Vincent Velasquez is off to a blazing start for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 18 April 2016 at 7:51 am

23-year old righty starting pitcher Vincent Velasquez is off to a blazing start for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016!  He has started 2 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP.  He has tossed a complete game shutout this year and he has only allowed 6 hits and 3 walks in his first 15 innings this year while whiffing a very, very impressive 25 batters!  Velasquez was part of the return for righty reliever Ken Giles in the Phillies’ big deal over the winter with the Astros!  He pitched in 19 games (7 starts) for the Astros last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 1-1 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Kudos to the Phillies’ front office and scouting staff for seeing through the stats that Velasquez put up last year!

Jeanmar Gomez could be the next guy up to close for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 1:43 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies‘ bullpen stunk in the opening series of the season against the Reds, which has opened the door for 28-year old righty reliever Jeanmar Gomez to get a chance to close.  He has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with 2 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.33 WHIP.  He has given up 1 hit and no walks while whiffing 2 batters in his first 3 innings this year.  Gomez pitched in 65 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year in his first year with them and he was 2-3 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  It will be interesting to see if Gomez can pitch well enough to remain the Phillies’ closer.

The Philadelphia Phillies got good work from their first two starting pitchers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 11:58 am

The Philadelphia Phillies got great work from their first two starting pitchers this year, but when you have a bullpen that pitched awful and you only score 4 runs in your first two games, it’s hard to win.  Righty starting pitchers Jeremy Hellickson and Aaron Nola combined to go 0-0 with a 0.69 ERA and a 0.54 WHIP in their first starts of the 2016 season.  They combined to give up only 7 hits, 1 run (it was earned) and they didn’t walk any batters while whiffing 14 of them in 13 innings.  The Phillies hope that they keep getting solid starting pitching, as the bullpen is already proving to be an issue.

Jonathan Papelbon keeps rolling for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 10 September 2013 at 12:50 pm

The Phillies have only won 66 games this year, but it isn’t 32-year old righty closer Jonathan Papelbon’s fault.  Papelbon has pitched in 55 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 5-1 with 25 saves, a 2.59 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Papelbon has given up 49 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 50 batters in his first 55 2/3 innings this year, which are impressive numbers.  Papelbon has now pitched in 125 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 10-7 with 63 saves, a 2.51 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  The Phillies were smart to keep him.

Cole Hamels is locked in right now for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 31 August 2013 at 10:52 am

29-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels got off to a rough start in 2013, but he is locked in right now.  Since July 1st, Hamels has started 11 games in which he is 4-2 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Hamels has now pitched in 28 games (all starts) overall this year for the Phillies and he is 6-13 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  Hamels has given up 178 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 166 batters in his first 186 innings this year for the Phillies.  The Phillies hope that Hamels finishes strongly for them in September.

Antonio Bastardo is looking sharp for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 July 2013 at 1:20 pm

27-year old lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo had a rough season in 2012, but he has bounced back big time so far in 2013.  Bastardo has pitched in 46 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 3-2 with 2 saves, a 2.45 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  He has given up 33 hits and 19 walks while whiffing 44 batters in his first 40 1/3 innings, which are very impressive numbers…..except for the walks.  Bastardo has now pitched in 206 games (5 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 15-11 with 11 saves, a 3.69 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  Bastardo has worked well in tandem with Jonathan Papelbon at the end of games for the Phillies in 2013, and they hope they both keep up the good work.

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.

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