Archive for May 12th, 2011

Rehab Report

May 12th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Rehab Report | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Thursday night saw Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, and Roy Oswalt take the field in Clearwater for rehabilitation assignments. Utley and Ruiz both got three at-bats in before leaving the game and Oswalt pitched for five innings. Ruiz and Oswalt are expected to return to the team in Atlanta on Friday. Utley will probably make one more start in Clearwater before moving closer to Philadelphia. Let’s take a look at how they did after the jump. (more…)

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Heat move on, Thunder take over

May 12th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on Heat move on, Thunder take over | Filed in Basketball, General

Eastern Conference

There was so much more than met the eye in the Miami Heat’s victory over the Boston Celtics. The combination of age, the physical toll that a series takes on the players, and a clutch performance by King James ultimately doomed the Celtics.

This was the series that the Heat had on their minds throughout the entire season and it could not have played out better for them. Both Dwayne Wade and Lebron James had to deal with their respective teams being eliminated from the playoffs thanks to Boston. For James game 5 against Boston last year was the game that no one will forget. This year he made sure that the Celtics would become the witnesses.

Lebron scored the last 10 points including two huge 3-pointers. He finished with 33 and 7, he shot 5-7 from beyond the arc. Dwayne Wade led everyone in scoring with 34 and 10, rounding out the big three Chris Bosh had 14 and 11.

The Celtics looked extremely sloppy at stretches during game 5, most notably with under six minutes left in the fourth quarter, they couldn’t seem to hold onto the ball. The more opportunities that you give the Heat the more they are going to kill you, especially now that they have figured out how to manage their possessions correctly.

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Lebron goes off and scores the last ten points to send the Celtics packing…..was that clutch enough for you?

May 12th, 2011 by Brandon Pemberton | Comments Off on Lebron goes off and scores the last ten points to send the Celtics packing…..was that clutch enough for you? | Filed in General

Lebron James carried the Heat down the stretch scoring the final 10 points while knocking the Celtics out of the playoffs.

By Brandon Pemberton

www.brandononsports.WordPress.com

All during the regular season people have questioned the Miami Heat’s ability to close out games and they had a legitimate case. At one point during the season the Heat had one of the bottom 5 records in the league in games decided by less then five points or less. Countless times they were unable to hold leads in the fourth quarter and down the stretch most of the shots were taken by Lebron James.

When the Heat decided to bring the trio of Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh together, everyone feed into the instant hype and said they would threaten the Bulls 72 win season from the 95-96 season. I knew they had talent but it would take time to mesh and I really didn’t like their bench on paper. They had a problem early in the season winning games against the top teams in the league and even had a moment after a tough loss where Head Coach Erik Spoelstra said “there were plenty of emotions in the locker room and some crying”.

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Utley Won’t Save This Offense

May 12th, 2011 by AmyMac | 2 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McCormick

The Phillies have the best record in Major League Baseball.  They’re currently 24-12; the Marlins trail by three games in the NL East.  Don’t celebrate just yet.  The Phils also only have 34 extra-base hits with runners on, a slugging percentage that is on the decline, and 156 runs scored (fourteenth in all of baseball).  Where is the offense?

I, for one, am tired of seeing ground balls hit into double plays, runners stranded, and batters swinging at garbage (I’m talking to you, Wilson Valdez.  You were swinging in the dirt last night).  It’s hard to complain when Philadelphia boasts MLB’s best win-loss record, but I’ll do it anyway.  Why?   The NL East may not offer huge competition, but I have a feeling that St. Louis, Cincinnati, Texas and Colorado – all upcoming opponents – will produce better offense.  Aside from the Rockies, each of those teams has scored more runs this season than the Phillies. 

So, what’s the solution?  Please tell me you don’t think Chase Utley will single-handedly save this lineup. 

Utley has begun his rehab and is playing decently well in Clearwater; we hope to see him return to the Phils this month.  That’s fantastic news.  Of course we want our All-Star second baseman back from his long absence.  Will it be enough to turn the offense around?  Doubtful. 

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Looking Ahead: Shortstop

May 12th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Looking Ahead: Shortstop | Filed in General

Could Reyes Replace Rollins?

As we all know, Jimmy Rollins is in the final year of his six year/ $48.5 MM contract. There is a lot of baseball left to be played and Jimmy Rollins has consistently jumped in and out of streaks so far this year. His current line is .283/.370/.372. While his power is down, his onbase percentage is very good compared to his career average of .329. Outside of Tuesday night’s error, Rollins has been more than adequate defensively. At this point, it isn’t known what kind of contract Rollins would be looking for. Considering his age (33 in November) and the questions regarding his health from the last few years, his price tag SHOULD be within the Phillies budget for 2012. The question is should the Phillies be considering cutting ties with the current longest tenured player?

In his weekly appearance on The Fanatic, Jayson Stark discussed how Rollins could be in line for a contract in the neighborhood of 3 years/ $30.0 MM. Stark then brought up the (im)possibility of the Phillies making a run at Jose Reyes in the offseason. The rumor swirling around the league is that Reyes is looking for a contract in the neighborhood of Carl Crawford’s 7 year/$142 MM contract. If that is remotely true, the chances of Reyes dancing his way around the bases at Citizens Bank Park full time are as good as me playing shortstop for the Phillies.

The majority of the free agent shortstops this winter are already on the wrong side of thirty. Outside of Reyes, there aren’t any names that shout, “Get this guy!” There are some decent players available, but I would hope that the Phillies are considering all avenues. Let’s review a few of them after the jump. (more…)

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One Night Only

May 12th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on One Night Only | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Perfect Timing

Yes Phillies fans, for one night only, the residents of Clearwater will get an extra special treat. In addition to some of the top prospects in the Phillies organization, the Threshers will have an ace in thee hole against Palm Beach on Thursday night, three aces in fact: 2B Chase Utley, C Carlos Ruiz, and SP Roy Oswalt will all

Penciled in for Tuesday

be making rehab starts. Most likely Ruiz and Oswalt won’t play more than four or five innings, but Utley should remain in most, if not all, of the game. The Phillies seem to think that no matter what, Ruiz will be activated Friday for the beginning of the series against the Braves. Oswalt is looking to be activated between now and Tuesday as he is the projected starter. For some reason, the Phillies also think that Ut may be activated by the end of next week.

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