Archive for March 28th, 2008

At least you can stop Laheying up at night thinking about it

The eleventh pitcher on the Phillies appears to be right-hander Tim Lahey, who the Phils claimed off of waivers today. Barring another move, which seems at the very least possible, Wes Helms would be the fourteenth hitter and final man on the 25-man roster. Snelling and Olmedo were sent to Triple-A. Lahey is right-handed — unless the Phils trade Helms for a left-handed pitcher it appears they will go into the season with Romero as the only lefty in the pen.

Lahey turned 26 in February and was taken by the Twins in the 20th round of the 2004 draft as a catcher. In 2005 he was converted into a closer. After spending 2005 and 2006 in the low minors, Lahey spent most of ’07 in Double-A and threw three innings at Triple-A. Between the two levels in ’07 he went 8-4 in 52 games with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.44 ratio and 14 saves. In 81 1/3 innings he gave up 82 hits and 35 walks while striking out 59.

The Devil Rays took him with the first overall pick in the 2007 Rule 5 draft and almost immediately traded him to the Cubs. He pitched in 11 games for the Cubs this spring, throwing 11 innings in which he allowed 11 hits and eight walks (1.73 ratio) and struck out seven while throwing to a 6.55 ERA.

It’s kind of hard to find the element in all of that you would focus on if you were trying to make the case he’s sure to help the Phillies on the field next month. We’ll see, but if it turns out to be pretty there are going to be some surprised people.

Article about him here.

This article linked in the first paragraph also says that the Phils signed Chris Woodward to a minor league contract. Woodward has gotten 1,598 major league at-bats with the Mets, Braves and Blue Jays and has a career 243/299/375 line. He turns 32 in June.

Sigh of the tiger

Apparently you can put your Adam Eaton for Cy Young hats and party favors away. I don’t wanna be a stick-in-the-mud, but you might want to think about canceling that party altogether. After back-to-back solid spring starts, Eaton was hammered yesterday as the Phils dropped to 12-16 with a 14-5 loss to the Tigers in their final spring training game in Florida.

Eaton got the start and went 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on 11 hits and two walks. Six of the hits went for extra-bases, five doubles and a home run. He struck out one. Eaton came into spring training with a lot of people worried about his 6.29 ERA last season. His spring ERA puffed to 7.94 with yesterday’s outing. Of the ten pitchers sure to make the team, Eaton didn’t even have the worst day. Not even close, but more on that in a minute. Condrey followed Eaton and he was just fine. He gave up a single in 1 1/3 innings to drop his ERA to 4.05. Romero was next and he allowed a single in another scoreless frame. His ERA is a sparking 2.25.

Then came Flash. One out, six runs on three hits and three walks. Clete Thomas hit a two-run homer of him and Mike Hessman had a two-run double. The walks are almost as bad — three walks in a third of an inning isn’t the way to go, especially if you’re gonna have baseballs leaving the building at the rate Gordon has been. Gordon’s spring ERA is up to 12.38. 28-year-old righty Jason Anderson got the last two outs of the game but was charged with a run on two singles and a walk. The Phils signed Anderson to a minor league contract in May of last year and he pitched both Double and Triple-A, throwing to a combined 4.59 ERA with a 1.31 ratio in 64 2/3 innings. Anderson has appeared in 32 major league games in his career with the Yankees, Mets and Indians, throwing to a 6.39 ERA in 38 innings.

Pedro Feliz socked a three-run homer, his fifth of the spring. He was 1-for-4 on the day. Victorino had two singles in four at-bats to raise his average to .270. Helms 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Burrell 0-for-2 with two walks. Ruiz was 2-for-4 with another double, he’s hitting .372.

The Phils play the Blue Jays tonight in Citizens Bank Park and again tomorrow. Sunday they play Triple-A Lehigh Valley before opening against the Nationals in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon.

Brad Lidge pitched to a few hitters yesterday and only one of them homered.

If you’re willing to read about the details of the Phillies’ travel yesterday and Pat Gillick’s love of plane schedules, this article suggests that Chris Snelling has been put on waivers and that Wes Helms may be the 14th hitter. More on Snelling and waivers here. The Phillies will presumably have an eleventh pitcher, too. Might be JD Durbin if he clears waivers, but beyond that if you think you can pitch I wouldn’t wait another minute before giving the Phils a call. The bad news is that if you really could pitch the Phils would have called you by now.

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