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The Phillies dropped two out of three games against the Marlins this weekend, with the ugliest of the 3 games coming in a 5-1 loss today. Joe Blanton pitched 6 innings, giving up 5 runs, including two home runs, one of which came off the bat of the opposing pitcher. Blanton has now allowed 24 runs in his last 4 games.
For the Marlins, Carlos Zambrano had a good day, including a bunt base-hit and a home run. The Phillies offense did a great job helping him out with only 6 hits in the game and 8 runners left on base. 3 of those 6 hits belonged to Juan Pierre. Zambrano has certainly improved since leaving the Cubs, but the Phillies made him look like All-Star material.
Offensively, this game was so boring, a 20-something year old guy sitting next to me fell asleep in the 4th inning. I am not kidding. His friends were laughing about it and poking him but even that did not wake him. He finally woke when it started to rain.
So since I have nothing much nice to say today after a very disa...
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We find ourselves at the end of another mediocre week from the Phillies. The Phillies took two of three from the Mets before giving up two of three to the Marlins. Lucky for us, mediocre baseball seems the slogan of the National League East so the Phillies are still not that far off.————————–The Good, the bad, the ugly (Wild Thing)Chase Utley is on the move...
Roy Halladay came to the Philadelphia Philles for 2 of the 3 prized youngsters in the vault. That was in 2010, when they were making noise in the high minors. If they were ready for the 2011 campaign, where are they?
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Penthouse Occupancy for the 6-4 triumph: 4
The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Jonathan Papelbon.
Phillies reliever Jose Contreras has torn a ligament and a tendon in his right elbow and will likely miss the rest of the season.
Contreras was injured Friday. An MRI scan Saturday showed he tore his ulnar collateral ligament and flexor pronator tendon.
The 40-year-old Contreras had right elbow surgery last year. He reinjured the elbow in the seventh inning Friday night while facing...
Other than three grounds-crew members, Roy Halladay was the lone soul on the field early Sunday morning at Citizens Bank Park. He ran sprints on the warning track, which probably offered little solace for the weeks of rest ahead. If Halladay’s bad shoulder forces an absence of eight weeks, as suggested, it could make him a free agent one season sooner than expected.
Vance Worley fills out the bottom of the rotation, making starts like yesterday’s for the Philadelphia Phillies. Are the young guns in San Francisco getting the job done? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my recent coverage linked below.
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I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link...
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More pitching, though this one appears to have some bat too. The Phillies have used their second pick, number 54 overall to select RHP Mitch Gueller. This pick was the one the Phillies received for letting Raul Ibanez go to the Yankees. He is the gift of Ibanez not accepting the Phillies' arbitration offer. Gueller hails...
The Phillies offense was at its worst on Sunday against Carlos Zambrano and the Miami Marlins. They played their 55th straight game without both Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Manager Charlie Manuel slotted journeyman Hector Luna into the cleanup spot of his batting order. The team's lone extra base hit was a bunt double by Juan Pierre. It wasn't a surprise, then, that...
When Jonathan Papelbon bolted for Philadelphia, the Red Sox received the 31st overall pick in the first round of 2012 MLB Draft as compensation. With that pick –– their second of the night –– the team selected left-handed pitcher Brian Johnson out of the University of Florida, where he dabbled between playing pitching and playing first base for the Gators. Scouts say Johnson...
Philadelphia Phillies (28-25) vs. Miami Marlins (29-23)Cole Hamels (8-1, 2.43) vs. Ricky Nolasco (5-3, 4.26)Time: 4:05, Citizens Bank Park TV: CSN Weather: Partly Cloudy, 74 Media: Twitter and FacebookInjury Update: Jose Contreras has been placed on the 15-day DL with what the team is calling a strain of his right elbow. He is scheduled for an MRI. Michael Schwimer has been recalled...
Every day Charlie Manuel winds down with an ice cold PBR, a nice chew and his dog. He sits on his porch and curses every child at play, woman running on the side walk or couple walking their dog.
It’s hard to have time for Twitter when your life is a mirror image of Clint Eastwood’s character in Gran Torino, so it comes as no surprise that Manuel struggles through half of the...
The Miami Marlins beat one of the majors' top pitchers to even their series in Philadelphia. They might win the set if they can somehow add to the struggles of the Phillies' next scheduled starter.
Trying for their first winning series at Citizens Bank Park in two years, the Marlins hope for some rare success against Joe Blanton on Sunday.
Hanley Ramirez homered twice and...