Monday, April 29, 2013

Welcome Corey to the FightinPhillies.com Blog!








Welcome to Corey, a brand new writer here at FightinPhillies.com-  he's got a great outlook on the Phillies so check out his awesome skills starting today on the website. It's great to have another voice on this blog, we have a lot of great fans that stop by and read info, and check out other areas of the website.


Here is his first post on the siteby Corey, tonight it's Delmon Young, and maybe you've never seen him play being the National League fan that you, our dear reader, is but anyway check out this post here!

Phils to play Francona's Indians on Tuesday night


The Phillies will be meeting up with some familiar faces on Tuesday night in Cleveland. Tony Francona used to manage the Phillies from 1997 through the year 2000, back when the Phillies weren't that good of a team. To have two or three pitching aces on a Phillies team back then was unthinkable. It was also back in the days when the Phillies were still at Vet Stadium, probably when people were complaining the most about the decrepit conditions of the interior portions of the stadium.

Well, fast forward some 13 years later after Francona left the Phils, and Cleveland is where you'll find him. Only more than a year after he was jettisoned out of Boston in which he won 2 World Championships with the team in 8 years of managing the Red Sox. The Championship years came in 2004, the first year that Citizens Bank Park opened, and in 2007 for the Francona managed Red Sox teams. In 2008 and 2009, the Red Sox finished in second place in the division and then in 2010 and 2011, third place was as high as the Red Sox would finish and Francona was fired after the end of the season in 2011.

Francona's managerial record:


Rk Year Age Tm Lg
G W L W-L% Finish
1 1997 38 Philadelphia Phillies NL
162 68 94 .420 5
2 1998 39 Philadelphia Phillies NL
162 75 87 .463 3
3 1999 40 Philadelphia Phillies NL
162 77 85 .475 3
4 2000 41 Philadelphia Phillies NL
162 65 97 .401 5












5 2004 45 Boston Red Sox AL
162 98 64 .605 2 WS Champs
6 2005 46 Boston Red Sox AL
162 95 67 .586 2
7 2006 47 Boston Red Sox AL
162 86 76 .531 3
8 2007 48 Boston Red Sox AL
162 96 66 .593 1 WS Champs
9 2008 49 Boston Red Sox AL
162 95 67 .586 2
10 2009 50 Boston Red Sox AL
162 95 67 .586 2
11 2010 51 Boston Red Sox AL
162 89 73 .549 3
12 2011 52 Boston Red Sox AL
162 90 72 .556 3












13 2013 54 Cleveland Indians AL
22 9 13 .409 4


Philadelphia Phillies
4 years 648 285 363 .440 4.0



Boston Red Sox
8 years 1296 744 552 .574 2.3 2 Pennants and 2 World Series Titles



Cleveland Indians
1 year 22 9 13 .409 4.0





13 years 1966 1038 928 .528 2.9 2 Pennants and 2 World Series Titles
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/29/2013.



There will also be a few players on the Indians that some of the Phillies will be catching up with. Brett Myers, former ace, and bullpen pitcher for the Phillies is on the Indians this year, coming over from Houston. He is on the 15 day DL though, so the Phillies won't be facing him.

Michael Bourn used to be on the Phillies, but he is on the DL as well, he is eligible to return as early as Tuesday but he is not expected to be ready just yet. 


Lou Marson used to be the Phillies top catching prospect, he is on the 15 day DL as well so it won't look like we'll be facing him either. Marson had a sore shoulder.

So the Philllies will be seeing some very familiar faces on this trip to Cleveland indeed. Let's see if they can continue their winning ways there.

 

Is Delmon Young ready for Right?

After a nice weekend in New York which included a three game sweep of the Mets, an outstanding outing by Kyle Kendrick and Ryan Howard possibly breaking out of his early season slumber, the Phillies will open up a series in Cleveland on Tuesday. Playing in an American League city, a DH will be part of their lineup, but who will be in that spot? If I had to guess, manager Charlie Manuel will rotate Howard and Utley in the DH spot for now, but Delmon Young is a perfect candidate for the role.

Young started a rehab assignment last week and seems to be progressing closer to the big league squad, but many questions have to be asked. How can the Phillies make room for him on the roster? Is he fully recovered from his ankle surgery? But to me, the most pressing question is can actually play right field?

When word came down that Young and the Phillies agreed to a one year, incentive laden deal, a number of baseball fans openly questioned the signing. Myself, I reserved judgement and thought a one year deal for a guy that can drive in runs and would just be stuck in left field isn't a bad thing. The Phils won a World Series with Pat Burrell in left and he wasn't known for his defensive prowess. I even expected Young to hit .270 with 20 homers and 75 RBIs, protecting Ryan Howard in that 5 spot in the lineup.

The Phillies then made it known they wanted Delmon in right field and moved Domonic Brown to left. Brown, who never seemed confident in his fielding abilities in the first place, now has to learn a new position on the fly, even waste his above average arm in left field. Now the Phils would be playing two outfielders out of position when each could be playing their respective positions from last year.

Delmon Young hasn't played right field since 2007, when he was finished in 2nd place for Rookie of the Year with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (Yes, they were still the Devil Rays at that point). As we saw in 2012 playoffs, he can't even make a throw from shallow left get to the plate without bouncing before the infield.


Yes, this was just one play, but it is not encouraging to see. Maybe the Phillies are expecting Ben Revere to make up for the ground that Young won't be able to cover, but he surely cannot make up for that lousy arm.

The whole thing seems like an experiment to me, something the 2013 Phillies don't really have time to see it pay off. This team is built to win now (or last year) and can't be hoping a guy like Delmon Young can excel in right field after returning from microfracture ankle surgery. A playoff caliber team doesn't have a right fielder coming off injury, playing a position he hasn't played in six years. Time will tell if this move pays off - I'm sure it will be fun to watch!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Phillies Talk - Welcome back Carlos Ruiz





It's the return of Carlos Ruiz today in New York as he joins the Phillies after serving his 25 game suspension. We'll talk about Carlos and the Phillies big wins in New York.


We also talk about the May schedule for the Phillies now that April is almost over, where does the month of May take the Phils?

Steve Jeltz, was a player that a lot of younger Phillies fans have never heard of, but we tell you a little about the player that you may have never about before.

All this and more on this edition of Phillies Talk Podcast, the independent internet radio show that talks about the Phillies baseball team.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Brown and Mayberry deliver in New York





You knew if was bound to happen, Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr. were overdue to have something good happen as a lot of negative talk has swirled around them lately when it came to the reasons that the Phillies weren't doing all that well.


                                               Domonic Brown  pic. by Cathy Poulton

"If you can make it here, you'll make it anywhere..." you know the rest of the song, well Mayberry and Brown made their presence known on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. They went back to back with home runs in the game, and helped Jonathan Pettibone earn his first major league victory and Jonathan even picked up his first hit at Citi Field. A great day in New York for the Phils as they rolled to back to back wins and beat the Mets 9-4 on a beautiful day for baseball.

Brown's line prior to today's game in which he went 2-5 with 3 RBI:

Rk Date Opp AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BA
1 Apr 1 @ ATL 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333
2 Apr 3 @ ATL 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .429
3 Apr 4 @ ATL 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .364
4 Apr 5 KCR 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 .333
5 Apr 6 KCR 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .263
6 Apr 7 KCR 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 .273
7 Apr 8 NYM 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .231
8 Apr 9 NYM 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .233
9 Apr 10 NYM 3 1 1 0 0 1 3 1 .242
10 Apr 12 @ MIA 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 .263
11 Apr 13 @ MIA 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .262
12 Apr 14 @ MIA 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .244
13 Apr 15 @ CIN 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250
14 Apr 16 @ CIN 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .235
15 Apr 17 @ CIN 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .231
16 Apr 18 STL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .226
17 Apr 20 STL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .218
18 Apr 21 STL 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .228
19 Apr 22 PIT 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .217
20 Apr 23 PIT 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .206
21 Apr 24 PIT 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .224
22 Apr 25 PIT 3 0 2 2 0 0 2 1 .243
23 Apr 26 @ NYM 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .230
74 6 17 3 0 2 8 16 .230
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/27/2013.