Month In Review

The first month of the regular season for the Phillies could have been worse, it actuallycould have been really bad but as we flip the calendars to May the Phillies finish the month with a 11-12 record and are only 3.5 games out of first place.

It wasn’t the best month ever but we did get through it and somehow come out of it with only one game under .500. Some of the game were really hard to watch and really frustrated the living hell out of me but some games were actually pretty enjoyable if that’s possible. The Phillies really did a lot better than I thought through the first month of play, especially after the Phillies dropped two games to the pathetic San Diego Padres. That west coast trip really looked like it was going to go really horrible but the Phillies pulled some offense out of their ass or somewhere and won the games with their offense in the final two games of that road trip in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.

On that trip Cliff Lee was put on the disabled list, this upcoming friday there was a chance Cliff Lee might come off of the disabled list to pitch against the Nationals in Washington but that will not happen. Lee is getting better but he must throw two bullpen session before he can go out there and start a ball game, so far the first bullpen session has not been scheduled quite yet.

The Flyers hockey offense out scores the Phillies offense on a regular basis but at least we are pulling out some victories and we are not six games back already, the Phillies are in the hunt and I know its way too early to say this kind of garbage but hey I’m just giddy and thrilled we are keeping pace and getting these much-needed victories with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley out of the lineup.

Speaking of Chase Utley we had a glimpse of Utley when the Phillies were in Arizona, he was with the team that three game series against the Diamondbacks and he even shagged some fly balls and hit a little in batting practice before those games. Once the team left Arizona Chase remained there to continue to rehab and sip margaritas throughout the day.

Ryan Howard began his rehab in Clearwater today.

So lets hope as the months roll by the Phillies keep getting better and more importantly the Phillies keep getting healthier.

Here are some pictures from when the Phillies were out west, and thanks to everybody that has stopped by this site through the first month of the regular season. It really means a lot to me and I thank each and every one of you.

Phillies vs Padres, Thursday April 19th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillies vs Padres, Friday April 20th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillies vs Padres, Saturday April 21st

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillies vs Padres, Sunday April 22nd

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A Look at The Road Trip

The Philies now will fly to Atlanta Georgia to begin a six game road trip, this road trip consists of three games in Atlanta and three games in Washington against the Nationals.

This Phillies can gain some much-needed ground in the National League East Standings if they can pull out some victories on this road trip as Atlanta and Washington are both above the Phillies in the standings as of right now, but remember folks it is still really early in the season to talk to much about the standings. The important thing is to not get to far back in the standings.

On this trip we will see if the Nationals strategy of keeping the Phillies fans out of their ball park as worked, I highly doubt it worked because who roots for the Nats?

Pitching Match-ups for This Road Trip 

Tuesday

Phillies vs Braves 7:10 Pm EST

Cole Hamels vs Brandon Beachy

Wednesday

Phillies at Braves 7:10 Pm EST

Roy Halladay vs Tommy Hanson

Thursday

Phillies vs Braves 12:10 Pm EST

Joe Blanton vs Randall Delgado

Friday

Phillies vs Nationals 7:05 Pm Est

Kyle Kendrick vs Stephen Strasburg

Saturday

Phillies vs Nationals 1:05 Pm EST

Vance Worley vs Gio Gonzalez

Sunday 

Phillies vs Nationals 8:05 Pm EST

Cole Hamels vs Jordan Zimmermann

Thank You Polanco, Phillies win 6-4

Guys this was amazing, mark this day down in history because the Phillies were actually able to score some runs in the first inning tonight. It wasn’t just one run it was a whopping four runs in the bottom of the first innning. I was so shocked at these chain of events that I got off of my recliner and gave the Phillies a standing ovation at the end of the inning.

But the Phillies had to make the game interesting I guess, I thought we had this game won but the Phillies went to the bullpen and the arson squad gave up three runs which tied it up at four. Chad Qualls was charged with two runs and Antonio Bastardo was charged with one run.

Vance Worley pitched another great game tonight but the sad thing is he does not get credit for the win, sure deserved it but the Phillies bullpen blew the lead late. Worley pitched seven innings and only allowed one run off of five hits, struck out five cubbies.

The Phillies were able to take back the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning with a little two out rally action, the rally began when pinch hitter Juan Pierre got hit by a pitch, then two batters later Jimmy Rollins got a single and Pierre was able to make it to third on the play, Placido Polanco was the next batter and he came through big with a 2 out 2 RBI double to give the Phillies the lead.

It was all up to Papelbon in the top of the ninth inning to shut the door on the Cubs and he did just that as he picks up his eighth save of the season.

It was the 214th consecutive sellout at the bank tonight.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night at 7:05 Pm EST in Atlanta (Braves Country). This will begin a six game road trip for the Phillies, three games in Atlanta and three in Washington. We will see if the Nationals will be able to take back their park back this time around or we  will see the stadium full of the Phillies nation yet again, I’m thinking it’s going to be full of Phillies fans hopefully annoying the living hell out of the two Nats fans in attendance for the games.

Cole Hamels will pitch tomorrow

Some Other Notes 

After the win tonight David Herndon was placed on the 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation. Roster move coming tomorrow.

Cliff Lee will not come off of the DL on Friday and won’t start in our Nation’s Capital, Lee is improving but he must throw two bullpen sessions before coming off of the disabled list. That first bullpen session has not been scheduled just quite yet.

Ryan Howard began his rehab in Clearwater Florida today.

Michael Martinez is out of the walking boot now and  will continue his rehabbing in Clearwater on that right foot.

Gameday Preview: Game 23 Phillies vs Cubs

The Philadelphia Phillies play the final game of this home stand tonight at 7:05 Pm EST against the Chicago Cubs, the Phillies will look to take two games from this four game series.

Hopefully the Phillies can muster up more than two hits this evening and not frustrate the living hell out of me like they did yesterday.

If you’re going to watch this game you might as well drink a little bit, no not just a little bit you might want to drink a lot because this offense is pretty feeble. The more drinks in you the better. The strategy is that you get so drunk you forget to watch the game and you just pass out, if you try to watch this offense without a drink you might break a remote or something valuable so I suggest the first option.

Would you rather be drunk or sober watching this Phillies offense wale away at pitches out of the strike zone?

The Phillies send Vance Worley out to pitch tonight, Worley has a 2-1 record this season and has an ERA of 2.16.

The Phillies will face Cubs righty Chris Volstad, he is searching for his first win on the campaign.

This game will be televised on CSN, 1210 WPHT for radio.

60 degrees at game time tonight with a 10 percent chance of rain.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (10-12)

1. Rollins SS

2. Polanco 3B

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Wigginton 1B

6. Nix LF

7. Ruiz C

8. Orr 2B

9. Worley P

Cubs Lineup (8-14)

1. DeJesus RF

2.  Campana CF

3. Castro SS

4. LaHair 1B

5. Soriano LF

6. Stewart 3B

7. DeWitt 2B

8.  Soto C

9. Volstad P

Two Hits

Yeah you need to drink to watch this offense, not just one drink, you need about 10 drinks to watch this offense wale away at pitches.

The Phillies only had one hit through the first eight innings today, that hit was a leadoff single in the bottom of the first inning from Jimmy Rollins.

The Phillies made Cubs righty Matt Garza look like a fricken Cy Younger out there, it was really hard to even watch this game this afternoon. Garza pitched seven innings of shutout ball, then the Cubs went to the bullpen and the Phillies could still not hit them.

Phillies were able to get the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning somehow, the Phillies would get a run off of a bases loaded walk but could not get anymore and lost to the Cubs 5-1.

The Cubs would score first this afternoon after a leadoff double, a misplayed ball out in right field by Hunter Pence where Pence came in but the ball went over his head, then an RBI ground out in the top of the second inning. Kendrick would however got out of the inning with only allowing one run, it could have been a lot worse.

The Cubs would manufacture another run in the top of the third inning, the doom starts to set in because you really don’t know if this offense will be even able to come back from a 2  nothing deficit.

Joe Mather took Kyle Kendrick deep for a solo shot in the top of the fourth inning giving the cubbies a 3-0 lead, that was just Joe Mather’s second home run since his rookie season of 2008.

Kendrick pitched six innings today and allowed two earned runs off of five hits today, at least he went three innings more than his last start.

Juan Pierre again proved that he completely sucks at everything in this game today, in the bottom of the first inning with Hunter Pence at bat he tried to go to second on a wild pitch and was thrown out. Now explain this to me, how does Mr. speedy boy get thrown out at second on a wild pitch? Yes he sucks that much.

213th consecutive regular season sellout today at Citizens Bank Park.

It was the Phanatic’s birthday today guys, The Phillie Phanatic made his debut 34 years ago at Veterans Stadium.

Phillies next game is tomorrow night against the Chicago Cubs at 7:05 Pm EST, this will be the final game of this short home stand as the Phillies will go to Atlanta and to Washington on this next road trip that starts Tuesday.

I Want Bobby

On Friday the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim released Outfielder Bobby Abreu and called up Mike Trout.

If I was the Phillies general manager I would give him a contract to play for this team right now because at least he has some power unlike the little winky dink Pierre we have playing out there in left field most of the time. Juan Pierre has absolutely no power, if the Phillies played their home games on a little league field I would bet you money he could not even hit a home run out there, but he might be the same height as some of the little leaguers.

We have way too many singles hitters on this ball club, it takes three to four hits to even chalk home a run, most of the time the Phillies can’t even get those runners home and strand them home on the bases.

I know 38-year-old Bobby Abreu is no Babe Ruth but he could add an improvement to our team, he can at least pop a ball out of the ballpark and he is one of the most patient hitters I have ever seen. I have rarely ever seen Bobby chase a ball out of the zone, the Phillies lineup as of late swings at every possible pitch the opposing pitchers sling up there, the ball could be in the dirt and these hitters will wale away and miss at it while I scream at the tv in a rage of frustration.

Now to sign Abreu the Phillies would have to get rid of a player on the 25 man roster, if I was running the show which would be a really scary thing I would get rid of Juan Pierre and just give the left field job to Bobby Abreu but I would be shocked to see the Phillies do that. The Phillies could get rid of John Mayberry Jr. but I really think that would be a huge mistake, Mayberry is not having a great start to the year but the Phillies really have not given him a lot of chances at playing. Mayberry has that power threat that Pierre never has had and even if he was juiced up on roids he still would not have, It’s beyond me that Pierre starts more than John Mayberry Jr. out there in left field.The Phillies could also get rid of Jim Thome to open up room on the 25 man roster but that seems very unlikely because Thome is a fan favorite, he is struggling but he is a fan favorite and if the Phillies got rid of him I think you might see some fan rage from the Philly faithful.

Abreu has dropped off this year but I’m willing to take the shot on him. Abreu  has.208/.259/.333 statline this year but he could probably steal more bases than Mr. speedy Pierre.

So should the Phillies stick to the high powered singles offense we have or try to get Abreu?

 

Phils Back Blanton; Beat Cubs

Originally posted on TTB:

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run single in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The runs needed to come for Joe Blanton and that they did.

Making his fourth start of the season, Blanton went out and did his job while the offense did theirs, leading the Phillies to a 5-2 win Saturday night. The win evened the four-game weekend series up at one apiece.

It was the fourth time in five games the Phillies scored more than two runs, coming after a 16-game start that saw them do the feat only six times.

Besides pitching a quality start, Blanton did his part at the plate as well. In the 4th inning, Blanton extended the inning for the Phillies with his two-out walk to load the bases.

Jimmy Rollins, who has struggled all season and was already penciled-in as a sure out, came up in the clutch, driving in two on a double to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead.

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Gameday Preview: Game 21 Phillies vs Cubs

The Philadelphia Phillies play game two of this four game series against the Cubs tonight 7:05 Pm EST at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies hopefully will find some sort of offensive miracle today and pull out the victory, we can only hope. The Phillies had many opportunities last night to get some runs on the board early for Roy Halladay but no one could get a clutch hit if there life depended on it. The Phillies had the runners on the corners with no outs in the bottom of the first inning, guess what happened? No one could get those runners home and thus giving me a stressful headache.

Phillies send big Joe Blanton out to start today, in his last start last Sunday in San Diego he got crushed by the Padres hitters.

The Cubs will send out righty Randy Wells.

This game will be televised on TCN and the MLB Network, 1210 WPHT for radio.

50 percent chance of rain at game time tonight.

Go Phillies!

Phillies lineup (9-11)

1. Rollins SS

2. Polanco 3B

3. Pence RF

4. Thome 1B

5. Victorino CF

6. Nix LF

7. Ruiz C

8. Orr 2B

9. Blanton

Cubs Lineup (7-13)

1. DeJesus RF

2. Barney 2B

3. Castro SS

4. LaHair 1B

5. Soriano LF

6. Stewart 3B

7.  Johnson CF

8. Soto C

9. Wells P

2012 PHILLY FOOD DRAFT

Originally posted on Displaced Phan:

Being over 5,000 miles away from the great food in Philly is tough.  I got to eat this stuff all of the time as a kid living in Philly or whenever I would visit later on.  Now, it’s a rarity and I miss these foods every day.  I always see all of it on the Slingbox.  I wish that there was a Philly Food Draft, because this is what I would select.

DISCLAIMER:  When I visit the US, the vast majority of my time is spent in the DC suburbs and certain would-be draft picks are readily available and therefore not selected.

1ST ROUND:  P & S CHEESE RAVIOLI

This is my crack.

P & S cheese raviolis are my favorite food ever.  As a kid, I would literally get cut off after eating about 2 dozen.  I haven’t had any in probably 3 years.  I once smuggled 10 boxes back to VA…

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