Saturday, August 31, 2013

Birthdays too fast for some Phillies, Lee turned 35 will face Cubs today



Cliff Lee's stoic look at New York's Citi Field for the All Star Game 2013 was a classic!



Time waits for no man, that is a popular quote that we've heard a lot of the years isn't it?

Cliff Lee just celebrated his 35th birthday yesterday, and though that isn't old by any means it is getting up there for a Major League pitcher. Lee is enjoying a great pitching year with the Phillies this year and he seeks his 13th win of the year this afternoon in Chicago.

His pitching ace teammate, Roy Halladay, who is 36, made his second start since he landed back in the big leagues after his shoulder injury was healed. He may have benefited from a couple more starts in the minors before he returned to pitch for the Phils, but Halladay is more than happy to be back on the Phillies but probably upset that he was charged with 5 runs in yesterday's game that raised his ERA to 7.94 on the season.

The Phils will look for another win this afternoon, as they stormed back to win Sandberg's return to Chicago 6-5 behind some great efforts from Michael Young, Chase Utley and Kevin Frandsen. Jonathan Papelbon closed the door on the Cubs and the Phils picked up a much needed win, and made Ryne Sandberg a very happy manager.



Here's a list of the Phillies and their ages at the start of the season, a few players on this roster who we are probably seeing for the last time in their careers this year:

Rk Pos Age
1 C Carlos Ruiz 34
2 1B Ryan Howard* 33
3 2B Chase Utley* 34
4 SS Jimmy Rollins# 34
5 3B Michael Young 36
6 LF Domonic Brown* 25
7 CF Ben Revere* 25
8 RF Delmon Young 27
Rk Pos Age
9 OF John Mayberry 29
10 IF Kevin Frandsen 31
11 C Erik Kratz 33
12 UT Darin Ruf 26
13 IF Freddy Galvis# 23
14 RF Laynce Nix* 32
15 3B Cody Asche* 23
16 C Humberto Quintero 33
17 CF Roger Bernadina* 29
18 UT Michael Martinez# 30
19 2B Cesar Hernandez# 23
20 UT John McDonald 38
21 OF Casper Wells 28
22 OF Ezequiel Carrera* 26
23 LF Steve Susdorf* 27
24 C Steven Lerud* 28
25 UT Pete Orr* 34
Rk Pos Age
26 P Kyle Kendrick 28
27 P Cole Hamels* 29
28 P Cliff Lee* 34
29 P Jonathan Pettibone* 22
30 P John Lannan* 28
31 P Tyler Cloyd 26
32 P Roy Halladay 36
33 P Ethan Martin 24
34 P Raul Valdes* 35
35 P Zach Miner 31
36 P Michael Stutes 26
37 P Joe Savery* 27
38 P Luis Garcia 26
39 P J.C. Ramirez 24
40 P Cesar Jimenez* 28
41 P Chad Durbin 35
42 P Antonio Bastardo 27
43 P Mike Adams 34
44 P Jake Diekman* 26
45 P Justin De Fratus# 25
46 P B.J. Rosenberg 27
47 P Phillippe Aumont* 24
48 P Jeremy Horst* 27
49 P Jonathan Papelbon 32
Team Totals 30.4
Rank in 15 NL teams
Non-Pitcher Totals 30.5
Pitcher Totals 29.0
Rk Pos Age
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/31/2013.

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