Oswalt, Utley and Ruiz look sharp in televised rehab start

Tonight’s Clearwater Threshers game against the Palm Beach Cardinals was anything but usual. Single A Minor League Baseball Games are never televised, like tonight’s game was on Comcast Sportsnet. Single A games never have Jim Jackson and Ricky Bottalico calling the game, and Single A games never have a televised “Post Game Live.” The reason … Continue reading Oswalt, Utley and Ruiz look sharp in televised rehab start

Expect Ryan Madson to Be the Closer of the Future

2010 was a rough year for Ryan Madson. He had five blown saves in ten opportunities; he had blown his first shot at being a closer in the league, and had broken his toe by kicking a chair in frustration. To add insult to injury, Charlie Manuel assigned Jose Contreras as the closer over Madson … Continue reading Expect Ryan Madson to Be the Closer of the Future

KK = Kendrick Kollapse

Charlie Manuel was literally stuck between a rock and a hard place. With only two relievers, Kyle Kendrick and Danys Baez, left in the bull pen, Manuel went with Kendrick in the top of the 12th. Kendrick blew up, allowing three runs on one hit, a handful of walks and errors and some small ball … Continue reading KK = Kendrick Kollapse