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The Philadelphia Phillies entered play Saturday at 67-71 (Saturday’s game was rained out). They are only 4 games under .500, and 7 games out of the final Wild Card spot with 24 games to go. The Phillies and Rockies will now play a double header. First game will be at 1:05, the second at 6:35.
The Phillies activated catcher Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list on Friday. Ruiz had been dealing with plantar fasciitis. Though activated, Ruiz did not play in Friday’s game.
Third baseman Placido Polanco may have played his last game in Philadelphia. Polanco’s oft-injured back has flared up again and put him out of action. The Phillies hold an option on Polanco’s contract but it has been pretty clear that they will not exercise that option, leaving Polanco a free agent at season’s end.
Polanco’s platoon partner, Kevin Frandsen, who has done an outstanding job playing 3rd base for the Phillies has a stress fracture in his left fibula. Assistant General Manager Scott Proferock said that Frandsen shouldn’t miss much time, but Manager Charlie Manuel seemed more concerned. Frandsen, has hit .336 in 34 games with the Phillies this year and has been surprisingly good for the team.
Reliever Raul Valdes will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus, which will likely end his season. The 34 year old was one of the very few bright spots in a very disappointing bullpen.
In a lengthy interview with CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury, Ruben Amaro said that Manager Charlie Manuel will be back next year, even though it could cost the team their manager in waiting, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg was the manager of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs this year, but was interviewed last year for Major League Managing jobs. It’s only a matter of time before he latches on somewhere.
I recommend reading both installments of Salisbury’s interview with RAJ. Read Part 1of it here. Part 2 is here.
BEST OF MAXIM
Tyler Cloyd of the Philadelphia Phillies is the newest member in the rotation. How do other recent additions in the NL East match up with him? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my recent coverage linked below.
TAL’S HANDY STATS
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 highs and lows of professional baseball are no better evidenced by Darin Ruf‘s day on Sunday. Shortly after grounding into a double play to end the Reading Phillies’ season, the slugger learned that he would be joining the big league Phillies.
Pained by the loss, just moments after the Trenton Thunder eliminated the R-Phils from the Double-A Eastern League playoffs, Ruf...
The Phillies won today. In fact, they won twice. In fact, they swept the series with the Rockies. In fact, they've won 7 of 9. They're just six games behind St. Louis for a playoff spot, and suddenly, instead of four teams between them, it's just two.
Now look, calm yourself now. The Phillies are 69-71. The team they just swept, Colorado, is awful. Like, one game...
Following last night's doubleheader sweep, the Phillies sit just six games behind in the NL Wild Card race. Entering tonight's game, they are tied with the Brewers in the standings, both sporting 69-71 records. If the Phillies can get a jump on the Marlins tonight, they could be as far as 5 games out of the Wild Card standings. With 22 games left in the season, there'...
Photo Courtesy of Corey Shaw
AT&T sponsored a "Win at Home" contest for Phillies fans last season. The top prize was to be a redesign of a family room and a barbecue with a Phillies player visit. This visit was from Kyle Kendrick. The winner was excited:
Fanning herself and repeatedly telling her friends how amazing it was to have Kendrick in her house...
The Phillies still face significant challenges as they try to make the playoffs this season. This weekend’s series sweep of the Colorado Rockies could be the momentum the Phightin’s need to make a September run. So, Can the Phillies Make the Playoffs?
The Phillies are 69-71, and have only twenty-two games left to play, with six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in race for...
Final: Rockies 2, Phillies 3.
WP: Jonathan Papelbon (4-6. 2.61 ERA) LP: Will Harris (1-1, 6.57 ERA)
Citizens Bank Park did not have too much energy as tonight's game got under way. Cliff Lee allowing two runs right away in the top of the first, and the Phillies failing to score in the bottom half after getting their first two runners on, definitely did not help that cause...
A muggy night in Philly brought about the start of a weekend series against the Colorado Rockies. Cliff Lee was looking for his fifth win on the season, while the Phillies were looking to gain some ground in the wildcard race.
Cliff didn't have a simple first inning. Carlos Gonzalez doubled with Rutledge on base, bringing him around to score. Wilin Rosario singled after...
The Phillies couldn’t do much at the plate against the Rockies Friday night, but they did enough to win the game, as they came back from a late 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 on a pinch-hit, RBI single by Nate Schierholtz. It was their 10th walk-off win of the season.
NOT THAT FRANCIS GUY AGAIN
I remember Jeff Francis from 2007 when he shut down the Phillies in the NLDS...
Colorado Rockies (56-81) at Philadelphia Phillies (67-71)
Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 5.53 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (14-6, 3.04)
Time: 7:05 p.m. Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Strong Storms, 76
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies enjoyed a nice come from behind victory last night. Despite the victory, the Phillies couldn’t do too much damage against a struggling...
If you were hoping for a game with lots of hitting and lots of excitement, you watched the right ballgame this evening. After taking game one of this doubleheader with a walk-off victory, the Phillies were looking for a clean sweep of the Rockies tonight in game two.
The Phillies scored first this evening in the bottom of the second. Ty Wigginton scored on a single hit into...
Miami Marlins (63-78) at Philadelphia Phillies (69-71)
Wade LeBlanc (2-3, 2.72) vs. Kyle Kendrick (8-10, 3.96)
Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 75
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies are coming off a huge sweep of the Colorado Rockies. They’re six games out of the Wild Card, two games below .500, and 8-2 in their last 10 games. The...
Wow, I did not see this coming.
As recently as last week, the Phillies seemed to indicate that Carlos Ruiz would not be back in 2012. Given the Phillies incredibly small odds of a postseason birth and the danger of playing on an injured ankle, I personally did not expect to see Chooch again in 2012.
But, according to CSN Philly.com, Ruiz has been activated from the disabled...