Gameday Preview: Game 25 Phillies at Braves

The Philadelphia Phillies look to push their winning streak to three games tonight as they face off against the Atlanta Braves at 7:10 Pm EST.

It was great to see the Phillies push across some runs late in the game for the second straight night in a row, it was also great to see them produce those runs off of a really stellar Atlanta Braves bullpen that really does not blow to many ball games when you get late into these games but the Phillies found some way to get it done.

If the Phillies can pull out a victory tonight they can get over the .500 hump for the first time since opening day.

Roy Halladay will take the mound for the Phillies in hope to keep this winning streak chugging along, Doc has a 3-2 record on the season and an impressive ERA of 1.95 this year. Halladay is pitching great it’s just in some of those games he has not had the offensive support which is kind of the story of the season thus far. Halladay has been charged with a loss in his last two outings.

Much as been talked about Halladay’s velocity being down this year but he still getting opponents out and that is really all the counts at the end of the day. Halladay has not allowed a home run this year, he only allowed 10 round trippers last season.

The Phillies bats will face Tommy Hanson, he has a record of 3-2 and an ERA of 3.00 on the season. Hanson has won in his last two outings.

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

83 degrees at game time tonight with a ten percent chance of rain.

Some Injury News

Earlier today Jim Thome was placed on the disabled list with a bad back, the Phillies have recalled catcher Erik Kratz and now have a full bench to work with. Thome is the eighth Phillies player to join the disabled list.

Go Phillies!

Phillies Lineup (12-12)

1. Rollins SS

2. Polanco 3B

3. Victorino CF

4. Pence RF

5. Wigginton 1B

6. Nix LF

7. Ruiz C

8. Galvis 2B

9. Halladay P

RIP Junior Seau

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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?

 

Phillies Take First Two in San Diego

In front of a mostly empty no energy Petco Park in beautiful San Diego California the Philadelphia Phillies take the first two games of this four game series and extend their winning streak at Petco Park to 13 games, the longest streak by any major league club at an opponents ballpark.

The Phillies pushed across three runs in the top of the seventh, in the inning backup catcher Brian Schneider tied the game up with his first hit of the year that brought home one run, the next batter was Jim Thome who pinch hit and he struck out, Juan Pierre came up next and singled a ball to right field that gave the Phillies the first lead of the night.

Cole Hamels started tonight in his hometown, in his return back to the San Diego area he allowed one run off of six hits, he struck four. Hamels was charged with two balks on the night, after the second balk Hamels walked off the mound toward the second base umpire, at that time I really thought Hamels was going to get thrown out of the game but Jimmy Rollins came over to calm down the Phillies lefty and Hamels quickly turned around and headed back to the mound after a few words.

Hamels almost hit a home run in this game, he launched a ball to deep centerfield and it just kept going and I really though it had a chance to go out but at the last moment hit the top of the wall in centerfield for a leadoff double. The Phillies however could not bring him home in that inning.

The umpire calls defiantly did not go the Phillies way tonight, seemed like every single call went the way of the triple a San Diego Padres.

The Phillies would add another in the top of the eighth inning off of a Shane Victorino home run to left field, earlier in the bat Victorino was hit by a pitch but the home plate umpire ruled that he leaned into the pitch, a few pitches later he crushed a ball to left field to give the Phillies a three run lead.

Roy Halladay takes the hill for the Phillies tomorrow afternoon, 5:35 Pm start for tomorrows game out here in San Diego.

Gameday Preview: Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Good Morning everyone and Happy Easter here from the West Coast.

I’m sorry I won’t have a game recap after today’s series finale today because I will be at my other families house probably playing croquet and shooting the shit for a while.

The Philadelphia Phillies play the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon in the series finale at PNC Park in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Both teams have split the first two games of the series.

Vance Worley looks to have some swagger momentum from last year as he takes the hill today for the Phillies, Worley went 12-4 last year as a Phillies starter and was one of those great surprises for this team a season ago.

James McDonald will toe the rubber for the Pittsburgh Pirates, McDonald comes into this game with a career record of 18-20 and an ERA of 4.04. Before joining the Pirates Mcdonald was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jim Thome and Juan Pierre both score a spot in the lineup today, there first starts of the year. Freddy Galvis will try again today to get his first Major League hit.

It’s supposed to be a high of 62 today with some wind in Pittsburgh, 20 percent chance of rain.

Should be a wonderful game three of the series if the Phillies can get some offensive production started, if not then it’s not going to be a very Happy Easter.

Everybody enjoy their day and Lets Go Phillies.

Phillies Lineup

1. Pierre LF

2. Victorino CF

3. Rollins SS

4. Pence RF

5. Thome 1B

6. Wigginton 3B

7. Galvis 2B

8. Schneider C

9. Worley

Pirates Lineup

1. Presley LF

2. Tabata RF

3. McCutchen CF

4. Walker 2B

5. Jones 1B

6. Barmes SS

7. Alverez 3B

8. McKenry C

9. McDonald