Archive for September 24th, 2010

Phillies vs. Mets- Series Preview

September 24th, 2010 by Johnny G | Comments Off on Phillies vs. Mets- Series Preview | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

hmm?

Pitching Matchups:

Joe Blanton (7-6 5.04 ERA) vs. R.A. Dickey (11-7 2.92 ERA)

Kyle Kendrick (10-9 4.78 ERA) vs. Dillon Gee (1-1 1.80 ERA)

Cole Hamels (12-10 2.93 ERA) vs. Patrick Misch (0-4 4.44 ERA)

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Renewed Faith in RAUULLLLLL?

September 24th, 2010 by OD20 | 7 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, Sports

Raul.. but bad Raul – Right arm barred out, he’s already getting extension BEHIND home plate, that is one LOOOONG swing. Thank God It has changed!

I’m going to tell you now, if you are looking for some soft article about an inspiring story, this isn’t it.  This is going to be some serious mechanical analysis, so if you are interested in what these guys are working on day in and day out in the cage, then buckle up – because I wanna dig deep into the swing of RAUUUUUUUL.

There was an interesting article posted on another Philly sports site this morning (I won’t link it, our site is better) and it got into the psychology and the intangibles that have lead Raul Ibanez to hit close to .300 and OPS close to .900 over the last 90 or so games.  Essentially the article emphasized the character of Raul and his approach and philosophy to slumps and staying resilient in the game.

Its all fun, its all fluff, until some almost throw away quotes mid story.  Look, Raul deserves credit.  He’s one of those athletes that “GETS IT”.  He’s a hard worker, he’s not spoiled, he’s humble, he’s hungry to win, and he turned down some chances to be one of the key pieces hitting in the 3-5 spot on some average teams, to come to Philly, hit 6th or 7th and be a complimentary player on a team that has a shot at a ring.  He’s awesome.

What I am interested in, however, is what he’s done mechanically to get from point A to point B.  The article on the other site included a quote from Charlie Manuel about 2/3rds of the way through it about a change that Raul made.

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