Remember last off-season when the panic of the moment revolved around who was going to protect Ryan Howard in the lineup? Given the hitters the Phillies have I think that’s pretty much a non-issue. It doesn’t change the fact that the results in 2007 after Howard was walked intentionally weren’t very good for the Phils.

Howard was walked intentionally 35 times in 2007, creating 35 chances to hit immediately following the intentional walk. Here’s what the Phils did with those times at-bats:


Player

Times followed IBB to Howard


Results

Rowand 20
3-for-19 with three singles and a walk
Burrell 11
2-for-9 with a single, a home run and two walks
Utley 1
0-for-1
Helms 1
0-for-1
Werth 1
0-for-1
Bourn 1
0-for-1
Total 35
5-for-32 with four singles, three walks and a home run

That, 5-for-32 (.156), just isn’t good. You have to believe that teams don’t want to issue an intentional walk in front of a pitching matchup that’s bad for them, but the results for the Phils overall last season after Howard was walked intentionally were just bad overall.

The game the Phillies had scheduled with Florida State last night was rained out. The Phils play the Reds this afternoon. Moyer, Blackley, Condrey, Carrasco and Madson are scheduled to pitch.

Brett Myers will get the start in the Phillies regular season opener on March 31 against the Nationals. I think that’s a very good idea.

According to the same article, the Phillies claimed middle infielder Ray Olmedo off of waivers and designated John Ennis for assignment. The switch-hitter Olmedo turns 27 in May and has seen time with the Reds and the Blue Jays. In 403 career at-bats he has a 228/276/293 line and that, well, that’s really just not good. Nunez has outslugged him by 21 points over his career. Ennis threw to an 8.22 ERA in three appearances with the Phillies last year, including one start.

Piece from the Traverse City Beach Bums about lefty Jared Locke here.

Madson still wants to start.