One-on-one battles highlight MVP and Cy Young races

NL MVP Matt Kemp: There have been two bright spots for the Dodgers this season, who are in the middle of a financial rut and baseball abyss. One of those bright spots is Matt Kemp (the other is in the Cy Young race). Kemp is having a Willie Mays-ian season (yes, I compared him to … Continue reading One-on-one battles highlight MVP and Cy Young races

Bull pen falls apart after Hamels’ early exit

Cole Hamels and Jon Lester were cruising through what appeared to be a pitchers duel. But a line drive off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez changed the pace of the game, ending Hamels’ day. The rest was history as Boston won, 5-2, and prevented the sweep in Philadelphia. Gonzalez’s liner rocketed off Hamels’ glove hand. … Continue reading Bull pen falls apart after Hamels’ early exit

Ibanez powers Phils past Boston

For almost a month, Raul Ibanez had failed to hit the ball out of the park. But the 39-year-old snapped an 87-at-bat homerless streak with a solo home run as well as tally three hits in the Phils 2-1 win over Boston, winning them the “World Series Preview” series. Ibanez’s power couldn’t have come at … Continue reading Ibanez powers Phils past Boston

Series Preview: vs Boston Red Sawks

PHI: 49-30, 1st in NL East; BOS: 45-32, 2nd in AL East When: June 28-30 Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA) Probable Pitchers Tuesday: Cliff Lee (8-5, 2.87) vs Josh Beckett (6-2, 1.86) Wednesday: Vance Worley (2-1, 2.83) vs John Lackey (5-6, 7.36) Thursday: Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.49) vs John Lester (9-4, 3.66) Broadcast Info … Continue reading Series Preview: vs Boston Red Sawks

The inevitable bad start

Look what the media and the fans in Philadelphia created: a God-like atmosphere surrounding not just the team but the starting rotation. Baseball fans all over the country expect to see the Phillies starters to go 20-5 each with sub-2.50 ERA’s and seven innings each. This is why I laughed at some of the reactions … Continue reading The inevitable bad start

Hamels is fantastic

Cole Hamels is more than just a #4 starter on in this rotation. He was sharp and efficient as he was able to get four innings of stellar pitching in before he gave way to the bull pen in the Phillies 2-0 win today against the Red Sox Hamels left the game with a 2-0 … Continue reading Hamels is fantastic

Series Preview: Padres

PHI: 70-57, 2nd in NL East SD: 76-50, 1st in NL West Where: PETCO Park (San Diego, CA) Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports Probable Pitchers Fr: Roy Oswalt (9-13, 3.22) vs. Mat Latos (13-5, 2.33) Sat: Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.32) vs. John Garland (13-8, 3.25) Sun: Cole Hamels (7-10, 3.47) vs. Clayton Richard (12-5, 3.55) Broadcast … Continue reading Series Preview: Padres

Homers Hurt Hamels

Cole Hamels had a no-hitter going into the seventh but that was ended abruptly. San Diego’s Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Hairston hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning en route to a 3-1 victory over the Phillies, splitting the four-game series. Hamels pitched eight innings, allowing only two runs on three hits and two … Continue reading Homers Hurt Hamels

Phils Can’t Hold Lead; Lose in 10th

The Phillies squandered a 5-3 lead and then lost in the tenth inning to a score of 6-5, snapping their two-game winning streak. Joe Blanton once again was bad, only going five innings and allowing five runs on 11 hits, striking out three. The Padres homered twice off of Blanton, a two-run shot by Adrian … Continue reading Phils Can’t Hold Lead; Lose in 10th

Series Preview: Padres

Phillies (28-24, 2nd in NL East) vs. San Diego Padres (32-21, 1st in NL West) Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA) Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports Probable Pitchers Friday: Mat Latos (5-3, 3.08) vs. Roy Halladay (7-3, 1.99) Saturday: Jon Garland (6-2, 2.15) vs. Jamie Moyer (5-5, 4.26) Sunday: Kevin Correia (5-4, 4.55) vs. Joe Blanton … Continue reading Series Preview: Padres