Found July 02, 2012 on We Should Be GM's:
You've asked for it. You've got it - The 'Cliff Lee Win Watch' is here.I thought for a long time about what would be an appropriate sidebar widget to track and commemorate the historically 'unlucky'* season that the winless Cliff Lee is having. [*Don't even begin to argue that he's not unlucky. I don't want to here about the hits and runs and whatever. This isn't the blog post for that and if you don't think Cliff Lee is just as awesome as ever, you are a moron. End of story.] But I couldn't quite come up with the right idea. I thought about comparing him to another superstar pitcher, like Roy or OGP or Verlander, but I realized that this would be an unfair comparison given the terrific luck that these guys have had in 2012. Then I decided to compare him to a bad pitcher, like KK or Blanton or anybody that pitches for Colorado, but again, these guys have been far luckier. So, the only logical comparison would be another unlucky Lee. I...

Cole Hamels Placed on Trading Block

Jon Heyman of is reporting that Cole Hamels has been placed not he trading block and the Phillies are actively looking for trade offers for the pending free agent. Hamels and the Phillies have not been able to reach a long term deal, and Philedelphia’s struggles this season has apparently made them sellers at the trade deadline. At 36-44 on the season, the Phillies...

Thoughts On Howard, All-Stars, Trades, and a Pujols Signing

I got a chance to see Ryan Howard's rehab, first hand tonight in Allentown. The IronPigs won the game 2-1, sweeping the double-header from Pawtucket to go two games up in the division after the day. Ryne Sandberg's crew won both games without using a starting pitcher. Not bad. Sandberg's upbeat about Howard and Utley. But you want to read about Ryan Howard. Here'...

Phillies Put Cole Hamels On Trade Block

(Photo: Philliedelphia/Steve Trapani) Well I guess the Phillies are sellers this year.  According to CBS' Jon Heyman, the Phillies have begun to call other Major League teams regarding trade interest in lefthander Cole Hamels.  Hamels, 28, is in his last year of his contract with the Phillies and if he is not traded or not re-signed by the end of the year it is going to...

Creeper of the Week: Jim Thome

I don’t use the term “creeper” as a pejorative in this weekly post (after all, I’m highlighting players I think will give your teams a boost), but it still kind of feels wrong to put our subject and “creeper” in the same sentence. Let’s ameliorate, shall we? One of the nicest (and largest) guys in baseball, week 14’s Creeper is Jim Thome. Traded over the weekend to...

Halladay close to returning to Phils rotation

Roy Halladay is just one of the many pieces to the Phillies puzzle that landed on the DL this season. The good news is that he could be back a little sooner than anticipated.

Ruben Amaro Arranges Unicorn Ride, Trades Chad Qualls to the Yankees

UNREAL: A TEAM ACTUALLY TOOK CHAD QUALLS OFF OF THE PHILLIES HANDS!  The New York Yankees of all teams took Qualls off of the Phillies hands' for a player to be named later or cash. That means the stupid Yankees are paying the rest of Qualls' $1.1 million salary, which means the Phillies can use that money to add a real reliever or add a sculpture that's as good as...

Phillies Trade Jim Thome To Orioles For Pair Of Prospects

The Baltimore Orioles are reporting that they have acquired veteran slugger Jim Thome from the Philadelphia Phillies for two minor league players; pitcher Kyle Simon and catcher Gabriel Lino, both Single-A prospects. Jim Salisbury of first reported that both teams were in negotiations for Thome. Thome, 41, was posted a .242/.338/.516 slash with five homers...

Orioles acquire Jim Thome from Phillies

Jim Thome is heading back to the American League where he belongs. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports just reported that the Phillies had traded the DH (who couldn't DH with the Phillies aside from interleague play) to the Orioles. The deal will be officially announced after both teams finish their games this afternoon, and there's no word on who the Orioles have given up in...

Philadelphia Phillies: 2012 ERA for the MLB 5 at game 79

Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies is among the best pitchers in the majors. What west coast hurlers are in that group? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my daily coverage. TAL’S HANDY STATS   WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number after the title will...

Cole Hamels Seeking First Win Against Marlins This Season

Well last night wasn't the start we were looking for. Cliff Lee was lit up for six earned and the Phils only produced two runs themselves. It wasn't a good game at all, and for Cliff Lee it hasn't been a good season at all. The Marlins now hold a 4-3 record against the Phillies this year, as well as sitting 2 1/2 games ahead of them in the divison standings. This afternoon...
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