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Pierre deserves another year in Philly
The Philadelphia Phillies will be in the market to fill a bunch of holes in their lineup next year. With a team that has already committed a ton of money to a few players next year, staying under the luxury tax could prove to be tricky. But there could be a few options right under their noses that could give the Phillies some cheap options to fill at least a few of those roster spots.
I realize that the sample size is a bit small still, but given the lack of options at third base via free agency, it might make sense to give Kevin Fransden a look there. Outside of an aging Kevin Youkilis, who might just be a repeat of the Placido Polanco signing, there are almost no options on the market. Fransden has at least provided solid defense, and again while the sample size is small, he’s been decent at the plate. Charlie Manuel has already conceded that Polanco will not be the starting third baseman for the Phillies when he returns to the team later in the week. Fransden has at least given you what Polanco has, and in the absence of any viable options, maybe he could provide you a low cost patch on the position until something better comes along.
Eric Kratz has been a spectacular fill in for the injured Carlos Ruiz. As well as Brian Schneider has done behind the plate over the past couple of years, he hasn’t been all that productive at it. Kratz has at least shown some pop in his bat and has been very solid defensively. He could provide the Phillies with a reasonably priced back up catcher and even at 32, a younger option behind the plate than Schneider.
I hear a lot of people talking about Juan Pierre not being a part of the Phillies future because of his lack of power. Sure he hits a home run once every 3 years, and I understand that he can be a bit of a defensive liability, but no more so than Raul Ibanez was in his 3 years with the team. I know he doesn’t give you the kind of power that you’d like in a corner outfielder, but at the same time, he’s been one of the best hitters the Phillies have had all year. He gives you speed on the base path and gets on. That’s why he came here and he’s done his job. If Domonic Brown can step up and steal a starting job in the outfield, and provide some decent power, then maybe the Phillies could absorb Pierre’s lack of power.
In the end, the Phillies would then be able to focus all of their attention and resources on getting another outfielder who could provide the kind of power you need. The rest of the money could be spent on a real bullpen, unlike the Mickey Mouse club that was marched out there this year and authored one of the Summer of our discontent.
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Ruf will complete 2012 in Reading says Phils' scouting director Jordan. Photo by: Ian Riccaboni
Darin Ruf, age 26, is no longer a traditional prospect. Playing at a level that he is considered too old for, Ruf was expected to put up big numbers for the R-Phils. But something strange has happened: those big numbers have turned into gigantic numbers and Ruf is now the talk of...
JIMMY'S GETTIN' UPSET!
Following a play where Jimmy Rollins didn't seem to exert maximum effort, one Philadelphia radio station decided to chide the former MVP with a critical billboard.
Philadelphia Phillies Manger Charlie Manuel
Charlie Manuel should he be in the Phillies plans for 2013? Previously I have written on this subject, stating that with all the youth possibly coming in 2013 that Manuel might not be the right manager. Since that time we have seen the Phillies on a small run, winning a few series’ with some youth in the lineup. Now I realize that this...
100% sure that Philadelphia Philly SS Jimmy Rollins was not running full speed yesterday. (above via Crashburn Ally) But Philly radio station 97.5 FM The Fanatic decided to treat it as a chance to...
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Why no one on the Phillies staff can seem to pitch well in the 8th inning is an on-going and unsolved mystery. And in last night’s appalling 9-2 loss to the Marlins, this baffling problem was magnified once again.
No one pitched particularly well yesterday, not even Roy Halladay. He was not bad, obviously, but while 3 runs in 7 innings is great for most guys, it is slightly sub...
If Kyle Kendrick's baseball career was a movie, it would be the second remake of Total Recall where up is down and down is up.
The Kyle Kendrick story begins with a young, seemingly talentless pitcher who bursts onto the scene with stones of steel and without whom the Phillies do not win their first division title in fourteen years. After a 10-4 record and...
A signed Darin Ruf card can be had for $4.99 on Ebay.
Darin Ruf is turning some heads. The Reading Phillies player is hitting .314 with 28 home runs and 81 RBI to go along with a .997 OPS. Mostly a first baseman, Ruf has now played 14 games in left field, including tonight when he went 3 for 4. He is a rare right-handed bat in a Phillies system seemingly overloaded with lefties...
Clearly, one deep-in-the-game arm is Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. What other premier starters are out west? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my daily coverage.
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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 section below. In each publication, the number after the title...
Here in the city of Philadelphia, our sports teams can boast that they have the most passionate and best fans in the entire country. A lot of that comes from the knowledge our fans are perceived to have. Some of that perception comes from our sheer hatred towards rival teams. But it is entirely possible it comes from one factor: travel.
Ryan Howard at bat against the Cubs at Wrigley...
Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies is the cream of the NL East. What starter on the Braves also goes deep into games frequently? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my daily coverage.
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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 section below. In each publication, the number after the...
Jimmy Rollins atoned for his lack of hustle from the prior battle, but other shortcomings on the Philadelphia Phillies extinguished the fire. How are they winning series mostly against contenders with this offense?
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I will publish after every game that is not washed out. I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially...
Make no mistake: They are playing out the string toward an October without postseason baseball in Philadelphia for the first time in six years. The Phillies were trailing by one when the eighth inning began, and Manuel summoned righthander B.J. Rosenberg, who had an 8.53 ERA in six appearances.
By the time the inning mercifully ended, Miami had sent 10 men to the plate and scored...
A pitcher's duel between Josh Johnson and Kyle Kendrick, that's not something you see everyday.
Jimmy Rollins did a few awesome things tonight. For one thing, he launched his 41st career leadoff home run. This happened in the first inning, giving his team the early lead.
The next feat he accomplished occurred when the game became official: Jimmy Rollins passed Larry...
Final: Phillies 4, Brewers 7.
WP: Livan Hernandez (4-1, 5.06 ERA) LP: Josh Lindblom (2-3, 3.76 ERA) SV: Jim Henderson (3)
Cliff Lee had his pitches going for him tonight. At least after the first few innings, anyway, when he gave up three home runs- two of them to 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun. He lasted seven and two-thirds innings, allowing 3 runs and just 5 hits, while...
Cliff Lee's struggles have been well-documented during the Philadelphia Phillies' disappointing season, and he hit a low point when he faced the Milwaukee Brewers last month.
Milwaukee's bullpen couldn't hold the lead in that contest, though, and its late-inning blunders have been a frustrating trend all year.
Lee seeks his first career victory over the slumping...