As has been expected, Jayson Werth have declined accepting arbitration from the Phils, meaning that he is still on the free agent market. Although the Phils will continue trying to sign him (hopefully to an at least three-year deal) contract, if they are unable to do so, they will now be compensated by two future draft picks from whoever does sign him in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, one from the first round, and a sandwich pick between the first and second round, since he is a class-A player.
Well, I guess it is all but a foregone conclusion that Jayson will not be with the ball club in 2011 and beyond. Anyway, wherever you go, Jayson, I wish you luck. Unless you’re playing against the Phils, that is. 😉
Last week the Phils’ picked up, via waivers, infielder Carlos Rivero from the Cleveland Indians.
The team is still looking for low price free agents for their bullpen, while pondering whether to give new contracts to either Chad Durbin or Jose Contreras, or to both pitchers. In the meantime, they are in the hunt to resign Jayson Werth, but since his agent Scott Boras is asking for money in the Matt Holliday/Jason Bay range, it is more than likely that he won’t be back in red pinstripes.
It has been announced on Monday that ex-Phil Jamie Moyer has re-injured his left elbow while pitching winter ball in the Dominican Republic, while trying to prove that he can still pitch. Ouch. Talk about a setback. Hope it wasn’t too bad an injury, Jamie.
It was also announced yesterday that former Phil GM Pat Gillick is on the Hall of Fame ballot that is being sent to the committee to elect those managers, executives and retired players who were not elected originally, who come from Baseball’s Expansion-era (post-1960). Congrats on getting on the Ballot, Pat, and wish you luck getting into the Hall. You deserve it.
Lastly, today, there is speculation that former Phil, ex-Orioles manager and fan favorite, Juan Samuel, is thinking of taking over Davey Lopes’ position as the team’s first base coach. If he does, that should be good news for the team, since he was a very successful base stealer during his days as a ballplayer. Is has also been announced that they are looking at Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as the new manager for their Triple-A Lehigh Valley ballclub, as he is leaving the Cubs Triple-A club after being pass over as the main club’s new manager. He might be another popular move, if the Phils do go after him. Whether the pair will actually get either post is another question.
Last Friday, the Phils announced that the operation on Placido Polanco’s left elbow, to remove bone spurs and to repair the lateral extensor tendon, was a success and that they expect him to recover in six to eight weeks, in time for him to prepare for spring training.
The Phils are still waiting to hear back from Jayson Werth and his agent, Scott Boras, on what Werth is looking for, contract wise.
Speaking of contracts, the Phils announced on Tuesday that first base coach Davey Lopes is leaving. Lopes says that he’s leaving because the team isn’t offering him what he thinks he is worth, based on what he does for the ballclub, besides his first base duties, as he is the main reason that the team have had a highly successful stolen base percentage. In fact, they have lead the league during the four years that he was with the team. His input will be missed. Good luck wherever you land, Davy.
The Phils, this off-season, will be looking to add some new blood to the bullpen, as well as looking for a strong right handed bat to replace Werth, if they are unable to resign him. They will also be, according to Ruben Amaro, Jr., be looking to improve the way the offense operates. (I hope they do, as that was a major handicap this past season.)
Although the Phils have been knocked out of the playoffs last Saturday, things have been busy during the last week or so since the 2010 National League Champions San Francisco Giants celebrated their victory at Citizens Bank Park. Saturday night, Sunday and Monday the Phils cleared out their lockers before heading off to their respective homes.
On Monday, General Manager Reuben Amaro, Jr. held a press conference announcing that while he was happy that 2010 was a successful year, the fact that they had failed to get into the World Series, as everyone was expecting, have left a bitter taste in his mouth, and he was planning to make some changes as far as the offense was concerned.
During the week, the Phils bought out J.C. Romero’s contract, paying him $2500,000 for the last year of his contract, while letting go both Greg Dobbs and Jamie Moyer, allowing the three to become free agents, although willing to take Romero back if nobody else comes knocking at his doorstep, with a minor league contract. (Sorry to see you go, guys. Wish you luck.) Paul Hoover have also opted for free agency after being assigned to Lehigh Valley.
The Phils have finally contacted Jayson Werth, via his agent Scott Boras, to see if there was any way that they can keep him here. (I’m not holding my breath. Boras equals large amount of money, and I do not think that the Phils are in that particular neighborhood.)
Placido Polanco will be having surgery to fix up his left elbow at some point today, and should be ready for spring training next year.
Roy Halladay, who plans to give his hurt groin a rest, for now, have been named the National League Clutch Performer of the Year and the Players Choice for NL Outstanding Pitcher.
The Phils lose their National League crown as the offense once again this series fail to support their pitching staff as they lose a close game to the Giants, 3-2.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with one man on, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI double, knocking in Placido Polanco, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second on Jonathan Sanchez’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as, now with runners on the corners, and with still one man out, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Utley, who had moved up to third on Ryan Howard’s single. The Giants cut the Phils’ lead in half in the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Aubrey Huff hits an RBI single, knocking in J. Sanchez, who had earlier singled, moved up to second on Andre Torres’ singled, then went to third on Freddy Sanchez’s sacrifice bunt, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead, before Torres, who had earlier singled, and moved up to second base on F. Sanchez’s sacrifice bunt, is thrown out at the plate, 8-2, for the inning’s second out, while Huff would move up to second base on the throw. The Giants then tied up the score at two-all as Huff scores on a fielding error by Polanco on Buster Posey’s grounder to third, as he hit the runner with the ball. The score would stay tie for the next few half innings as neither side would be able to get a run across, especially the Phils, whose offense is constantly unable to get a key hit. The Giants then took the lead in the eighth as, with two men out, Juan Uribe hits a solo home run, his first home run of the series, giving the Giants a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Brian Wilson would collect his third save of the series by striking out Howard looking, with two men on base, for the final out of the series, making the Giants the 2010 National League Champions.
Roy Oswalt receives a no-decision as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on nine hits, while he strikes out five. Ryan Madson took the lost as he pitches two innings, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. His series record is 0-1 with 1.35 ERA. Brad Lidge pitches a scoreless ninth, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jonathan Sanchez also receives a no-decision as he pitches only two innings, plus two batters, as he gives up two runs on three hits, two walks, a wild pitch and a hit batter. Jeremy Affeldt pitches two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two batters. Madison Bumgarner pitches two scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Javier Lopez gets the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. His series record is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA. Tim Lincecum collects his first hold of the series as he pitches a third of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Brian Wilson collects his third save of the series as he pitches a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up two walks, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez all leading the team with two hits each, with Howard and Ibanez’s two hits being a single and a double, while Victorino’s two hits were both singles. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley had the other two Phils’ hits, with Rollins’ hit being a single, and Utley’s hit being an RBI double. Jayson Werth knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly. The Phils’ offense spent the entire series unable to get any sustain offensive attack going against Giants’ pitching, thus leading to their lost in the series.
The Phils will now be spending the winter trying to recover from the lost, seeing what needs to be corrected and who needs to be resigned or let go, before making another run in 2011.
True grit shown by their ace Roy Halladay, who was pitching through a mild groin injury, a wierd-o top of the third inning where the Phils took the lead, and a solo blast by Jayson Werth in the top of the ninth gives the Phils a 4-2 win, as they cut the Giants’ lead in the series, 3-2. The game will now return to Philadelphia for game six on Saturday.
The Giants took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Buster Posey hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, on a possible doubleplay grounder that was botched by second baseman Chase Utley before he threw to second base to force out Freddy Sanchez, who had earlier singled, allowing Andres Torres, who had started the inning off with a walk, and then went to third on Sanchez’s single, to score, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead, as Posey beats shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ throw to first. The Phils then came back in the third. Raul Ibanez started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base as Carlos Ruiz is hit by the pitch. Roy Halladay then bunted the ball in front of the plate, although possibly a foul ball, it was called fair by the home plate umpire, as Posey grabbed the ball and threw it to third, trying to get out Ibanez, as Halladay stood in the batter’s box, thinking it was foul, but, Pablo Sandoval was unable to get back to the third base bag, as Ibanez is called safe, while Ruiz reach second base. But, Sandoval then recovers and threw to first base for the out, 2-5-4, as the throw beats Halladay to the bag, as Halladay is credited with a sacrifice bunt. The next batter, Shane Victorino, then hits a grounder towards first baseman Aubrey Huff, who committed a fielding error as the ball hit against his right leg, and bounce into left center field, allowing both Ibanez and Ruiz to score, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while allowing Victorino to move up to second base. Placido Polanco then followed with an RBI single, scoring Victorinio, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Giants got a run back in the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Cody Ross hits an RBI double, knocking in Pat Burrell, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. Halladay would then keep the Giants down, squashing a pair of rallies in the fifth and the sixth innings. The Phils then tried to add to their lead in the seventh as they placed runners on the corners, with Rollins on third, who had started the inning off with a single, before stealing first second, and then third, and Ruiz on first, who had walked, with one man out, before pinch hitter Ross Gload ended the inning by hitting into a line out-doubleplay, three-unassisted. The Phils would finally increase their lead in the ninth as Jayson Werth hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the series, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as Brad Lidge would receive his first save of the series as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, getting pinch hitter Travis Ishikawa to end the game by striking out on a foul tip caught by Ruiz.
Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. His series record is now 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA. Jose Contreras receives his first hold of the series as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero also gets his first hold of the series as he pitches a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madison receives his first hold of the series as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Brad Lidge receives his first save of the series as he also pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Tim Lincecum took the lost as he pitches seven innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven. His series record is now 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA. Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez combine for a scoreless inning, giving up a walk (Romo), while striking out a batter (Lopez) between them. Ramon Ramirez pitches two thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Jeremy Affeldt pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face.
The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles. Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Jimmy Rollins had the other four Phils hits, with Polanco, Utley and Rollins’ hits being singles, with Polanco knocking in a run, while Werth’s hit was a solo home run. The other two Phil’s runs came in on an error hit by Shane Victorino, with him receiving an RBI. The offense still have not had a breakout inning, but it has once again taken advantage of the opponent’s mistake(s), this time to get the game taken back to Philadelphia.
The Phils (2-3) are still alive in the series, as they take a day off before coming back to Philadelphia to face the Giants (3-2) in game six of the series on Saturday.
The pitching staff allows one to get away as the Phils lose to the Giants in the bottom of the ninth, 6-5, after the offense had finally decided to come out and fight. The Phils now trail the Giants in the series, 3-1.
The Giants took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Buster Posey hits an RBI single, scoring Freddy Sanchez, who had earlier singled, then went first to second, and then to third on a pair of wild pitches, giving the Giants a 1-0 lead. The Giants then increased their lead in the third as, with one man on, and with two men out, Posey hits an RBI double, knocking in Aubrey Huff, who had earlier singled, making it a 2-0 Giants’ lead. The Phils’ offense then exploded in the fifth. After Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz started off the inning with back-to-back singles, with Francisco stopping at second base, Joe Blanton moved both man over with a sacrifice bunt, 1-4, sending Francisco over to third base, and Ruiz up to second base. The next batter, Shane Victorino, then followed with an RBI single, scoring Francisco, cutting the Giants’ lead to 2-1, before Ruiz is cut down at home plate on a one-hop strike by Giants’ center fielder Aaron Rowand, with Posey supplying the tag, for the inning’s second out. Two batters later, after Chase Utley has reached base with a single, moving Victorino up to second base, the Phils took the lead as Placido Polanco hits a two-run double, scoring both Victorino and Utley, giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. Three batters later, after the Phils had loaded the bases via an intentional walk to Ryan Howard, and Jayson Werth being hit by the pitch, moving up a base both Polanco and Howard, and with Jimmy Rollins batting, Giants’ reliever Santiago Casilla threw a wild pitch which went into the stands, scoring Polanco, making it a 4-2 Phils’ lead, while moving Howard to third base, and Werth to second. The Giants came back in their half of the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Huff hits an RBI single, knocking in Andres Torres, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second on a Edgar Renteria ground out, 5-3, making it a 4-3 Phils’ lead. The Giants then regain the lead in the sixth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Pablo Sandoval hits a two-run double, knocking in Pat Burrell, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Cody Ross’ double, and Ross, who had just doubled, giving the Giants a 5-4 lead. The Phils would then tie the game up at five-all in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Werth hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, who had just doubled. In the bottom of the ninth, the Giants won the game as, with runners on the corners and with one man out, Juan Uribe hits a sacrifice fly to left field, knocking in Huff, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Posey’s single, giving the Giants a 6-5 walk-off win, and a 3-1 lead in the series.
Joe Blanton receives a no-decision as he pitches four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits, a walk and two wild pitches, while striking out three. Jose Contreras pitches a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. Chad Durbin receives his first blown save of the series as he pitches an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitches a third of an inning, gives up a hit. Ryan Madson pitches one and two-thirds scoreless innings, as he giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Roy Oswalt took the lost as he pitches two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits. His series record is now 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA. Madison Bumgarner also receives a no-decision as he pitches four and two-third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out six. Santiago Casilla pitches an inning and a third, giving up a run on one hit, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch, while striking out two. Javier Lopez records his third hold of the series as he pitches an inning plus one batter, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Sergio Romo collects his first blown save of the series as he pitches an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Brian Wilson collects the win as he pitches a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. His series record is now 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, knocking in two runs. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Jimmy Rollins, Ben Francisco and Carlos Ruiz had the other seven Phils’ hits, with Victorino, Utley, Rollins, Francisco and Ruiz’s hits being singles, with Victorino knocking in a run, while Howard and Werth’s hits were both doubles, with Werth knocking in a run. The other Phil run came in on a bases loaded wild pitch. The offense finally appeared. Sadly, parts of the relief corps decided to lose its touch, before Oswalt took the mound in relief to lose the game.
The Phils (1-3), with their backs to the wall, will continue the series with the Giants (3-1), trying to send it back to Philadelphia. The game is to be played at AT&T Park and is to start at 7:30 pm Eastern (4:30 pm Pacific). The Phils will send to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (0-1, 5.14), who lost game one of the series to the Giants on October 16, as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will be trying to get the series back to Philadelphia. The Giants will counter with Tim Lincecum (1-0, 3.86), who is coming off a win against the Phils in game one of the series on October 16, as he also went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Giants’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to cinch the series for the Giants. The Phils will be trying to come back after a very heartbreaking lost, so that they can bring the series back to Philadelphia.