Posts Tagged ‘Pete Orr’

Phils Tie the Series in AZ

April 25th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Phils Tie the Series in AZ | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McGinnis

During the top of the fourth inning last night, I said, “I have visions of this game being scoreless and going into extras.”  As soon as I finished my sentence, Hunter Pence hit a homerun, which led to Justin Upton doing his best impression of a bratty three-year-old.  Immediately after Pence knocked in two runs, Laynce Nix followed suit, and it was a 4-0 ballgame.  In the 7th, Pete Orr ripped a bases-clearing triple to right field, and in the 8th, Victorino had a solo shot.  Eight runs last night.  Eight.

Well, what was different last night? Was it the change in the lineup that did it? That might be part of it; Galvis needed a break, and Orr answered the call well.  I wouldn’t credit the win to it, though.  It seems to me that when it comes to assembling a lineup, Charlie Manuel throws it against a wall to see what sticks.  If it’s successful, fans think he’s a genius.  If it fails, then we hear from Chris Wheeler about how Charlie took a chance.  In any event, yes, the offense was alive last night.  Momentum traveled from hitter to hitter. Hell, Laynce Nix went 3-3.  Here’s the thing: I don’t think offense was working harder last night; I think they were working smarter.

We’ve all seen the trainwreck games when our lineup swings at anything, hacks away at the first pitch, swings for the fences, and goes nowhere.  Last night, we were able to see a little situational hitting.  Do not misunderstand; I love watching the Phils hit homeruns, and last night, it sure as hell helped.  It seemed as though our offense got the memo, though: When you are at bat, you do what is best to give the team a better chance at scoring runs.  If it means a sac bunt or a sac fly to advance runners, so be it.

Obviously, we wouldn’t have gotten very far last night if it weren’t for a solid outing from Vance Worley.  He let up just one run (I’ll get to the other four in a minute). All of his strikeouts were looking, because that’s how Vance Worley rolls.  Unfortunately, that means a high pitch count.  I wanted him to get through six innings; he did just that.

That, kids, is when Jose Contreras took the mound and tried his best to take a shit all over Worley’s hard work.  Contreras pitched 2/3 of the 7th inning, seeing five batters, and all of a sudden, the D-backs tacked on three runs.  Thankfully, Bastardo was able to secure the last out and get us the hell out of that inning.  Qualls let up a solo homerun to Jason Kubel in the 8th, but it pissed him off, so he struck out the side.  As for the 9th inning, Papelbon did what Papelbon does, and he shut it down.  A win for the Phils, a W for Worley, a save (his sixth) for Papelbon, and we all lived happily ever after.  Until this afternoon, anyway, when my man Cole takes on Trevor Cahill.  The following would be my pre-game speech to the players: Offense, use your heads.  Cole, shut this down.  Bullpen, I hope to God I don’t lay eyes on you.  And … go Phils.

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Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 2 Days

April 3rd, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 2 Days | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

The Phillies are just two days away from starting the 2012 season, and with Chase Utley out for an indefinite amount of time, what exactly does Freddy Galvis have to do to be considered a success. Obviously, Galvis’ game and Utley’s game in his prime are two completely different games and Galvis will probably hit for nowhere near as much power. So what does Galvis have to do? A lot less than you may think.

We need to establish that Galvis isn’t trying to replicate Chase Utley’s 2011 as a base, but that of Utley, Michael Martinez, Wilson Valdez, and Pete Orr, as all four players made up the 162 games at 2B. Without getting too in-depth, the four players hit a combined .239 and got on base at a rate of .309. Granted Galvis has absolutely zero big league experience and he hasn’t really proven he can hit for average consistently, but over the 365 days, Galvis has played AA, AAA, Winter League and Spring Training baseball. In that time Galvis has amassed a line of roughly .270/.320, but as long as he continues his superb defense and hits at least .240/.315, the Phillies will not lose too much at second base.

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Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 10 Days

March 26th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 10 Days | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

So close yet it seems so far away. The Phillies will be heading home next weekend for one last tune up in front of the Philly faithful. Then a week from Thursday, we’ll see Doc square off against the Pirates for  game 1 of 162 for what hopes to end in another parade down Broad St. for the Phillies. Today, in “countdown”, I wanted to look at the remaining offensive jobs left to be filled for the Phillies. The offense isn’t what the fans, or the front office, expected it to look like this close to Opening Day, so let’s take a look at what we have to start 2012. (more…)

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Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 34 Days

March 3rd, 2012 by Mike H. | 5 Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

 

Of all the additions the Phillies made in the offseason, the most notable have to be the ones made to the bench. They brought back a future Hall of Famer in Jim Thome and added a little more versatility in Laynce Nix and Ty Wigginton. The most puzzling move was trading super utility infielder extraordinaire, Wilson Valdez to the Cincinnati Reds for 26-year-old left hander, Jeremy Horst. Valdez has been crucial to the Phillies last couple of years as a stop-gap second baseman, shortstop, and third baseman. While Valdez was known more for his glove and arm than for his bat, he did manage to come thru many times, especially with runners in scoring position. So as we cross the five-week threshold for “Countdown”, let’s take a look at the options as to who might be taking Valdez’ spot on the bench.

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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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