Game 21: Supporting Joe

The last outing for Joe Blanton wasn’t a glamorous one. The Phillies right-hander was whacked around in a 6-1 loss to the Padres,¬†giving up six runs, three earned, on seven hits. Blanton (1-3, 4.34) will look to bounce back in his fourth start of the season against the Cubs. Not only is Blanton looking to … Continue reading Game 21: Supporting Joe

Bats Go Back In Hiding As Phils Lose to Cubs

Whatever the Phillies did on their day off yesterday they left their bats at home. They came back and dropped the first game of the series to the Cubs, 5-1. You could put some blame on home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor, who called a terrible game like usual but in the end the bats didn’t … Continue reading Bats Go Back In Hiding As Phils Lose to Cubs

Game 20: Keep the Bats Rollin’

The Phillies (9-10) would love nothing more than to develop a consistency at the plate. After an incredibly slow start offensively to the season the Phillies have found themselves scoring 20 runs in the last 19 innings they played. A lot of that can be attributed to Juan Pierre and his .339 batting average from … Continue reading Game 20: Keep the Bats Rollin’

Season Preview: NL Central

Co-written by John Russo and Chris Bengel Expectations: No Pujols, no problem…. wait, you mean we have to rely on Matt Holliday now? Oh crap! Key Addition: OF Carlos Beltran (signed from San Francisco) Key Loss: 1B Albert Pujols (signed with LA Angels) Projected Record: 90-72 Summary:¬†St. Louis knows they lost a huge bat in … Continue reading Season Preview: NL Central

Phils looking at Wood as late-inning reliever

The Phillies are looking to bolster the back-end of their bull pen. By doing so, they are looking in the direction of former All-Star and Cy Young-candidate Kerry Wood. As reported by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnik, the 34-year-old Wood is on the Phillies radar. With Jonathan Papelbon as the Phils closer and the health status of … Continue reading Phils looking at Wood as late-inning reliever

Rule 5 Draft, 2011

The Rule 5 draft is very simple: certain players signed at 18 or 19 are available to be picked up by other teams when they are left off the 40-man roster with at least four or five years within the organization. This year, the Phillies decided not to make a pick in the draft. To … Continue reading Rule 5 Draft, 2011

Phils watch Cuban prospect

The Phillies scouts watched a private workout of a Cuban prospect at their camp in the Dominican Republic today. Yoenis Cespedes is such an interesting prospect that general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. and Pat Gillick both went to watch the center fielder themselves. The Miami Marlins and New York Yankees have already held private work … Continue reading Phils watch Cuban prospect

Gelb: Looks like Sandberg is staying in Lehigh

As the Inquirer‘s Matt Gelb points out, it looks like Ryne Sandberg will not be taking his managerial talents to the Windy City or Bean Town. Sandberg, who managed the Phillies AAA affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs to their first post season appearance last season, could very well be back in Allentown, PA next season. There … Continue reading Gelb: Looks like Sandberg is staying in Lehigh

Zolecki: Cards given permission to interview Pigs’ Sandberg

“Sources: The Phillies have given St. Louis permission to interview Ryne Sandberg for their managerial vacancy,” as Tweeted by MLB’s Todd Zolecki. Sandberg, who managed his first year of AAA ball with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs last season, is on the St. Louis Cardinals radar. In his first season, he led the Pigs to their … Continue reading Zolecki: Cards given permission to interview Pigs’ Sandberg

Bad News Cubs

Somewhere, Morris Buttermaker is laughing at the Chicago Cubs. If Mike Quade isn’t an alcoholic just yet, he may be after today. The Phils offense woke up and start Vance Worley shut down the Cubs in a laugher dubbed “The Bad News Cubs,” 9-1. Carlos Pena was caught kicking the ball and throwing it away … Continue reading Bad News Cubs