Thursday, July 24, 2014

Here comes D-backs for the weekend

 The Dbacks come to Philly after getting ruffed up in Detroit, They lost 2 of 3 games but swept the Cubs in the series before that

The Diamondbacks have the same record as the Phillies do. That isn't that great especially when the Phillies have a much higher payroll than the D-backs do. The Phillies have the 3rd highest payroll in baseball this year according to the USA Today listing of each team. The Arizona Diamondbacks also are spending money, but about 55-65 million dollars less than the Phillies have spent.

Paul Goldschmidt has all of the top catagories for batters for the Diamondbacks. He is carrying this team and he'll face the Phillies on Friday night and a 4-10 Kyle Kendrick. What happened to Kyle Kendrick? He has been awful all season long, and hasn't found a groove at all.

Cliff Lee gets his second start on Saturday night for this series, I think he'll bounce back from his first game he pitched and was probably a little rusty as he came off of the DL.

Ryan Howard was benched for the afternoon game on Thursday afternoon, he also had a closed door meeting with Ryne Sandberg and had nothing to say about it afterwards.

Who will stay, and who will go is a distracting factor that will dog this team the next two weeks until something happens.

Baseball trivia: What team has the lowest payroll in baseball so far this year?

Answer: The Miami Marlins at just over $41M 

Deja blew

Our old friend Hunter Pence does what he always did. Last night he won the game for the Giants, hitting a bloop hit that sealed the game for the Giants and gave Jonathan Papelbon his second straight night where the Giants have beaten the Phillies at his expense.

Pap still sports a 1.96 ERA though, he just had a couple of tough nights, he still ranks pretty well with 23 saves and an .090 WHIP

Maybe Pence dedicated that hit to Ruben Amaro who traded him to SF for next to nothing. 
This series wraps up today at 1:05 PM for a businessperson's special. This season is getting more difficult to watch for Phillies fans. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Phillies Autograph Signing

Maikel Franco could be the next big Phillies star, and he'll be signing on July 24th at Sports4All

Just wanted to pass along some signing info for some Phillies in the South Jersey area by a local sporting events store.

Check out Maikel Franco and Tommy Greene for an autograph signing session at Sports4All in Westmont, NJ at 108 Haddon Avenue, here's the schedule:

Maikel Franco:   July 24th  - 12 noon to 1:30 PM

Tommy Greene:  July 26th - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Sports4All will also be having other signings through the summer and Fall season, so sign up for their mailing list by sending an email with your name and email address, and add yourself to their mailing list by contacting sports4allsales (at)

Signup with your home address and name which you can send to that email address and receive 2 free Camden Riversharks tickets

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Marlon Anderson returns to Phillies

I know what you're thinking... The old Phillies all are returning to the roost. Well, this headline was a little misleading. Marlon Anderson will be returning to talk about the Phillies. He'll be added to the roster of big league players that comment on the CSN Philly SportsNet on the pregame and postgame shows on the broadcasts starting tomorrow night.

Anderson was with the Phillies for 5 seasons and he joins Ricky Bottalico and Ben Davis for the commentary about the Phillies in their daily schedule of games.

Anderson is 40 years old now, and was a Major League baseball player for 12 years. He was on the Phillies for a period in which the Phillies weren't too good, from the 1998 to the 2002 seasons.

Tune into the broadcasts on Monday night as the Phillies return home to welcome Cliff Lee to the mound and Marlon Anderson talking baseball on the pre-game and post-game shows.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Phils down 6-4 to Braves on return

The Phillies returned to the baseball diamond on Friday night in a rainy humid Atlanta. The first game back from the All Star Break ended in a loss for the Phils.

Something was noticed that needs to be corrected, and it's Jimmy Rollins. A bloop fly ball was hit by Ryan Howard and Rollins barely scored from third base while a charging Chase Utley nearly passed him and he scored from second base. This has been happening a lot this season, Utley is charging so fast, he is nearly catching Jimmy most of the time.

Jimmy needs to play somewhere else where he won't have to run too fast, because especially this season, he just doesn't seem like he has that hustle in him.

Enough is enough, we've seen this for too long from him and if the Phils can't trade him, bench him until he gets the message.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Phillies at the All-Star Break

The Phillies haven't had a very good run so far to the All-Star Break in 2014. The team is 42-53 after 95 games played, there are 67 games left to be played.

 Here's how they have done up to this point as a team statistically for runs scored:

Runs Games Wins Loss W-L%
0 11 0 11 .000
1 10 2 8 .200
2 14 2 12 .143
3 14 4 10 .286
4 10 3 7 .300
5 11 8 3 .727
6 9 7 2 .778
7 7 7 0 1.000
8 2 2 0 1.000
9 3 3 0 1.000
10 2 2 0 1.000
12 1 1 0 1.000
14 1 1 0 1.000
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 7/16/2014.

This stat list kind of tells it all about this team, they have piled up an incredible 30 losses combined when they have only been able to scored from 0-2 runs in a game. They have been shut-out an amazing 11 times already this season.

The Phillies need to put it together and start scoring runs, get players on base and start to move runners and score them. They have been woefully ineffective at this so far this year.

We'll see if the Phils can start getting this simple fact that they need to start scoring more runs.

We've seen some poorly played baseball this year so far as well, you would think with Ryne Sandberg at the helm, this would not be happening.

Moves by this team by the GM, Ruben Amaro, also stand to be looked at, Amaro has been guiding this team into very poor finishes now for several seasons.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Looking at the Phillies and the trade deadline

Grady Sizemore is a player that the Phillies sought out after he was released by the Red Sox, a few years ago, this would have been excellent news

What will the Phillies do after this year's All-Star break. They've been rumored to be sellers, but that was before the team embarked on a 5 game win streak as the All-Star Break is happening.

Is this enough to try to remain optimistic with this year's Phillies team?

Looking at the players that the Phillies could move, and you suddenly have a whole bunch, the Phils could move players and dump salary and start to rebuild this older team with some younger players.

Here's the roster list of Phillies players and a look at a few that could move:

Name Age Contract Status 2014 2015 2016
Cole Hamels 30 7 yrs/$153M (12-18) & 19 team option $22.5M $22.5M $22.5M
Ryan Howard 34 5 yrs/$125M (12-16) & 17 team option $25M $25M $25M
Cliff Lee 35 5 yrs/$120M (11-15) & 16 vesting option $25M $25M $12.5M [FA-*]
Jonathan Papelbon 33 4 yrs/$50M (12-15) & 16 vesting option $13M $13M $0 [FA-*]
Jimmy Rollins 35 3 yrs/$33M (12-14) & 15 vesting option $11M $0 [FA-*] FA
Carlos Ruiz 35 3 yrs/$26M (14-16) & 17 team option $8.5M $8.5M $8.5M
Chase Utley 35 2 yrs/$25M (14-15) & 16-18 vesting option $15M $10M $0 [FA-*]
A.J. Burnett 37 1 yr/$16M (14) & 15 mutual option $15M $1M [FA-*] FA
Marlon Byrd 36 2 yrs/$16M (14-15) & 16 vesting option $8M $8M $0 [FA-*]
Mike Adams 35 2 yrs/$12M (13-14) & 15 team option $7M $0 [FA-*] FA
Kyle Kendrick 29 1 yr/$7.68M (14) $7.67M FA
Roberto Hernandez 33 1 yr/$4.5M (14) $4.5M FA
Antonio Bastardo 28 1 yr/$2M (14) $2M Arb-3 FA
Ben Revere 26 1 yr/$1.95M (14) $1.95M Arb-2 Arb-3
John Mayberry 30 1 yr/$1.59M (14) $1.59M Arb-2 Arb-3
Wil Nieves 36 1 yr/$1.13M (14) $1.12M FA
Tony Gwynn 31 1 yr/$900k (14) $900k Arb-3 FA
Grady Sizemore 31 1 yr/$750k (14) $750k FA
Domonic Brown 26 1 yr/$550k (14) $550k Arb-1 Arb-2
Jake Diekman 27 1 yr/$516k (14) $515.5k Pre-Arb-3 Arb-1
Justin De Fratus 26 1 yr/$513k (14) $513k Pre-Arb-3 Arb-1
Freddy Galvis 24 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-3 Arb-1
Jonathan Pettibone 23 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Arb-1
B.J. Rosenberg 28 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Phillippe Aumont 25 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Darin Ruf 27 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Cody Asche 24 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Ethan Martin 25 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Cesar Hernandez 24 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Cameron Rupp 25 1 yr/$500k (14) $500k Pre-Arb-2 Pre-Arb-3
Koyie Hill 35 Arb
Reid Brignac 28 Arb Arb
Jeff Manship 29 Arb
Luis Garcia 27
Aaron Altherr 23
David Buchanan 25
Ken Giles 23
Mario Hollands 25
Chad Durbin buyout $250k
Payroll (no options) Est. Total Payroll w/o Options (Guaranteed + Arb + Other) $134.4M $100.1M
Payroll (options) Est. Total Payroll w/ Options (Guaranteed + Options + Arb + Other) $164.9M $161.6M
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 7/13/2014.

Just a glance at the top 12 players, gives you plenty of ideas on who could be moved. Is anyone sacred on this list? Meaning that is anyone on this team a keeper, and not to be moved regardless?

Hamels is signed through 2018 at a hefty $22.5M per year, I am not so sure he would have a lot of takers at that salary and the Phillies don't need to subsidize a move by Hamels by paying any of his salary to another team.

Two Phillies starters this season will probably not be back next year, Kyle Kendrick and Roberto Hernandez. The Phillies kind of need to think about pitching for next season.

Ryan Howard would be a player that the Phillies would probably like to deal. Not so sure many teams would be picking him up with his salary with what he is offering right now. Could an injury pop up with a contending team that needs a first baseman, that could change things.

Papelbon probably leads the parade for first Phillies to get moved. He's been really vocal about wanting to leave, but does any team want Papelbon and this alter-ego Ocho Cinco?

We'll see if any of the Phillies better players are moved, will the Phillies get anyone in return for them? That's an important part of trying to rebuild a team as well to get a decent player in return.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - when the Phillies win

This season hasn't gone as planned by the Phillies, they've been in last place for most of the season already. Fans, and people that know baseball wondered what has been wrong with this team. We seem to know that the team is older, but that doesn't mean that they can't play the game.

At times this year, this team has looked anemic, and a team that just can't put the pieces of the puzzle together. They've also looked like a team that can't get the basics of the game down very often. They've looked uncharacteristically sloppy at times.

In between those times that this team has looked poor, there has been glimpses of what this team is capable of. The last three games, the Phillies looked very capable as they have won 3 games against a team that has almost run the table on the NL this season so far.

The Phils have one more game against the Brewers tonight in Milwaukee and then they go home to play the Nationals for 3 games and then most of the team, except Chase Utley, will have a 4-day break for the All-Star Game.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Phillies Talk Podcast: The Baron, Larry Shenk, Interview

 Here's our interview with Larry Shenk, Phillies Vice-President of Alumni Relations and book author of "If These Walls Could Talk - Stories From the Philadelphia Phillies Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box."  We talk to Larry about the many great players that the Phillies have had on the team as well as some names you may never heard of. All this and more on Phillies Talk Podcast with Rich and Jim. Listen to the show on Stitcher Radio

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Sunday Bookshelf: Great Phillies summer read by Larry Shenk

  If These Walls Could Talk is a series of baseball books by Triumph Books, here Larry Shenk authored this Philadelphia Phillies edition with great stories about his 50 years working for the Phillies and being up close and personal with all of the Phillies that made a mark on this fabulous game of baseball and being on the Phillies team.

Larry Shenk was there, he lives, breathes, and works around baseball now and for the last 50 years. It's an amazing accomplishment in itself, but now you can read all about individual stories that Shenk has recalled with some of the most colorful characters to put on a Phillies uniform.

I'll be talking with Larry Shenk about his book on the next edition of Phillies Talk Podcast with my co-host Jim Mulry. So please tune into that show, you'll be able to find it right here on the blog and of course on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and as well.

This is a fantastic summer read about the Phillies, pickup a copy every good books are sold, or you can order it right from the link below with Amazon books!