Posts Tagged ‘Opening Day’

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.

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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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Matt Stairs Shares Insight, Predictions

April 2nd, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Matt Stairs Shares Insight, Predictions | Filed in General, Interviews, Phillies
Matt Stairs is happy to be back in Philadelphia as part of the Phillies' TV broadcast crew.

Matt Stairs is happy to be back in Philadelphia as part of the Phillies’ TV broadcast crew.

By Amy McGinnis

On Sunday, March 30, a text message appeared on my phone.  “I’m golfing.  Call you in 4 hours or so.” Was this real life? Was I seriously receiving a message from Matt Stairs (on his personal cell phone, no less)? It was, in fact, real life; any nervousness I had had about interviewing Mr. Stairs dissipated as soon as I heard his friendly voice say, “Hi! How are ya?” Apparently, I’ve come a long way since August 14, 2011, when I met Cole Hamels and friends and family placed wagers on how quickly I’d be physically removed by security.

In case you’re unfamiliar with his twenty-year-long career, Matt Stairs played for thirteen teams in  twelve franchises – more than any other position player has.  For those of you keeping track, those thirteen teams are: Expos, Red Sox, Athletics, Cubs, Brewers, Pirates, Royals, Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays, Phillies, Padres, and Nationals. Since he’s been a part of so many different clubhouses, I asked Mr. Stairs what he thinks is the key to good chemistry on a team. “You’ve got 25 different personalities in the locker room,” he told me, “and Ryne Sandberg does a good job keeping things positive.  Players respect him, and he respects them.” He added that “hootin’ and hollerin'” in he clubhouse keep things upbeat; everyone is encouraged to be himself and have fun.

For the past several years, pitching has been a hot topic in Philadelphia, and I asked Mr. Stairs whom he’d be most intimidated to face as a hitter.  “I’m not intimidated by anyone,” he replied, “but it might not be fun to face Cliff Lee.  He can come at you with whatever he wants – cutter, changeup – whatever he wants.” Stairs told me that he also likes righty A.J. Burnett and reliever LHP Mario Hollands.

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Philadelphia Phillies (1-0) at Texas Rangers (0-1)- 8:05 PM EST

April 2nd, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Philadelphia Phillies (1-0) at Texas Rangers (0-1)- 8:05 PM EST | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

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Last season, the 73-89, fourth-place Phillies only managed to score more than 13 runs in a single-game once all season long (which came on June 28th, in a 16-1 win at the Dodgers). They’ve already done it once this season, in just as many games. It’s probably not indicative of what the season will bring in full this year, as far as offensive performances and wins are concerned- not runs, but it was fun nonetheless. Then again, our starting lineup also faced a reliever who was making his first ever Major League start.

To summarize how things went for 27-year old Tanner Scheppers on the mound yesterday; things didn’t go well, or straight either. Scheppers allowed seven, yes seven, earned runs in just four innings of work, with three walks given up and two punch outs. Last year he was fantastic as a reliever for Texas, going 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 76 relief appearances, before taking normally what’s known as Yu Darvish’s spot in the rotation, due to the the latter’s neck injury that’ll sideline him for a bit.

On the other side, ace Cliff Lee didn’t do much better, to many people’s surprises. Lee was tagged for eight earned runs, with 11 hits allowed, and only one strikeout in five innings of work. Lee worked a perfect 1-2-3 first inning before experiencing trouble in the second. Neither team, in fact, scored in the first, yet after two innings they combined for double digit runs. Center field in newly-named Globe Life Park seemed to be a jet stream for balls hit in the vicinity as well.

This was the first time the Phightins scored double-digit runs on Opening Day since 2010, when they won 11-1 over rival Washington.

The win yesterday shows that they’re at least committed, for now, to being a resilient team. It’s imperative that they not only win in general this season, with hopes of competing in the East/NL Wild-Card race, but the close games especially, like they did yesterday. Getting out to a hot start is very important. Last season, they fell behind early and never could catch up. They were 12-15 in April of last year, and fell back 5.5 games of Atlanta, even though the season wasn’t even a fifth completed as of then. Philadelphia can ill-afford to finish not only the way they did in April of last year, but how they did the entire season as well, if people want to keep their jobs.

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Eagles vs Redskins Opening Day Preview

September 8th, 2013 by Leo | Comments Off on Eagles vs Redskins Opening Day Preview | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

So the season opener for the Eagles is finally here. There is a lot of anticipation for the 2013 season with the new coach Chip Kelly at the helm. There was also controversy and competition at the Quarterback position with Michael Vick winning the job over Nick Foles. There was the Riley Cooper controversy over an angry outburst with racial overtones. There was the loss of Maclin to an injury and all of this has left the fans wondering what the Eagles record will be.

From most of the feedback I have heard and the poll TalkSportsPhilly ran, the range for the Eagles record is from 6-10 to 9-7. I personally said it would be 7-9. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Eagles surprised us all with a winning record and a playoff berth under the new coach.

Their first test this year will be against last year’s division winning Washington Redskins led by RG III. The question is will Griffin be affected by his knee injury that caused him to miss preseason. The Eagles plan on playing a healthy RG III and are prepared for that scenario. RG III told reporters that he will not change his style of play because of the injury.

For the Eagles, the question will be how will Vick perform in Chip Kelly’s offensive scheme. This is Vick’s 12th year in the NFL and he has another chance to prove himself to the Philly Fans. The Eagles need to establish a running game with McCoy and Vick needs to stay contained and hit his receivers. The Redskins are planning to put pressure on Vick so the offensive line will be key as well. The Defense needs to contain RG III and keep the points down. If the Eagles can do these things I believe they will win a close one over the Redskins! Lets see.

E-A-G-L-E-S….EAGLES!

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What I want to see in Cleveland

September 8th, 2012 by Hanks Corner | 1 Comment | Filed in Eagles, Football, General

Fly High Eagles!!

Drew Carey might think Cleveland rocks but LeBron James would much rather take his talents to South Beach than to stay in his home town. So why are my son, brother, brother-in-law , nephew and myself going to the mistake by the lake? To see the Eagles win of course but to also see the following things:

Michael Vick to stay healthy for an entire game and play like the Vick from 2010

A quarterback who looks like he understands the game plan instead of just hitting the first receiver and then running

DeSean Jackson to finally shut up about his money and play like a player with no fear like he did the first two years in the league

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Stay Classy, Pittsburgh

April 6th, 2012 by Mike H. | 3 Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Watch Your Back, Murph!

 You gotta love how Philly fans are the worst in the entire universe. Just so you know, this happened during the bottom of the 2nd inning.

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Ryan Howard, No Quick Fix for his Return

February 23rd, 2012 by Leo | Comments Off on Ryan Howard, No Quick Fix for his Return | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Last play of the NLDS, insult added to injury

by Christopher Leomporra

A lot of Phillies fans have been speculating on when the return of Howard will be, especially because Howard has been partially active for spring training this year.  Howard has been taking batting practice and jogging so far and this is an indication that his injury is starting to heal.  If you remember, Howard injured his Achilles at the very end of the 5th game in the National League Divisional Series.  What appeared to be the insult added to the injury for the Phils after the disappointing performance in the playoffs last year.

If you are hoping to see Ryan on the field at the beginning of baseball season this year then you will not get your wish.  Howard did have a successful operation on his injury and recovery has been going good but the reports say he will not be ready until at least May.  He is also expected to make a full recovery and be at 100% when he returns to the field.  I believe it is better not to rush his return and make sure he is completely healed so that he just doesn’t re-injure the Achilles and risk the possible ending of his career.

The Phillies already have a couple of players to fill in during Howard’s absence.  It should be interesting to watch who will become the starter as the Phils get closer to opening day.  The two top contenders for the spot are Ty Wigginton and Jim Thome, with the reports saying Ty is the current favorite.  It certainly will make for some interesting drama at First base this year for the Phillies.

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