Posts Tagged ‘David Herndon’

Herndon, Savery In, Valdes Optioned

April 4th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Herndon, Savery In, Valdes Optioned | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Raul Valdes sent to AAA

Despite out performing both David Herndon and Joe Savery, the Phillies optioned LHP Raul Valdes to AAA Lehigh Valley. Herndon and Savery will both head west to Pittsburgh to start the season, but who stays and who goes when Jose Contreras comes off the DL?  With Contreras scheduled to be ready around the 10th, both pitchers have just one series to make their case.

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Phillies News & Notes: Pierre, Bullpen, Victorino

April 2nd, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Phillies News & Notes: Pierre, Bullpen, Victorino | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Twice in the last three exhibition games, not only did Juan Pierre start in left field, but he found himself at the top of the lineup. Both games feature Pierre at the lead off, and Jimmy Rollins in the three hole. Pierre is a combined five for eight and Rollins is a combined 0 for five with two walks. Does Manuel stick with long-time lead off man J-Roll or does he go with small ball definition Pierre?

Jose Contreras is looking to start the season on the disabled list. He most likely will be eligible to come of the DL right around Easter so the person to take his spot will most likely be David Herndon or Joe Savery, as both can be optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley once Contreras arrives.

In a piece by super prognosticator Ken Rosenthal, there is a feeling that Cincinatti Reds 2B Brandon Phillips could set the bar for what type of contract Phillies CF Shane Victorino could earn. Both play key defensive positions. Both are offensive stalwarts. Victorino has expressed his desire to remain in Philadelphia, even if it means leaving money on the table.

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Depth Perception

March 31st, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Depth Perception | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

It’s looking more and more like one or both of Jose Contreras and Michael Stutes will start the season on the disabled list. If that is the case, two of Raul Valdes, Joe Savery and David Herndon will be available to pitch next Thursday. Stats thru Saturday:

  • Valdes: 12.2 IP, .200 OBA, 0.95 WHIP, 7:1 K:BB ratio
  • Savery: 8.1 IP, .226 OBA, 1.20 WHIP, 3:1 K:BB ratio
  • Herndon: 15 IP, .271 OBA, 1.20 WHIP, 6:1 K:BB ratio

Valdes should make the team regardless of Contreras’ or Stutes’ status. So, who is more deserving: Savery or Herndon? Herndon and Savery have both been bass ackwards in their splits.


  • vs. LH: 2.2 IP, .333 OBA, 2.25 WHIP, 3:2 K:BB ratio
  • vs. RH: 5.2 IP, .158 OBA, 0.71 WHIP, 6:1 K:BB ratio


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Relief In Sight

March 29th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Relief In Sight | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Lost in the migration were two complientary posts about relief options for the Phillies bullpen as Spring Training starts to wind down. With Scott Elarton and Jake Diekman being reassigned to the minor league portion of camp, the Phillies are left with four candidates vying for two, possibly three spots, in the bullpen. The candidates for the remaining positions are:

  • Michael Stutes: 9.1 IP, .325 OBA, 1.61 WHIP,  11:2 K:BB ratio
  • David Herndon: 13 IP, .260 OBA, 1.15 WHIP, 4:1 K:BB ratio
  • Joe Savery: 6.1 IP, .240 OBA, 1.42 WHIP, 8:3 K:BB ratio
  • Raul Valdes: 10.2 IP, .214 OBA, .0.94 WHIP, 11:1 K:BB ratio

With the success that Valdes is having this spring and the need for a second left handed pitcher in the bullpen, he seems to pretty much be a lock. That leaves Herndon, Stutes, and Savery battling for the final spot(s). With a week to go, expect to see a lot of these three, potentially the first relievers into a game after the starter is pulled.

The pen currently consists of Jonathan Papelbon, Antonio Bastardo, Chad Qualls, and Kyle Kendrick. Jose Contreras is assured a spot, that is if he is healthy enough. Rumors are swirling that Contreras may be pitching in minor league games so that if he does start on the disabled list, it can be retroactive to March 25th. If he isn’t ready to go on April 5th, that will open a temporary spot for one of the remaining pitchers. It is also possible that Contreras doesn’t start the season on the DL, but just unavailable.


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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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Opening Day Observations

April 6th, 2010 by Johnny G | 4 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Halladay in Control

1. Roy Halladay’s command, control, and mound presence may be the best we’ll ever see. Enjoy it.

2. Ibanez does not seem himself still. He is hitting a lot of balls weakly to left, as he was during his horrendous Spring Training. His one hit was a weak , seeing eye single in the hole. Hopefully he can get it together.

3. Polly seems to feel right at home after returning to the NL with 6 RBI’s. His presence in the lineup looks to be a major positive for this team.

4. The Nationals are god awful. (Had to get that off my chest)


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