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Phillies vs. Astros Preview

March 30th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Phillies vs. Astros Preview | Filed in General

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros

Citizens Bank Park

April 1-3, 2011

The Phillies open the season against the Houston Astros. In game 1, Roy Halladay matches up against a familiar face in Brett Myers. Myers had a less than stellar spring, going 0-2 with an ERA of 9.00. The former Phil is coming off of his best year in the majors going 14-8 with an ERA of 3.14.

The Astros have five position players who have hit Halladay pretty well in limited atbats. Carlos Lee is the only Astro with more than eight career plate appearances against Halladay. So it is very likely that Halladay gets the best on some of the inexperienced players.


Herndon, Martinez, Orr IN, Stutes OUT

March 30th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Herndon, Martinez, Orr IN, Stutes OUT | Filed in General

After releasing Luis Castillo earlier in the day, the Phillies announced their 25-man roster. Rule V pick, Michael Martinez and Pete Orr will be on Charlie Manuel’s bench. Wilson Valdez is going to be the Opening Day 2B on Friday. Orr and Martinez beat out Delwyn Young and Josh Barfield for the final two spots on the roster. I wonder if the Phillies are going for versatility and defense over offense with these picks. Valdez, Martinez, and Orr collectively can play every position but pitcher and catcher.

The final spot in the bullpen saw David Herndon beat out Michael Stutes. Stutes had a stellar spring with a sub-one ERA. Herndon had a very nice spring and probably got a vote of confidence due to Charlie’s loyalty and Herndon’s presence in 2010. Either way, it looks like the Phillies will have some depth waiting in the wings in Lehigh Valley.

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Phillies Fantasy Preview 2011

March 30th, 2011 by Christian | Comments Off on Phillies Fantasy Preview 2011 | Filed in General

Decent piece, albeit short…

Castillo released

March 30th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Castillo released | Filed in General

Luis Castillo has been released according to a tweet by CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury. Castillo signed a minor league contract with the Phillies after being released by the Mets almost two weeks ago. With the departure of Castillo and the removal of Matt Rizzotti from the 40-man roster, a spot should be open for Rule V pick Michael Martinez. As soon as Utley and Lidge are put on the DL, two more spots should open with one likely going to Michael Stutes.

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Analyse THIS!

March 30th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Analyse THIS! | Filed in General

The Ageless Wonder, Jamie Moyer is set to join ESPN’s Baseball Tonight as an analyst. He will make his season debut on Thursday. Moyer is recovering from Tommy John surgery and still plans to pitch in 2012.


The Rotation in April

March 30th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The Rotation in April | Filed in General

As we all know, you can’t win the division or a playoff spot in April, but you sure as heck can lose one. Even though my team preview has only been out a matter of moments, I’d like to break down how each of the five starters has done in their career in the month of April. We all have high expectations of how we think they will perform, but this will give you an idea of what should happen.

  • Halladay: 57 GS – 28-18 with a 3.88 ERA (7.0 IP, 7 Hs, 1.4 BBs, 5 Ks)
  • Lee: 26 GS – 13-5 with a 2.84 ERA. (6.1 IP, 5.4 Hs, 1.7 BBs, 5 Ks)
  • Oswalt: 50 GS – 21-18 with a 3.42 ERA (6.2 IP, 6.5 Hs, 1.8 BBs, 5 Ks)
  • Hamels: 20 GS – 7-8 with a 4.11 ERA (6.1 IP, 6.3 Hs, 1.8 BBs, 6.2 Ks)
  • Blanton: 26 GS – 7-11 with a 4.62 ERA (6.1 IP, 7 Hs, 1.7 BBs, 3.7 Ks)

The numbers in parentheses are how each start went on average. While Blanton and Hamels have higher ERAs, they both have been pitching better as of late. The stat that sticks out the most to me is the number of innings pitched per start. Each starter has gotten into the seventh inning on average. That’s a good sign to me.

Countdown to Opening Day: 2 Days

March 30th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Countdown to Opening Day: 2 Days | Filed in General

At this point in the season, all the people who know, or think they know, baseball are making their predictions on how the season will go. The last two days of Countdown will be dedicated to that goal. Today, I will try to break down the how the Phillies will fare in 2011. In the final edition of Countdown for 2011, I will make my offerings into how the Phillies will shake out against the rest of MLB, including postseason standings and award winners. So click below the fold and compare my thoughts to your own. (more…)