Archive for June 29th, 2011

Kolb To Get Starting Job

June 29th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Kolb To Get Starting Job | Filed in Eagles, Football

Unfortunately, it won’t be with the Eagles. The former second round pick will no doubt be moved as soon as the lock out is lifted and a new collective bargaining agreement has been signed. The deal is probably already in place as the Eagles are rumored to be looking at another troublesome quarterback to back up the reformed Michael Vick. While not as drastic a rehab project, the QB the Eagles are targeting is former Titans field general, Vince Young. It would be interesting to see Vince Young and Albert Haynesworth, both former Tennessee Titans, be recruited by the Eagles new defensive line coach, and former Titans defensive line coach, Jim Washburn. As we have read, the Eagles have an “aggressive plan” in place once free agency starts, so this should be interesting and soon.

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Looking For Relief

June 29th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Looking For Relief | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

The Phillies own the best record in baseball. They have already taken the first two games from a team that most people think is World Series bound in the Boston Red Sox. They are a staggering 21 games over .500 at the halfway point of the season. The most amazing part is who they are doing it with. Not so much the beginnings as the end of the games though. The Phillies have definitely been a snake bitten team in 2011, and the area in which has seen the most damage has been the bullpen.

Bastardo must be Spanish for "Absolutely Filthy"

In 2010, Brad Lidge was pencilled in to close out games. Ryan Madson was the lights out set up man. J.C. Romero and Jose Contreras were your lefty-right combination for the 6th and 7th innings if needed. Half way thru the 2011 season, Lidge, Madson, and Contreras are all on the disabled list and J.C. Romero was DFA’d. Enter Antonio Bastardo and Michael Stutes.

Both are having break out years and are currently anchoring the Phillies bullpen. Bastardo had been up and down the last two seasons, but is finally breaking out and putting it all together. Stutes was a prime candidate to make the big league roster out of Spring Training, but ultimately was sent to AAA Lehigh Valley to start the season. Despite the great job they are doing, the Phillies will enter the trade deadline market in search of a reliever or two.

One reliever they are keeping their eye on has had success before in a Phillies uniform. He’s been automatic in the playoffs. He’s motivated to prove he’s got “what it takes” as he is potentially a free agent at year’s end, and most importantly, it won’t cost the Phillies a dime. Yes, I am talking about Brad Lidge my friends. Lidge threw a bullpen session Wednesday before the Phillies game and will be likely to throw another one Friday. If all goes well, Lidge could start a rehab assignment shortly after the 4th of July holiday.

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J.C. Romero Signs With Nationals

June 29th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on J.C. Romero Signs With Nationals | Filed in General

Romero signed a minor league deal with the Nationals. The Cardinals were rumored to have interest in the former Phillie as well. Romero will most likely report to AAA Syracuse for a short stint before joining the Nationals. The Phillies will still be on the hook for roughly $900k. Romero is most remembered for his 2008 season with the Phillies

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Riiiiiiiiight

June 29th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Riiiiiiiiight | Filed in General

The game plan for the Phillies on Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox: hit the ball to the right. Hit as close to the line all day. Why? The Red Sox plan to put their everyday DH, David Ortiz, at first base and their everyday first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez, in right field. It looks like Francona is hoping the increased offense can make up for the possible decrease in defense. So hopefully Vance Worley can hold the fearsome Red Sox lineup in check and the Phillies offense peppers the first base line enough to make both players prove the experiment was a success, or for the Phillies’ sake, a failure.

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Lee-thal Weapon

June 29th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Lee-thal Weapon | Filed in General

By now Phillies fans know that Cliff Lee is a pretty good pitcher. I can’t remember a pitcher who was so ambivilent and so successful at the same time. His performance in June not only dropped his ERA to an ace-like 2.66, but all but assured him to be a lock for National LEE-gue Pitcher of the Month. While I don’t expect him to be this dominant the rest of the season, it would be nice to see Lee challenge Hersheiser’s scoreless streak record.

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