doesn’t have any post season experience. Veteran infielder Miguel Cairo won the utility infielder role for the Phillies in the post season. He played in 27 games for the Phillies this season and he was 12 for 45 (.267 avg, .705 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Cairo also has 19 games of post season experience in which he is 20 for 61 (.328 avg, .873 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Paul Bako will be the backup catcher. He played in 44 games for the Phillies this season and he is 26 for 116 (.224 avg, .644 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers and 9 RBIs. Bako has played in 17 games in his post season career and he is 6 for 31 (.194 avg, .641 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs.

The Philadelphia Philles are also loaded in the outfield

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 9:29 am

Not many teams have the offensive firepower that the Phillies have in the outfield. Raul Ibanez was signed to replace Pat Burrell over the winter and he had a solid year. He played in 134 games for the Phillies this season and he was 136 for 500 (.272 avg, .899 OPS) with 93 runs scored, 34 homers and 93 RBIs. Unlike most of the Phillies’ players Ibanez does not have a lot of experience in the post season. He has played in 9 games in his post season career and he is 3 for 17 (.176 avg, .352 OPS) with 2 runs scored. Center fielder Shane Victorino is the quiet assassin of the Phillies. He played in 156 games for the Phillies this year 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 17 games in his post season career and he is 17 for 61 (.262 avg, .820 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 homers, 14 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Jayson Werth had a true breakout season for the Phillies in 2009. He played in 159 games for the Phillies this season and he was 153 for 571 (.268 avg, .879 OPS) with 98 runs scored, 36 homers, 99 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Werth was also outstanding for the Phillies last October and they hope he can do it all over again. He has played in 20 games in his post season career and he is 21 for 72 (.292 avg, .983 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 4 homers, 7 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.

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