He has neck stiffness. Who knows if that’s true. The Phils have scored 20 yesterday and Pat Burrell didn’t have a hit. Perhaps Charlie Manuel is just giving him a night off after some consistent struggles this month.
I doubt it. Burrell hit 3 homers last week. No one expects his average to be high, and he still walks. Most likely he’s legitimately hurt. Greg Dobbs started in his place.
Oh, and the Phillies are up 7-1 in the top of the 6th. That’s 42 runs over the last three days…
Beast: Pedro Feliz, 3B. Feliz was outstanding this week. He hit .379, going 11 for 29, with two doubles, a home run. Yes, he only had 4 RBIs, but he gets the Beast for having an outstanding May in general. For the month he is hitting .310 with 12 RBIs, a vast improvement over April’s .218. Geoff Jenkins and Shane Victorino also deserve props for excellent weeks. Jenkins hit .381 and Victorino .394, but Feliz plays every day and has had such a stellar May that he deserves the Beast this week.
Oh, did I mention Ryan Howard with 4 HRs and an average of .276 for the week?
Runners Up: Geoff Jenkins, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino
Least: Brett Myers, RHP. I didn’t want to give it to Brett again, but no one else has really had the stand out crappiness that he manages to pull off start after start. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to witness the last two outings, and while they’re not horrendous, they’re nothing close to good either. Brett needs to get away from the team for a couple week. Phantom DL or AAA or personal time – I don’t care. The Phils have lost the last 6 Myers outings and he has a 6.67 ERA in May. Something needs to Happen soon.
Runners Down: Charlie Manuel. I can’t stand these pinch runners every game. So yes, managers are up for beast and least, too.
Posted in NL East, Phillies
Tagged Beast of the week, Brett Myers, Charlie Manuel, Geoff Jenkins, JA Happ, Least of the week, Pedro Feliz, Phillies, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino
Yes, I did think the Phillies would win today. No, I didn’t think Cole Hamels‘ start would yield a 15-6 shellacking. But, after bombs from Geoff Jenkins, Pat Burrell, and Chase Utley, that is exactly what happened. Hamels was off his game today. I’d like to blame the umps delay in the middle of Carlos Lee‘s soon to be three-run jack at bat, but that would be a little too homerish. Hamels simply didn’t pitch well. He seemed constantly behind batters, had a high pitch count early, and his ball to strike ratio was poor compared to usual (85-49 PC-ST). 6 earned runs in 4 innings. Unexpected after a scoreless streak of 19 straight innings. I’m not worried, however. These games happen to the best of them.
Not strong on the mound, Hamels was 2 for 2 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. Go figure. Well, actually, Hamels is hitting .345 on the season (damn!). Hamels RBI hit came in the 4th, making it 5-4 Astros. Michael Bourn added one in the bottom half of the inning, and the game remained extremely frustrating through the 5th.
Come the top of the 6th, the Phils ripped off the chains of frustration that have held them back the last 2 games. 5 runs in the 6th and then 6 in the 7th. Final score, 15-6. In short, did not see that coming.
A couple points of intrigue concerning Charlie Manuel: 1) WHY OH WHY is Carlos Ruiz bunting up 4 runs? Ruiz stuck out on a foul bunt. 2) WHY OH WHY is “Slow” Taguchi pinch running for Pat Burrell? Charlie has got to stop with this. It was the 7th innning and the Phils only had a 2 run lead at that point. I don’t get it. Taguchi ended up waltzing home. Certainly Burrell could’ve done the same. Oh, Cholly.
I’m back to DC tomorrow. Phils are off to Colorado to try to finally win a game against the Rockies, six 7 months late.
By the way, I am not going to miss the Astros. They are an extremely pesky team. Also, that stupid train is only cool until it’s tooting after a Carlos Lee home run.
Posted in NL East, Phillies
Tagged Astros, Carlos Gomez, Carlos Ruiz, Charlie Manuel, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Geoff Jenkins, Michael Bourn, Pat Burrell, Phillies, Rockies, So Taguchi
NL Beast bloggers attended the game tonight, and what a great game it was. It didn’t have a ton of lead changes or great plays in the field; it was just a good old fashion pitchers’ duel.
Jason Bergmann pitched excellently. 7 innings, 5 hits, 5 strikeouts and 3 walks. The Phillies lineup couldn’t get to him and they remained cold after last night’s shutout. Bergmann has gone 7 innings and let up no runs in both of his last two starts. In his last game start ago against the Mets he picked up a win in a 1-0 decision. Tonight, he would not be able to secure the W.
Cole Hamels owned the night. 7 inings, 4 hits, 2 walks, and 11 strikeouts. Few times throughout the night did Hamels look shaky. When he did get in a jam, he calmly pitched his way out. There’s little else to say except that he now has 19 straight scoreless innings. His ERA is down to 2.69 and his WHIP is now at 1.02. He didn’t pick up the win, but he is coming into his own after a somewhat slow start. No longer does he have the one or two tough innings early in the game. Right now for Hamels, it’s lights out from the start. The only question is whether he’ll go 7, 8, or 9 innings.
After Tom Gordon got the job done for Phils in the bottom of the 8th, John Rauch came in for the Nats to try to keep the game scoreless. Pedro Feliz led off with a double, and then was pinch-ran for by Eric Bruntlett. Why, I ask? Is Bruntlett that much faster than Feliz? Feliz certainly is better in the field. Carlos Ruiz laid down a fabulous sacrifice to move Bruntlett to third and Greg Dobbs followed with the lone RBI of the night, a single to center. Dobbs was thrown out on the next play when Shane Victorino flied out to center. From where we were sitting Dobbs looked clearly safe, but it was a good relay and Charlie Manuel, standing right there, did not argue the call.
One run is all the Phillies would need. Despite a good effort by the Nats in the 9th, they could not get past Brad Lidge. A great pitching outing for both teams. Unfortunately both Bergmann and Hamels did not receive a win. They both deserved one.
Posted in Nationals, NL East, Phillies
Tagged Brad Lidge, Carlos Ruiz, Charlie Manuel, Cole Hamels, Eric Bruntlett, Greg Dobbs, Jason Bergmann, John Rauch, Nationals, Pedro Feliz, Phillies, Shane Victorino, Tom Gordon
I had to take this baby out of the garage today since the game’s not on TV. It’s sort of nice listening to the game on the radio. I don’t drive much, so it’s usually tv or nothing for me. I guess a radio broadcast is cool every once in a while. And you still can’t beat Harry’s voice.
2-1 Giants early. Howard has a homer.
4:57: They just mentioned that Charlie Manuel presented Aaron Rowand with his 2007 gold glove before the game today. The guy tries harder than anyone in the league, but he is not deserving of any gold glove. Too many dives and missed balls. Not to mention the potential for injury. Rowand was a great teammate, but I’m not devastated he’s gone.
Mets 5-Diamondbacks 2
One of the better pitching matchups of the year as Johan Santana squared off against Dan Haren in a pitchers’ dual that exploded in the 9th for the Mets. Santana was his classic self, going 6 full innings striking out 8 and walking 4, giving up just 1 earned run. Haren was almost as good, going 6 full giving up 2 runs on 2 hits (one a homer to David Wright in the 4th), striking out 7 and walking 1.
Jorge Sosa picked up the win for the Mets (he’s 4-1, unbelievably) and Billy Wagner notched his seventh save of the season after Arizona 1B Connor Jackson made a crucial throwing error in the top of the 9th that started a 3-run rally for the Mets. Bringing in runs for the Mets were Jose Reyes, Wright, and Marlon Anderson. Chad Qualls took the loss for Arizona. What a statement for the Mets, as they take the series off of the NL-leading D-Backs.
Phillies 6-Giants 5.
Charlie Manuel got his 500th win as the Phils took the game on a San Francisco error in the bottom of the ninth that brought in the winning run. Carlos Ruiz tied the game up in the 8th, allowing Brad Lidge to pick up his first win of the year. Cole Hamels allowed 4 runs on 7 hits through 6 innings, but he did have 5 strikeouts and no walks. Young Giants starter Tim Lincecum was better, surrendering no earned runs in 6 innings of work, striking out 5 and walking 2. But it was errors that would prove costly to the struggling Giants, who drop to 14-18. The Phillies remain a half-game up on New York and Florida.
Marlins 10-Padres 3
The big bats came to play today as Dan Uggla hit an RBI double and a home run to keep the Marlins tied with the Mets for second place in the division. Hanley Ramirez was 2-4 and scored 2 runs, and Matt Treanor was 2-4 with 2 RBIs. Young southpaw Andrew Miller finally pitched well for the Fish, getting his 2nd win and allowing 2 runs on 6 innings of work, striking out 4 and walking 2. Greg Maddux dropped to 2-3, allowing 11 hits for 5 runs, 4 earned, for 5.2 innings of work.
Braves 14-Reds 7
The Braves had 19 hits on the day, outhitting the Reds almost 2:1 and surviving a rocky outing by Tom Glavine. Chipper Jones contributed his fair share with a 3-run home run and a 2-run single. Also coming through big for the Braves were Mark Kotsay who homered and had 3 RBIs and Kelly Johnson, who was 4-6 with 2 RBIs. Glavine lasted just 4.2, surrendering 6 earned runs on 7 hits, striking out 3 and walking 5. Royce Ring picked up his first win of the season for Atlanta. As bad as Glavine was, Reds starter Bronson Arroyo was far worse, pitching just an inning and a third, giving up 7 earned runs. Josh Fogg came in for mop-up duty and didn’t pitch much better, giving up 5 earned runs on 6 hits in 2.2 innings.
Nationals 5-Pirates 2
Tim Redding continued his dominant streak, picking up his 4th win and allowing just 1 earned run on 6 innings of work, striking out 5 and walking 1. He was opposed by Pirates ace Ian Snell, who dropped to 2-2 after allowing 4 earned runs on 10 hits with 2 strikeouts and a walk. Aaron Boone hit his first home run as a National, filling in at third for the day as Ryan Zimmerman ended his Major League leading 205 consecutive game streak. Also driving in runs for the Nats were Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns, Felipe Lopez, and Wily Mo Peña. The Nats are red-hot, having gone 8-3 on the last homestand.
Posted in Braves, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Phillies
Tagged Aaron Boone, Andrew Miller, Austin Kearns, Billy Wagner, Brad Lidge, Braves, Bronson Arroyo, Carlos Ruiz, Chad Qualls, Charlie Manuel, Chipper Jones, Cole Hamels, Connor Jackson, Dan Haren, Dan Uggla, David Wright, Diamondbacks, Felipe Lopez, Giants, Greg Maddux, Hanley Ramirez, Ian Snell, Johan Santana, Jorge Sosa, Jose Reyes, Josh Fogg, Kelly Johnson, Mark Kotsay, Marlins, Marlon Anderson, Matt Treanor, Mets, Nationals, Nick Johnson, Padres, Phillies, Reds, Royce Ring, Ryan Zimmerman, Tim Lincecum, Tim Redding, Tom Glavine, Wily Mo Peña
From David Murphy
…[Rollins’] sprained left ankle, however, continues to cause him pain, meaning he won’t be on a minor league field tonight making his first rehab assignment. In fact, the Phillies still don’t have definite plans for Rollins, other than the day-to-day game of wait-and-see that has lasted more than 3 weeks.
There is some doubt about whether the shortstop will be ready to rejoin the team on Monday, when he is eligible to be activated from the disabled list…
…”I can do the drills all day,” said Rollins, who has been sidelined since April 8, when he sprained the ankle sliding back into second base against the Mets. “They don’t bother me at all. But when you are running full stride and all your weight is coming down and you change directions, that’s a little different story. Once I am able to do that, I am able to play.”
Rollins, who has already had an X-ray and an MRI, said no further tests are planned. He said sometimes the pain in the ankle is sharp. Other times, he said, “it’s just there.”…
…But both the player and the organization continue to proceed with caution. Manuel said he will feel comfortable sending Rollins out on the field when Rollins says he feels 100 percent.
It’s important that the Phillies don’t rush this one. They already screwed it up once.
This news is certainly frustrating. I’d say by next Wednesday we’ll be hearing about Rollins going to James Andrews in Birgmingham, Alabama. That’s always the death knell.