Archive for April 20th, 2011

Closer Controversy?

April 20th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Closer Controversy? | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Should Lidge automatically resume his role as closer should he be activated from the DL?

We knew heading into the season that Brad Lidge would not be the closer on Opening Day. We knew that Ryan Madson would be setting up for “interim” closer Jose Contreras. What most of us thought was that Contreras would move back to the 7th inning if and when Lidge was healthy. We also thought that if Lidge could not return as the closer that he would switch roles with Madson in order to gauge Madson’s value beyond 2011. Scott Boras, Madson’s agent, intends on marketing Madson as a closer, yet Madson has not had all that much success in doing so. So far, Contreras has done nothing but dominate in his role. (more…)

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Things to Watch for Tonight in Game 4

April 20th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Things to Watch for Tonight in Game 4 | Filed in Flyers, Hockey

Game 4 Preview

So far every game in this series has been a tight knit battle and don’t expect anything different  tonight. HSBC Arena will be rocking, especially early on, so look for the Sabres to come out firing  early.

It will be tough for Brian Boucher to match the performance that he had in game 3. He needs the  defense to play better tonight.  Boucher’s play will ultimately determine if the Flyers take a three  games to one lead.

Danny Briere, Jeff Carter, and James van Riemsdyk  will score goals tonight.  I would love to see  Briere rip a slap shot over Sabres goaltender Ryan Miler. Briere made a living off of that shot in  the playoffs last year. Jeff Carter will continue his emergence back to an elite player status and van Riemsdyk will be rewarded for his great play so far in this series.

There will be another fight tonight, I’m not sure who the participants will be, but there has been some big hits and some cheap shots taken after plays. This type of gritty play will continue tonight. I’m tempted to say that Carcillo will be the Flyer that gets the 5 minute major, but it could be Hartnell again.


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Minors: Power Delivery, The New “Dutch”?

April 20th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Minors: Power Delivery, The New “Dutch”? | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Domonic Brown is facing live batting for the first time since breaking his hand during Grapefruit League play on March 5th. The Wilmington News Journal has reported that Brown is close to starting his rehab assignment by taking at bats in extended spring training. In his first outing, Brown went 2-for-3 over five innings. GM Ruben Amaro expects Brown to begin his rehab assignment within the next week to ten days. Once he starts playing in minor league games, Brown has 20 days to make his case. If he can hit at a torrid pace, which would most likely be bouncing around Lakewood, Reading, and Lehigh Valley, he may be the power infusion that Charlie is looking for. The only problem is that it makes the lineup that much more left handed heavy.  Brown could potentially inserted into the 6 hole if Ibanez is moved to 3rd, Rollins to lead off or 5th, and Victorino moved to 5th if Rollins moves to lead off.

Elsewhere, 2010 10th-round draft pick Mario Hollands is making a name for himself in his first three starts in Lakewood.  Not expected to be more than a 4th or 5th starting pitcher, Hollands may best be suited in the bullpen in Philadelphia. His stuff isn’t overpowering, but he does have a potential five-pitch arsenal and he has the ability to work himself out of a jamb. In three games so far, Hollands has allowed nineteen base runners in 16.1 innings, but has only allowed two earned runs. A college experienced pitcher, Hollands may be able to be fast tracked as a reliever. Looking at his splits, he definitely has fireman written all over him. In 8.1 innings with no base runners, Hollands has been very hittable, to the tune of an opponent batting average of .342. In 8.0 innings of having runners on, hitters have been less than half as successful, hitting at a .160 clip.

The bases empty average may improve as he progresses to better talent behind him as the Lakewood defense has averaged atleast one error in each of Hollands’ starts.  If he can continue his current level of success, hopefully he can get promoted to Clearwater by the middle of July.

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