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Series Preview: vs Houston Astros

PHI: 16-19, 5th in NL East; HOU: 15-19, 4th in NL Central

When: May 14-15
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (3-3, 3.24) vs Lucas Harrell (2-2, 4.58)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (0-1, 2.17) vs TBD

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Season Preview: NL Central

Co-written by John Russo and Chris Bengel

Expectations: No Pujols, no problem…. wait, you mean we have to rely on Matt Holliday now? Oh crap!
Key Addition: OF Carlos Beltran (signed from San Francisco)
Key Loss: 1B Albert Pujols (signed with LA Angels)
Projected Record: 90-72
Summary: St. Louis knows they lost a huge bat in Albert Pujols to the Angels. They also know they are expecting a lot out of Lance Berkman to have a repeat performance of last season as well as Matt Holliday to be the leader of the offense.

That is why St. Louis brought in Carlos Beltran to take some of the strain off Holliday and Berkman this season, hoping the 34-year-old can stay healthy and revive his career in St. Louis.

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Horst can’t hold extra-innings lead

–Even the guy in charge of the stadium music needs Spring Training.–

Domonic Brown was having a helluva bad game defensively in left field. Clearly frustrated again this spring with the high expectations people have for him, he was able to shake off the doubt in timely fashion.

With the scored locked 3-3 heading into the 10th, and most likely final inning, Brown crushed a ball into the wind for a tie-breaking home run with one out. The Phillies tacked on one more and it looked like Brown was going to be a Spring Training hero.

But Jeremy Horst decided to fail probably his only test as a closer, blowing a two-run lead in the bottom half, ultimately giving up the game-winning three-run homer to Brian Bixler as the Astros won, 6-5 at their own complex.

But Horst’s bad pitch aside, it didn’t erase what Brown was able to do at the plate. For it is the plate where Brown’s high expectations come from and not his glove.

Brown finished the day 2-for-5 with the home run in the 10th inning. In the field, Brown was credited for a throwing error on a ball that missed the cut-off man and he also took a poor route to a ball.

Pitching didn’t show up in Phillies loss

 

Dontrelle Willis and Pat Misch have two things in common today: luck wasn’t on their side.

The two lefties were shelled for a combined eight runs, five earned in their combined 2 2/3 innings of work today. The rest was written in the books as the Phillies dropped to the Houston Astros, 10-3.

Vance Worley made his debut. Hoping to avoid a sophomore slump, Worley wasn’t off to as good a start as the Phillies hoped.

Worley allowed two runs on five hits and a walk without striking out a batter. He threw 40 pitches in his outing.

The Phillies offense was practically non-existent. They were shut out until the 8th inning when Lou Montanez drove in two runs on a double. Hector Luna led off the 9th with a solo home run.

The Perfect Season: Lidge will always be defined by 2008

Brad Lidge, who like Tugger, will be remembered for his iconic celebration to close the final game of only the 2nd championship in 130 years of Phillies baseball. (mlb.com/Mary Schwalm)

The phrase “what have you done for me lately” has become somewhat of an anthem for Philadelphia fans.

And rightfully so it may seem, the sense of nostalgia and gratitude come to mind when referencing some of Philadelphia’s most notable athletes.

A little over three years ago, though recent, hardly counts under “lately” but in the case of Brad Lidge, it doesn’t really matter.

What Lidge did during the 2008 season, especially in the closing month of October, will always define his four-year tenure in Philadelphia, regardless how the final three years here played out.

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Phils, Pence in a tug-of-war; Lidge close to signing with Nats

Arbitration is one of the most frustrating parts of the off season. And the Phillies and right fielder Hunter Pence are both finding this out the hard way.

According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, both parties are $2.8 million off their amounts for arbitration.

Pence filed for $11.8 million while the Phillies put in for $9 million. He made $6.6 million in 2011.

This isn’t something new for Pence’s agent, who took Pence and the Houston Astros to arbitration last off season.

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Phils hire Wade

The secret agent of the Philadelphia Phillies has returned home.

Former Astros GM Ed Wade, who pretty much dealt three of the organizations top players at the time to the Phillies during his tenure, was hired by the Phillies.

His role in Philadelphia will be a special consultant in the Phillies operations department. That will include some scouting and assisting in the arbitration negotiations.

Seeing as one remark was already technically made, Wade had this to say to his skeptics who felt the Phillies fleeced Wade in their deals for Brad Lidge, Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence.

“I’m prepared for the remarks that I only traded with the Phillies so Ruben (Amaro, Jr.) would give me a job if I got fired,” Wade said.

MLB News: Astros to AL West in 2013

In a tweet by Matt Gelb under an hour ago, it was brought to some attention that the Houston Astros will be moving to the American League West in 2013.

The two league’s don’t carry an even amount of teams, with the National League boasting 16 teams and AL having 14 to keep a balance within league play. But with the change, the NL Central, which holds six teams, will lose the Astros, who will be going to the four-team AL West.

This move will also create 30 interleague games for teams in 2013.

It will be interesting to see how this move affects interleague play, especially when it comes down to the designated hitter rule. NL teams will now be designing their bench around those 30 games, giving the NL teams either a good fielder to replace a slugger in the line up so they can DH or a designated hitter-type bench player that’s usually used in pinch-hitting situations.

RELEVANT LINKS

CBS has more on the Astros’ apparent move, which will be made official by tomorrow. This is also coming in the wake of a new owner for the Astros coming into fruition. All of this has been talked about the last six weeks.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch weighs in on why this is a good idea for baseball.

2011 Moment: #9 Opening Day Heroics

Phils pinch hitter John Mayberry drives in the game-winning run with a single to score Ben Francisco. (Photo by John Russo)

The fans knew it was over as soon as the ball left John Mayberry Jr’s bat.

Perhaps it was the fact the Phils had the bases loaded with one out that forced Astros center fielder Michael Bourn to play shallow. But the moment Mayberry ripped a screamer to center with the game tied 4-4 in the 9th, the fans knew it was over Bourn’s head and the game was over.

Mayberry’s winner wouldn’t have been made possible if it weren’t for the Phils showing resiliency in their first action of the 2011 season.

Brett Myers had been dominating the Phils through the first seven innings, holding them two only two runs on three hits.

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Halladay makes due with one run

Phils SP Roy Halladay pitches his 8th complete game of the season and first shut out in the Phils 1-0 win. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

If you’re going to give Roy Halladay only one run to work with, he’s going to win with that one run.

The Phils scored two batters into the game but were shut down. But it was all Doc needed to earn his 18th win of the season, and finally posting his first complete game shut out of the year as the Phils beat Houston 1-0 to prevent a sweep.

The Phils clinched a playoff spot with today’s win. It’s the first time in Philadelphia baseball history that a team reached the playoffs five straight years. It is also the fastest a Phillies team has clinched a post season birth. The 1915 Phillies did it in 148 games with far less games to play whereas this team did it in 146 games.

Halladay pitched his 8th complete game of the season, and first shut out, scattering six hits and one walk over his nine innings while striking out six. His gem stopped the bleeding of a three-game losing streak, getting the Phillies out of Houston alive.

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