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Series Preview: vs Los Angeles Dodgers

PHI: 35-24, 1st in NL East; LAD: 28-32, 3rd in NL West

When: June 6-8
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.94) vs Ted Lilly (4-4, 4.22)
Tuesday: Roy Oswalt (3-3, 2.70) vs Rubby De La Rosa (1-0, 1.80)
Wednesday: Cole Hamels (7-2, 2.83) vs Hiroki Kuroda (5-6, 3.46)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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News Around Baseball 11/22/10

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

VOTTO WINS MVP — To no surprise, the Reds first baseman Joey Votto was awarded the NL MVP award today. Votto received 31 out of 32 possible first place votes (Albert Pujols had the other) to become the first Red to win the award since Barry Larkin in 1995.

Votto put up impressive numbers all season, batting .327 with 37 homers and 113 RBIs. He also slugged an impressive .600 and finished with an OPS of 1.064.

Roy Halladay, who won the NL Cy Young last week, finished sixth in voting. He and Ryan Howard received one second place vote apiece. Jayson Werth was eighth in voting, Howard was 10th, and Carlos Ruiz finished 17th.

LOPES BACK IN LA — Former Phillies first base coach Davey Lopes is going back to LA. Lopes signed with the Dodgers to be their first base coach today.

From 2007-2010, the Phillies finished top in baseball in base running due to Lopes’ expertise at reading pitchers and catchers. He helped turn Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino into some of the biggest threats on the base paths in baseball.

The Phillies replaced Lopes with Juan Samuel over the offseason.

SIZEMORE RUMORS — For the past week, there have been rumblings on MLB XM radio of the Phillies being interested in Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore. The Indians are shopping the 27-year-old around

Sizemore played in only 33 games last season due to injury. He’s a career .272 hitter with 129 home runs. He can give teams a .275 season with 20-25 homers and 75-85 RBIs from the left side of the plate.

 

Samuel to Coach 3rd

The Phils signed former second baseman Juan Samuel to be their third base coach. Former coach, Sam Perlozzo, will fill the void left by Davey Lopes at first.

I was never a fan of Perlozzo at third so this is good news to me. Other than that, carry on with your every day lives. That’s all for today.

Lopes to Not Return

Phillies first base coach Davey Lopes will not return to the Phillies in 2011. It ends Lopes’ four-year tenure as the Phillies first base coach that started in 2007.

The reason for this was because the Phils and Lopes could not agree on terms of salary for the one-year contract for the 65-year old.

“We just had a difference of opinion on what I felt my worth was,” Lopes said by telephone. “That’s all. It was a really tough decision because I loved my time in Philadelphia, I loved working for [manager] Charlie Manuel, and I have the utmost respect for everyone in that organization.

“I got more enjoyment out of winning that World Series in 2008 than I did the one I won with the Dodgers as a player. I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed my time in Philadelphia. I am really going to miss the atmosphere and the passion. The fans were great to me. I went from being a bad guy, a Dodger, to someone they really embraced. I really appreciate that.”

This is pretty crappy news because Lopes was one of the biggest keys to the Phillies base-running success in the past four postseason seasons. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Phils replace Lopes.

Utley Playing Hurt Again?

Chase Utley fields a ball against New York on Thursday. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.

During an interview, first base coach Davey Lopes said the Chase Utley has been playing hurt, dealing with “a little bit of a knee injury.”

The All Star second baseman is batting a horrible .257 on the season, numbers that do not reflect how good of a hitter Utley his. In fact, in the month of June, Utley is batting .187 with only nine hits, seven runs, and two extra-base hits, both doubles. He also has only driven in two runs (26 RBI on the season), a number fans aren’t used to seeing from a player who drives in over 100 runs a season.

It’s not the first time the Phillies tried to keep an injury to a key player under wraps. It also isn’t the first time Utley is attempting to play hurt. In 2008, Utley played all season, struggling down the stretch and into the post season, with a hio injury that required off season surgery. Last season, Raul Ibanez was hampered with a groin injury that affected the way he played after the All Star Break. Brad Lidge’s elbow problems were also at one point kept quiet, leading to his 11 blown saves in 2009.

Hopefully there will be more to follow with what his injury is. If it’s a day-to-day injury, then expect to see Greg Dobbs getting more playing time at third and Placido Polanco at second, another reason Polly was signed.

Offseason news 2/22/10

Lidge ahead of schedule: Closer Brad Lidge is ahead of schedule to be ready to pitch by opening day. He threw off of a mound today, throwing only 20 fastballs. Pitching coach Rich Dubee doesn’t want Lidge throwing any sliders yet. A bull pen session could be in store for Lidge next Thursday.

“[Originally] two weeks behind … I feel like I’m ahead of that now,” Lidge said. “My arm is weak right now but strength is something that comes naturally. I didn’t come out and feel 100% but I didn’t expect that. My lower half is feeling strong. That’s an encouraging sign.”

Lopes not retiring yet: After Todd Zolecki reported on Twitter that Jayson Werth hinted at first base coach Davey Lopes possibly returing after the seaosn. Lopes confirmed that he is not planning to retire yet.

“One of these years I will retire,” Lopes said. “I’ll know when it’s time to go. Is it getting close? Probably so. I’m going to be 65. I’ve been in the game a long time.”

Jesus had a brother named Jayson: Thank you Zolecki for this picture:

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Romero to throw Saturday: Following suit of Lidge’s return to tossing, J.C. Romero will throw from a mound on Saturday as well. Like Lidge, this is good news as the pen hopes to have both of those guys fully healthy for the whole season.

The Phillies Off Season Tracker

This post will be dedicated to all moves regarding the Phillies’ interests, rumors, signings, and other off season moves that have occurred so far during the winter.

Jan. 6: Phillies signed OF Delwyn Young to a minor league contract.

Dec. 27: The Phillies signed J.C. Romero to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

Dec. 17: The Phillies and Dennys Reyes backed out of their agreement on a $1.1 million deal.

Dec. 14: The Phillies signed Cliff Lee to a five-year, $120 million deal at midnight, one year after trading him to Seattle.

Dec. 13: The Phillies have hopped on the Cliff Lee bandwagon, reportedly having made a “spirited late bid” according to ESPN. If the Phillies do get Lee, they will have the scariest rotation in the league.

The Yankees and Rangers have both made generous offers to Lee of seven and six years respectively for over $20 million a year. Are the Phillies willing to pay that much?

Dec. 8: Phillies sign relief pitcher Dennys Reyes to a one-year, $1.1 million contract pending a physical. There is an option for 2012.

Dec. 7: Phillies took Jesus Sanchez and Yohan Flande off the 40-man roster to make room for the Rule 5 draft, tweeted Todd Zolecki.

Dec. 6: The Phillies are not as interested in free agent outfielder Jeff Francoeur as rumored. Guys like Matt Diaz and Scott Hairston are other right-handed bats being thrown around as possible replacements for Werth.

Dec. 5: Jayson Werth signs a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Washington Nationals.

Nov. 24: Jayson Werth is offered arbitration but reliever Chad Durbin is not. Werth is a Type-A free agent.

Nov. 22: Phillies first base coach Davey Lopes signed with the Dodgers.

Nov. 15: Phillies signed Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg to be manager of AAA Lehigh.

Nov. 11: Juan Samuel is signed to coach first base for the Phillies after they failed to negotiate with Davey Lopes.

Oct. 29: Phillies part ways with left-handed starter Jamie Moyer and left-handed hitting infielder Greg Dobbs.

Oct. 26: The Phillies declined their $4.5 million option on left-hander J.C. Romero.

Ibanez Playing Hurt

It was Chase Utley last year who saw a dramatic decrease in productivity in the second half of the season and now this year it was Raul Ibanez suffering the same fate. And like Utley, Ibanez has been hurt for the second half of the season.

From SI.com:

But by the third week in June, Ibañez was suffering from a sore left groin and, unbeknownst to the public, a small but serious muscle tear near his abdomen. On a trip to Toronto he was confronted with an excruciating decision: He could have surgery to repair the tear and miss a large chunk of time, or he could return after a short stint on the disabled list and play his dream season hurt. “We all asked him if he would have the surgery,” Phillies first base coach Davey Lopes says, “and he told everyone, ‘I won’t do that. I’ll do anything but that.'”

One logical explanation as to why Ibanez is risking the rest of his career for this World Series run is his age. He’s been in the league for 17 years and has been on mediocre teams his whole career. I compare this situation with the senior starting goalie for the Rowan women’s soccer team. She is playing with a concussion, separated shoulder, and sprained AC joint. Rowan is ranked 10th in the nation for Division 3 schools and this is her last chance at a championship and she will go all out because it is more important to her than being hurt permanently.

Ibanez sees this as his only shot probably and wants a ring more than anything. That’s the sign of a winner.