Posts Tagged ‘ryan madson’

The Best & Worst of Ruben Amaro Jr. (Part 1: The Best)

October 6th, 2013 by Mike H. | Comments Off on The Best & Worst of Ruben Amaro Jr. (Part 1: The Best) | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies


The fall of 2008 was a happy time for Philadelphia Phillies fans. Jimmy Rollins’ prophecy of being the team to beat had finally come true, and Pat Gillick’s genius shined thru and brought the team’s second world title in franchise history. We were on top of the world. As the future Hall of Famer stepped aside from the game, Ruben Amaro seemed primed to be next in line to take over the reigning World Champions. Since then, Amaro returned the Phillies to the World Series, but luck (and health), has not been on the team’s side. In the meantime, let’s look at the top ten moves the current GM has made to keep this team successful. (more…)

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Offseason Storylines

November 3rd, 2012 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Off-Season Storylines

The way that the new MLB CBA breaks down, the offseason starts bright and early Friday night/Saturday morning at midnight. The Phillies have some work cut out for themselves heading into 2013, with priorities set on centerfield, third base, and the bullpen. With over 135 million committed to just 10 players, the Phillies don’t have much wiggle room as far as big free agent signings can go. The Phillies definitely could/should be active on the trade front, but, as always, the biggest question is: “Who is available versus who is tradeable?”

So let’s take a look at some viable options for the Phillies heading into the 2012-2013 offseason. As we head into this, I’ll give you a little insight as to how I assess players:

  • NL/AL West: I rarely trust pitchers from the left coast. Too many pitcher’s parks that effect their stats, i.e. Chad Qualls.
  • Previous Team: Sometimes being the best player on a bad team doesn’t translate to success on a (potentially) good team.
  • Previous Year: Success and failure the previous year shouldn’t disguise the type of player you’re really getting.


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Ed Wade Discussed Trading Utley, Bourne, and Madson for Barry Zito

February 8th, 2012 by Johnny G | Comments Off on Ed Wade Discussed Trading Utley, Bourne, and Madson for Barry Zito | Filed in General

We can only thank god for sparing us the grief of what would have been a catastrophic hit to the history of the Phillies as we know it. Ed Wade was interviewed by CSN’s Jim Salisbury and here’s what he had to say.

Over the course of my eight years as general manager, there were opportunities to trade a lot of good players for good players in return. There was one deal that probably would have been very, very popular for a very short period of time. I had a conversation with Billy Beane of the Oakland A’s regarding Barry Zito, and if we had acquired Barry Zito at that time at the top of his game it would have been a very popular move. The cost of doing business was Chase Utley, Ryan Madson and Michael Bourn. We said no and the rest is history. The types of decisions we were making at that time, whether it was considering trading Ryan Howard, or keeping that core nucleus of guys, was that there had to be a point where everything fell into place. Fortunately for the ballclub, it fell into place [in 2008]. Unfortunately for me, it fell into place a couple of years after I left.”

If this trade goes through, say goodbye to the 2008 championship. That is the first of probably many team achievements that go down the drain with the addition of Barry Zito. Who said Phillies fans weren’ t lucky?

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Ryan Madson To Sign With Cincinatti

January 11th, 2012 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

The "Bridge to Lidge" heads to the Queen City.

Reports show that the Cincinatti Reds have agreed to terms with free agent, and former Phillies closer, Ryan Madson on a one year deal worth approximately 8.5 million dollars. In his final season in Philadelphia, Madson posted a 4-2 record with a 2.37 ERA and 32 saves. Madson had a strike out rate of 9.2 per nine innings and a walk rate of 2.4 per nine. Madson did not start the season as the closer, but after injuries to Brad Lidge and Jose Contreras, Madson became the primary closer when healthy. So what does his departure mean? More after the jump.


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Madson’s Time To Step Up

April 25th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Madson’s Time To Step Up | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Yet another cog in the Phillies machine needs to be replaced. Jose Contreras was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what is being called a strained right flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow. He will fly back to Philadelphia to see the team physician, Dr. Michael Ciccotti, either late Monday or Tuesday. It has yet to be determined if a MRI has been ordered, but with this type of injury, one definitely will. The MRI will show whether or not there is damage to the ulnar collateral ligament, which can lead to a pitcher’s three most hated words: Tommy John Surgery. If the UCL is damaged, Contreras will be done for the year, and possibly for his career. If it is only a strain of the pronator tendon, Contreras will probably be out 3-5 weeks resting and rehabbing the arm. With both Lidge and Contreras on the disabled list until the end of May, it’s time for Ryan Madson to prove he can close. (more…)

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How Did We Get Here? The Evolution of a Roster

August 31st, 2010 by OD20 | 8 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

When Will We See THIS Again?

There will always be something to complain about.  For years this team didn’t have enough pitching.  The bullpen was a liability.  We have/had no closer.  The bench was horrific.  Players wore down because they didn’t have the pieces to provide rest for the stars. The latest and greatest complaint?  The offense is inconsistent, streaky, strikes out to much, and is just flat out killing us.  We can’t win with this offense… or can we?

Sure some of that is valid.  The offense is down this year.  There are multiple reasons for the lack of offensive production.  There have been a total of 3 months of lost ab’s between the 3 and 4 hole hitter.  Another 2.5 months of lost at-bats between the leadoff man and 2-hole hitter.  When you lose 5.5 months of production from the top 4 hitters in your lineup, there stands to be some regression in terms of total runs scored.


Beyond that, a season long slump from centerfielder Shane Victorino, and what appears to be age related regression from Raul Ibanez have also contributed to what has been a disappointing season offensively for the Phillies.  All in all, this could end up being the first year in the past 8 seasons that the Phillies fail to score 750 runs.  Even if the team managed to average 5 runs per game over the last 31 contests, a feat that seems almost impossible at this moment in time, they would still only manage 752 runs for the season, which represents the lowest total since they scored 710 runs in a sub .500 season in 2002.


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Phillies Vs Diamondbacks- Series Preview

April 23rd, 2010 by Johnny G | 1 Comment | Filed in General

Pitching Matchups:

Cole Hamels (2-1 3.86 ERA) vs. Kris Benson (0-1 3.00 ERA)

Nelson Figueroa (1-1 2.45 ERA) vs. Ian Kennedy (0-1 5.65 ERA)

Kyle Kendrick (0-0 7.24 ERA) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (1-0 3.50 ERA)

After taking two of three from the Braves in Atlanta, the Phillies head out west for a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Obviously, at first glance the Phillies could not have asked for a better time to face the struggling D-backs. They will miss their ace Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson, while facing the horrendous back end of this Arizona rotation. There are some familiar names there with two former Phillies in Kris Benson and Rodrigo Lopez. Kris Benson was signed to a minor league deal two years ago by the Phils but never properly healed from his off-season surgery, leading to his release. Rodrigo Lopez made several starts for the Phillies last year and filled in admirably. Ian Kennedy is a former Yankee farmhand who came over to Arizona in the Curtis Granderson 3-way deal. Cole Hamels will look to build on his successful start last time out, with another solid performance. Nelson Figueroa will step into the rotation now that J.A Happ was placed on the disabled list. He has pitched very well out of the bullpen in his time with the Phillies and hopefully that can continue. Kyle Kendrick will take the hill in the final game of this series after throwing an 8-inning gem against the Atlanta Braves, only to have the lead squandered in the ninth by Ryan Madson. With the way the rotations match-up for this series, anything less than a series win will be pretty disappointing.


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