Tuesday, August 31, 2010

No Bull! The Phillies 'Secret Food' Has Them Buffaloed

A man tries to escape from a bull during a running of the bulls event of a festival in Huamantla in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala August 21, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
A man tries to escape from a bull during a running of the bulls event of a festival in Huamantla in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala August 21, 2010. REUTERS/Henry Romero (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)



I was just browsing through my latest edition of Philly Magazine, when right in front of me I read about the 'Phils Secret Weapon.' The article in the August 2010 edition is one about nutrition and what some Phillies have done to bring their nutrition up a notch.

You said you had hamburgers for dinner tonight? Well, there is a new meat in town and that is buffalo. Katie Cavuto Boyle, Phillies dietitian, tells of some superstar Phillies who love the bison burger. Chase Utley and Jayson Werth apparently are big fans of the leaner, more digestible, buffalo meat.

Boyle owns a company called, Healthy Bites ToGo. Whatever is in that burger sure most be working for Chase and Jayson.

Read the original article here.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Phils Get Sweep, Lift Hamels To Win

Philadelphis Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins doubled in the 12th inning and scored on a single by third baseman Placido Polanco to win the game with the San Diego Padres 3-2 at Petco Park in San Diego on August 27, 2010. UPI/Roger Williams
Philadelphis Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins doubled in the 12th inning and scored on a single by third baseman Placido Polanco to win the game with the San Diego Padres 3-2 at Petco Park in San Diego on August 27, 2010. UPI/Roger Williams

 

 

Cole Hamels pitched a good game yesterday in San Diego. You wouldn’t know he would have lasted into the game as late as he did though, as he threw more than 50 pitches in the first two innings and then had a smooth game after that. Hamels has pitched solidly in many of the last starts, but the Phillies weren’t hardly scoring runs for him on offense. The offense scored enough for him to get the win on Sunday though.

An interesting moment occured in the dugout when Rich Dubee approached Cole to shake his hand. Cole left Dubee waiting for a handshake as he didn’t want to be taken out of this game, but he soon relented and broke out into a smile and shook Dubee’s hand and several other teammates. Cole had pitched well before into the game, and the bullpen would somehow lose it for him, so he was reluctant to leave the game.

The Phils weren’t an offensive juggernaut on this trip to San Diego, they did run up a few extra runs in the game yesterday with the 5-0 score but Saturday’s win came on 3 hits for the Phillies, when they managed to score 3 runs. It was enough for the Phillies though.

A sweep was what the Phils needed at this time, now it’s onto LA and the Manny-less Dodgers. No more Manny for the Dodgers, and that move bringing Manny didn’t exactly produce the way the Dodgers may have thought, but it may have brought some extra people to the ballpark just to see the future Hall of Famer play. He’s on his way to Chicago now, so the Phillies won’t have to worry about him.

Ryan Howard was on the bench for Sunday’s game, and the move looked like a genius move by Charlie Manuel after his replacement, Mike Sweeny, got the 7th inning two-run home run to give the Phils a 3-0 lead at that point. Howard has hurt the Phillies upon his return after being on the DL. Both he and Utley should have been given a little more time to get back into the groove.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Phillies Rollercoaster on the Way Up!

The new German Rollercoaster in Leipzig, Germany. Photo: Jan Woitas

New German rollercoaster gives patrons a wild ride. Photo: Jan Woitas


Sometimes the Phillies season feels like a rollercoaster. They get swept really solidly at home by a team like the Houston Astros and then go out on the road with that hanging over their heads, and start to win. This is what a long season does to you as a fan. You’re up, you’re down, and you start to get a little exhausted with the streaks that sometimes come out of a baseball season.

The Phillies championship runs of the past few years in the NL East have been just like that. The team isn’t a team that is going out there and dominating every team that they face, in fact, it’s very much a surprise at what you’re going to get from day to day and night to night with them.

When a team like the Pirates, Nationals, or Astros face the Phillies, you just don’t know what you’re going to see. You would guess that the Phillies would be able to put teams like those away fairly easily but the opposite is true most of the time. Remember last season when the lowly Baltimore Orioles came to Philly and swept the Phillies? This is what I mean by ‘the Phillies rollercoaster’. It goes up and then down, and it takes many turns throughout this long baseball season.

Another part of the ‘coaster is the players on the team. You have a couple good fill-in players on the team for the better part of 6 weeks and the team does great. The players on the DL for the Phillies have not really hurt the team as badly as one would think that it did. When the stars who were on the DL (Victorino, Utley, Howard) returned, the Phillies play on the field somehow got worse, and the losses started to pile up. How could this be? Maybe it’s just part of the ‘coaster?

We’ve seen this season turn and turn and spin like a top. Plays like Jimmy Rollins slide to score the winning run in 12 innings on Friday night/morning, very much tells a story about baseball and the Phillies, you can never give up and never count the Phillies out. This team reminds me of the 2008 team that won it all more everyday. They have the pieces of the puzzle to win it all, can they assemble this puzzle to make it all happen in the playoffs and then World Series again? We’ll see.

On Sunday, August 29th, the Phillies are still in 2nd place in the NL East. They are 2 GB from the Braves, even though they lost 4 games in a row at home this past week. September will tell the whole story and it's almost like a new 'mini-season' now as it will be a sprint to the finish line in the NL East.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Phillies Talk Podcast - Swept by the 'Stros

The Houston Astros sweep the Phillies at home at CBP. We talk about the implications of this sweep and how we feel about it. Jimmy is going to a $5 baseball game, find out where on this show. The Phils head out West for a half dozen games with Padres and Dodgers, and then to Colorado for one game. Will they turn the offense on for this trip? Listen to our latest edition of Phillies Talk - with Rich Baxter and Jim Mulry.
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Phils Hope To Avoid Sweep Today

Houston Astros pitcher J.A.Happ delivers a pitch during first inning Houston Astros-Philadelphia Phillies game action in Philadelphia August 25, 2010. Happ, who was just recently traded from Philadelphia to Houston, was credited with the win for Houston. UPI/John Anderson
Houston Astros pitcher J.A.Happ delivers a pitch during first inning Houston Astros-Philadelphia Phillies game action in Philadelphia August 25, 2010. Happ, who was just recently traded from Philadelphia to Houston, was credited with the win for Houston. UPI/John Anderson

 



 

The Houston Astros are a scrappy ballclub. They’ve beaten the Phillies in three games already in the four game series. This afternoon, the Phillies will hope to avoid being swept by the Astros at home.

Larry Anderson, Phillies radio broadcaster, quipped last night that is was the ‘Phillies of the South vs The Phillies of the East”. He’s not too far off base with that comment, but the sad fact is that the real Phillies have now lost three games in a row. The Atlanta Braves also lost last night, they got swept in a three game series with Colorado, but the Phillies couldn’t capitalize on this, as they are losing themselves.

  On August 12th, Shane Victorino was activated from the DL by the Phillies, five days later on the 17th of August, Chase Utley was activated from the DL, and on August 21st, Ryan Howard was activated from the DL. Since the return of Shane Victorino, the Phillies have gone 7-6. The Phillies started the month of August off being red hot, without the Phillies players above that were still on the DL, the Phils produced a 7-2 record for the period from Aug. 1 to Aug. 11th. Ryan Howard in particular has been cold as ice since his return, and the Phillies may have wanted him to have some more games in the minors before just recalling him to the big club as his coldness has hurt this ballclub.

  The usual happened again with Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay during their starts against the Astros. The Phillies only managed to score 1 run for Hamels again when he pitched his 7.0 innings pitched, they went on to score only 1 more run in the loss to the Astros after Cole left the game. Hamels didn’t get the loss in that game as the Phillies tied the game in the bottom of the 9th and then lost in 16 innings against the Astros. In his last 4 starts, the Phillies have scored a combined 4 runs while Cole Hamels has started games on the mound. Roy Halladay lost his first game in August, when the Phillies could score only 2 runs for him on the mound last night. Prior to last night’s loss, Halladay had reeled off 4 successful wins for his record and the Phillies.

  JA Happ and Brett Myers have recorded wins off of the Phillies in this series. The offense just couldn’t produce and it’s been leading to losses in this series with the Astros.

  It’s a businessperson’s special this afternoon in Philly. A 1:05 PM start, and Kyle Kendrick stands between either the Phillies getting swept or salvaging this series by avoiding it. The regular ‘star’ Phillies have got to start picking it up here, they are a bit rusty and it is showing.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Brett Myers Seeks Revenge on Phillies, Gets Win

 

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Myers in happier days when it came to the name “Phillies”

 

  Who would you rather have on the Phillies? Brett Myers or Joe Blanton? Say what you will about Myers, but he’s a gamer and he’s proved it again tonight in Philly.

  Myers did all he could do for the Phillies when he was asked to, and he was their ace for a long time. In the end, the Phillies really treated him poorly in my opinion. I would have liked to see him signed by another team than the Astros.

  He was quirky, squirrelly, and unpredictable, he has a lot of baggage, that was Brett Myers and a lot of that got him banished from Philly. Myers challenged Cole Hamels in the locker room after Hamels famous, “I’d rather be home” World Series statement, though they said it was all just a joke, I am not so sure it was a joke to Myers.

Now Brett Myers is booed in Philly, a sure sign that his career here has now gone full circle. The same fans that loved his fiery enthusiasm now try to dampen his spirits by showing their feelings now.

Myers improves to 9-7 with a 3.08 ERA, and Joe Blanton escapes this loss pitching 7.0 innings and only giving up 1 run, but Ryan Madson got the loss and is 4-2 now with a 3.58 ERA.

Former Phillies center fielder, Michael Bourn, was the offensive star of this game. In combination with Myers pitching, Bourn had 3 hits on the night. Bourn also scored twice on the night to beat his old team.

The series continues on Tuesday night, with yet another ex-Phillies player facing them on Wednesday night, when JA Happ faces off against Roy Halladay. This will probably be the marquee matchup of the series.

Somewhere Ed Wade is smiling tonight, having picked up all of these old Phillies players. They aren’t too bad of a bunch. 

Video Phlashback: Lenny Dykstra on the 1993 World Series on Letterman





  The video flashback goes back to 1993, soon after the Phillies lost the World Series to Toronto. It's the great Lenny Dykstra, known as "Nails." It's David Letterman interviewing Dykstra, who was a colorful character on that 1993 team. He also has a World Series ring from the 1986 Mets victory, though he didn't get one in a Phillies uniform.

 Dykstra went on to a financial career after baseball, and it didn't turn out as he expected. He had been an investor in real estate, and when the real estate market went bust a couple of years ago, Lenny had to file for bankrupcy and start picking up the pieces again. Here's a somewhat sobering article on Lenny  from a business website on his bankruptcy proceedings.

 Here is Dykstra as he looks now:

       

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Phillies Wives Auction Off Gift Bags for Charity

These Gift Bags were a Phillies fan's dream
                                      

See all of the neat items included in this auction item for charity

A signed copy of Cole Hamels SI magazine and much more in this cool gift bag

                                                           pics. R.Baxter


The Phillies won this afternoon's game with the Washington Nationals, even with the 1 hour and 44 minute rain delay.

The Phillies Wives Charities also won today at the ballpark, all while raising money for charity. It was the silent auction on some really cool gift bags that were auctioned off today. These gift bags had plenty of autographed memorabilia from your favorite Phillies players and coaches. By cool, I mean: an iPod nano with Ryan Howard's signature on the outside of the container, oh yes there was an iTunes gift card and plenty of extras in this 'gift box'! How about a gift certificate to 'Ulta' for women that was signed, a jersey, hat, and some books, all signed by the big man, Ryan Howard. When I left the auction somewhat early in the afternoon, this 'gift box' was up to $1300.00 for the bid.

Also cool was the Brad Lidge 'Gift bag'. This one had a Sony PS3, and some other really great autographed items included, also a jersey and hat. Lidge's was one of my favorites. He also is allied with the Food Bank, which is a charity that gives people a chance to afford high quality vegetables and foods for better prices and more.

 How about a first base signed by Cole Hamels? Or all of the Phillies coaches and manager with some signed memorabilia and books? It was all here today in this fine auction. There was even a raffle for some smaller goodies that cost a whole lot less than one of these awesome gift bags! All separate gift bags and some truly one of a kind collection of items.

It was well done by the Phillies Wives Charity, bravo to them for a job well done today at the ballpark.

Phillies Playoff Future May Lie With Nationals

Washington Nationals' pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Nationals Park on August 15, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

Washington Nationals' pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Nationals Park on August 15, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch





The very key possibly to the Phillies advancing to the playoffs may lie in their ability to beat the Washington Nationals. The Phils will play the Nationals 7 more times including this afternoon’s game in Philly before the season ends. From Sept. 6th on, the Phillies will play the NL East teams the rest of the way through the season. The Phillies also play the NL East Division leading Atlanta Braves head to head, six more times this season. The Phillies must start to win games when the Braves lose them, or the Phillies will not be successful in winning the NL East Division.

The Nationals have improved as a baseball team this year, their record may not show it, but they have quietly been assembling a better group of players that make up the Nats team. The Nats have a 53-70 record so far on the year.

Steven Strasburg, Washington Nat’s ace, suffered some sort or injury last night on the field against the Phillies. He looked to have a somewhat serious problem as he looked down at his arm and elbow. After a promising start in which we saw Strasburg throw triple digits, it seems like he has an injury that may end his season. That is terrible news for him and Nats fans, but I am sure the Phillies won’t be too sorry to see him hang up his cleats for the rest of the season. We’ll be keeping an eye out on just what this injury is as the information has been almost non-existent on how severe this injury may be. Strasburg will have an MRI on Monday to determine what the severity of the injury is.

The Phillies have a 6-5 edge over the Washington Nationals in the season series so far. The Nats/Expos have only won two season series from the Phillies in the last 14 years, the Nats doing it in 2006 with a 10-9 record, and the Expos in 2002, when they posted an 11-8 record.

On the season, the Phillies (69-53) have 39 games left including Sunday afternoon’s game today, if they win 20 of those games, they will win 89 games on the season, a bit less than many have predicted and probably not enough to win the division. The team simply needs to pick it up and start playing like the World Series team that they are. Every loss now is crucial and will lead to the loss of the division.

News and Notes:

Ryan Howard surprised a lot of people by returning to the lineup on Saturday night. He wasn't rumored to be returning until today. He batted 1-4 with an RBI, the Phillies only RBI of the game.

Chase Utley has been back in the lineup for a couple days, last night 0-3 with a walk, and leaves his season BA at .273

Kendrick's loss last night brings him to 8-6 with a 4.58 ERA on the season.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Run Support Troubling for Halladay and Hamels This Season




The great news is that the Phillies won last night’s ballgame against the Washington Nationals by a score of 1-0. Roy Halladay was on the mound for the Phillies and that generally is great news by itself. The Phillies were opposed by Jason Marquis, who hasn’t won a game yet and has an ERA above 11.
What has been concerning and at this point in the season, even troubling, is that the Phillies aren’t supporting their top 2 pitchers on the staff with great run support this year. This was the 9th game of the season that Halladay has started with a run support of 0-2 runs.

Here is a chart courtesy of Baseball-Reerence.com with the run support for Halladay:


Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR BB SO SO/BB BA
0-2 Runs Scored 9 285 274 13 61 12 0 3 7 67 9.57 .223
3-5 Runs Scored 7 216 201 23 58 9 4 7 8 41 5.13 .289
6+ Runs Scored 10 293 277 18 62 12 0 4 10 72 7.20 .224
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/21/2010.


Halladay has won 1-0 games a total of 3 times already this season including last night’s game.


The run support of the Phillies offense for Cole Hamels this season has been equally troubling. Like Halladay, Cole has had many starts where the offense has only scored 0-2 runs for him this season. The Phillies have scored 0-2 runs on 11 of Cole’s 25 starts this year.


Here is the chart on run support for Hamels courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com:


Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR BB SO SO/BB BA
0-2 Runs Scored 11 306 284 23 64 15 1 8 17 70 4.12 .225
3-5 Runs Scored 8 195 176 20 48 9 0 10 16 46 2.88 .273
6+ Runs Scored 6 164 144 22 37 12 0 5 15 46 3.07 .257
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/21/2010.


Last year, the Phillies were in a total of 14 games in which they only scored one run. Out of the 14 games they lost 12 last year. Already this season, the Phillies have scored 1 run total in a game 17 times, and they have lost 13 of those games.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Phillies Talk Podcast - A Giant Sweep?




   Welcome to this week's edition of Phillies Talk, we are talking about a possible Giants sweep and more tonight on this edition of "Phillies Talk" with Rich Baxter and Jim Mulry.


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Phils go for sweep of Giants, and 100 straight sellouts tonight

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco, California August 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
   
 
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning of their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco, California August 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)


The Phillies miss Tim Lincecum this trip by the Giants






The Phillies have handled the Giants fairly well at home in this series. The first two games were won by a decent amount of runs scored by the Phils. The Giants remain dangerous though, their record is 67-54, which is close to  the Phillies record (68-51).

The Giants team has not gotten a win in 14 straight games by a starter. Jonathan Sanchez gets another chance tonight for the Giants, he is 8-8 with a 3.60 ERA. He is matched up with Cole Hamels who brings in his 7-9 with his 3.33 ERA.

Chase Utley broke the ice for his first hit since his return to the lineup from the DL. Pat Burrell went deep again in his former home for the Giants.

The Phillies have had a great record at home recently. The Phils are 17-2 since July 8th at home. The team will go for 100 straight sellouts tonight in a record that will be hard to be matched.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fashionable Phillies beat the Giants in Game 1

The Phillies have an off day every once and a while. The time could be spent relaxing, and getting away from the game for a while, but more often than not, the Phillies still carry on with charitable functions as a team on their days off. One such charitable function was held on Monday, this one was a fashion show put on by Shane Victorino and his Shane Victorino Foundation to benefit underprivileged children in Hawaii and Philadelphia.

Check out the fashionable Phillies threads worn by the players from Monday night, courtesy of WPHL, click here to see the whole gallery. Here are a few pics below of some of the night's events.

Ryan Howard sporting the 'red' motif with some lovely models

JC Romero and wife take to the stage

Cole Hamels and Harold Reynolds have fun




The Phillies beat the Giants in Game 1 of the 3 game series in Philly last night. It was win #2 in a Phillies uniform for Roy Oswalt who kept the Giants in check. Pat Burrell strolled to the plate and promptly did what he did so many times as a Phillies player, he hit a long fly into the left field stands to give the Giants an early lead. The Phillies surpassed this score though and won handily, 9-3, beating Barry Zito who has been miserable as a Giants pitcher since they signed him for a gazilllion dollars a few years ago.

 Game 2 of the series will be tonight, weather permitting, at 7:05 pm. Joe Blanton and Matt Cain square off in this one. 
   

Monday, August 16, 2010

They Could Be Giants - Burrell and Posey bring offense to Philly

San Francisco Giants Buster Posey (R) hits a run scoring double as Chicago Cubs' catcher Geovany Soto looks on during the fifth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco, California August 9, 2010.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
 

San Francisco Giants Buster Posey (R) hits a run scoring double as Chicago Cubs' catcher Geovany Soto looks on during the fifth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in San Francisco, California August 9, 2010.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)






 One of the teams that was expected to do better over the last couple years has to be the San Francisco Giants. Is this the year that the Giants make it to the playoffs? They've been bubbling under out in the NL West for a couple years and this year's Giants team looks like it has what it takes to make a run at the playoffs and possibly take the Giants further into the postseason.



  Lincecum won't face the Phillies on this stop, watch him plunk Kemp from the Dodgers here

  Starting with the ace on the pitching staff, Tim Lincecum , and the fairly new 'superstar to be' catcher, Buster Posey. This team has been carefully handcrafted to include former Phillies star left fielder, Pat Burrell and his good buddy, Aaron Rowand. Burrell has been on fire since joining the Giants, he's making the Tampa Bay Rays team look silly for dropping him earlier in the year. Burrell needed playing time, he's not the 'old DH' just yet. His explosive offensive might has been fueling the Giants for weeks now, and the results are starting to look positive for the Giants.

 The offensive power doesn't stop with the former Phillies that are Giants, throw in Aubrey Huff, Pablo Sandoval, and Juan Uribe, and you've got a well rounded team that has done well already this season.
Look what the Giants have done since July 21st 2010 here:


Rk Gm# Date   Opp R RA W-L Rank GB Win Loss
95 95 Wednesday, Jul 21 @ LAD L 0 2 52-43 2 4.0 Billingsley Zito
96 96 Thursday, Jul 22 @ ARI W 3 0 53-43 2 3.0 Cain Lopez
97 97 Friday, Jul 23 @ ARI W 7 4 54-43 2 3.0 Ray Jackson
98 98 Saturday, Jul 24 @ ARI W 10 4 55-43 2 3.0 Bumgarner Kennedy
99 99 Sunday, Jul 25 @ ARI W 3 2 56-43 2 3.0 Romo Vasquez
100 100 Monday, Jul 26 FLA L 3 4 56-44 2 3.5 Nolasco Zito
Rk Gm# Date   Opp R RA W-L Rank GB Win Loss
101 101 Tuesday, Jul 27 FLA W 6 4 57-44 2 2.5 Romo Sanches
102 102 Wednesday, Jul 28 FLA W 10 9 58-44 2 2.5 Ray Hensley
103 103 Thursday, Jul 29 FLA L 0 5 58-45 2 3.5 Sanchez Bumgarner
104 104 Friday, Jul 30 LAD W 6 5 59-45 2 2.5 Lincecum Monasterios
105 105 Saturday, Jul 31 LAD W 2 1 60-45 2 1.5 Mota Broxton
106 106 Sunday, Aug 1 LAD W 2 0 61-45 2 1.5 Cain Kershaw
107 107 Tuesday, Aug 3 @ COL W 10 0 62-45 2 1.0 Sanchez Cook
108 108 Wednesday, Aug 4 @ COL L 1 6 62-46 2 1.0 Jimenez Bumgarner
109 109 Thursday, Aug 5 @ ATL L 2 3 62-47 2 2.0 Jurrjens Lincecum
110 110 Friday, Aug 6 @ ATL W 3 2 63-47 2 1.0 Lopez Moylan
111 111 Saturday, Aug 7 @ ATL L 0 3 63-48 2 1.0 Hudson Cain
112 112 Sunday, Aug 8 @ ATL L 3 6 63-49 2 2.0 Lowe Sanchez
113 113 Monday, Aug 9 CHC W 4 3 64-49 2 1.5 Ray Mateo
114 114 Tuesday, Aug 10 CHC L 6 8 64-50 2 2.5 Dempster Lincecum
115 115 Wednesday, Aug 11 CHC W 5 4 65-50 2 2.5 Romo Berg
116 116 Thursday, Aug 12 CHC W 8 7 66-50 2 2.5 Wilson Cashner
117 117 Friday, Aug 13 SDP L 2 3 66-51 2 3.5 Richard Sanchez
118 118 Saturday, Aug 14 SDP W 3 2 67-51 2 2.5 Casilla Stauffer
119 119 Sunday, Aug 15 SDP L 2 8 67-52 2 3.5 LeBlanc Lincecum
Rk Gm# Date   Opp
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/16/2010.

 The Phillies will face resurgent pitcher, Barry Zito for the Giants in game 1 of the series that kicks off at 7:05 pm in the East, and 4:05 pm in the afternoon on the West coast. Zito has been up and down for the Giants, posting an 8-6 record so far, a far cry from his 17 losses posted in 2008 with the Giants that came in the second year of a big money contract he signed with the Giants. In fact, this is the first year that Zito may come out with a winning record for the Giants since he signed the multi-year deal with them in 2007. The Giants will pay him $18.5M this season, and he has a 39-49 record for the Giants since he came to the team.



Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt delivers to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 11, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt delivers to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 11, 2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)



 Roy Oswalt has got to start feeling good at home, he won his first game as a Phillie just last week, and he'll look to make it 2 wins on Tuesday evening. Oswalt is where 'he' wants to be. This is the reason he came to the Phillies, to help them get into the playoffs and beyond.