Five teams to watch in the 2nd half

With the second half of the 2011 season underway yesterday, division races, Wild Card races and the push for the best record in baseball begin to heat up. With just under 100 games out of the way, five teams jump out as the favorites to make the playoffs and do some serious damage in their … Continue reading Five teams to watch in the 2nd half

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Doc to start All-Star Game

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said there was no better pitcher than Roy Halladay to start for his NL squad in this year’s Mid Summer Classic. That is why Bochy decided Doc will give the NL All Stars two innings of work in tomorrow night’s game in Arizona as his starting pitcher. Halladay was Charlie Manuel’s … Continue reading Doc to start All-Star Game

Pregame Notes July 5, 2011

VICTORINO BACK TO PHILLY — Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino was sent back to Philadelphia to have his right thumb examined. Victorino injured the thumb in Sunday’s loss to the Blue Jays when his cleats caught the turf and he fell awkwardly on his hand. BOCHY DISCUSSES ASG STARTER — On MLB Network Radio, NL … Continue reading Pregame Notes July 5, 2011

Early bombs set tone for Braves

Two poorly-placed, low-velocity sinkers were turned into back-to-back lead off homers for the Braves. That set the pace for Atlanta, who beat the Phillies on a night the Negro Leagues were honored, 5-3. Martin Prado sent Blanton’s first sinker in the mid-80’s over the left field fence to give the Braves a quick 1-0 lead. … Continue reading Early bombs set tone for Braves

Braves power past Phils

The frustration could be felt throughout the entire stadium. It started with Cole Hamels, then drifted to the offense, found its way to the bull pen and left the fans feeling hung out to dry. Hamels couldn’t catch any breaks and the Braves used three homers to take the rubber match, 5-2, and beat the … Continue reading Braves power past Phils

The “Big Three” Is the Story this Series

By John Russo Charlie Manuel knows what he did just put his team in the best position to win. So does Bobby Cox, who knows what it’s like to have a “Big Three” on his roster. “It’s unbelievable,” Cox said before Monday’s game. “Oswalt’s been dynamite ever since he got over here. It’s a good … Continue reading The “Big Three” Is the Story this Series

Hamels is Electric

By John Russo gcsports@sjnewsco.com PHILADELPHIA — Perhaps the playoffs already started for the Phillies. With rally towels waving and the crowd excited like it’s October, the Phils took the first of their critical three-game series with the Atlanta Braves, 3-1, on Monday night behind eight strong innings from starting pitcher Cole Hamels. The win expanded … Continue reading Hamels is Electric

Series Preview: Braves

PHI: 89-61, 1st in NL East ATL: 86-64, 2nd in NL East Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA) Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports Probable pitchers Mon: Cole Hamels (11-10, 3.01) vs. Brandon Beachy (0-0, 0.00) Tue: Roy Halladay (19-10, 2.49) vs. Mike Minor (3-1, 5.84) Wed: Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.90) vs. Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.62) Broadcast Mon: 7:05; … Continue reading Series Preview: Braves

Doc, Dobbs Earn Phils A Huge Win

All Roy Halladay is asking for each start is a little offense. His 2.33 ERA is letting you know that if you score at least three runs, he’ll likely get you a W. Halladay only needed 93 pitches for his seventh complete game of the season as the Phillies won 3-1 to cut their deficit … Continue reading Doc, Dobbs Earn Phils A Huge Win

Swept Again

Comcast Sportsnet had a great poll up but they missed one option. The question: what is the cause of the Phillies’ struggles? A. bull pen inconsistency; B. Cole Hamels’ struggles; C. Raul Ibanez’s absence; D. Jimmy Rollins’ struggles. I would love to add: E. All of the above. The Phillies are 4-14 in their last … Continue reading Swept Again