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Grandpa goes phishing

Jamie Moyer 9-0 against he the Marlins.

I don’t how to describe him anymore – old, wise, crafty. All cliches. Let’s just say: 8 innings, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk. And a no-hitter into the 6th. Moyer has 237 career wins. I don’t think he’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but I bet he makes it in eventually. He’s a great guy, and I think he deserves it. Never underestimate a player’s personality and how that affects voters.

The Phils offense just wasn’t getting the breaks against he Marlins. 22 men left on base last night! 12 on Wednesday and 14 on Tuesday. Considering the explosion they had the week before, I’ll let it slide. But I hate streaky teams. Consistency is key to success. Explosive or anemic won’t take you very far.

Scott Olsen pitched great for the Marlins. But his best play of the night was probably breaking up Moyer’s no-no with a liner off of Chase Utley‘s glove.

Brad Lidge pitched a much more Lidge-like save, only letting one man on base. Make that 18/18. What’s that Billy?

-Greg Berlin

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Phillies comeback and win again…err, not this time [BEAST-OFF]

I was dotting my I’s when Jimmy Rollins flied out on the first pitch to left and I was crossing my T’s when Shane Victorino grounded sharply to first for the final out. What looked like yet another comeback win was not to be. Marlins win this one 5-4 to open a three game set against the Phils.

Let’s start with the obvious. Brett Myers reverted to fecal matter tonight. After a series of somewhat respectable starts and then finally a great one last week, Myers let up 5 earned runs in only 5.1 innings pitched. 7 hits, 4 walks, 3 strike outs and 3 home runs.

I was beginning to think he was making progress but who knows? One thing is for sure, this team needs STARTING PITCHING. (ATTN: Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro Jr., See: reality, attached). Okay, okay, let’s just blame the heat and move on…

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Marlins Beast (and least) of the Week

The Marlins Beast of the Week is…

Jorge Cantu, 3B. Cantu had a monster of a week, hitting .407, .379, .889 with 3 HR and 7 RBI. He is an important part of the Marlins’ lineup, hitting .287, .340, .494 for the year with 11 HR and 34 RBI.

Runners-Up: Dan Uggla, Justin Miller, Scott Olsen

And the Marlins least of the week is…

Jacques Jones, OF. NL Beast praised the Marlins for picking Jones up off of waivers last month. But Jones has not come through since then, and had a terrible week for the Fish, hitting .083, .214, .083 in 12 at-bats. That won’t help his .153 batting average on the year.

Runners-Down: Ricky Nolasco, Matt Treanor, Jeremy Hermida

And all the men in attendance cringed

This is what happens when Matt Treanor takes a Kevin Gregg fastball where it hurts. Ouch.

 

ESPN power rankings

Completely worthless to interpret anything from.  But the Phils are #2, behind the Cubs.  The Marlins are 7, the Braves 10, the Mets18 and the Nats 26.

-Greg Berlin

Phils go phishing at cbp

The Phillies want first place.  They’re going to have to get it tonight against the Marlins.  Jamie Moyer tries to win the fifth straight for the Phils and continue his strong 45 year old season.  Mark Hendrickson tries to take his surprising season one more game against a blazing Phillies lineup.

It’s the bottom of the lineup truly carrying the Phils though.  Pedro Feliz, Geoff Jenkins, and even Carlos Ruiz (and of course Chris Coste) are contributing.  Time to take it into June.

-Greg Berlin

Matt Lindstrom, future closer?

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com takes a look at Marlins’ hurler Matt Lindstrom, who throws a 100-mph  fastball and looks to ease into the set-up role in the Fish ‘pen this year. In his second year, Lindstrom says he’d like to close some day (of course, the Marlins have a good closer in Kevin Gregg at present).

“That’s something I’d really like to do in my career,” Lindstrom said of eventually closing. “I’d jump at the opportunity. It means a lot. I think first and foremost is to get those innings under me, and learning how to pitch to Major League hitters. Being smarter. A lot of things factor into it. But yeah, I’d love to close one day.”

Lindstrom is 1-0 with a 2.75 ERA and 1.27 WHIP this season. He has walked 8 and struck out 12 in 19.2 innings pitched over 23 appearances and has 5 holds on the year. Formerly a Mets prospect, Lindstrom was traded along with Henry Owens for Adam Bostick and Jason Vargas.