Not much went right for the Phillies this spring, but Roy Halladay sure is amazing. After another solid outing yesterday, Halladay has now made five spring starts in which he’s thrown to an 0.42 ERA with an 0.92 ratio. Opponents have hit .182 against him.
He started yesterday and the Phils beat the Braves, 6-1. They are 19-13 in official spring games.
Halladay went three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out three. Contreras also threw a perfect inning in the game. He’s pitched to a 2.00 ERA and an 0.78 ratio this spring. In nine innings he’s allowed seven hits and hasn’t walked a batter. Michael Schwimer, BJ Rosenberg and Jordan Ellis pitched the rest of the game for the Phils and combined to go five innings, allowing a run on three hits and four walks.
Ibanez and Howard both homered in the game for the Phils, the fourth of the spring for Ibanez and the fifth for Howard. Polanco played third base and led off. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and is at 171/244/195 in 41 at-bats this spring.
Castillo played second and went 0-for-3. He’s 3-for-17 (.176) with three walks with the Phils and 244/333/244 in 45 at-bats between the Phils and Mets combined. If your batting average and slugging percentage are the same, it means you don’t have an extra-base hit. Castillo is 11-for-45 with 11 singles.
Mayberry was 1-for-2. 302/362/619 in 63 at-bats.
Victorino is hitting .306 after going 2-for-3. Francisco’s line is at 387/472/645 after he went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Martinez went 0-for-2 to drop his spring line to 246/264/377 in 69 at-bats. Orr was 0-for-1 and is at 275/275/490. Young 0-for-1 and hitting 276/323/362 in 58 at-bats.
Saturday split squads of Phils played the Blue Jays and Tigers and both lost, falling to Toronto 7-6 and 3-1 to the Detroit.
Kendrick started the game against Toronto and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits to raise his spring ERA to 4.67. He’s allowed just one walk in 17 1/3 innings, but opponents have hit .282 against him. Juan Perez and Michael Stutes threw scoreless frames in the game and Madson was charged with a run in 2/3 of an inning to up his spring ERA to 3.27. Jason Grilli and Chance Chapman threw the last two innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk.
Castillo went 2-for-4 with a walk in the game. Ruiz was 1-for-2 with a home run, two walks and three RBI. Young started in left and went 0-for-4, leaving five men on base. Francisco was 2-for-4 with a double.
Ryan Feierabend started the other game and pitched well, allowing a run over five innings. Bastardo followed him with 1 2/3 scoreless frames. Herndon pitched the last 1 1/3 innings, allowing a two-run homer to Deik Scram with two outs in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie.
Mayberry was 1-for-4 with a bloop double. Schneider 2-for-3 and drove in the only run for the Phils, raising his spring average to .290. Orr 1-for-4. Martinez 0-for-4. The Phillies started Martinez and Valdez at short and second and hit them first and second in the order. If they ever do that in a game that matters even a tiny, little bit, you should quit your job and devote yourself to protesting outside their offices round-the-clock. Or, if not that, be kinda irritated.
On Friday the Phils beat the Braves 3-1.
Blanton started the game for the Phils and was great, allowing four singles and a double over six shutout innings to drop his spring ERA to 3.21. He has a 1.18 ratio and has allowed just four walks in 28 innings.
Baez followed Blanton and allowed a run on a double and a single. Madson and Contreras each threw a scoreless frame.
Castillo had has first hit with the Phils, going 1-for-2 with two walks. Rollins was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the first. Orr 0-for-2, Martinez 0-for-1, Barfield 0-for-1, Mayberry 1-for-1. Young was 0-for-1 with a walk.
Nate Bump will start against the Astros this afternoon. The Phils will play the Pirates on Tuesday and Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park and open the regular season against the Astros on Friday afternoon.
The Phils optioned Mathieson and Zagurski to Triple-A on Saturday, which leaves them with seven relievers in camp. They are: Madson, Contreras, Baez, Kendrick, Herndon, Romero and Bastardo. The linked article suggests the Phils may still have moves to make before opening day.
They also reassigned Barfield, along with Tuffy Gosewisch and Dane Sardinha, to the minors. Barfield hit 271/302/375 in 48 at-bats with the Phils this spring.
Lidge will have an MRI tomorrow.
This says that the bench is Gload, Schneider, Mayberry, and Martinez with Castillo, Orr or Young getting the last spot. Castillo is my guess. I am going to be happily stunned if keeping Martinez does not prove to be a large mistake. He didn’t have a good spring training. Not offensively at least. He’s on-basing .264.
Todd Zolecki guesses the Phils will name Jose Contreras the closer.