Posted on: November 3, 2009 5:26 pm
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: October 21, 2009 11:52 pm
So much for defense and depth trumping the long ball... the Phillies have as much firepower as both teams from the AL, and if their pitching is decent, there's not much stopping us... Go Phillies!
Posted on: July 29, 2009 2:17 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2009 5:36 pm
I actually like the deal that gives us ace Cliff Lee, as well as outfielder Ben Francisco. I'm not extremely high on Lee, but I think we got a good pitcher for not too much, which was our goal. Lee is no Roy Halladay, but he can get the job done.
We lose four prospects in the trade. I knew that Jason Donald was going to go, but I'm sad he's gone. This was an infielder that could hit and had a lot of potential. I was actually a big fan of Lou Marson as well. The other two guys were pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp. I'm really not too hurt to see either of them leave, because obviously it had to be done.
Overall, I think the Phillies did a pretty nice job with this move. Bringing a guy like Francisco in adds another solid outfielder to the core we already have, guys like Michael Taylor and Dominic Brown.
The big thing for me is that we got our ace without giving up our two best pitching prospects, Kyle Drabek and J.A. Happ. Only time can tell about Drabek, but Happ has already proven that he can win in the majors.
It's early, but I like this deal. Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Joe Blanton, and J.A. Happ is shaping out to be a nice four man rotation, and although the fifth starter is shaky (Jamie Moyer, Pedro Martinez, etc.), I think with our bats we can go far this postseason.
Posted on: July 21, 2009 6:10 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2009 6:18 pm
Why? Well Philadelphia is sitting pretty right now, on a nine game winning streak, top in the NL East, and second best in the NL to the Dodgers. The pitching is decent, which is all we need with our offense.
The deadline to get Doc is July 28. The rumors have died down. Even if they start up again, I doubt anything will happen. Phillies don't want to part with their great, young prospects, and the way we're playing now we don't need to.
Guys that would've been involved in a deal for Halladay include outfielder Dominic Brown, infielder Jason Donald, and ace Kyle Drabek. Those three guys are getting big hype, and rightfully so.
In my opinion, the Phillies can get to the NLCS without Halladay. Giving up those valuable prospects does not seem worth it to me. If a deal does get made, I'm a huge Roy Halladay fan and won't regret it at all.
Posted on: July 17, 2009 12:08 am
Edited on: July 19, 2009 11:53 am
Are there any 1-6 batters that a pitcher would hate to see more than:
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 30, 2009 6:37 pm
Philadelphia Phillies Current Rotation
1. Cole Hamels, LHP
2. Jamie Moyer, LHP
3. Joe Blanton, RHP
4. J.A. Happ, LHP
Minor League prospects that could potentially get called up:
1. Antonio Bastardo, LHP, 5'11" 168
Best pitch: changeup
After getting promoted to AAA, Bastardo has shown that he's a capable pitcher in the minor leagues. In two games, he pitched thirteen innings, struck out twelve (almost a K per inning), walked only three, posted a 2.08 ERA, and went 1-0 with a win and a no decision. Bastardo does have a small frame, but that's not a huge problem. Certainly has a lot of upside; amazing strikeout pitcher.
2. Carlos Carrasco, RHP, 6'3" 215
Best pitch: changeup
Although he started off the season as the top prospect for the Phillies, Carrasco has been a bit of a disappointment in AAA this season. In 2007, Carrasco went 7-7 with a 4.20 ERA. He struck out 109 batters in 20 games. Despite his struggles this season in AAA, Carrasco remains a possibility for a spot in the rotation.
3. Andrew Carpenter, RHP, 6'3" 225
Best pitch: slider
Carpenter has had MLB experience in the past, which definitely helps his cause. Not a great strikeout pitcher, but generates groundouts and flyouts. Streaky, but has solid stuff. Carpenter most likely won't get called up soon, but it is an outside possibility.
4. Kyle Kendrick, RHP, 6'3" 190
Another pitcher with MLB experience on his resume, Kendrick is a very inconsistent pitcher. In 31 games pitched with the Phillies last year, Kendrick went 11-9. He posted an unimpressive ERA of 5.49 while striking out only 68 batters. He also walked 57. Kendrick does not have a lot of upside, but the fact that he's faced major league batters is something important.
Posted on: April 11, 2008 7:16 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2008 3:10 pm