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Battered by Boston

April 7th, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Battered by Boston | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies, TalkSportsPhilly
Cole Hamels lasted 5 innings in today's opener.

Cole Hamels lasted 5 innings in today’s opener.

 Philadelphia Sports

In Shane Victorino’s first visit in a Red Sox uniform, seats at Citizens Bank Park were packed. Today’s beautiful weather was arguably the best in recent Opening Day history, but sadly, it was more of the same from starter Cole Hamels. Today marked his fifth consecutive season debut loss. Hamels lasted just 5.0 innings; despite his six strikeouts, though, Hamels allowed four homeruns on five hits and three walks.  For those of you who need a little math help, that translates to a 7.20 ERA. He was just no match for Boston’s Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts. Cole’s 100 pitches (64 were strikes) came with a called balk; of course, neither Hamels nor Sandberg  appeared to be happy. To be fair, though, it was Jake Diekman who allowed Hanley Ramirez’s grand slam in his third of the ninth inning. That’s right, folks: Diekman has begun 2015 with a 108.00 ERA.

To rub salt in the wound, Philadelphia’s offense was a no-show.  With just three hits (thank you, Howard, Ruiz, and Sizemore) the Phils’ lineup managed to strand six runners.  Boston’s starting pitcher Clay Buchholz fanned nine over 7.0 innings thanks in large part to the movement in his changeup and his 92-93 mph heater. Admittedly, Philadelphia lacks power in its lineup; however, there was no compensation for that today. The Phils simply must improve their situatiinal hitting and move baserunners. Period.

No one is happier than I am that the season is underway – unless you count Rockies’ new ace Kyle Kendrick, who bagged a win today. I’m expecting a tough season for Philadelphia, and I’m ready to move past Cole’s slow start, but I’m going to need to see some offense. On a side note, there were three highlights to today’s game: 1) Ben Davis sounded right at home in the booth with Matt Stairs and Tom McCarthy, 2) “God Bless America” singer, the lovely and talented Lori McCarty, gave me goosebumps, and 3) Cole’s beard stubble gets an A+ from me (raise your hand if that surprises you at all).


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Deconstructing The Phillies: Corner Infield

October 25th, 2014 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Deconstructing The Phillies: Corner Infield | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Next up in the series is the corner infield positions. What should the Phillies do at the hot corner? Can the Phillies do anything with Ryan Howard? There’s definitely depth at the major league level, but who is the right man for the job? I’m still playing GM and keeping a running tally of the moves and roster spots being taken both in my vision and my counterpart’s. If you’re even remotely intrigued and/or agree with my overhaul, click past the jump to see where I’m going this week. (more…)

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Hanley Handles Hamels

June 3rd, 2012 by AmyMac | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McGinnis

Phils dropped a game to the Marlins yesterday, but it wasn’t from lack of effort.  Cole Hamels, after his second loss this season, took responsibility for the Marlins’ score.  Rightfully so, I’d say, considering he blew a three run lead.  Hanley Ramirez homered off Hamels twice, tacking on three runs.  Interestingly enough, Cole’s other loss this season was to Miami, and it was at Citizens Bank Park.  He is now 8-2 with a 2.81 ERA.  He’s still a standout pitcher, not only in Philadelphia, but throughout MLB.

Although Ricky Nolasco recorded the win, our offense looked pretty good.  In the first inning, we saw Pence and Pierre in a double steal, and Pierre later scored.  Rollins knocked in Polanco in the second; Pence homered in the third and had another RBI in the eighth when he scored Rollins.  It seems that Pence has found his momentum, but in true 2012 fashion, the Phils (namely Wigginton and Rollins) stranded runners.  That, coupled with Ramirez being too much for Hamels, cost us the game.

To be honest, I have mixed feelings about the loss yesterday.  I’m so happy to see our lineup looking like a collaborative effort.  They seem more in sync with one another than they have thus far this season.  At the end of the day, they’re looking better to me.  I’d rather not see the “RISP and fewer than two outs” scenario get blown, but yesterday’s instances weren’t nearly as heinous as they’ve been this season.

On the other hand, it’s a little frustrating to see the Phils come up short in winnable games.  I agree (for once) with Charlie Manuel, who said, “We could’ve definitely won the game.”  Well, yeah, we could have, if Hamels hadn’t spoon fed pitches to Ramirez and our offense had brought runners home.  I can’t complain, though.  I’d much rather see good effort and lose 5-4 than see a dugout full of players who look as if they don’t care much.

A special thank you to Chris Leomporra, who took me to yesterday’s game.  Now that I think about it, if you’re looking for someone other than Hamels or Ramirez to blame for those three runs, Chris is your guy.  He left his seat exactly twice, and each time he returned to find out that Ramirez had homered.  In all seriousness, it was a very fun TSP kind of day at the ballpark, and if anything, I was able to get somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,000 pictures of Cole. I call that a win.

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Marlins’ Cuckoo Nest

April 1st, 2012 by Leo | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General

Which Volcano Will Blow First?

I’d like to congratulate the Florida Marlins for compiling the craziest cast of characters since Jack Nicholson flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  With Jose Reyes, Carlos Zambrano, Hanley Ramirez and Ozzie Guillen all in the same clubhouse, I am looking forward to the fireworks.  Can you say powder keg?

Cast your Vote!


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What’s Going On In the Marlins’ Clubhouse?

March 30th, 2012 by Johnny G | Comments Off on What’s Going On In the Marlins’ Clubhouse? | Filed in Baseball, General

Yes, that is Hanley Ramirez and the newly acquired Jose Reyes sporting what looks like an orange hairdo. I don’t think I want to know what’s going on in there. These two look like they have sugar running through their veins.

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CK’s Random Thoughts…

May 20th, 2010 by Christian | 5 Comments | Filed in General

Bad Move Hanley...

Kudos to the Philadelphia Flyers! Their comeback from zero games to three against the Bruins, and being down 3-0 in Game 7 is one for the ages.

Peter Laviolette’s timeout when they went down 3-0 in Game 7 is one of the most memorable moments I’ve witnessed in sports. His focus and determination were palpable through the television.

The big question is: Can the Flyers defeat the Black Hawks in the Finals?

Ryan Howard has been working on his hitting technique with Barry Bonds. Looks like it’s working. On the season, Howard is batting .309 with 7 HRs and 30 RBIs.. His power numbers are down, but if he can keep hitting for average, the power will come. He usually heats up in July. Just stay away from Barry’s workout program Ryan!


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Pujols Unanimous NL MVP

November 25th, 2009 by Christian | 5 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General

A League of His Own

It’s unanimous – Albert Pujols received all 32 first-place votes in balloting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday, taking the NL prize for the second straight year and third overall.

Pujols hit .327, with 47 HRs and 135 RBIs. He had the best slugging percentage in baseball at .658 and was second in on-base percentage with .443, one point behind AL MVP Joe Mauer.

Florida’s Hanley Ramirez, the NL batting champion, finished second with 233 points, followed by Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard (217) and Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder (203).

Pujols, who also won the award in 2005, became the first player to repeat since Barry Bonds won four in a row from 2001-04. He is the first unanimous MVP since Bonds in 2002.

Pujols is the only player to hit 30 homers in his first nine seasons and has never hit below .314.


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