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 … Continue reading Season Preview: NL Central

Ex-Phillie Madson to have Tommy John

Tommy John for Madson. Ligament was torn off the bone. #reds — John Fay (@johnfayman) March 24, 2012 If there was any doubt in the Phillies’ minds for opting to sign closer Jonathan Papelbon over Ryan Madson, they have been cleared. Madson, who signed a one-year $8.5 million deal with the Reds after the Phillies … Continue reading Ex-Phillie Madson to have Tommy John

Phils trade Valdez to Reds; get reliever Horst

The Phillies made a trade today, sending utility infielder – and one time reliever – Wilson Valdez to the Cincinnati Reds for left-hander Jeremy Horst, according to Matt Gelb. Horst, 26, had an ERA of 2.93 in 12 games of relief for the Reds last season. Those were the first 12 games of Horst’s career … Continue reading Phils trade Valdez to Reds; get reliever Horst

Phillies sign veteran Willis

It has been confirmed by Matt Gelb that Dontrelle Willis has signed a one-year deal with the Phillies. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick first reported that the Philadelphia were close to a one-year, $1 million-plus deal (including incentives) with the left-hander pending a physical. Willis will be 30 in January. The speculation started last night when Shane … Continue reading Phillies sign veteran Willis

2011 Moments: #1 Baez, Valdez unlikely relief heroes for Phils

The beautiful thing about sports is that you’re never going to know what to expect. As a player, coach or fan, the game is built on mostly skill. But factored into that equation is a thing called luck. Like it or not, the luck factors into the bizarre and the bizarre factors into the shock … Continue reading 2011 Moments: #1 Baez, Valdez unlikely relief heroes for Phils

Phils complete four-game sweep of Reds

It was business as usual for the Phillies. They cruised through another mediocre team, with one minor hiccup, to sweep the Reds with a 6-4 win. It was the first time since May of 1916 that the Phils have swept a four-game series in Cincy. Ryan Howard mashed his 30th home run of the season, … Continue reading Phils complete four-game sweep of Reds

Whatever: Just another game for Cliff Lee

If you could describe tonight’s performance by Cliff Lee, it would be “whatever.” The effortless way Lee retires hitters. The fact that this was just another game for the left-hander, who has bigger things on his mind. Sniffing a ring the last two years has had Cliff Lee breezing through each team he faces this … Continue reading Whatever: Just another game for Cliff Lee

Halladay has day at the dish, on the hill

What do Dan Uggla, Chase Utley, Hunter Pence and Jose Bautista among a handful of others have in common? Each of the four sluggers have fewer RBIs with the bases loaded this season than Roy Halladay. Yes, Roy Halladay. Halladay’s three-run double in the 6th inning highlighted another superb start for the Cy Young candidate … Continue reading Halladay has day at the dish, on the hill

Victorino’s late blast lifts Phils

Shane Victorino may not be high in the discussions for NL MVP but he certainly has been the Phillies most valuable weapon this season. And it showed again in the 8th inning of the Phils 3-2 win last night. Even with hits being scarce against the Reds, that didn’t stop Wilson Valdez from getting things … Continue reading Victorino’s late blast lifts Phils

Series Preview: at Cincinnati Reds

PHI: 83-46, 1st in NL East; CIN: 67-66, 3rd in NL Central When: August 29-September 1 Where: Great American Ballpark (Cincy, OH) Probable Pitchers Monday: Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.62) vs Homer Bailey (7-5, 4.44) Tuesday: Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.56) vs Bronson Arroyo (8-10, 5.02) Wednesday: Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.71) vs Dontrelle Willis (0-3, 4.10) Thursday: … Continue reading Series Preview: at Cincinnati Reds