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Series Preview: at St. Louis Cardinals

PHI: 22-23, 5th in NL East; STL: 25-19, 1st in NL Central

When: May 24-27
Where: Busch Stadium (St. Louis, MO)

Probable Pitchers
Thursday: Joe Blanton (4-4, 3.74) vs Jake Westbrook (4-3, 2.41)
Friday: Cliff Lee (0-2, 2.66) vs Kyle Lohse (5-1, 2.91)
Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 5.23) vs Jaime Garcia (3-2, 3.55)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58) vs Adam Wainwright (3-5, 4.78)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 8:15, PHL 17
Friday, 8:15, CSN
Saturday, 7:15, FOX
Sunday, 2:15, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Official Phillies v Rollins Post

This will be a running thread to update on the Jimmy Rollins situation.

Dec. 15

6:30 PM — Newly signed pitcher Dontrelle Willis believes his good friend Jimmy Rollins will re-sign with the Phillies.

“He was probably more excited about the deal than I was,” Willis said of Rollins.

Willis and Rollins grew up together in Oakland.

Dec. 14

4:22 PM — Contrary to reports yesterday, the rumor that the Tigers were having negotiations with Jimmy Rollins’ agent were false and that the Tigers don’t have the money to sign Rollins.

Dec. 13

5:09 — Jimmy Rollins’ agent Dan Lozano told the Phillies there is a second team interested in Rollins, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Stark said that the Tigers are believed to be that second team.

Dece. 10

2:30 — St. Louis’ deal with Furcal could reach $14 million over two years.

Phillies are the last logical team in on Rollins.

12:26 — Ken Rosenthal reports that the St. Louis Cardinals are near a deal with short stop Rafael Furcal. If he signs there, it’s another suitor out of the race for Jimmy Rollins.

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Brewers have Rollins on their radar

It isn’t surprising the Brewers are in need of a short stop.

It also isn’t surprising that one of the short stops they are interested in so happens to be Jimmy Rollins. Fortunately for Phils fans, Rollins isn’t the only short stop on the Brewers radar but you’d have to think he’s high on the list.

As I wrote a couple weeks ago, I felt the Brewers were going to make strong pushes for New York Mets’ star short stop Jose Reyes and Rollins this off season so it’s not a surprise that they could “settle” with Rollins when Reyes fell out of their price range.

Milawaukee has also been looking at Clint Barmes and Rafael Furcal as cheaper options as well as Yuniesky Batencourt, who was the Brewers short stop last season.

Rollins is looking for a five-year deal and it’s been reported that no team has made that offer yet nor has any interest in making that offer, including Milwaukee. It’s still believed that Rollins will be back in Philadelphia for a term shorter than five years.

Disappointing End: Carpenter, Cards bounce Phillies from postseason

Phils slugger Ryan Howard writhes in pain after injurying his foot on the last out of the game. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For the second straight season, the Phillies season came down to Ryan Howard and, for the second straight season, Howard was retired for the final out of the Phillies season.

A season, which was record setting, and just flat out thrilling to watch, ended in a flash at the hands of Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals as the Phillies fell 1-0 at Citizens Bank Park.

Here’s how it went down:

The crowd came out in drones and the Phillies looked to make it back to their 4th straight National League Championship series. Roy Halladay was on the mound opposing Carpenter in the biggest game of the season for both teams.

As has been well noted, Halladay struggles in the first inning of starts and Rafael Furcal took note of that fact and led off the game with a triple. Skip Schumaker followed with an RBI double and the Cardinals were in business early with a 1-0 lead. Doc settled down and wiggled his way out of trouble thanks to a heads-up play from Chase Utley and the Phillies kept the damage to a minimum.

Unfortunately, that was all Carpenter would need. He set the Phillies down in order during 3 of the first 5 innings. The Phillies threatened in the 2nd with a 1-out double from Shane Victorino and then again in the 4th before Raul Ibanez flew out to the warning track with runners on the corners. From the 6th inning on, the Phillies only managed two base runners; an Utley single and pinch hitter Ross Gload reaching on a strikeout with a wild pitch.

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Phils Offense Comes Alive to Split Series

After failing to score more than three runs in the first three games of the series, the Phillies offense powered its way past the Dodgers last night to split the four-game series. After winning the first game, Brad Lidge blew the next two games, wasting good starts by Joe Blanton and Jamie Moyer.

In the first game of the series, Cole Hamels went to work once again, this time shutting out the Dodgers on 97 pitches. He got runs from Ryan Howard’s sacrifice fly, Raul Ibanez’s RBI double, and Jayson Werth’s RBI single.

Hamel’s game was such a thing of beauty. He went the distance, striking out five and surrendering four hits and a walk. He also only allowed one runner into scoring position as he got plenty of help from his defense with a pair of double plays early in the game. He mixed his deadly change-up well with fastballs and curveballs to keep the Dodgers hitters off balance.

In the second game, things didn’t go so hot for the Phillies. Moyer was fantastic, going seven innings and giving up two runs on four hits. He also struck out three. Up 3-2 going into the ninth, Lidge put two men on but had two outs. He forced a groundball to Pedro Feliz who booted it to load the bases. Next batter was Andre Ethier who hit the shot over Eric Bruntlett’s head in right field to win it for the Dodgers.

The third game, as Yogi Berra would say it, “was deja-vu all over again.” Holding a 2-1 lead in the ninth, Lidge gave up a home run to pinch hitter Rafael Furcal, his sixth blown save of the season. The ball just barely got past Werth’s out-stretched arm. Chad Durbin would surrender the walk-off homer by Andre Ethier in the 12th.

Last night’s game was a show as the Phillies dominated from start to finish. Antonio Bastardo took the mound for his second career start and pitched a good follow-up performance. He went five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and fanning four. He got the win, starting his career 2-0. He is doing an excellent job at petitioning to the Phillies that they do not need any other help until the deadline.

Charlie Manuel shook up the offense by leading off with Shane Victorino and dropping Rollins down to sixth. It worked well as the offense featured some fire works from homers by Victorino, Carlos Ruiz, and Howard. Chan Ho Park pitched three strong innings in relief, giving up only one hit.

Series MVP’s:
Dodgers: Ethier – 6-16, 2 doubles, 2 homers, 4 RBI’s, 2 walk-off hits
Phillies: Hamels – 9 IP, CG, SHO, 5 K’s, 5 hits

Next Series: @ New York Mets
6/9: Happ (4-0, 2.48); Santana (7-3, 2.00)
6/10: Hamels (4-2, 4.40), Pelfrey (4-2, 4.85)
6/11 Moyer (4-5, 6.27), Redding (0-2, 6.97)

Wolf Dominates Old Team

Last night was just awful to watch. Well the last 6 innings were. The Phillies lost 9-2 and Jamie Moyer got roughed up, lasting only 4.1 innings and gave up 7 runs on 8 hits. The Phillies offense managed to only get 2 runs on 5 hits, both being solo home runs but Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez.

For the first 3 innings, it was going smooth. Rollins hit a solo home run to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning and Moyer pitched 1-hit ball. The it went down hill as Rafael Furcal led off the 2nd with a double, which was followed up by another double by Orlando Hudson, scoring Furcal. The Dodgers then had runners on the corners and Andre Ethier skied what looked like a routine fly ball that just carried over the fence for a 3 run shot, putting LA up 4-1. And when it rains, it pours.

The Phillies only got offense from Rollins, Ibanuez, Carlos Ruiz (2 doubles), and Jayson Werth (reached base all 4 times). Randy Wolf (2-1) schooled his former team, going 6-strong while giving up 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 8. Ryan Howard was absolutely terrible, striking out his first 3 AB’s and then lined out to center.

Three Stars:
-James Loney (3-5, HR, 4 RBI’s
-Matt Kemp (2-4, 2 R, great plays in CF)