Friday, March 19, 2010

Grading the Phillies half way through Spring Training -

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 Jason Werth continues his home run hitting ways again this Spring!

               By Richard Baxter
               CLEARWATER - The Spring Training season is well underway now, and it’s time to check in and see how the team is doing through the first half of Spring Training. You can’t say a whole lot about anything yet, but the Phillies are quietly starting to make this an awesome spring by beginning to play as a unified group. The Phils have a record of 8-4 and they have moved up in the standings for the Grapefruit League. The Phils are just below the Atlanta Braves in the standings currently in second place overall in all of the National League teams. In the Grapefruit League, they have moved into third place behind the Tampa Bay Rays, who lead the Grapefruit at an amazing 11-3, and the Atlanta Braves, who occupy second place.
 Chase Utley is having a great spring, he’s batting .438 so far, but so is Ryan Howard at .344 and Placido Polonco, at .346 through the games through last night. Phillies top prospect, Domonic Brown, gave the regulars a run for their money, he recorded a .417 average before he was reassigned to the minors from Spring Training. Domonic amassed 10 hits and had 8 RBI in 24 AB’s when he was sent back down. He really has been a bright star on the field for the Phils so far.

Howard is having a fun laugh with Nick Swisher of the NYY
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 Pitching has seen a lot of improvement by the starters. Roy Halladay is having a dreamy Spring Training at a scorching .090 ERA, and Cole Hamels is doing much better with a 1.69 ERA. Joe Blanton leads the team with 2 wins, but he also has the highest ERA of the starters at 4.09. The bullpen has been striking out batters left and right. Jose Contreras has 8 strikeouts for the ‘pen and Drew Carpenter has 9 SO’s to lead all relievers. For the starters, Halladay leads the team with 14 strikeouts, and Cole Hamels has 9 SO for the team.
 I want to give them an ‘A’ – but I am going to leave some room for improvement, and give them a solid ‘B+' for their efforts so far. Over the weekend, I am going to go stat crazy and post a lot of numbers for you to look at! The stats of Spring!

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