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Jonathan Pettibone has been a revelation for the Phils. But how long can it continue? (AP Photo).
As I wrote in my recap on Tuesday night, Jonathan Pettibone deserves a lot of credit. He has started five games so far this year and the Phillies have won four. He has shown a veteran’s ability to battle through jams. He has displayed a pretty good fastball, which at least through his first three starts, he routinely threw for strikes and forced opposing batters to put the ball in play. But before we all get carried away, it’s important to note that Pettibone is not the first marginal Phillies pitching prospect in recent years to enjoy immediate success upon his big league promotion.
Consider the statistics for the following Phillies starters, past and present, compared to Pettibone through five starts:
Jonathan Pettibone: 3-0, 3.41 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 5.3 K/9 in 29 IP
Vance Worley: 2-2, 2.09 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 7.7 K/9 in 27 IP
J.A. Happ: 1-1, 3.57 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
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Today the Phillies will hold their Phillies Phestival benefiting the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter. Since 1984, the Phillies have raised over $12 million to combat the progressive neuromuscular disorder, known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”. Most of the money has been raised through this annual event which features your favorite Phillies in autograph and photo booths...
The Philadelphia Phillies have officially announced that veteran starting pitcher Roy Halladay underwent successful shoulder surgery Wednesday. The procedure was done by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of Los Angeles. “In certain cases it’s been three months, but we really don’t have a timetable. A scope and a cleanup to me is a lot different than a surgery. They aren’t going in and...
According to all the usual suspect beat writers and the Phillies, LHP Raul Valdes has been optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and RHP B.J. Rosenberg has been called to take his place. Valdes was at best mediocre in 2013 and at worst completely ineffective, with a 7.65 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP, allowing 10.8 H/9 IP.
Rosenberg, 27, has been mildly effective as a starter this year for the...
Hall of Famer and former Philadelphia Phillies pithcer Steve Carlton was one of the most dominant pitchers of his era, and of all-time. He captured 4 Cy Young awards, while winning 329 games over 24 MLB seasons. Carlton also retired only second to Nolan Ryan in career strikeouts, and now stands fourth all-time on that list. Ryan finished his career with 5 fewer wins in three addtional...
The back spasms that kept Mike Adams from pitching Sunday and forced Jonathan Papelbon to pitch when he otherwise wouldn't have are still lingering. In fact, the pain is so bad that Adams may soon find himself on the disabled list. The Philadelphia Phillies reliever says he is experiencing back pain unlike anything he has ever felt before.
According to John Finger of...
Cole Hamels hopes the Phillies' recent good fortune on offense will extend his way.
Philadelphia tries to push its win streak to a season-high four games against a Cleveland Indians team trying to reignite its offense.
Hamels (1-5, 4.18 ERA) already has one fewer loss than all of last season, when he went 17-6. His strikeout-to-walk ratio - which has never been worse than 3.02...
Good news on the Roy Halladay front. Dr. Michael G. Ciccotti, MD, Phillies Director of Medical Services, issued the following statement on behalf of the team: "Roy had successful shoulder surgery yesterday. He had an arthroscopic evaluation and underwent debridement of his labrum and rotator cuff as well as removal...
Philadelphia Phillies (19-21) vs. Cleveland Indians (21-17)
Cole Hamels (1-5, 4.18) vs. Cory Kluber (2-2, 5.64)
TIME: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Weather: 71, Sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The big news of the day is that the Phillies signed former all-star hurler Carlos Zambrano to a minor league contract. No water coolers were hurt during the signing.
The Phillies were pounded yet again by the Indians in Wednesday's series finale. Cole Hamels was roughed up, allowing five runs on six hits through five innings of work. The Phillies were able to mount four runs, but still fell 10-4. The Phillies fell back to four games under .500...
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano to a minor league deal. He will being his tenure with the Philadelphia organization by heading to extended spring training. The veteran pitcher will provide pitching depth and could be a sign of how worried the Phillies really are with the arm of Roy Halladay.
The post Phillies Sign Pitcher Carlos Zambrano...
Though the Cincinnati Reds swept a three-game home set from the Philadelphia Phillies last month, they didn't do much against Cliff Lee.
Looking for a seventh consecutive victory overall and on the road, the Reds hope to get the best of Lee on Friday night.
Cincinnati (25-16) outscored Philadelphia 16-4 during the April 15-17 series, but was held scoreless by Lee (4-2, 2.86 ERA...
Asked to assess the Phillies’ position, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. responded in typically blunt fashion.
“We’re in a great spot,” Amaro said Thursday. “We’ve played terrible. And we’re 3½ games out.”
Amaro has a point, as far as the NL East standings are concerned.
The first-place Braves are 10-17 since opening the season 12-1, while the second-place Nationals...
Cincinnati Reds (25-16) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (19-22)
Tony Cingrani (2-0, 2.89) vs. Cliff Lee (4-2, 2.86)
TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: 68, sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook
News and notes:
-Mike Adams had an MRI and is considered day-to-day, although a DL stint is not quite out of the woods. He has a mild back strain, and if he does do to the DL they can...
Former long-time Chicago Cub, Carlos Zambrano, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Zambrano, 31, will participate later this week in an extended spring training assignment down in Clearwater. He has a 3.66 ERA and a 132-91 overall record thus far in his 12-season career.
The recent injury of Roy Halladay and the prior John Lannan sparked the Phillies...