Two games down and the Phillies have played just as expected

Nobody was concerned about the Phillies pitching and everybody was concerned about the Phillies hitting.  If games were played on paper, nobody would have been shocked if the Phillies won 130 games on pitching alone, winning games 1-0.  Without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the line-up would be even more anemic they said.

Well, as sad as it is, if these two games are any indication of things to come, the nay-sayers and skeptics may be right, as the Phillies have shown nothing but dominant pitching and dormant bats.  In their first two games, a win and a loss, the Phillies have scored one run, giving up two runs, neither of which are surprising.  Game two even took extra innings to complete, both teams only able to score one run in nine innings (whether it was because of the Phillies’ pitching brilliance or the Pirates’ hitting incompetence, the world may never know). Continue reading

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

Is Victorino Worth Five Years?

According to Todd Zolecki of ESPN.com, outfielder Shane Victorino is looking for a contract extension with Philadelphia, preferably for five years.

At age 31, Shane-O would no doubt start to decline by the end of that deal while scoring the mega-cash associated with signing a deal while in his prime. As a point of reference, Torii Hunter signed a 5-year, $90 million deal after the 2007 season, when he was 32 and had stats very similar to Shane Victorino’s.
But is Shane Victorino worth $90 million and five years? More importantly, would the Phillies be willing to give him five years?

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Phillies Down Reds Behind Shane Victorino’s Late Home Run

After two games and two days of baseball ruined, the Phillies went into Cincinnati looking to rebound from being swept (one loss in one game, it counts) by the Florida Marlins by beating down on a Reds team that came into the game just one game over .500.  They sent Cole Hamels to the mound for his first start since he collected his seventh loss back on August 12th.  Hamels had been on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation, something he showed no signs of tonight, dominating the Reds in the six innings that he pitched.    Continue reading

Phillies Comeback Fails, as Marlins Take First Game of Series

Roy Oswalt came into Friday night’s game looking for his seventh win of the season, a win that would put his record at .500 for the year.  Oswalt looked to have his work cut out for him, facing a Marlins team with the seventh worst record in the majors, along with one of the worst offenses in the MLB.  Pair the Marlins weaknesses with the Phillies recently improved offense, and it seemed like the Phillies fourth ace would have absolutely no trouble in assisting the Phillies to a major league best 84th win.  Unfortunately for Oswalt and the rest of the club from Philadelphia, tonight’s game wouldn’t be as easy as they expected. Continue reading