Saturday, March 31, 2012

"Phillies Talk" webcast on tonight 8pm to 11pm, the NL East Podcasts on HerbFM





Tonight the podcast/webcast, commonly known as an internet broadcast, here at FightinPhillies.com called 'Phillies Talk' will be featured along with a few other NL East teams on HerbFM.com, you can listen to the whole lineup of shows right here on the blog starting at 8 PM tonight.

We'll hear our show "Phillies Talk", a NY Mets podcast, Atlanta Braves podcast, and even a NY Yankees podcast. So if you love baseball talk, you're going to love the evening of programming tonight on HerbFM.com.

Listen to 'Phillies Talk' all year long right here on the website, or take us on the road by downloading the show from iTunes or Android podcasts.

Phils add some speed with Pierre



It's no surprise that Juan Pierre has made the Phillies roster out of Spring Training this year. Pierre has been in the league for 12 years now, this is his 13th MLB season with the Phillies. Pierre burst onto the scene in 2000, and he finished 6th for Rookie of the Year in that season.

What Pierre brings to the team is some of what the Phillies have been lacking. Speed.

Pierre may have slowed down a bit, with last year being the fewest bases (27) that he's stolen in his career, and having been caught stealing in 17 other attempts doesn't help too much either. Pierre is still quick though and if he plays regularly, he should add another 30-50 stolen bases to his career total.

Pierre also brings a career batting average of .296 to the Phillies, that is not bad at all given the fact that he is about to enter his 13th season of play. According to Baseball-Reference, Pierre sits at number 24 on the list of all active Major League players for the best batting average with a minimum of 3000 plate appearances.


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Keeping Cole: Should the Phillies pursue Hamels?

Hamels on the mound for the Phils, but for how much longer?




Would re-signing Cole Hamels to a longer term contract make sense for the Phillies now?

The Phillies are finding themselves in a curious position of keeping a pitcher that has been a Phillie since he came into the league and who came up in the Phillies minors.

We would probably have to go back to Brett Myers to find the previous pitcher of a somewhat same caliber as being classified as an ‘ace’ that the Phillies will have to make a decision to either try to re-sign him or possibly trade him.

Hamels does have the 2008 World Series MVP to his credit, but has he really accomplished all that much over the past couple seasons? He is a pitcher with great skills and a lot of offer, but let's look at what he's done in his career so far.


Year W L W-L% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R Awards
2006 9 8 .529 4.08 23 23 0 0 132.1 117 66
2007 15 5 .750 3.39 28 28 2 0 183.1 163 72 AS,CYA-6
2008 14 10 .583 3.09 33 33 2 2 227.1 193 89
2009 10 11 .476 4.32 32 32 2 2 193.2 206 95
2010 12 11 .522 3.06 33 33 1 0 208.2 185 74
2011 14 9 .609 2.79 32 31 3 0 216.0 169 68 AS,CYA-5
6 Yrs 74 54 .578 3.39 181 180 10 4 1161.1 1033 464
162 Game Avg. 14 10 .578 3.39 34 34 2 1 219 195 87
Generated 3/29/2012.


Let's look at the first 10 years of Steve Carlton's career numbers:



Year Tm W L W-L% ERA GS GF CG SHO IP Awards
1965 STL 0 0 2.52 2 5 0 0 25.0
1966 STL 3 3 .500 3.12 9 0 2 1 52.0
1967 STL 14 9 .609 2.98 28 1 11 2 193.0
1968 STL 13 11 .542 2.99 33 1 10 5 232.0 AS
1969 STL 17 11 .607 2.17 31 0 12 2 236.1 AS
1970 STL 10 19 .345 3.73 33 0 13 2 253.2
1971 STL 20 9 .690 3.56 36 0 18 4 273.1 AS
1972 PHI 27 10 .730 1.97 41 0 30 8 346.1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-5
1973 PHI 13 20 .394 3.90 40 0 18 3 293.1
1974 PHI 16 13 .552 3.22 39 0 17 1 291.0 AS
24 Yrs 329 244 .574 3.22 709 13 254 55 5217.2
162 Game Avg. 15 11 .574 3.22 33 1 12 3 245
W L W-L% ERA GS GF CG SHO IP Awards
PHI (15 yrs) 241 161 .600 3.09 499 0 185 39 3697.1
STL (7 yrs) 77 62 .554 3.10 172 7 66 16 1265.1
MIN (2 yrs) 1 6 .143 8.54 8 3 0 0 52.2
SFG (1 yr) 1 3 .250 5.10 6 0 0 0 30.0
CLE (1 yr) 5 9 .357 5.37 14 3 3 0 109.0
CHW (1 yr) 4 3 .571 3.69 10 0 0 0 63.1
NL (22 yrs) 319 226 .585 3.11 677 7 251 55 4992.2
AL (3 yrs) 10 18 .357 5.64 32 6 3 0 225.0
Generated 3/29/2012.


Now keep in mind that most of what Carlton did to get himself into the Hall of Fame actually happened after his 10th year of pitching, he was like a machine. There are similarities in both Carlton and Hamels mannerisms and peculiarities. Carlton went on to pitch 24 years in the majors, and was perhaps the greatest Phillies pitcher ever.

Does Cole have it in him to kick it up a notch? Can he follow in the footsteps of greatness that Carlton earned in the Philly pinstripes?

The kind of money they are throwing at starting pitchers is the problem for the Phillies, there may be teams that would bid up Hamels' worth, but will the Phillies want to match it? 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Many questions cloud Phillies future for 2012



It's partly cloudy on the 2012 Phillies season so far



Is this 2012 Phillies team a legitimate contender? That is the question a lot of fans are starting to wonder as there is only a week to go to the regular season.

 The injuries to several key players, and several new players make this season with the Phillies an experiment that isn't proven yet. The pitching staff is solid, but can the offense get going when it needs to?

 There is no doubt that this Phillies team is going to be starting off in a disadvantage from what players are supposed to be on the field if it weren't for injuries. Time will tell, if the team can sustain itself through the times of not being at full strength, it should be an interesting season.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Utley injury saga continues to stir controversy



Chase's rehab will take him time, but how much time is not known. This photo from last year.




Chase Utley finally talked with the press more in-depth about what his medical problems are that kept him from taking the field in Clearwater the past couple of weeks. That is the good news.

The ensuing chatter on sports talk radio in Philly and on the news following what Utley said is now taking over as a bigger story.

Why was Ruben Amaro Jr. so silent on the matter?, and were the Phillies trying to cover it up assuming Chase was going to be well enough to play for Opening Day? I don't think that is the case, but sometimes it might be just a lack of communication from both the Phillies and the Utley camp on just what the problem is.

One thing we know for sure is that Utley has sought out a second opinion on the troubles that have prevented him now from participating in Spring Training this season and last season. Chase appeared confident that something good will come out of that as well.

Utley is signed through 2013 as he signed an $85M contract from 2007 to 2013.


Some of Utley's stats:


Year Age Tm G AB R H HR RBI BA
2003 24 PHI 43 134 13 32 2 21 .239
2004 25 PHI 94 267 36 71 13 57 .266
2005 26 PHI 147 543 93 158 28 105 .291
2006 27 PHI 160 658 131 203 32 102 .309
2007 28 PHI 132 530 104 176 22 103 .332
2008 29 PHI 159 607 113 177 33 104 .292
2009 30 PHI 156 571 112 161 31 93 .282
2010 31 PHI 115 425 75 117 16 65 .275
2011 32 PHI 103 398 54 103 11 44 .259
9 Yrs 1109 4133 731 1198 188 694 .290
162 Game Avg. 162 604 107 175 27 101 .290
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/27/2012.