Nothing has been more frustrating this baseball season than watching the Phillies go six,seven, or even sometimes eight innings without a run and wasting a great outing from Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, or even Vance Worley. It’s painstaking to watch a team put up consistent zeros in the runs column, especially when that team has been a serious World Series contender for about five years now. So when the Phillies came up to bat in the first inning and quickly put four runs on the board, it was hard for even the most doubtful of fans to keep a smile off of their faces. From that point on, Vance Worley was strong, the Phillies defense was solid and just less than three hours later, the Phillies had salvaged a four-game series with the Cubs. Continue reading
In their 120 year history, the Phillies have never had a position player as good as third baseman Michael Jack Schmidt. In his 18-years in the MLB, all spent in Philadelphia, Schmidt went to 12 All-Star games, won the title of Most Valuable Player three times, won ten Gold Gloves, six Silver Sluggers, and hit 548 home runs, a number that is still the most for any third baseman, and 15th most by any player, regardless of position. Just to further prove his dominance, Schmidt was voted into the Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame in 1995 with a resounding 96.5 percent approval rate by the BBWAA.
But now, just 23 years after Schmidt retired, third base seems to be the Phillies’ major weakness, not having a stable, consistent player at the hot corner since Scott Rolen left the team in the middle of 2002. And though he has contributed to the Phillies’ offense, with current third baseman Placido Polanco, the only thing that seems consistent is injury. Continue reading
In keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, the Phighting On writers have decided to share with you what Phillies-related things we are thankful for. Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving! Continue reading
When the Phillies traded for Roy Halladay nearly two years ago, they lost arguably their best prospect in Kyle Drabek, a double A starting pitcher that would get called up to the show just one year later. While the loss was obviously large, the Phillies gained something that comes maybe once every 20 or 30 years, in Roy Halladay, a pitcher that can almost always be relied on. Since joining the Phillies, Halladay has been incredible to say the least, going 38-15 with a stunning 2.44 ERA for the club. In addition, he has won the Cy Young award, as well as throwing a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter. Needless to say that the trade has proven to be worth it.
So what did the Phillies ace do when handed the ball, forced to salvage a three game series against baseball’s worst team? Well of course, he delivered, getting the Phillies their fifth straight playoff birth in a complete game shutout. Continue reading
The first time Cliff Lee pitched after his incredible run in June, he had arguably his worst start of the year, tying his season high with six earned runs and 10 hits, in 7.1 innings, falling apart at the end of the game. After a start like that, it seemed reasonable to have low expectations for Lee’s start tonight, his first after posting a historic August, making him only the third pitcher in major league history to have two months with five or more wins and an ERA under one. But if those were the expectations for Lee’s start, his first of September, he shattered them with one of his better starts of the year, a complete game shutout that absolutely baffled the Atlanta Braves, the current wild card leaders in the NL. Continue reading