Series Preview: vs San Diego Padres

PHI: 61-36, 1st in NL East; SD: 44-55, 4th in NL Central When: July 22-25 Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA) Probable Pitchers Friday: Cole Hamels (11-5, 2.71) vs Corey Luebke (3-3, 2.57) Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.34) vs Mat Latos (5-10, 4.02) Sunday: Roy Halladay (11-4, 2.57) vs Tim Stauffer (6-6, 2.83) Monday: Cliff … Continue reading Series Preview: vs San Diego Padres

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

Worley spectacular as Phils shut out Fish

Shane Victorino was a late scratch for today’s game with a sore thumb. Insert Michael Martinez and his sub .200 batting average and you have an 0-for-3 day in the eight-spot. But Martinez took advantage of his rare start, driving in the lone run Vance Worley needed as the Phils beat Florida, 1-0, Monday night. … Continue reading Worley spectacular as Phils shut out Fish

Lidge nearing first minor league appearence

Remember this guy? Brad Lidge says he is nearing his first minor league stint, good news for the righty and certainly good news for the depth of the Phillies bull pen. Lidge feels his partially torn rotator cuff is well enough for him to begin a rehab assignment. “Honestly,” Lidge said, “my shoulder right now … Continue reading Lidge nearing first minor league appearence

Lidge, Schneider suffer setbacks

It hasn’t been the best day for news today if you’re a Phillies fan. After the shocking news of John Mayberry being sent down with Shane Victorino’s activation, the Phils found out that both catcher Brian Schneider and reliever Brad Lidge both suffered set backs in their rehabs this past week. Schneider’s set back came … Continue reading Lidge, Schneider suffer setbacks

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

Lidge’s timetable close to All-Star Break

Manager Charlie Manuel said that closer Brad Lidge could be out as late as the middle of July. “I’m probably looking at maybe All-Star break, or… just before that,” Manuel said. Original reports from Ruben Amaro, Jr. suggested that Lidge would be out three-to-six week with a right posterior rotator cuff strain. The Phillies bull … Continue reading Lidge’s timetable close to All-Star Break

FACE OFF: Pressure!

Question: Who is under more pressure in the ninth inning with two outs in a clutch situation: the batter or the pitcher? In our inaugural Face Off on Team to Beat, John Russo and Christian Hetrick will battle it out with this tough question. Here are their sides: John: The Batter Game 6 of the … Continue reading FACE OFF: Pressure!