Evaluating the Ben Revere Trade

Charlie Manuel wanted a centerfielder who can catch and cover ground, naming Michael Bourn as his first example. Ruben Amaro got his manager the next best thing, and at a much cheaper price than the supposed $18 million a year Bourn wants. The Phillies acquired 24-year-old centerfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins in exchange … Continue reading Evaluating the Ben Revere Trade

Phillies Acquire OF Ben Revere From Twins; Trade Vance Worley, Trevor May

UPDATE – According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, the Phillies have acquired outfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins. In the deal, the Phillies will be sending starting pitcher Vance Worley and top pitching prospect Trevor May to the Twins. Revere will now be the Phillies starting centerfielder. Worley went 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA in … Continue reading Phillies Acquire OF Ben Revere From Twins; Trade Vance Worley, Trevor May

Smokin’ Joe: Blanton Cruises Through Nine; Phils Win

Phillies 6, Twins 1 WP – Joe Blanton (6-6, 4.93) LP – Scott Diamond (5-2, 2.13) MINNEAPOLIS — The Phillies combined pitching and offense for the first time it seems in ages. For the first time in over two weeks, the Phillies had a starter pitch past the 8th inning. It was Joe Blanton who … Continue reading Smokin’ Joe: Blanton Cruises Through Nine; Phils Win

Series Preview: at Minnesota Twins

PHI: 29-33, 5th in NL East;¬†MIN: 24-35, 5th in AL Central When: June 12-14 Where: Target Field (Minneapolis, MN) Probable Pitchers Tuesday: Kyle Kendrick (2-5, 4.44) vs Nick Blackburn (2-4, 7.75) Wednesday: Cole Hamels (8-3, 2.93) vs P.J. Walters (2-1, 4.42) Thursday: Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.40) vs Scott Diamond (5-1, 1.61) Broadcast Info Tuesday, 8:10, … Continue reading Series Preview: at Minnesota Twins

Season Preview: AL Central

Expectations: Prince Fielder hopes to live up to his father’s legacy in the Motor City, and the Tigers hope to snap a near 30-year title drought. Key Addition: 1B/DH Prince Fielder (signed from Milwaukee) Key Loss: DH Magglie Ordonez (free agent) Projected Record: 97-65 Summary: Expecations are very high in Detroit as the Tigers are … Continue reading Season Preview: AL Central

Spring Training: Twins 11, Phillies 7

Carlos Ruiz has been hitting the cover all spring, a small positive note in an otherwise dreary spring for the Phillies. Ruiz went 2-for-3 on the day, pumping his average up to .472 in Grapefruit League play this season. But the Phillies dropped their game, 11-7, the Twins on Wednesday. Vance Worley got the start … Continue reading Spring Training: Twins 11, Phillies 7

Cuddyer in town to meet with Phils

According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, free agent Michael Cuddyer was in Philadelphia today to meet with Phillies officials Cuddyer¬†has left town so no deal is imminent. As Zolecki says, it just means that the Phillies are interested. Cuddyer would fill a wide range of needs. He plays both corner infield and outfield positions. He could … Continue reading Cuddyer in town to meet with Phils

Stark: Phils asked about Thome

The Phillies may not be done at the deadline after all. The feeling of acquiring Hunter Pence is like having the greatest sex in the world. But now, someone is asking for seconds. Jayson Stark, our Phillie-lovin’ reporter over at ESPN, just tweeted sweet nothings into our ears. It would be nice to see Jim … Continue reading Stark: Phils asked about Thome