Found February 15, 2013 on Macho Row:
Instead of a morning round-up of links today I thought it would be fun to take a look at the projected Opening Day lineup for the 2013 Phillies. A few things to keep in mind when putting this together: Remember that catcher Carlos Ruiz will be serving a 25-game suspension. This makes Erik Kratz the most likely candidate to receive the opening day job behind the plate. I believe Charlie Manuel is a creature of habit. As much as fans will discuss the idea of moving Jimmy Rollins out of the lead off spot, I cannot envision Manuel doing that, especially for opening day. Also there is little reason to expect Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to be removed from their normal spots in the lineup. Darin Ruf may very well win a roster spot when the team comes north but for now I'm rolling with newly acquired outfielder Delmon Young to be named an opening day starter in left field. Right now I'll take a stab at Domonic Brown backing up his strong statements just enough to get...

Buy or Sell: Halladay’s High Hopes for 2013

Roy Halladay told reporters yesterday that he was ready to throw 320 innings in 2013 if that’s what it took for the Phillies to win the World Series. That’s right – Halladay is ready to throw 54 innings more than he has ever thrown before, becoming the first Phillies pitcher since Steve Carlton in 1972 to throw over 300 innings. Halladay is ready to pitch 320 innings if that...

Phillies' Domonic Brown has UPS-themed tattoo

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Why I Love the Phillies – David

While I love all Philadelphia sports teams, there is something about the Phillies that speak to my soul. Back in the late 1980s my father purchased the Sunday partial season ticket plan. Now, of course, at the time the Phillies were horrible. Despite this, I came to love them anyway. Sundays after church in the summer were always about going up to the Vet and sitting in the blistering...

Top 5 under-the-radar Phillies to keep your eye on

When Spring Training first begins, reporters and cameras flock to the usual suspects like Howard, Halladay, and Utley; and newcomers like Adams, Young(s), and Revere. But what about John Lannan...and Kyle Kendrick? They could be sucking their thumbs in the corner and nobody would notice. Clearly the success of the Phillies rides with the superstars, but I thought I would focus on...

Should the Phils Call Lohse?

How likely are the Phillies to recreate this photo in 2007? Not very. Flashback to 2007: the Phils, on the outskirts of the playoff race, trade one of their Top 10 prospects, Matt Maloney, to Cincinnati to acquire right handed starter Kyle Lohse. Lohse goes 3-0 with a 4.72 ERA in 13 games, 11 starts, en route to making one of the most improbably comebacks of all-time and capturing...

Player Profile #82: Jimmy Rollins | SS | PHI

Jimmy Rollins made his major league debut back in 2000. It’s now 2013 and Rollins is entering his 14th major league season as a 34-year-old who’s played every one of his 1,792 games with the same team. Amazingly, even at his advanced age, Rollins hit 23 home runs last year. That total was his most since 2007 (30) and just the third time he’d hit more than 16.Rollins has always...

Phillies OF Delmon Young to start season on DL

When the Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent Delmon Young this offseason, they were hoping he would be one of the team’s Opening Day outfielders. However, Young is behind schedule in his recovery from microfracture surgery on his ankle, a procedure he underwent in November, and it appears he could start the season on the disabled list, according to Todd Zolecki of

Ryan Howard: Go Ahead and Sweep Us Under The Rug, But Don't Be Surprised

Nearly 24 hours after Roy Halladay took the microphone at his Clearwater press conference, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard took to the reporters to discuss his offseason and his preparations for the 2013 season. Howard, who missed the first half of the season last year with a ruptured left Achille's...

D. Young Will Not Be Ready for Start of Season

As anticipated, Phillies outfielder Delmon Young will not be ready for the start of the season and will miss “a while” according to Charlie Manuel. On the bright side, Young reported to camp to 30 lbs lighter according to John Clark of NBC 10 but comes to camp without any expectation of when he expects to play according to Ryan Lawrence. Young’s absence creates an opportunity...

Out of the Batter's Box: Halladay optimistic, Ruiz apologizes

Roy Halladay says he is feeling good and he cannot envision playing in any other city. That sounds like good news for Phillies fans, right? Halladay is entering the final year of his contract in Philadelphia and it will be a critical one. Halladay statistically has been on the decline since his arrival in Philadelphia in 2010 and he was worn down a little bit last season. He is still...

Chooch’s Apology Doesn’t Fill In All Blanks

It is particularly difficult to watch a presidential debate or State of the Union and hear the party line as a response for each question. It becomes a predictable exercise where each answer is as rehearsed and choreographed as a pop music performance at the Grammys. When reporters engaged Carlos Ruiz in questions about his 25-game suspension for Adderall use, Ruiz stuck to the talking...

Philadelphia Phillies: Delmon Young likely to start season on DL

Coming off offseason surgery, Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young is likely to start the season on the team’s disabled list. Young reported to camp this morning but did not address reporters. He underwent microsurgery in November and is already behind in his rehab work. His surgery was in order to remove bone spurs and to smooth out cartilage on his ankle. His rehab is going...

Offseason Review/Clearwater Preview

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