Tagged: 2009

Arbitration? What’s that?

With the signing of Carlos Ruiz to a three-year contract worth $8.85 million dollars and the earlier signing of Shane Victorino to a three-year deal worth $22 million dollars, the Phils have signed all four players that were originally arbitration eligible.

Last Friday the Phils announced that they had signed their center fielder, Shane Victorino, to a three-year, $22 million dollars deal, which buys out the final two arbitration years and his first year of free agency. Victorino, who, in 2009, batted .292 with 39 doubles, 13 triples, 10 home runs, 62 RBIs, and 25 stolen bases, will be with the ballclub until 2012. He and the Phils both hope that he will build on his success in both 2008 and 2009.

Carlos’ deal involved three years worth $8.85 million dollars, with a fourth-year club option worth either $5 million dollars or a $500,000 buyout, plus performance incentives based on games started, pending a physical. As with Victorino, the signing take care of the remainder of his arbitration years plus, possibly, his first year of free agency. In 2009, Ruiz batted .255 with 43 RBIs and a career-high 9 home runs. Although he has batted .246 in four years with the Phils, he is a .303 hitter during the playoffs.

There is also a report that the Phils have signed Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies pitcher Jose Contreras to a one-year deal worth about $1 million dollars, to add him to the presently weak bullpen. Contreras, if he has been signed, will most likely be taking Chan Ho Park’s position in the bullpen as long reliever and spot starter. In 2009, for the White Sox and the Rockies, Contreras went 6-13 with an ERA of 4.92 in 28 games (23 starts), striking out 106 batters while walking 53 in 131 2/3 innings of work. Career-wise, he is 71-63 with a 4.61 ERA.

Two to go as Blanton signs a three-year $24 Million  extension

The Phils can now concentrate on signing to new contracts Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino as they have just signed Joe Blanton to a three-year contract extension worth $24 million dollars. Blanton, who went 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA in 31 starts in 2009, will be paid $7 million in 2010, and $8.5 million in both 2011 and 2012.

With Blanton’s contract signing, the Phils starting four is now set up to 2012, unless one of them is traded. Roy Halladay is the number one starter, Cole Hamels no. 2, and Joe Blanton and J.A. Happ as either the no. 3 or 4 man, depends on how they do during the season(s). With Jamie Moyer coming off of post-season surgery, the no. 5 position for the present season presently being up in the air, to be settled during spring training.

Okay, Ruben, time to sign up Ruiz and Victornio.

Two to go as Blanton signs a three-year $24 Million extension

The Phils can now concentrate on signing to new contracts Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino as they have just signed Joe Blanton to a three-year contract extension worth $24 million dollars. Blanton, who went 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA in 31 starts in 2009, will be paid $7 million in 2010, and $8.5 million in both 2011 and 2012.

With Blanton’s contract signing, the Phils starting four is now set up to 2012, unless one of them is traded. Roy Halladay is the number one starter, Cole Hamels no. 2, and Joe Blanton and J.A. Happ as either the no. 3 or 4 man, depends on how they do during the season(s). With Jamie Moyer coming off of post-season surgery, the no. 5 position for the present season presently being up in the air, to be settled during spring training.

Okay, Ruben, time to sign up Ruiz and Victornio.

The MLBlogs Latest Leaders List for 2009 has been posted, and…

Phillies Red Pinstripes ended up at no. 43 among the 57 fan blogs that were listed for 2009. Which mean that I had dropped some from my no. 24 ranking in 2008. But, hey, I’m not complaining. Just means that I have to work harder in 2010. Anyway, here’s the entire list as posted at MLBlogs.com.

Update: The list is now up to the top 100. And five are Phillies fan blogs.

Say hello to each one, will you:

Fan Blogs

1. Confessions of a She-Fan  
2. Red State Blue State  
3. Julia’s Rants  
4. The Happy Youngster…Brew Town’s Ballhawk  
5. Rockpile Rant  
6. The Future Blog of the Red Sox  
7. Phillies Phollowers  
8. I Live for This  
9. FutureAngels.com  
10. Rays Renegade  
11. Pick Me Up Some Mets!  
12. Blogging Dodgers and Baseball  
13. Yankees Chick  
14. I’m Not A Headline Guy…  
15. A Diatribe from a Journalism Student  
16. Counting Baseballs  
17. The ‘Burgh Blues  
18. Indians, Cardinals, and Tigers! Oh my!  
19. Eat, Sleep, Baseball  
20. Unfinished Business  
21. THE BOSTON RED SOX BLOG  
22. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…  
23. Plunking Gomez  
24. Baseball Cleats & Shoes  
25. LA NACION MEDIAS ROJAS  
26. King of Cali  
27. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential  
28. Cambios y Curvas  
29. Statistician Magician  
30. The 1 Constant  
31. Passion & Pride Collide  
32. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in  
33. The Diamond Diva  
34. All Baseball All The Time  
35. King Yankees  
36. Flair For The Dramatic  
37. Hook, Line Drive, & Sinker  
38. Cook & Son Bats’ Blog  
39. A Misplaced Astros Fan  
40. The Closer  
41. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer  
42. Live, Eat, and Breathe Yankees  
43. Phillies Red Pinstripes  
44. The Pittsburgh Peas  
45. The Watercooler  
46. sittingstill  
47. Baseball Canadiana  
48. Everything Baseball  
49. Yogi Brewer  
50. Cardinal Girl  
51. Bottom of the Ninth  
52. The Brewer Nation  
53. The NYC Autograph Collector  
54. Linea de Primera  
55. A Bite Off The Big Apple  
56. A Girl’s View of the Brewers, and Other Related Baseball Things  
57. cat loves the dodgers
58. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page  
59. The Season Experience  
60. Ranger Rumors  
61. Baseball Bats  
62. We’re talkin Homer, Blue Jays and MLB  
63. Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts  
64. The Rumor Mill – MLB Rumors  
65. Redbird Chatter  
66. More Cowbell
67. DYNASTY League Baseball from designer of Pursue the Pennant 
68. This is what the girl thinks…. 
69. Ted’s Take 
70. Angry Fan’s Baseball Fix
71. Red Sox Nation Daily  
72. Hitless Wanderings in Texas   
73. Baseball’s Hottest Wives   
74. District Boy  
75. MLB in the eyes of a 14 year old  
76. Up in Section 360  
77. Prose and Ivy 
78. Perfect Pitch 
79. Yawkey Way Yaker 
80. For Love of The Game 
81. Twins Limey  
82. Hello Halos! My View of the Big A   
83. Sports Propaganda   
84. Bringing Diamond Back(s)  
85. Bleeding Pinstripes  
86. The Squad  
87. Dodgers Trends 
88. Crzblue’s Dodger Blue World 
89. Outside the Phillies Looking In 
90. The Golden Rule 
91. New Mexican Yankee Fan  
92. Mets’ Main Man   
93. Pinstripes in the Bronx   
94. Art of the Pale Hose  
95. Go Redlegs!  
96. When it Rains it Pours  
97. Blogging ‘Bout Baseball 
98. El Casillero de los Medias Rojas 
99. How ‘Bout Those Phils? 
100. Wrightoholics

Phillies’ eight-run seventh inning help lead to first victory of the season, 12-11, as Brad Lidge remains perfect in relief.

After trailing the Braves for the third straight game, the Phillies’ eight-run rally in the seventh inning lead to their first win of the 2009 season, as they defeat the Atlanta Braves, 12-11, ending the three-game series on a high note.

The Phillies began the afternoon by receiving their world series ring. After the ring ceremony, Joe Blanton started the game for the Phils, and right from the start was in for a long day as he gave up a two-out two-run home run to Brian McCann, his second home run of the young season, knocking in Yunel Escobar, who had earlier reached second base with a double, giving the Braves an early 2-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up in their half of the second as Raul Ibanez hit a two-run home run, his first homer as a Phil, and the team’s first home run of the season, scoring Ryan Howard, who had earlier doubled. The Braves retook the lead in the top of the third as they torched Blanton for five runs. After loading the bases via a single to Omar Infante, a walk to Kelly Johnson and another single to Escobar, with nobody out, McCann made the score 3-2 Braves by knocking in Infante with an RBI single, while moving Johnson and Escobar up to third and second respectively, leaving the bases loaded. After Casey Kotchman strikes out for the inning’ first out, Jeff Francoeur made it 5-2 Atlanta with a two-run single to center, knocking in both Johnson and Escobar, while McCann would move safely to third on Shane Victorino’s throw to home plate. Matt Diaz followed with a two-run double, scoring both Francoeur and McCann, giving the Braves a 7-2 lead. The Phils would get one of the runs back in the bottom half of the third, as Victorino, who had started the inning off with a triple, scored on an Infante throwing error of a Chase Utley ground ball to third base, making it 7-3 Atlanta. The Braves increased their lead to 9-3 in the fifth as rookie Jordan Schafer hit his second home run of his young career, a two-run shot to right, scoring Diaz, who had gotten on base earlier with a walk. Both runs came off of J.A. Happ, pitching in relief of Blanton, thus ending with one swing of the bat both the bullpen’s hitless and scoreless streak. The Braves added to their lead in the seventh, making it 10-3 Braves, as Chad Durbin gives up a bases loaded walk to Infante, forcing in Kotchman, who had earlier doubled and had moved over to third on Greg Norton’s walk, while moving Schafer to third, who had also walked, and moving Norton over to second base. Clay Condrey then came into the game in place of Durbin and got out of the inning by striking out Johnson. Now trailing 10-3, the offense decided to come to life. Victorino started off the Phils’ half of the seventh by grounding out, 5-3, for the inning’s first out. Utley followed with a single to center. Howard was then hit by the pitch, putting runners on first and second, as Utley moved up to second. The next batter, Jayson Werth, is then walked by Peter Moylan, who was pitching in relief of Eric O’Flaherty, loading the bases with still only one man out. Ibanez followed Werth with a single, knocking in Utley, as he collected his third RBI of the afternoon, making the score 10-4 Atlanta, while sending Howard over to third base, and Werth to second, leaving the bases loaded. Pedro Feliz then singled in Howard, making it 10-5 Braves, while Werth and Ibanez both moved up a base, leaving the bases loaded with Phils. Matt Stairs, pinch hitting for Carlos Ruiz, is given a four pitch walk, forcing in Werth with the third Phils’ run in the inning, reducing the Braves lead to 10-6, as the bases remained loaded. The next batter, pinch hitter Chris Coste, batting for Condrey, also walks, bringing home Ibanez, as the Phils now trailed 10-7, while the bases remained loaded for Jimmy Rollins, who became the ninth batter of the inning. Rollins received a four-pitch free pass, the third straight walk to a Phil batter, and the fourth walk of the inning, forcing in Feliz, as the bases stay loaded, making the score 10-8 Braves. The next batter, Victorino, followed with a single, scoring Stairs, making the score now 10-9 Atlanta, moving Coste and Rollins over to third and second base, respectively, as the bases remained loaded. The eleventh batter of the inning, Utley, walks, the fifth Phil to walk in the inning, tying the ballgame up at 10 all, as Coste crosses the plate, while Rollins and Victorino both moved up a base. Howard comes up to the plate, and with the count 1-1, hit the ball on a bounce towards Braves’ first baseman, Kotchman. Kotchman, having only one play, threw the ball over to relief pitcher Jorge Campillo, the fourth Braves reliever to pitch in the inning, who tagged the bag in front of Howard for the second out of the inning, as Rollins scored the go ahead run, giving the Phils their first lead of 2009, 11-10. Victorino and Utley both moved up a base on the play. Werth ended the inning by flying out to right. The Phils sent thirteen men to the plate, as they scored eight runs in the inning on four hits, five walks and a hit batter. Ryan Madson took over in the top of the eighth, pitching a strong 1-2-3 inning, throwing only seven pitches. The Phils added an insurance run in their half of the eighth, as Eric Bruntlett, pinch hitting for Madson, hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Ibanez, who had earlier walked and had gone to third on Feliz’s double, with nobody out, making it a 12-10 Phillies’ lead. In the ninth, Brad Lidge took the mound. Although he gave up a one-out solo home run to Diaz, his first home run of the season, Lidge recorded his first save of the 2009 season, as he struck out pinch hitter Garret Anderson for the final out, for the moment staying perfect in save opportunities as a Phil.

Joe Blanton received a no-decision as he got pummeled by the Braves, giving up seven runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out six in four innings of work. J.A. Happ pitched two innings, giving up two runs on one hit and a walk, while he struck out two Braves. Chad Durbin pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and three walks. Clay Condrey received the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the one man he would face. His record for 2009 is 1-0 with an ERA of 0.00. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, as he held the lead. Brad Lidge recorded his first save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out one. Javier Vazquez also received a no-decision, as he pitched six innings for the Braves, giving up just three runs on five hits and four walks, as he struck out five batters. Eric O’Flaherty followed him, pitching only a third of an inning, as he gave up two runs on one hit. Peter Moylan pitched to four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up four runs on two hits and two walks. Blaine Boyer took the lost as he faced only two batters, with both of them scoring, as he gave up two runs on no hits and two walks. Jorge Campillo blew the save, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, in two-thirds of an inning. Jeff Bennett pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit while striking out a batter.

The Phillies had eleven hits in the game, with Victorino, Utley, Ibanez and Feliz each getting two hits. Howard, Ruiz and Coste had the other three hits. Ibanez knocked in three runs, Utley brought home two, while Feliz, Stairs, Coste, Rollins, Victorino, Howard and Bruntlett each knocked in a run, with Bruntlett’s coming in on a sacrifice fly. The Phillies collected five extra-base hits in the game, three doubles (Howard, Utley and Feliz), a triple (Victorino) and a home run (Ibanez). After three games, Utley leads the team in hitting with a .364 batting average, followed by Ruiz with a pleasently surprising .333 average.

The Phils (1-2) are off today. Their next game will be on the road against the Colorado Rockies (2-1) in Denver, Colorado, at Coors Field. The game will start at 2:10 pm Mountain Time tomorrow afternoon. The Phillies will send to the mound their ace, Cole Hamels, who ended 2008 with a record of 14-10 in 33 starts with an ERA of 3.09 in the regular season. His record for this season is presently 0-0 with a -.– ERA. The Rockies will oppose him with Jason Marquis, who last season had a record of 11-9 for the Chicago Cubs, with an ERA of 4.53 in 29 games (28 of which were starts). His record for this season is also 0-0 with a -.– ERA. The Phillies will be trying to even their season record tomorrow.

Preview: Phillies v. Braves – Tuesday night, 7:05 pm.

After suffering a lost at the hands of their old rivals, the Atlanta Braves (1-0), the 2008 World Champions Philadelphia Phillies (0-1) will be shooting for their first victory of the 2009 season tonight against the same Braves, in the second game of their opening three-game home stand. The game will be played tonight at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern.

The Phillies will send to the mound their ageless wonder Jamie Moyer, who, last season was 16-7 in thirty-three starts with a 3.71 ERA, leading the team’s starters in victories. Last season, he went 0-0 in two starts against the Braves. Moyer is presently four victories short of reaching 250 career wins, which, if he pitches well and has plenty of runs support from the Phils’ batters, he should reach that milestone by late May. Moyer will be trying to get the Phillies back onto the winning track, while using his pitches and veteran savvy to outthink the Braves’ batters. His 2009 record is presently 0-0 with a -.– ERA. His opponent will be second-year pitcher Jair Jurrjens. In 2008, in thirty-one starts, Jurrjens was 13-10 with a 3.68 ERA. The Dutch-born pitcher will try to do better against the Phils this year, as he went 1-2 in four starts against the Phillies last season. His 2009 record is 0-0 with a -.– ERA.

The Phillies’ bat will see if they can continue where they left off with Jurrjens last season while trying to forget what Derek Lowe did to them on Opening Night, trying to even the series at a victory apiece.

In least than 12 hours, Eastern time…

It will be 2009.

I really hate to see 2008 go, or at least the part of it that involved my Phillies going all the way for the second time in the organization’s 126 years history. But, I’m also looking forward to the year as the Phillies try for their second divisional threepeat in the team’s history as well as trying to become the first National League team since the Big Red Machine of Cincinnati did it back in 1975-76.

As for me, sorry about the lack of content but at the moment I just do not have the time to write. But, next week I should be able to continue my year-by-year look at the team’s long history with a look at 1886, year 4, as well as my new feature, which will be a look at the players, owners, managers who have contributions to the team’s history. Also, I hope to put up a new report on Charlie Ferguson, seeing if I am right about my ending comment in the short bio that I’d wrote about him actually getting into the Hall of Fame if not for his early death after four years of pitching for the Phillies. I have already finished putting together a projection to see how he would have done after being in the majors for 10 and 15 years if he was not converted into an everyday player, as Babe Ruth would be after he has started hitting monster home runs in the late teens of the 20th Century. I just need to make a comparison between him and other Hall of Fame pitchers from the same period of time and I should be set. Keeping my fingers crossed.

With all that, have a Happy New Year, folks, and may 2009 be a whole lot better for you than 2008 ended up being.