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The first half of the 2012 season was a disaster for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Wednesday 11 July 2012 at 8:42 am

The Philadelphia Phillies finished the first half of the 2012 season in last place in the N.L. East, 14 games behind the Nationals with a 37-50 record. Playing without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley for most of the season has proved too hard for the Phillies to overcome so far this year. Roy Halladay has also missed a big chunk of the 2012 season and that hasn’t helped matters. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2012 season, in my opinion:

Team MVP: Carlos Ruiz - 33-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz has been the Phillies’ best player so far this year. He has played in 78 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 90 for 257 (.350 avg, .995 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 13 homers, 46 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Phillies hope Ruiz stays hot wit the bat in the second half of the 2012 season.

Biggest Surprise: Juan Pierre - 34-year old lefty swinging LF Juan Pierre came to spring training on a minor league deal. It didn’t take him long to stake his claim to the starting LF job for the Phillies and he has played well for them. Pierre has played in 74 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 74 of 241 (.307 avg, .721 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 1 homer, 18 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

Biggest Disappointment: Placido Polanco - 36-year old righty swinging 3B Placido Polanco appears to be running on fumes this year for the Phillies. Polanco has played in 73 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 70 for 263 (.266 avg, .653 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 18 RBIs.

The Philadelphia Phillies got off to rough start last weekend

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 9 April 2012 at 12:08 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies only gave up 7 runs last weekend in Pittsburgh, but they are 1-2 on the year. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Vance Worley were a combined 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA and a 0.60 WHIP over the weekend. But, the Phillies only scored 6 runs against the Pirates last weekend. The Phillies only had three players (Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence) had more than 2 hits over the weekend against the Pirates. The Phillies only hit .204 with a .524 OPS as a team over the weekend. The Phillies are going to host the Marlins the next few days, so maybe they can get their act together when they get home.

The Philadelphia Phillies had a solid first half

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Tuesday 12 July 2011 at 4:33 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies finished the first half with a 57-34 record which has them in first place in the N.L. East, 3.5 games ahead of the Braves. The Phillies have been winning with pitching as they have a team ERA of 3.02 with a 1.16 WHIP. The Phillies had a lot of injuries in the first half of the season but they will be opertating at almost full speed in the field when they return to action after the All-Star break. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impact for the Phillies in the first half:

Team MVP: 31-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard put up huge numbers in the first half of the season without much help in the batting order. Howard has played in 90 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 87 for 339 (.257 avg, .828 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 18 homers, 72 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Wait until you see the numbers Howard is going to put up in the second half with almost everyone healthy.

Biggest Surprise: 23-year old righty starter Vance Worley and 25-year old lefty reliever tied for this award. Vance Worley has stepped in at the back end of the rotation with Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton a tad gimpy. Worley has pitched in 10 games (8 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Antonio Bastardo ended the first half of the season as the Phillies’ closer due to injuries to Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras and Ryan Madson. Bastardo has pitched in 36 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 3-0 with 5 saves, a 0.82 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP. He has only given up 11 hits in 33 innings this year with 38 whiffs and those are eye popping numbers.

Biggest Disappointment: The Phillies were depending on 30-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Blanton as the #5 starter. But he has been ineffective and now he’s injured. Blanton has started 6 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. He might have a hard time getting his job back when he gets healthy due to the pitching of both Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick.

The Philadelphia Phillies rolled over the Astros to start the 2011 season

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 4 April 2011 at 4:27 pm

The Phillies dominated the poor Astros over the weekend as they swept them. The Phillies outscored the Astros 21-11 in the three games over the weekend. The Phillies hit a combined .349 with a .878 OPS as they beat up on the Astros’ pitching staff. The Big Three also did their part as Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt all pitched well over the weekend. The Phillies appear to be just as good as advertised even without Chase Utley and Domonic Brown. Wait until those two guys get healthy.

The Philadelphia Phillies limp into the All-Star Break

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Wednesday 14 July 2010 at 9:38 am

The Phillies have been ransacked by injury this season which is one of the reasons that they are in third place in the N.L. East. The Phillies are 47-40 on the season which has them 4.5 games behind the Braves. Here is a close look at the surprises and disappointments for the Phillies so far this year:

Surprises: 47-year old lefty starting pitcher Jamie Moyer has really been solid for the Phillies so far this year. Moyer has started 17 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 9-8 with a 4.51 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. The Phillies need him to keep up the good work in the second half. 26-year old lefty Cole Hamels is looking like his old self again this year. He has started 18 games for the Phillies this year and he is 7-7 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. 38-year old righty reliever Jose Contreras has been really effective as a full time reliever for the first time in his career. Contreras has pitched in 35 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he is 4-3 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. 32-year old righty swinging infielder Wilson Valdez has done a solid job filling in for Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins this year. He has played in 55 games for the Phillies this year and he is 42 of 168 (.250 avg, .665 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers, 21 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.

Disappointments: 38-year old LF Raul Ibanez is really starting to look his age this season. He has played in 85 games for the Phillies this year and he is 71 of 292 (.243 avg, .724 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 7 homers, 39 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. 29-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Blanton has really been awful this season for the Phillies. Blanton has started 13 games for the Phillies this year and he is 3-5 with a 6.41 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. He has given up 103 hits (15 homers) in only 80 innings pitched this year. 29-year old righty reliever Ryan Madson has really been awful for the Phillies this year. He has pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he is 2-0 with 4 saves, a 6.55 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. Madson has missed most of the season because he hurt himself throwing a temper tantrum after a loss early on.

The Philadelphia Phillies are destroying teams this season

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Monday 12 April 2010 at 2:40 pm

The Phillies are 5-1 on the season as they are outscoring their opponents 43-18! They are in first place in the N.L. East, 1 game ahead of the Marlins. The Phillies play three games at home against the Nationals this week starting today and then the Marlins come in for a visit this weekend for 3 games. The Phillies would love to get some distance between them and both the Marlins and the Braves this week.

The Philadelphia Phillies are on fire right now

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Saturday 10 April 2010 at 9:42 am

The Phillies are now 3-1 on the season as they have outscored their opponents 32-11 so far. The Phillies knew the offense was going to be good and they are averaging 8.0 runs per game. But the reason for the ease of victory has been the pitching staff which has been outstanding as the Phillies are sporting a 2.57 ERA so far this season. The bullpen really has the Phillies smiling so far as it’s a rag tag bunch. The pen is 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP so far this season and the Phillies have to be pleased with that. The Phillies are clicking on all cylinders right now so there is no reason to think they won’t keep beating teams up.

The Philadelphia Phillies are now tied with the Mets for first place in the N.L. East

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Playing Well, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Friday 28 September 2007 at 4:17 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have caught the Mets from behind as they are both 87-72 with 3 games left in the season.  The Phillies are also 1 game behind the Padres for the Wild Card.  So it all comes down to three games with the Washington Nationals in Philly.  The Phillies have three super hot hitters right now in Jimmy Rollins who is 9 for his last 27 (.333 avg) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  Chase Utley has also been outstanding lately as he is 8 for his last 24 (.333 avg) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs.  The defending MVP on the N.L. has saved his best for last as he is 8 for his last 20 (.400 avg) with 5 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs.  Look for the surging Phillies to topple the fading Mets who are playing at home this weekend where they have lost their last 7 games.

Kyle Lohse has been a solid addition to the rotation for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Throwing Well, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Wednesday 19 September 2007 at 4:34 pm

When the Phillies acquired Kyle Lohse from the Reds most experts didn’t think he would help the Phillies.  But he has pitched well enough to keep the Phillies in his starts.  He has started 9 games for the Phillies and he is 2-0 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  In 48.2 innings for the Phillies, Lohse has allowed 50 hits, walked 21 batters and whiffed 33.  The Phillies have gotten really hot as they have won 8 of their last 10 games including six in a row.  The Phillies are now only 1.5 games behind the Mets in the National League East and 1.5 games behind the Padres for the National League Wild Card.

The Philadelphia Phillies need to get back on track

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Weekly Results by chinmusic on Wednesday 12 September 2007 at 6:05 pm

The Phillies are now 76-68 on the season which is good for 2nd place in the National League East, 6 games behind the Mets.  The Phillies would be better served to focus on the Wild Card as they are only 2.5 games behind the Padres.  It will be interesting to see if the Phillies can hit thier way into the playoffs because their pitching staff has been pretty bad this season.

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