Polanco goes on DL; Madson activated

The good news: the Phils got their closer back. The bad: another bat lands on the DL. Placido Polanco, who had been sitting with a bulging disc since July 5, was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to that date. Taking his roster spot is closer Ryan Madson, which will instantly boost a bull pen … Continue reading Polanco goes on DL; Madson activated

Nats building a World Series team… from the past

The Washington Nationals are well on their way to building a World Championship team… the 2008 champions that is. Washington signed former Phillies left-handed reliever J.C. Romero, the third member of the Phillies 2008 championship squad to join the Nationals this season. In the off season, the Nationals added NLCS hero Matt Stairs to their … Continue reading Nats building a World Series team… from the past

Lee shuts out Marlins 3-0 to complete series sweep

For the third straight start, Cliff Lee was on his game. Lee provided a complete game shutout, and the offense provided enough run support to give the Phillies the 3-0 win. The win completes a four game sweep of the Marlins and extends the Phillies’ winning streak to seven games. The Phillies finished this most … Continue reading Lee shuts out Marlins 3-0 to complete series sweep

This week in Phillies pitching

The Phillies get to start this week with a day off on Monday. With that day off, it will allow them to better prepare for the four-game series home against Florida. With a double-header on Wednesday to make up a rain-out in April and a day game on Thursday, the Phillies will play three games … Continue reading This week in Phillies pitching

Pen nearly collapses in Phils win

7-0 leads are almost insurmountable in the game of baseball. But if it were men’s recreation softball, a 7-run defecit can erase rather easily. And the Phillies bull pen damn near served up the game like a 12-foot arcing lob pitch. The bull pen’s leaking finally stopped and the Phillies held on to win, 7-5, … Continue reading Pen nearly collapses in Phils win

Berkman walks-off Phils

The end was inevitable as it unfolded before our eyes. Danys Baez loaded the bases and got one out in the bottom of the 9th before being replaced by J.C. Romero. But with Lance Berkman’s RBI single, the Cards pulled off the two-game sweep with a 2-1 win. The loss extended the Phillies’ losing streak … Continue reading Berkman walks-off Phils

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

Luck on the Phils side

Everybody at Turner Field knew. Everyone sitting at home knew. Shane Victorino knew. Brian McCann knews and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez knew. It was strike three. It was the pitch that would end the Phillies 7th inning scoring threat and keep them behind Atlanta heading into the bottom half. But home plate umpire Dave Rackley … Continue reading Luck on the Phils side

Shut Out By Committee

You have all heard about “closer by committee.” You know, the thing where a different member of the bull pen will be thrust into the closer’s role depending on match-ups, rest days and other in-game factors. But have you heard of “Shut out by committee?” Well you have now. Kyle Kendrick, who has been pretty … Continue reading Shut Out By Committee

Romero returns

The news has already been out there all day but I figured I’d give a brief recap on the return of J.C. Romero. Romero strained his calf a few weeks ago when fielding a ground ball. He was immediately put on the DL. Today was his first day from being activated and he was immediately … Continue reading Romero returns