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Things have been a bit busy here in Philly…

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.

Phils to host the Dodgers for three games starting tonight.

Now a game and a half out of first place in the NL East and a game behind in the Wild Card race, the Phils (62-49, 2nd East) will start a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park, facing their NLCS opponent of the last two years, the Dodgers (58-54, 4th West).

In the first game, which will start at 7:05 pm tonight, the Phils will send to the mound their fifth starter, Kyle Kendrick (7-4, 4.37), who is coming off a win against the Marlins on August 4, as he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, as he struck out five, in the Phils’ 7-2 rout of the fish. In his last three starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he had pitched nineteen and a third innings, giving up just four runs on eighteen scatterd hits and four walks, while striking out thirteen. After being shelled by the Cardinals on July 19, he has pitched three straight good starts since coming back from Lehigh Valley to replace the injured Jamie Moyer, as he plans to make it four excellent starts in a row as he faces the Dodgers. The Dodgers will counter with former Phil Vincente Padilla (5-3, 3.09), who is coming off a complete game win against the Padres on August 4, as he gave up just two hits and two walks, while striking out nine, in the Dodgers’ 9-0 win. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he had pitched twenty innings, giving up three runs on twelve hits and four walks, while striking out twenty. He will trying to do his best tonight against his former teammates.

The Phils have added Antonio Bastardo, who is presently throwing a hot hand in Lehigh Valley, to the bullpen to help against the Dodgers’ lefty bats.

Breaking news: Howard is on the D/L. Oh BLEAT!!!!!

The Phils have just announced that they have reluctantly placed Ryan Howard on the disabled list. They have brought up OF John Mayberry (.258, 12 HR, 54 RBIs) from Lehigh Valley to take his place on the roster.

I knew it, I JUST KNEW IT!!! I just knew he was going to be saying hi to Chase and Shane on the d/l as soon as I saw how badly he went back to the second base bag on Sunday. I did not want to hear it, but deep down in my heart, I knew that that was where he was headed. That blasted injury bug has just gotten its biggest victim on the Phil’s roster, and what a time for it to strike, right as the pennant race was starting to heat up. I know one thing, this is not 1979. I don’t know what year this is like, but this year is just driving me nuts.

If the boys are still in it when Labor Day arrives, it’ll be a miracle. Start praying for a speedy recovery for Howard, folks.

Shane Victorino placed on fifteen-day disabled list, Domonic Brown called up from Lehigh Valley.

Shane Victorino left last night’s game with a strained left oblique after catching a fly ball. He has been placed on the fifteen-day disabled list. The Phils have called up Domonic Brown, their number one prospect from Lehigh Valley to take his place. Brown, who was hitting a combine .327 with 20 home runs and 68 RBIs in 93 games played in both Reading and Lehigh Valley will be playing in right field and will be in the line-up, starting tonight, as the Phils will move Jayson Werth to center.

Okay, Dom, let see what you can do while you’re up here. Do not disappoint us, dude!

Roy Halladay throws another pitching gem as the bats finally erupts behind him as the Phils defeat the Rockies, 6-0.

Roy Halladay continues to pitch as advertised as he pitches an eight inning shut out as the Phils’ offense finally gives him some runs as the Phils’ defeat the Rockies, 6-0.

The Phils were involved in another pitchers’ duel at home for the first five innings, as their ace Roy Halladay gives up only two hits and a walk during those five innings, as he struck out seven batters, while Rockies’ starter Aaron Cook matches him for the first four innings, as he gives up four hits and three walks, one intentional, while striking out two, to keep the game scoreless. The Phils then erupted in their half of the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with noone out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run double, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Placido Polanco’s single, and Polanco, who had just singled to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with runners once again on the corners, as Ryan Howard sent Ibanez to third on his single, Jayson Werth hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ibanez, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. One batter later, after Howard has stolen second base, the Phils made it a 5-0 lead as Ross Gload hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, and the first as a member of the regular starting line-up, knocking in Howard, while also knocking Cook out of the box as the Rockies’ manager has seen enough. The Phils added a run in the eighth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. In the meantime, Halladay kept the Rockies under control for the next three innings, as he gave up just three more hits, while striking out two more batters, before handing it over to the bullpen, as J.C. Romero pitches a 1-2-3 ninth inning, to end the game.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches eight shut out innings, giving up just five hits and a walk, while striking out nine. His record is now 11-8 with a 2.28 ERA. J.C. Romero pitches a 1-2-3 inning. Aaron Cook took the lost as he pitches four and a third innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and three walks, while striking out two. His record is now 4-6 with a 4.78 ERA. Jhoulys Chacin and Randy Flores pitches two scoreless innings, giving up just three walks (Chacin (1), Flores (2)), while striking out two (Chacin) between them. Manuel Corpas pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up a run on three hits, striking out three batters.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with three hits, with two singles and a double, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins and Ross Gload follows with two hits each, with Rollins’ hits being a single and a double, scoring two runs, and with Gload’s hits being a single and a two-run home run. Placido Polanco, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles, with Werth knocking in the other Phil run with a sac fly. The Phils’ offense finally scored some runs for their ace within nine innings. The question now is can they continue as they face one of the premiere pitchers in the National League.

The Phils (50-46, 2nd NL East) continue their four-game series with the Rockies (51-45, 3rd NL West) with an afternoon game, that will be nationally televised on Fox. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 4:10 pm Eastern. The Phils starter will be Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 4.82 ERA), who is returning from the minors, after having been sent back to Lehigh Valley after his lost to the Cardinals on July 19, as he had pitched only five innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits and three walks, while striking out two, in the Phils’ 8-4 lost. In his last three starts, his record is 1-1 with a no-decision, as he pitched in twenty and a third innings, giving up twelve runs, eleven of which were earned, on twenty hits and five walks, while striking out ten batters. He will be trying to prove that he deserves to be in the big league. The Rockies will counter with their ace Ubaldo Jimenez (15-1, 2.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 19, as he pitched five and one-third innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out five. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, pitching nineteen and one-third innings, giving up fourteen runs, twelve of which were earned, on fourteen hits and nine walks, while striking out sixteen. He will be trying for his sixteenth win of the year. The Phils’ offense will try to light up one of the best pitchers in the National  League this year. Come on guys, I know that you can do it. Just…be…patient!!!

Boy, today has been a very busy day for the Phils, and they still have to face the Indians tonight.

Boy, a lot of news have been released by the Phils today. Along with their announcement of selecting Darren Daulton as the newest member of the Phils’ Walk of Fame (See previous post), and the expected return of regular shortstop, leader and sparkplug, Jimmy Rollins, the Phils have made several more announcements:

1) To make room for JayRo, the Phils have sent the struggling Greg Dobbs, who is at the moment batting a lousy .152, with one homer and six RBIs, and is only 1 for 25 as a pinch hitter, to assignment. If he clears waivers, Dobbs will likely be sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, to get some well needed at-bats to get his swing back, if he is not either claimed on waivers by another team or is not traded by the Phils within the next 10 days;

2) Carlos Ruiz has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, as he continues to recover from getting his bell rung by a broken bat swing against the back of his head during last Friday night’s game with the Twins. This will leave Brian Schneider as the no. 1 catcher (UGH!) and Dane Sardinha, who was called up after Friday’s game to act as the backup, will stay as the no. 2 catcher, while Ruiz recovers;

3) Scott Mathieson, who came back to the big leagues, was sent back to the minors, with his place on the roster to be taken by Mike Zagurski.

With the above moves the Phils’ bench is now Juan Castro, Wilson Valdez, Ross Gload, Schneider (once Ruiz is back) and Ben Francisco.

With all this, I hope that Rollins will give some life back into the Phils’ starting line-up, with Castro and Valdez both being ready to come off the bench, considering the numbers of at-bats the pair had gotten during Rollins’ two stints on the disabled list. Now, if Francisco can just get his swing back, the bench might actually have improved with Dobbs being sent down. Knock on wood. A lot!!!!

Oh, and Dobbs, if this is the last time that we actually see you in a Phils’ uniform, thanks for helping the team during the last three seasons, but, dude, why did you have to go and stink during the last season plus?

Ruiz, please get well soon.

My thoughts on all these moves? I have no idea on the situation with Mathieson, since it is a tough break from him to be sent back down after returning to the bigs. I just hope the front office knows what it is doing. As for them sending down Dobbs, I think that it was the right move. Dobbs is just not doing it this year, and he might need a temporary (hopefully) change of scenary to (hopefully) get his groove back. As for Rollins’ return, uhm, excuse me….. Yaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhheeeeewwwwww, Jimmy’s back!!!!!! 🙂 Yes, I’m happy, thank you.

The Phillies (35-32, 3rd NL East) will continue their home stand with a three game series with the Indians (26-42, 5th AL Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (7-6, 4.76), who is coming off a win against the Yankees on June 16, as he pitched a strong eight innings, giving up just two runs, both on home runs, on three hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 6-3 win. He will be going for his eighth win of the season, while trying to start the series for the Phils on a winning note. The Indians will counter with their ace Mitch Talbot (7-5, 4.21), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on June 16, as he went five and two-thirds innings, being rocked for eight runs on thirteen hits, as he struck out only three, in the Indians’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to recover from the lost, while hoping that the Phils’ bat don’t erupt. The Phils will be trying to win their second interleague series by hopefully taking advantage of one of the weakest teams of the AL. Hopefully there will not be a repeat of last year’s embarrassment at the hands of the Orioles. Come on guys, time to regroup and clobber the tribe with the bats. 

Boy, today has been a very busy day for the Phils, and they still have to face the Indians tonight.

Boy, a lot of news have been released by the Phils today. Along with their announcement of selecting Darren Daulton as the newest member of the Phils’ Walk of Fame (See previous post), and the expected return of regular shortstop, leader and sparkplug, Jimmy Rollins, the Phils have made several more announcements:

1) To make room for JayRo, the Phils have sent the struggling Greg Dobbs, who is at the moment batting a lousy .152, with one homer and six RBIs, and is only 1 for 25 as a pinch hitter, to assignment. If he clears waivers, Dobbs will likely be sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, to get some well needed at-bats to get his swing back, if he is not either claimed on waivers by another team or is not traded by the Phils within the next 10 days;

2) Carlos Ruiz has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, as he continues to recover from getting his bell rung by a broken bat swing against the back of his head during last Friday night’s game with the Twins. This will leave Brian Schneider as the no. 1 catcher (UGH!) and Dane Sardinha, who was called up after Friday’s game to act as the backup, will stay as the no. 2 catcher, while Ruiz recovers;

3) Scott Mathieson, who came back to the big leagues, was sent back to the minors, with his place on the roster to be taken by Mike Zagurski.

With the above moves the Phils’ bench is now Juan Castro, Wilson Valdez, Ross Gload, Schneider (once Ruiz is back) and Ben Francisco.

With all this, I hope that Rollins will give some life back into the Phils’ starting line-up, with Castro and Valdez both being ready to come off the bench, considering the numbers of at-bats the pair had gotten during Rollins’ two stints on the disabled list. Now, if Francisco can just get his swing back, the bench might actually have improved with Dobbs being sent down. Knock on wood. A lot!!!!

Oh, and Dobbs, if this is the last time that we actually see you in a Phils’ uniform, thanks for helping the team during the last three seasons, but, dude, why did you have to go and stink during the last season plus?

Ruiz, please get well soon.

My thoughts on all these moves? I have no idea on the situation with Mathieson, since it is a tough break from him to be sent back down after returning to the bigs. I just hope the front office knows what it is doing. As for them sending down Dobbs, I think that it was the right move. Dobbs is just not doing it this year, and he might need a temporary (hopefully) change of scenary to (hopefully) get his groove back. As for Rollins’ return, uhm, excuse me….. Yaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhheeeeewwwwww, Jimmy’s back!!!!!! 🙂 Yes, I’m happy, thank you.

The Phillies (35-32, 3rd NL East) will continue their home stand with a three game series with the Indians (26-42, 5th AL Central), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phillies will send to the mound Jamie Moyer (7-6, 4.76), who is coming off a win against the Yankees on June 16, as he pitched a strong eight innings, giving up just two runs, both on home runs, on three hits and a walk, while he struck out six, in the Phils’ 6-3 win. He will be going for his eighth win of the season, while trying to start the series for the Phils on a winning note. The Indians will counter with their ace Mitch Talbot (7-5, 4.21), who is coming off a lost against the Mets on June 16, as he went five and two-thirds innings, being rocked for eight runs on thirteen hits, as he struck out only three, in the Indians’ 8-4 lost. He will be trying to recover from the lost, while hoping that the Phils’ bat don’t erupt. The Phils will be trying to win their second interleague series by hopefully taking advantage of one of the weakest teams of the AL. Hopefully there will not be a repeat of last year’s embarrassment at the hands of the Orioles. Come on guys, time to regroup and clobber the tribe with the bats.