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:┬áSt. Louis knows they lost a huge bat in … Continue reading Season Preview: NL Central

Spring Training: Phillies 5, Pirates 4; Galvis bruises foot

First thing’s first… Cliff Lee has himself ready for the season, pitching lights out as well as getting his bat up to speed. Lee went six scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and a walk while striking out three in the Phillies 5-4 win over the Pirates. He also doubled in his only hit of … Continue reading Spring Training: Phillies 5, Pirates 4; Galvis bruises foot

Worley strikes out 8; Thome plays 1B

Vance Worley was hittable last week. Today, not so much. In fact, Worley was unhittable against the Pirates. The SoCal righty pitched four perfect innings, striking out eight on the day in the Phillies 4-1 win over Pittsburgh. If Worley wasn’t on a pitch count he would have most likely kept going. After giving up … Continue reading Worley strikes out 8; Thome plays 1B

Phils add Bowker

The Phillies made a move on trade waivers to acquire left-handed hitter John Bowker from the Pittsburgh Pirates after their 9-0 win over Cincinnati last night. To make room for Bowker, the Phils sent reliever Michael Schwimer back down to Lehigh. In 561 career at-bats, Bowker is hitting .237 and has 17 homers. As a … Continue reading Phils add Bowker

The Pence Effect: Howard has big day with Pence behind him

The one thing people thought Hunter Pence was going to bring to the Phils line up was protection for Ryan Howard. Many felt Howard would see better pitchers, knowing he had a better hitter behind him team’s wouldn’t want to pitch around Howard to get to. Whether it held true or not, for one night, … Continue reading The Pence Effect: Howard has big day with Pence behind him

Offense explodes against Pirates

With Hunter Pence on the way, the Phillies pounded out eight runs in the first two innings on their way to an 10-3 win. The first six batters in the inning were able to reach base. Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a walk but was picked off. Domonic Brown singled and was driven … Continue reading Offense explodes against Pirates

Series Preview: vs Pittsburgh Pirates

PHI: 65-39, 1st in NL East; PIT: 54-49, 2nd in NL Central When: July 29-31 Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA) Probable Pitchers Friday: Roy Halladay (12-5, 2.55) vs Charlie Morton (8-5, 3.69) Saturday: Cliff Lee (9-7, 3.05) vs James McDonald (7-4, 3.95) Sunday: Vance Worley (7-1, 2.02) vs Jeff Karstens (8-5, 2.41) Broadcast Info … Continue reading Series Preview: vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Around the MLB 7/27/11

METS, GIANTS CLOSE ON BELTRAN –Well, I think it’s time to let go of the possibility of trading for Carlos Beltran. That’s not so much of a bad thing seeing as the Phils didn’t want to part with any good prospects for a 2 1/2 months rental player. The New York Mets and San Francisco … Continue reading Around the MLB 7/27/11

Series Preview: at Pittsburgh Pirates

PHI: 34-22, 1st in NL East; PIT: 26-28, 4th in NL Central When: June 3-5 Where: PNC Park (Pittsburgh, PA) Probable Pitchers Friday: Cole Hamels (7-2, 3.01) vs Jeff Karstens (3-4, 3.58) Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (3-3, 3.38) vs Charlie Morton (5-2, 2.51) Sunday: Roy Halladay (7-3, 2.56) vs James McDonald (3-3, 4.85) Broadcast Info Friday, … Continue reading Series Preview: at Pittsburgh Pirates