Cole Hamels is turning things around in July for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 25 July 2013 at 9:51 am

29-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels is getting his act back together so far in 2013.  He has pitched in 4 games (all starts) so far in July and he is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Hamels has now pitched in 21 games (all starts) overall this year and he is 4-12 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  Hamels has given up 131 hits and 36 walks while whiffing 123 batters in his first 134 innings this year, which are not bad numbers.  Look for Hamels to start piling up some wins if he keeps pitching like he has so far in July.

Jonathan Papelbon has been on fire for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 17 June 2013 at 8:00 am

32-year old righty closer Jonathan Papelbon has been amazing so far this year for the Phillies.  Papelbon has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with 13 saves, a 1.46 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP.  He has given up 14 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 23 batters in his first 24 2/3 innings so far this year, which is pretty amazing.  He has now pitched in 94 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 5-6 with 51 saves, a 2.19 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP.  A lot of people scoffed when the Phillies signed Papelbon to a big contract, but he has been worth every dime and then some so far since joining them.

A pair of rookies have given the Philadelphia Phillies’ rotation a boost lately

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 12 June 2013 at 10:42 am

22-year old righty Jonathan Pettibone and 26-year old righty Tyler Cloyd are off to good starts for the Phillies in 2013.  Pettibone has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 3-2 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Cloyd has pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  Cloyd has now pitched in 11 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 4-4 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Pettibone came into this year as the Phillies’ #4 prospect and Cloyd was #21 heading into this season according to Baseball America.  The Phillies hope that this pair keeps up the good work moving forward.

Cliff Lee has been outstanding for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 24 May 2013 at 7:29 am

34-year old lefty starting pitcher Cliff Lee has been excellent for the Phillies once again in 2013.  He has pitched in 10 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 5-2 with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  Lee has given up 61 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 55 batters in his first 72 2/3 innings, which are impressive numbers.  He almost has as many wins as he had in 30 starts last year (6), when he didn’t get much help from the offense or bullpen.  Lee has now pitched in 84 games (all starts) in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 35-23 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  Lee is now the unquestioned ace of the Phillies’ starting rotation.

Jonathan Papelbon has been outstanding so far in 2013 for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 14 May 2013 at 1:32 pm

32-year old righty closer Jonathan Papelbon has been outstanding for the Phillies so far in 2013.  He has pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with 7 saves, a 1.15 ERA and a 0.57 WHIP.  Papelbon has given up 8 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 12 batters in his first 15 2/3 innings, which is pretty darn impressive.  Papelbon has now pitched in 85 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 5-6 with 45 saves, a 2.21 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  The Phillies hope that Papelbon keeps up the good work moving forward.

Kyle Kendrick has been the ace of the Philadelphia Phillies’ starting rotation so far in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 10 May 2013 at 8:57 am

With Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay in the starting rotation, it would be absurd to think of 28-year old righty Kyle Kendick as the ace of the rotation…..but he has been so far in 2013.  Kendrick has started 7 games for the Phillies so far in 2013 and he is 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He has only given up 42 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 35 batters in his first 47 2/3 innings for the Phillies so far this year and those are some pretty darn impressive numbers.  Kendrick has now pitched in 171 games (130 starts) in his first seven years with the Phillies and he is 58-43 with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  Kendrick is making the most of his first season with a full-time spot in the starting rotation, so the Phillies hope that he keeps up the good work.

Jonathan Pettibone is off to a good start to his career with the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 5 May 2013 at 6:45 am

22-year old righty starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone is off to a good start to his major league career.  He has started 3 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He has given up 18 hits and walked 2 batters while whiffing 13 in his first 16 2/3 innings so far this year.  He came into this season as the Phillies’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 89 games (87 starts) in his five years in the minors for the Phillies and he was 33-31 with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Pettibone will have a good chance of keeping his starting role for a while if he keeps pitching well as #5 starter John Lannan isn’t going to be ready to return any time soon.

The back end of the starting rotation is looking good so far for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 17 April 2013 at 12:33 pm

28-year old righty Kyle Kendrick (#4 starter) and 28-year old lefty John Lannan (#5 starter) are off to good starts in 2013 for the Phillies.  Kendrick has started 3 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Lannan has started 2 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 2.77 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP.  If Kendrick and Lannan keep up the good work, the Phillies have to feel good about winning every night they play.  Because, Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay are going to turn things around soon and Cliff Lee is off to an outstanding start.

UPDATE:  (4/18/2013) – The Phillies have placed John Lannan on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left quadriceps muscle.  He had a rough night against the Reds last night.  He was the losing pitcher as he only lasted 1 2/3 innings in which he gave up 8 hits, 6 runs (all earned) while walking 1 batter and whiffing 1 batter.  Lannan has now started 3 games for the Phillies in 2013 and he is 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Lannan will likely miss the next 6-8 weeks.

Juan Pierre has been outstanding for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 24 September 2012 at 3:52 pm

35-year old lefty swinging outfielder Juan Pierre couldn’t find a job last winter and he decided to sign a minor league deal with the Phillies. He earned the starting job in LF and he has not looked back. Pierre has played in 125 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 120 of 383 (.313 avg, .735 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 1 homer, 25 RBIs and 35 stolen bases. He has been red hot in September, helping the Phillies make a late Wild Card run. Pierre has played in 15 games so far in September and he is 20 for 49 (.408 avg, .943 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.

Cliff Lee has been rock solid in September for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Tuesday 18 September 2012 at 4:51 pm

34-year old lefty starting pitcher Cliff Lee is on fire for the Phillies so far in September. Lee has started 4 games so far this month and he is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP. He has given up 24 hits and walked 3 batters while whiffing 28 batters in his first 28 1/3 innings this month, as he has been impressive. Lee has now pitched in 27 games (all starts) for the Phillies overall this year and he is 6-7 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. The Phillies are going to need Lee to stay hot if they are going to make it to the playoffs as a Wild Card team.

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