Boxscore Breakdown #90: Love-Hate – Angels 8, Blue Jays 7

It was the best of games. It was the worst of games. It was, well, a game. By all rights this should’ve been a very exciting game. It was close, featured a late-inning go-ahead homer from a superstar and multiple lead changes. However, it also lasted almost four hours, had four replay reviews, 12 pitchers used, four errors, three wild pitches, two TOOTBLANs and one botched sacrifice...
Via Monkey with a Halo
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays stun Reds with near-record comeback

First-place teams are not supposed to fall behind 8-0 in the second inning. But first-place teams do respond, and the Jays responded to an inning from hell here in grand fashion Friday night. Thanks to a pair of three-run homers from Edwin Encarnacion, plus long balls from Brett Lawrie and Juan Francisco in the seventh, the Jays clawed back all the way against the Cincinnati Reds...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers fans have no reaction to: 'Let's go, Blue Jays!'

DETROIT -- "Let's go, Blue Jays! Let's go, Blue Jays!" Toronto fans who crossed the Detroit River Thursday afternoon for the middle game of what became a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers chanted that in unison. And what did Tigers fans did to quiet their invaders from Ontario? They did nothing. They sat there and texted ... or yawned ... or decided to get...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays place 2B Izturis on DL, option C Kratz

BALTIMORE (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have placed second baseman Maicer Izturis on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee and optioned catcher Erik Kratz to Triple-A Buffalo.
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Phillies Catcher, Erik Kratz, Joins Twitter

Today seems like a great day for a first tweet. Why not!? — Erik Kratz (@ErikKratz31) March 31, 2014 That's right, former Phillies' backup catcher from 2011 through 2013 has joined Twitter. Kratz joins Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay) as recently departing Phillies that have joined the well-utilized social media website....
Via Philliedelphia
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Thole's knuckleball mitt beats out Kratz's bat

The Toronto Blue Jays made their decision on a backup catcher yesterday when they kept Josh Thole and sent Erik Kratz to the minors. From the outside looking it, it appears that Thole's one skill set determined the outcome--his experience with R.A. Dickey.I should say in advance that I was rooting for Erik Kratz. So anything I write on this subject could be prejudicial....
Via The Flagrant Fan
March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Big learning curve for Blue Jays' Kratz catching Dickey

Erik Kratz’ hair is thinning, which is a good thing. If he had a thick head of hair he’d be pulling it out in clumps. Kratz appears to be in the driver’s seat as the Blue Jays No. 2 catcher, squatting behind Dioner Navarro in the pecking order. When it comes to catching R.A. Dickey’s elusive knuckleball, though, Kratz is No. 1. This spring, due to his more dangerous bat...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Diamond, 2/18/14

Kratz, Drabek Look to Win Spots on Toronto's Roster Gregor Chisholm of has the lowdown on a pair of ex-Phillies in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. First off being catcher Erik Kratz who is battling Josh Thole for the backup catcher role. Dioner Navarro is not expected to catch...
Via Philliedelphia
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite Trade, Former Phillie Erik Kratz Attends Phillies Phancation

Photo Courtesy: Domonic Brown's Facebook The Phillies are, once again, hosting the Phillies Phancation where fans get to take a week (or four day) long trip with people associated with the team. This year's trip was at a resort in Mexico after several years as a cruise. Players, both former...
Via Philliedelphia
January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Fans Will Miss Catcher Erik Kratz, One Of Baseball's Good Guys

Photo: Philliedelphia/Frank Klose Phillies fans seemed to mind losing someone who had become one of their favorite players these last two seasons: backup catcher Erik Kratz. In fact, a fan poll on today showed that the fans really do miss Kratz, though the numbers might indicate that that he...
Via Philliedelphia
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Goodbye Kratz, Hello Lincoln

With the addition of new backup catcher Wil Nieves, Amaro wasted no time in swapping the unneeded Erik Kratz for relief help.  That "help" comes in the form of ex-Pirate, Brad Lincoln. Lincoln was with the Toronto Blue Jays, but now becomes the newest Phucco (Phillies + Bucco = Phucco, for those of you not in the know).  He is a 28 year old righty that owns a 4.66 ERA...
Via We Should Be GM's
December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Phils trade C Kratz to Blue Jays for RHP Lincoln

The Philadelphia Phillies traded catcher Erik Kratz and left-hander Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays for righty Brad Lincoln on Tuesday night. Lincoln will compete for a spot in Philadelphia's bullpen. He was 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA in 22 games for Toronto in 2013. He had 25 strikeouts in 31 2-3 innings and pitched more than one inning in 13 of his 22 relief appearances. The...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Acquire RH Lincoln from Toronto for Kratz

Amid the flurry of moves throughout the major leagues today, the Phillies got involved by acquiring Brad Lincoln from the Toronto Blue Jays for Erik Kratz and lefty Rob Rasmussen. Lincoln, 28, had a 3.98 ERA in 22 appearances with the Jays last season. He doesn’t strike many guys out, averaging 7.1-per-nine in 2013, and struggled after being dealt to Toronto from Pittsburgh in...
Via Phillies Nation
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Player Review: Erik Kratz

When Brian Schneider was still with the Phillies, I wondered why. Nothing against the veteran backstop, but waiting in the wings was a seemingly better option, Erik Kratz. At the time, he had been tearing up pitching in the minors, and I’d heard first hand that the major league starters were very high on Kratz. It would eventually become his time to get a shot with the Phillies...
Via Phillies Nation
November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Phils Come Back to Beat Rockies in Walkoff Fashion

PHOTO: AP A Phillies comeback win? Remember what that feels like? It seems like it’s been so long since we’ve seen one. Down a run going into the ninth inning, the game looked about over. But a leadoff double by Erik Kratz gave the Phillies life. Carlos Ruiz doubled in Kratz, and Michael Young finished the game with walkoff single. Cliff Lee had his best outing in a while. It...
Via Phillies Nation
August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies Activate Erik Kratz

The Philadelphia Phillies gained one player but lost another as they activated catcher Erik Kratz from the 15-day disabled list while placing outfielder Ben Revere on it with a right foot fracture. Kratz looks to be the third catcher as Carlos Ruiz is a bit banged up where as Revere does not have a timetable set for his return, but a minimum of a month is the early prognosis. The...
Via FF Locker Room
July 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies OF Revere lands on DL

The Phillies have placed outfielder Ben Revere on the 15-day disabled list, one day after he broke his right foot by fouling a ball off of it, and activated catcher Erik Kratz from the DL. Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro said Sunday that Revere will have further tests on Monday to determine the extent of his injury. Revere was injured Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader...
Via AP on Fox
July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies place OF Revere on DL with broken foot

The Phillies have placed outfielder Ben Revere on the 15-day disabled list, one day after he broke his right foot by fouling a ball off of it, and activated catcher Erik Kratz from the DL. Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro said Sunday that Revere will have further tests on Monday to determine the extent of his injury. Revere was injured Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader...
Via AP on Fox
July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Erik Kratz Replaces Ben Revere On Active Roster

The Phillies have activated catcher Erik Kratz from the disabled list to take the place of injured Ben Revere on the Phillies active roster. Revere broke his ankle by fouling off a pitch during yesterday's 5-4 loss to Milwaukee. He was replaced in the second game by John Mayberry. No,...
Via Philliedelphia
July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

All Star To Bacon Bit: Many Phillies Fans Prefer Erik Kratz Over Carlos Ruiz

Last night on I caught the poll. It asked, "Should Erik Kratz replace Carlos Ruiz when he returns?" The results were shocking: But this wasn't the first time I saw from the fans a preference for Erik Kratz over Carlos Ruiz. Here is a comment I saw yesterday on...
Via Philliedelphia
July 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Erik Kratz to Begin Rehab Assignment with IronPigs

In a solemn clubhouse following a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on June 9, Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel voiced concern over the left knee of catcher Erik Kratz, who had been injured during the game. Speaking with Comcast SportsNet, the skipper clearly believed that Kratz would miss an extended...
Via Philliedelphia
July 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Erik Kratz begins rehab stint

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Via MLB Injury News
July 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies' Erik Kratz out 6-8 weeks following knee surgery

Philadelphia Phillies catcher Erik Kratz suffered a knee injury over the weekend that landed him on the 15-day disabled list. It turns out he'll be sidelined much longer than the 15 days, as he recently underwent knee surgery that will require him to be on the shelf for six to eight weeks, according to Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Phillies are saying 6-8 weeks...
Via MLB Injury News
June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Rupp surprised by promotion to Lehigh Valley

An injury to Erik Kratz at the Triple-A level started the dominoes falling. One of those dominoes became 24-year old Cameron Rupp, who was promoted from Reading to Lehigh Valley to take over the catching duties at Triple-A.
June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies place catcher Erik Kratz on 15-day disabled list

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed catcher Erik Kratz on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury,. It happened when Kratz was running out a ground ball in last night's Phillies loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. As reported by the staff, "His [left] knee popped,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the game. "It didn’t look good...
Via MLB Injury News
June 09, 2013  |  Discuss
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