Season Preview: The Outfield

The Phillies’ line-up is flawed.  The Phillies’ line-up is injured.  The Phillies’ line-up is old.  But if there is anything that is young, healthy and nearly perfect about the Phillies’ line-up, it is the outfield.  Featuring three men who are in the prime of their careers, few would be surprised if all three of the Phillies projected starters, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence and John Mayberry Jr., were selected to represent the National League in this summer’s All-Star game.  But with great power comes great responsibility and considering the challenges that the Phillies’ offense is likely to face, the outfielders are going to have to do most of the heavy lifting for this line-up. Continue reading

Season Preview: First Base

The image is unforgettable.  It’s one that has been painfully ingrained into the brains of every Phillies fan.  It of course, is the image of Ryan Howard painfully crumbling to the ground after losing the 2011 NLDS, in what seemed to be a microcosm of the Phillies’ season.  But now, as the 2012 season quickly approaches, the Phillies and all of their fans are forced to deal with the repercussions of the play– not only going all winter without a parade down Broad Street–but also losing Ryan Howard to a torn Achilles heel, sidelining him until at least May, and leaving a very big gap at first base. Continue reading

The Phillies’ Holiday Wish List

With Christmas coming tomorrow, and Hanukkah already well underway, most people are

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asking for something this holiday season.  While the Phillies’ presents come from April to October next year, it’s never too early to join the club and start making a list.  So without further ado (except clicking “continue reading”), here is the Phillies’ holiday wish list. Continue reading

Gonzalez Trade Rumors Remind Us How Bad We Got Ripped Off

The newest rumor buzzing around the hot stove today is that Gio Gonzalez, starting pitcher from the Oakland A’s, may be traded to the Phillies in some sort of deal for Domonic Brown.

I think this is a good deal. We in Philadelphia are so fed up with Domonic Clown [sic] that it really wouldn’t matter, it might actually be nice, to see him go somewhere else. Sure, he’ll leave the organization and become a superstar somewhere else, but the Phillies don’t have the patience for that.

Gonzalez, a 2011 AL all-star, went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA last season (remember that ERA in the American League is always higher, so 3.12 is actually pretty darn good). He is under contract until 2016, and is fairly cheap, so the thought is that the Phillies make the trade as a safety net in case the Hamels extension can’t be done. At 26, he’s a solid number two/three pitcher that could easily develop into an ace in a few years.

But it is not Gio’s solid pitching that is the big story; it’s the memory of when Pat Gillick and the Phillies traded Gio AND Gavin Floyd to the White Sox for Freddy Garica. Yes. Freddy Garcia who pitched 11 games for the Phillies, going 1-5 with a 5.90 ERA (2007). Granted, at the time of the trade it seemed like a better idea: Garica was a world series winning ace (2005), and had a 17-9 record in 2006. But overall, this has proved to be one of the Phillies’ worst ever trades. Let’s hope the Phillies can correct this mistake by completing the trade and getting Gio back.

Yesterday in the Minors: Reading Battles, Loses Late

Coming into Friday’s game against Portland, the Reading Phillies (67-55) were confident: they had one of their better pitchers, 24 year old Tyler Cloyd (seen in picture), starting for them and the team they were playing was 23 games under the .500 mark. Their cleanup hitter, right fielder Brent Cleven, came into the game riding an eight game hitting streak, and it looked to be an easy win against the struggling Portland Sea Dogs. But, unfortunately, things aren’t always as they seem. Continue reading