Utley expected to return to lineup Monday

The Phillies, who have gone eight straight games without scoring more than three runs, are about to get some much needed reinforcements. Second basemen Chase Utley will be in the clubhouse for today’s game against the Texas Rangers, and is expected to make his season debut on Monday against the Cincinnati Reds after missing the beginning of the season … Continue reading Utley expected to return to lineup Monday

Phillies fail to score for Cliff Lee. Again.

Same song, different verse. For the sixth straight time, the Phillies failed to give Cliff Lee the run support he needed as they fell to the Cardinals 3-1. Cliff Lee is now winless in his sixth straight start, and the Phillies have now lost a season high three straight games. The feeble Phillies lineup, that … Continue reading Phillies fail to score for Cliff Lee. Again.

Uggla Outscores Phils, 3-2

And the struggles against the Braves continue… Dan Uggla’s line drive home run to left field in the bottom of the eighth broke the 2-2 tie and gave the Braves the 3-2 win on Civil Rights Day. The Phillies have now lost the last two series against the Braves and trail th season series, 5-4. … Continue reading Uggla Outscores Phils, 3-2

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

Oswalt, Utley and Ruiz look sharp in televised rehab start

Tonight’s Clearwater Threshers game against the Palm Beach Cardinals was anything but usual. Single A Minor League Baseball Games are never televised, like tonight’s game was on Comcast Sportsnet. Single A games never have Jim Jackson and Ricky Bottalico calling the game, and Single A games never have a televised “Post Game Live.” The reason … Continue reading Oswalt, Utley and Ruiz look sharp in televised rehab start

Schneider lands on the DL

Update: Brian Schneider has been placed on the 15 day DL. This may be an indication that Carlos Ruiz will be in Philadelphia tomorrow. Original: Catcher Brian Schneider had to leave last night’s 5-3 win over the Marlins with what the Phillies are calling a strained left hamstring. He will be reevaluated during today’s off … Continue reading Schneider lands on the DL

Chase Utley will be on your TV tonight

The Phillies are taking the day off today. But it’s not all rest for some Phillies. At 7PM, Comcast Sports Net will air the Single-A Clearwater Threshers game tonight against the Palm Beach Cardinals. But why is this game on TV? Because Roy Oswalt, Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz are all playing. Yea, that’s right, … Continue reading Chase Utley will be on your TV tonight

Expect Ryan Madson to Be the Closer of the Future

2010 was a rough year for Ryan Madson. He had five blown saves in ten opportunities; he had blown his first shot at being a closer in the league, and had broken his toe by kicking a chair in frustration. To add insult to injury, Charlie Manuel assigned Jose Contreras as the closer over Madson … Continue reading Expect Ryan Madson to Be the Closer of the Future

Utley to make first official rehab start tonight

The Clearwater Bureau of the Daily News reports that second basemen Chase Utley will make his first official rehab start for Class A Clearwater. After going 5-7 with two home runs in an extended spring training game on Thursday, Utley went just 1-7 in another extended spring training game last night. While the bat wasn’t … Continue reading Utley to make first official rehab start tonight

Breaking down the Werth slump

It’s been a rough start of the season for Jayson Werth so far. His team is awful, he’s stuck being the only true star on a lowly team and he hasn’t exactly shot out of the starting gate. Werth is hitting .233 with four homers and seven RBIs. After the failed experiment of having him … Continue reading Breaking down the Werth slump