Series Preview: at San Diego Padres

PHI: 5-7, 5th in NL East; SD: 3-10, 5th in NL West When: April 19-22 Where: PETCO Park (San Diego, CA) Probable Pitchers Thursday: Vance Worley (0-1, 3.75) vs Joe Wieland (0-1, 10.80) Friday: Cole Hamels (1-1, 3.65) vs Edinson Volquez (0-1, 4.24) Saturday: Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17) vs Cory Luebke (1-1, 3.71) Sunday: Joe Blanton (1-2, … Continue reading Series Preview: at San Diego Padres

Season Preview: NL West

Expectations: San Francisco’s payroll may top $130 million in order to pay for Brian Wilson’s beard dye. Key Addition: OF Melky Cabrera (acquired from Kansas City) Key Loss: SP Jonathan Sanchez (traded to Kansas City) Projected Record: 93-69 Summary: The Giants are looking to get back on top of the National League after a disappointing … Continue reading Season Preview: NL West

Phillies sign RHP Qualls

The Phillies are continuing their minor tweaking of the bull pen, adding more depth to an already deep group of pitchers. According to Todd Zolecki, the Phillies signed right-handed reliever Chad Qualls to $1.15 million deal. Qualls, 33, will give the Phillies a top option in the late innings and could become Jonathan Papelbon’s set-up … Continue reading Phillies sign RHP Qualls

Could Madson end up back in Philadelphia?

When Ruben Amaro offered arbitration to Ryan Madson last month, he did not think Madson would still be jobless by the winter meetings. Well that’s the case now and it could wind up hurting the Phillies. Amaro offered arbitration because he knew he would get a nice compensation from whatever team signed him. High draft … Continue reading Could Madson end up back in Philadelphia?

Explosive 3rd gives Doc support

It was another scorcher in Philadelphia, but this time, thankfully not as hot as it was last week in Chicago. Coming off a poor outing mired by heat and a stomach ailment, Roy Halladay needed to bounce back on another hot day in Philadelphia. The right-hander made it to eight innings as the Phillies beat … Continue reading Explosive 3rd gives Doc support

Utley leads Phils over Padres

One swing can change a game. It told the story in the 1st for the Phils. But like any good story, a turn of events occurred as one big swing for the Padres change the tone of the story. But when the going gets tough for the hero, it takes one mighty swing to bring … Continue reading Utley leads Phils over Padres

The mystery behind Howard and SD’s Latos

Philadelphia Inquirer’s own Phils beat writer Matt Gelb recently tweeted that John Mayberry, a right-handed bat, will be playing first base today in place of Ryan Howard. With a right-handed pitcher on the mound, the move makes no sense if you took a quick glance. Howard has been a major leaguer since 2005, and despite … Continue reading The mystery behind Howard and SD’s Latos

Hamels continues dominance against Padres

If there has been one consistency in Cole Hamels’ career, it’s his continued success against teams in the NL West, namely the San Diego Padres. Hamels cruised his way through eight innings, leading the Phils to a 3-1 win over the Padres to start their 10-game home stand and 20 games/20 days stretch. It was … Continue reading Hamels continues dominance against Padres

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

Halladay Cleaning

Easter weekend wasn’t a bad time to get some cleaning done, especially if you’re the Phillies. The Phils grabbed their brooms and shut down the San Diego Padres 3-1 to cap off the four-game sweep in San Diego. Roy Halladay ran into a wall in the ninth, preventing him from getting the shut out. But … Continue reading Halladay Cleaning