Posts Tagged ‘Vance Worley’

The 2012 AmyMac Awards

October 2nd, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on The 2012 AmyMac Awards | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

The AmyMac Awards

By Amy McGinnis

As the Phillies’ 2012 season draws to a close, I have some awards I’d like to give.

Best Silver Lining for the End of the Sellout Streak:  We were able to throw some fans-since-2008 bandwagoners overboard this season.

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Phils Take 2 of 3 Against Cards

August 14th, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Phils Take 2 of 3 Against Cards | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Olivia continues to protest the Pence trade.

By Amy McGinnis

This past weekend, the Phils hosted the Cardinals for a three game series at Citizens Bank Park.  Friday night was essentially the Roy Halladay Show, when Doc showed us that when he’s healthy, he’s still a beast.  After the 3-1 win, Chase Utley said, “We wouldn’t have been in that situation if Roy hadn’t pitched the way he did.  The Cardinals have a very good offensive team.  For him to pitch like that against those guys, it tells you something.”  It surely does – it tells us that Doc must be feeling better.

Cliff Lee pitched on Saturday, when the Phils lost 4-1; Lee remains winless at home in 2012.  It seems that 2012 is to Cliff Lee what 2009 was to Cole Hamels (I wonder if the media and fans will get a chance to crucify him for an “I want this to be over” remark.) My favorite part of Saturday’s game, though, was Howard’s at bat in the first inning, and I loved it for a few reasons.  1) He scored Dom Brown, and I’m happy to see #9 back in Philadelphia, 2) Howard is really showing some hustle on the basepath, and 3) Chase Utley slid into second base, effectively making Furcal stumble for a second.  Watching Utley break up a double play like that shows that he really knows how to take control of a play.

On Sunday, I took my three daughters (Ella is 8, Ava is 6, and Olivia is 4) to the afternoon game.  Olivia is still bitter about the events on July 31, so she wore her Pence shirt … and took a nap during innings three through six.  Ella has gotten over Victorino’s move to LA and is currently vying for the position of president of the Dom Brown Fan Club.  As we walked into Citizens Bank Park, I told them that the Phillies should try to be especially aggressive  in the first inning, because Lance Lynn would be most likely to let up runs then.  At the end of the first, after the Phils had tacked on three runs, Ava said, “Thank you for teaching us about baseball, Mommy.  You’re smart about it.”

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Keep Cole, Sell the Rest

July 22nd, 2012 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Keep Cole, Sell the Rest | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McGinnis

After the All-Star Break, the Phils took four of five games, and some of us thought “Sweet baby Jesus, they’re getting their shit together!” As soon as I uttered that sentence (because, clearly, I’m referring to myself when I say “we” are foul-mouthed), Jonathan Papelbon threw the next game right down the crapper.  The evolution of my commentary during Wednesday’s game can be summed up like this: I’m excited to see Lee and Kershaw —> Some runs would be super right about now —> I hope Papelbon is happy when I take him to court for distress and I sue him for $58 kajillion —> So this is what Schilling felt like in ’93.

It took me awhile to shake the rage I felt toward Papelbon, but I let it go in time for Friday night’s game at home against San Francisco.  My youngest daughter Olivia (she’s four) was excited for her very first Phillies game.  She had fun, but wasn’t a fan of Brandon Crawford’s grand slam in the sixth inning.  She told me “Everyone is mad at him,” meaning Crawford.  I replied, “I know, sweetie.  But you know who we’re mad at? We’re mad at Vance Worley.  And we’re mad at Vance Worley because he should know better than to throw every single pitch right down the middle like that, right?” I saved the extensive spewing of expletives for when she was in bed.

Today was a new day.  My man Cole was taking the mound and I was going to forget all about the nightmare from last night.  Right? Not so much.  A few notable moments from today’s game include:

  1. Shane Victorino earned his 1,000th career hit.  (Can he go now?)
  2. Cole Hamels decided to take offense into his own hands and he went yard.  His first ever homerun should have the subtitle, “I Seriously Hope You Don’t Think I’ll Accept Matt Cain Money.” Pay the man, for shit’s sake.
  3. Ryan Howard hit a three run bomb into right-center field. 

While I was very excited to see the Hamels – Cain matchup today, things definitely didn’t turn out the way I had expected.  I figured Cole would hold the Giants to a run or two, and the Phils’ lineup would get mowed down by Matt Cain.  Hamels ended up with this line: 7.2IP 10H 5ER 3BB 6K, and a season-high pitch count.  Phils lost 6-5 in extras, bringing the losing streak to three.  Philadelphia returned from the ASB winning four of five games … then they went right back to pissing me the hell off.  Was this Cole’s last start at home as a Phillie? I don’t know.  Could you blame the man for walking away from this disaster? I realize that I am quite biased, but to be very honest, Hamels is the one player I’d keep at this point.  I’d keep Chooch, too, if he weren’t older than dirt (says the woman who is thirteen days younger than Ruiz).  Keep Cole, give the man whatever he wants, sell the rest, and start over.  That would be my plan.

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Here We Go Again

May 30th, 2012 by Mike H. | 5 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Not again!!

Today the Phillies announced that Doc’s “cranky” shoulder was actually a strained right latissimus dorsi aka lower back. So which is it? Does Doc have a shoulder problem or a back problem? The right lat will sideline the Doc for 6-8 weeks. What happens if the lat is better, but the shoulder is still cranky?

Why does it always seem like the Phillies are ALWAYS trying to hide medical information? We also got updates today on Chase Utley and Ryan Howard from Phillies Assistant General Manager Scott Proefrock. As far as Chase is concerned, it was laid out simply, “”When [Utley] tells us he’s ready to go on a rehab assignment, that’s when he’s going to go.”

Wait.

What?

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Return To Oz?

May 19th, 2012 by Mike H. | 2 Comments | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

Oswalt a Phillie again??

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted Friday that Roy Oswalt recently threw a bullpen for the Phillies. He also went on to report that it is very possible that Oswalt may sign as early as next week.

Now if the Phillies are attempting to bring back Oswalt for a second tour, one of two scenarios seem inevitable. The first is that Vance Worley’s injury is worse than reported. Would it really surprise any Phillies fan that the Phillies would not be entirely truthful about the health of a player.

The second scenario involves a complimentary move. Specifically, trading one of your current pitchers in the starting rotation. There would be no room for Oswalt if Worley is in fact healthy. Right now the only options that will potentially bring back any value are Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton, with Hamels bringing back a better return. Each day (and start) that passes, each pitcher’s value drops a little more. So if the Phillies are in fact close to bringing back Oswalt, a complimentary trade could be announced simultaneously. Which pitcher is involved is the more important question.

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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: 29 Days

March 8th, 2012 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Countdown To Opening Day 2012: 29 Days | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Yesterday saw the spring debut of Vance Worley, and on the surface it didn’t go very well. In two innings, Worley gave up five hits, a walk, two earned runs, a wild pitch, and no strikeouts. Worley is entering his second full season as a member of the Phillies rotation. So what factors led to Worley’s downfall on Wednesday? In today’s “CTOD”, we have a short and sweet edition breaking down Vance Worley. (more…)

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