Tag:Chase Utley
Posted on: November 3, 2009 5:26 pm

Ryan Howard needs to WAKE UP

I'm calling Ryan Howard out for stinking it up in the World Series so far. Poor discipline at the plate, not hitting, killing innings where we have momentum... Howard is looking nothing like he did in the NLCS. While guys like Chase Utley are tearing it up, the supposed best hitter on the team is struggling as bad as anyone on either side. If Howard doesn't wake up soon, the Yankees will win the Series.
Posted on: July 17, 2009 12:08 am
Edited on: July 19, 2009 11:53 am

Phillies Bats 1-6

Are there any 1-6 batters that a pitcher would hate to see more than:

  1. Jimmy Rollins
  2. Shane Victorino
  3. Chase Utley
  4. Ryan Howard
  5. Raul Ibanez
  6. Jayson Werth
All five of those guys can get on base, 3-6 are home run machines. The bats will be there, it's up to the pitching staff to pitch well and put is contention for a second World Series title in two years.

To think that some people were disappointed that Burrell left and Ibanez replaced him is now pretty funny. Check that, extremely funny. Ibanez has cruised this season, and has definitely played like a top 5 player this MLB season. Tonight against the Marlins, Ibanez popped two more home runs, and Howard also sent one out.

Here's to a great second half for the Phillies.
Posted on: May 18, 2008 12:32 am

MLB Player Rankings


1. Russell Martin (great all around game)
2. Victor Martinez (best catcher offensively)
3. Joe Mauer
4. Brian McCann (very underrated, very good)
5. Ivan Rodriguez

1st Baseman

1. Albert Pujols (injuries, what injuries?)
2. Lance Berkman (this guy can hit the ball... far)
3. Derrek Lee (this guy is also a HR machine)
4. Mark Teixeira (one of the many solid first basemen in the NL)
5. Ryan Howard (another HR machine here, does strikeout a lot, though)

2nd Baseman

1. Chase Utley (best second baseman by far, underrated defensively)
2. Brandon Phillips (good all around game)
3. Dan Uggla
4. Ian Kinsler (extremely underrated, steals bases, solid defensively)
5. Placido Polanco (hits for a high batting average, defensively superb)

3rd Baseman

1. Alex Rodriguez
2. David Wright (should see more Gold Gloves coming his way)
3. Chipper Jones
4. Aramis Ramirez
5. Ryan Zimmerman


1. Hanley Ramirez (except defensively, this guy's got it all)
2. Jimmy Rollins
3. Jose B. Reyes (this guy's got speed)
4. Michael Young
5. Miguel Tejada (hard to believe he is as old as he is)

Left Fielders

1. Matt Holliday
2. Manny Ramirez (he's a proven winner in Boston)
3. Carl Crawford
4. Carlos N. Lee
5. Alfonso Soriano (this streak is amazing)

Center Fielders

1. Curtis Granderson (great leadoff hitter, all around athlete)
2. Ichiro Suzuki (another monster leadoff hitter)
3. Grady Sizemore
4. Torii Hunter (has always been a defensive standout) 
5. Carlos Beltran

Right Fielders

1. Magglio Ordonez
2. Vladimir Guerrero
3. Nick Markakis (criminally underrated)
4. Bobby Abreu (streaky, but scary at times)
5. Jeff Francoeur

Starting Pitchers

1. Brandon Webb (does 9-0 mean something)
2. Jake Peavy (strikout machine)
3. Josh Beckett (will get to the World Series with any team)
4. Roy Halladay (can go all 9 innings when needed, would probably go 15 if asked)
5. Johan Santana

Relief Pitchers

1. Francisco Rodriguez (best closer for sure, this guy has all the tools needed)
2. J.J. Putz (would be better on a better team)
3. Jonathan Papelbon
4. B.J. Ryan
5. Mariano Rivera (he's getting old, but can still close games)

Posted on: April 24, 2008 5:26 pm

MLB Mock Draft Team (Harst's Heavy Hitters)

I was one of 16 members who participated in an MLB Mock Draft where we drafted our 'dream team' out of current MLB players. Now it's tourney time so I thought I would go ahead and throw my team out there...

Batting Order:

1. Hanley Ramirez, SS
2. Bobby Abreu, RF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Josh Hamilton, CF
5. Hank Blalock, DH
6. Russell Martin, C
7. Evan Longoria, 3B
8. Cameron Maybin, LF
9. Adam A. LaRoche, 1B


1. Jake Peavy
2. Aaron Harang
3. Micah Owings 
4. Andy Pettitte 
5. Kyle Lohse 
6. Mark Hendrickson


1. Chad Cordero
2. Heath Bell
3. Peter Moylan
4. Ryan Rowland-Smith
5. Bobby Seay


1. Ryan Church, OF
2. Lyle Overbay, 1B
3. Ian Kinsler, 2B
4. J.R. Towles, C
5. Lastings Milledge, OF

Let me know what you think...

Posted on: April 11, 2008 7:16 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2008 3:10 pm

2008 MLB Predictions

For the record...

AL Cy Young: Josh Beckett, BOS   player photo

NL Cy Young: Brandon Webb, ARZ   player photo

AL MVP: Magglio Ordonez, DET   player photo

NL MVP: Chase Utley, PHI   player photo

AL ROY: Evan Longoria, TB  player photo

NL ROY: Kosuke Fukudome, CHC  player photo

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