Tag: Chris Snelling

Investigation underway to determine who dropped the ball in allowing Pat Burrell to bat in the ninth inning

Team W-L R R/G NL Rank R OPS (NL) SB CS
               
HOU 5-8 53 4.08 10 728 (9) 12 3
PHI 6-7 59 4.54 T-6 786 (4) 7 3

Team W-L RA RA/G NL Rank RA Starter ERA Pen ERA
             
HOU 5-8 55 4.23 9 4.26 (11) 4.50 (11)
PHI 6-7 62 4.77 11 3.81 (8) 3.53 (5)

Do the rules even permit that? If the Astros want to protest the game on those grounds, or even the grounds that the Phils scored the winning run on a play where their base-runner was completely and totally out, I have no problem with that whatsoever. Who knew what and when did they know it?

Shawn Chacon dominated the Phillies last night, tossing eight shutout innings. Turned out it wasn’t enough. The Phils started the bottom of the ninth down 3-0 and Chris Snelling hit Jose Valverde’s first pitch out to right. Chase Utley was hit by a pitch and two batters later Burrell tied it up at 3-3 with an opposite field blast. Jenkins got on base and stormed around to score the winning run on a double into the left field corner by Pedro Feliz.

Brilliant comeback by the Phils to get a win after their hitters looked dead for the first eight innings of the game. Not to be lost in the excitement of the ninth is that their pitching kept them in the game. Adam Eaton gave the Phils a quality start for the third time in three tries. Durbin and Seanez combined to throw three shutout innings out of a bullpen that has been fantastic in the early going.

The Phillies beat the Houston Astros last night, winning 4-3 to improve to 7-7 on the season.

Eaton got the start for the Phils and went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. All seven of the hits were singles and he struck out three.

Eaton got the first two in the first before Lance Berkman drew a walk. Carlos Lee singled into center, moving Berkman to third, and Miguel Tejada followed with another single. Berkman scored to put the Astros up 1-0. Geoff Blum popped to first to end the frame with two runners stranded.

With two outs in the second, pitcher Shawn Chacon singled back through the middle. It brought up former Phil Michael Bourn, and Bourn grounded to Utley to set Houston down.

Eaton threw a 1-2-3 third, getting Berkman and Lee, the guys who hurt him in the first, on a couple of ground balls.

Tejada walked to start the fourth, but Eaton got the next three to leave him stranded at first.

Bourn singled with one out in the fifth. Mark Loretta was next and hit a ground ball to short. Bruntlett did a nice job with a quick throw to second to start the double-play that ended the frame.

Berkman started the sixth with a single. Lee was next and he singled into center. Werth dropped the ball for an error, allowing Berkman to go to third. The Phils came into the game having made 15 errors on the season, but just one by an outfielder (Taguchi). Tejada flew to left for the first out. Blum was next and singled past Howard and into right. Berkman scored to put Houston up 2-0 and Lee went to third. Hunter Pence followed hit a fly ball to deep center. Werth tracked it down, but Lee scored to make it 3-0 with two down and Berkman on first. Brad Ausmus popped to short for the third out.

Chad Durbin started the seventh. He got the first two before Loretta and Berkman singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Lee, but Lee grounded to third to end the frame.

Durbin came back to throw a 1-2-3 eighth, dropping his ERA on the season to 0.75.

Seanez started the ninth. He got the first two before he walked Bourn. Bourn stole second and Seanez walked Loretta on a high 3-2 pitch. Berkman smashed a 1-1 pitch that looked ticketed for right, but Howard made a nice play on one hop to end the frame. The pick by Howard on Berkman’s ball looked like a nice play in a game the Phillies had lost at the time. After the bottom of the ninth it looks bigger.

Another fantastic appearance for Durbin. He has allowed eight hits over his first 12 innings with the Phils, all of them singles. He threw 30 pitches, so we won’t see him tonight. Seanez threw 22 pitches, so he’s a little more likely but my guess is the Phils would try to stay away from him if they can.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Shawn Chacon went (1) Werth (2) Ruiz (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Bruntlett. Wow is that ugly. The big surprise is Rollins is still not able to play after the off-day Monday. Many were expecting him to return for this game, but he remains on the bench. Werth plays center, Jenkins right and Bruntlett short. I was joking the other day when I suggested to look for Feliz hitting leadoff soon, but Ruiz hitting second isn’t a whole lot better. He came into the game with a .250 on-base percentage for the year. Werth does seem to make sense in the leadoff spot, given the options.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first and again in the second.

Feliz led off the third with a single. Bruntlett was next and got ahead 3-1. He swung at the 3-1 pitch and hit a double-play ball to third. Eaton grounded to third to end the inning. Swinging 3-1 didn’t work out for Bruntlett. On the plus side he at least had a good pitch to hit, he just didn’t hit it well.

Werth led off the fourth with a single, but Ruiz followed and hit into a double-play. Utley flew to right for the third out. Second inning in a row the Phils got a single from their leadoff man and hit into a double-play behind him.

Howard and Jenkins struck out in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Down 3-0, Feliz and Bruntlett started the sixth with back-to-back singles. It put men on first and second with nobody out for the pitcher’s spot, and Dobbs hit for Eaton and struck out swinging at a 2-2 pitch. Werth popped to second for the second out. Ruiz hit a ball in the hole between short and third, but Tejada made a nice play and a strong throw to end the inning. The strikeout by Dobbs is pretty bad, cause even a productive out can move a runner to third with one out. They wouldn’t have scored on Werth’s popup anyway, but not striking out might have been the way to go if they got to pick.

Howard walked with one out in the seventh, but Burrell struck out behind him and Jenkins flew to Bourn at the track in center.

Bruntlett walked with one out in the eighth and Rollins hit for Chad Durbin. Bruntlett stole second before Rollins grounded to third. The stolen base probably prevented a double-play that would have ended the inning, but it didn’t matter much when Werth followed and flew to right.

With righty Jose Valverde on to protect a 3-0 lead, Chris Snelling hit for Ruiz to start the ninth and hit the first pitch he saw just out to right. 3-1. Valverde hit Utley with his first pitch to him, bringing up Howard as the tying run. Howard got behind 0-2 looking at two pitches and then struck out swinging. Burrell got behind 0-1 before he hit a ball well out to the opposite field, tying the game at 3-3. Jenkins got behind 0-2 looking but battled all the way. The eleventh pitch of the at-bat was a fastball way inside. Jenkins swung and missed, but the ball went off of Ausmus’s glove and Jenkins took first with one out. Feliz was next and he hit a ball hard down the third base line and into the corner. Lee got to it and made a weak throw to Tejada, but Tejada made a strong throw to the plate. The ball beat Jenkins to home plate, but the throw was slightly on the first base side of the plate. Jenkins slid in and was called safe. Phils win. All fantastic. 1) Blum should have made the play at third 2) the relay from Lee to Tejada was terrible 3) Tejada’s throw to the plate was great 4) Jenkins should have, and may have, been held at third 5) fantastic hustle by Jenkins, who also showed more speed than I knew he had and 6) Jenkins was really out.

Werth was 1-for-4 to drop his average to .391.

Ruiz was 0-for-3 and left three men on base. His slugging percentage on the year is down to .244. He has two extra-base hits on the season, both doubles.

Utley was 0-for-3.

Howard was 0-for-3 with a walk and struck out twice. 1-for-his-last-9 with five walks and four strikeouts.

Burrell was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts and his fifth home run.

Jenkins was 0-for-4 and struck out twice but won the game with his ninth inning sprint around the bases. 2-for-his-last-15 with two singles.

Feliz was 3-for-4 with a game-winning double in the ninth.

Bruntlett was 1-for-2 with a walk.

Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 6.14) faces right Roy Oswalt (0-3, 9.00) tonight. Oswalt has been bombed in his first three starts. Opponents are hitting .400 against him and he’s allowed 30 hits in 16 innings, including five home runs. He curiously isn’t walking anyone, having allowed just two walks over his first three starts. He comes off of a nightmare start against the Marlins on Friday in which he went just four innings and was charged with eight earned runs. He made two starts against the Phils last season and was hit hard, charged with ten earned runs in 12 innings (7.50 ERA). He faced the Phils on April 13 and July 3. Kendrick gets an extra day of rest after Eaton skips ahead of him in the rotation to pitch last night’s game. Kendrick has made two stars on the season, neither of them good. His 6.14 ERA isn’t impressive, but it also doesn’t reflect how badly he’s struggled early. He has allowed 11 runs in his first 7 1/3 innings, only five of which have been earned. Lefties are hitting .381 against him. In his last start he walked six in 2 1/3 innings. He has never faced the Astros.


Cubs open the door, but Phils getting more e4 than you would hope for

The Phils split the final two games of the three-game set with the Cubs. On Saturday they cruised behind yet another brilliant start by Cole Hamels. Hamels gave the Phils seven shutout innings of one-hit ball and the offense backed him with seven runs. Yesterday the Phils had a chance for the sweep and took a 5-4 lead into the eighth, but Gordon gave up a run in the eighth and the Phils fell in extra-innings with the help of yet another error by Chase Utley.

Utley’s error hurt, but the Phils had a lot of chances in the game. They couldn’t get the big hit early. Late in the game they twice asked an unlikely guy to bunt and twice it didn’t work out. Jamie Moyer gave them another weak start, his second in three outings on the year.

The Phillies lost to the Chicago Cubs yesterday afternoon, falling 6-5 in ten innings to drop to 6-7 on the season. The Phils take the series two games to one, winning a series for the first time this season.

Jamie Moyer got the start for the Phils and went five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out two. Over his first three starts, Moyer has allowed 22 hits in 14 2/3 innings.

Moyer set the Cubs down 1-2-3 in the first.

In the second, Kosuke Fukudome singled with one out, but Moyer set down the next three.

Henry Blanco started the third with a single. The pitcher Jason Marquis tried to bunt him along but popped up to Coste for the first out. Soriano moved him to second with a single and Reed Johnson followed with another single that scored Blanco and moved Soriano to second with the game tied at 1-1. Derrek Lee was next and he doubled over the head of Werth in center. Both runners scored and the Cubs led 3-1. Moyer got the next two to leave Lee stranded.

Blanco singled again with two outs in the fourth, but Marquis went down behind him.

With two outs in the fifth, Lee hit a ball back to Moyer that went off his glove. Moyer recovered and threw to first, but not well. Howard couldn’t catch it and Lee went to second on the error by Moyer. Moyer walked the righty Aramis Ramirez intentionally and then got the lefty Fukudome on a fly ball to deep right.

Moyer started the sixth with the Phils trailing 3-2. Mark DeRosa led off for the Cubs and hit a 1-1 pitch down the left field line and out of the park for a home run. Replays showed clearly that the ball was foul. Burrell came in to point this out and Manuel came out to argue and was ejected. 4-2 Cubs. Ryan Theriot was next and he singled into center and that was all for Moyer. Chad Durbin came in to pitch and Ruiz came in to catch as part of the double-switch. The Phils pitched out and Ruiz gunned Theriot down trying to steal for the first out and Durbin set down the next two behind him.

Durbin returned for the seventh with a 5-4 lead. Derrek Lee singled with two outs, but Durbin struck out Ramirez behind him to set the Cubs down.

Gordon came in to pitch the eighth and walked DeRosa with one out. Ronny Cedeno ran for DeRosa at first and moved to second when Theriot singled to left. Lefty Felix Pie hit for the catcher Blanco, and JC Romero came in to pitch for the Phils. Righty Geovany Soto hit for Pie and Cedeno stole third before Soto delivered a check-swing bloop into right field. Cedeno scored to tie the game at 5-5 and Theriot went to second. Lefty Daryle Ward hit for the pitcher Carlos Marmol and struck out for the second out before Soriano flew to left to end the frame.

Lidge pitched the ninth with the score tied at 5-5. He walked Ramirez with two outs, but got Fukudome on a fly ball to left to set the Cubs down.

Rudy Seanez started the tenth and gave up a leadoff walk to Cedeno. Theriot bunted Cedeno to second before Cedeno walked Soto. It put men on first and second for pitcher Kerry Wood. The Cubs were out of position players, so Carlos Zambrano hit for Wood. Zambrano hit a double-play ball to short. Bruntlett tossed to second, but Utley’s relay to first was miserable. Instead of an inning-ending double-play, Cedeno scored from third and the Cubs led 6-5. Soriano flew to right for the third out.

Miserable play by Utley, his fourth error on the season. After 13 games he’s on pace to make 50 errors. He’s also made several bad plays on which he wasn’t charged with an error. Seanez was victimized by the error, but the leadoff walk to Cedeno wasn’t fantastic either.

With the off day today, the Phils bullpen should be in good shape. Lidge needed 21 pitches to get through the ninth, but everyone else, including Durbin, who threw two innings, threw less than 20. Durbin threw 17.

Durbin continues to be fabulous for the Phils, giving them two more good innings to drop his ERA on the season to 0.90.

The Phillies’ lineup against righty Jason Marquis went (1) Jenkins (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Coste (8) Bruntlett. Werth gets the start in center with Victorino on the DL — very nice to see him start there instead of Taguchi cause the Phils need his bat. Jenkins in right and hitting leadoff, which is not the way to go. Bruntlett plays short with Rollins hopefully out with his ankle for the last time. The Phils have three lefties in their lineup but still manage to put four righties in a row five through eight in their order. I think you go Werth-Utley-Howard-Burrell-Jenkins-Feliz-Coste-Bruntlett if those are the players in your lineup (chances are good we won’t see those eight players in lineup at the start of the game again this season).

With one out in the first Werth was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a single by Utley. Werth and Utley pulled off a double-steal, putting men on second and third for Howard and Howard was walked intentionally. Burrell was next and flew out to the warning track in left. Werth scored to put the Phils up 1-0. Feliz flew to left for the third out.

Coste started the second with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Bruntlett moved him to third with an infield single. Moyer bunted Bruntlett to second, putting men on second and third with one out for Jenkins. Jenkins popped to short for the second out. Werth walked to load the bases, but Utley flew to left to end the inning.

Phils leave five runners stranded in the first two innings, getting one run after loading the bases with one out in the first and putting men on first and third with nobody out in the second.

Down 3-1 in the third, the Phils went 1-2-3.

Bruntlett singled with one out in the fourth and again Moyer bunted him to second. Jenkins lined to second to end the inning.

Werth led off the fifth and smashed a 2-0 pitch out to left-center, cutting the Cubs’ lead to 3-2. Utley flew to center for the first out before Howard walked. Burrell struck out swinging for the second. With Feliz at the plate, Howard went to second on a wild pitch. Feliz walked, putting men on first and second for Coste, but Coste grounded out to short.

Bruntlett led off the sixth with the Phils down 4-2 and hit one out to left. 4-3. Ruiz and Jenkins singled back-to-back, putting men on first and third with nobody out for Werth. Werth singled to right, scoring Ruiz and moving Jenkins to third with the score tied at 4-4. Utley hit a fly ball to right for the first out and Jenkins came home, putting the Phils up 5-4. Howard flew to center for the second out before Werth stole second. Burrell walked, putting men on first and second with two down, but Feliz was caught looking to end the inning.

Just called up Chris Snelling hit for Durbin to start the seventh and popped to third. Bruntlett and Ruiz went down behind him.

Jenkins led off the eighth with a single with the game tied at 5-5. Werth tried to bunt him along, but popped it up for the first out. Bunting with Werth there is a bad idea if it works. Utley flew to center and Howard grounded to the shortstop, playing to the right of second.

Phils waste the leadoff single.

Burrell led off the ninth with a walk and Taguchi ran for him at first. Feliz bunted back to the pitcher and Taguchi was forced at second with Feliz safe at first. Dobbs hit for Lidge and was hit by a pitch, moving Feliz to second. With one out and men on first and second, Bruntlett, who had three hits on the day, struck out. Ruiz grounded to first for the third out. You have to wonder if Bruntlett hitting for himself really means that Rollins wasn’t ready to play in the field. On the other hand he did have three hits on the day. Second inning in a row the Phils get the leadoff man on and get nothing. Second inning in a row they give away an out trying to bunt leadoff men to second. Feliz and Werth should combined to bunt approximately never. Twice in two innings?

Down 6-5 in the tenth, Jenkins and Werth went down for the first two outs before Utley doubled to right. Howard was walked intentionally with Taguchi behind him, and Taguchi grounded to second to end the game. I’d walk Howard intentionally a lot when the game is on the line and Taguchi is hitting behind him.

Phils can’t break through in the early innings. In the eighth and ninth they gave some outs away trying to bunt.

Jenkins was 2-for-6 in the game. 2-for-11 in the series. 256/304/372 on the year. Phillies will hopefully either get Rollins back or find a top of the order hitter by process of elimination soon. .304 isn’t really what you’re looking for.

Werth is amazing. 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two RBI. 4-for-8 with a double and a home run in the series. 421/593/684 on the year.

Utley was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. His fielding has been absurdly bad so far this season. 5-for-14 with two doubles and a triple in the set. 333/419/667.

Howard 0-for-3 with three walks. 2-for-10 with a double, a home run four walks in the series. 191/339/426.

Burrell was 0-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. 2-for-8 with a double and a home run in the series. 359/500/769.

Feliz was 0-for-4 with a walk and left five men on base. 2-for-9 with a home run in the series. 200/265/356 on the year, so look for him to lead off any day now.

Coste was 0-for-2 with a walk in the game in his only action of the series. 267/389/600. Ruiz was 1-for-3 on the day and 3-for-11 with three singles in the series. 211/250/263. He has one extra-base hit in April.

Bruntlett was 3-for-5 with a home run. 3-for-12 in the series. 208/240/333.

Dobbs was hit by a pitch in his plate appearance today. 2-for-3 with a double in the series. 231/286/308. Nice to see him get a start in the series — hopefully we’ll see him get a lot of starts against lefties, especially when the Phils have a fly ball pitcher on the mound.

Taguchi was 0-for-1. 1-for-2 with a double in the series. 222/222/444 in nine at-bats on the season. I’m not saying there’s no situation in which you shouldn’t pinch-run for Pat Burrell, but the Phils would be a better team overall if they instituted a rule that they would not run for Burrell under any circumstances.

Victorino was 4-for-7 with a walk in the series before hitting the DL. 234/294/277. He has one extra-base hit on the year.

On Saturday the Phils beat the Cubs 7-1.

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phils and went seven shutout innings, allowing one hit, a double, and two walks. He struck out five and dropped his ERA to 0.82 after three starts.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 first and a 1-2-3 second. The third out of the second inning came on a nice play by Victorino. Mark DeRosa hammered a ball to left-center and Victorino made the catch while crashing into the wall to end the frame.

In the third, Ryan Theriot drew a one out walk and pitcher Ted Lilly bunted him to second. Alfonso Soriano flew to right to leave Theriot stranded.

Derrek Lee doubled with one out in the fourth, but Hamels got the next two to leave him stranded.

Hamels threw a 1-2-3 fifth and got three fly ball in a 1-2-3 sixth. Through six innings Hamels had allowed one hit and one walk and thrown 86 pitches.

He walked Lee to start the seventh, but struck out Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto behind him and got DeRosa on a popup to the pitcher for the third out.

Ryan Madson came in to pitch the eighth. Hamels leaves with a one-hitter having thrown 111 pitches. Another inning for Hamels would have been too much, especially with the well-rested pen coming off of Myers’ long outing on Friday. Madson walked pinch-hitter Fukudome to start the inning, which isn’t so much what you’re looking for with a five-run lead. Theriot was next and blooped a ball that fell in front of Jenkins in right. Fukudome didn’t read it right, though, and Jenkins threw to second and got the force for the first out. Mike Fontenot was next and grounded to second. Utley threw to first for the second out as Theriot moved to second. Soriano singled into right and Theriot scored, cutting the Phillies’ lead to 5-1. Madson struck Reed Johnson out on three pitches to set the Cubs down.

Madson got a huge boost in the inning from the base-running mistake by Fukudome.

Condrey started the ninth with a 7-1 lead. He gave up a one out single to Aramis Ramirez, but got the next two to end the game.

The Phillies’ lineup against lefty Ted Lilly went (1) Victorino (2) Werth (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Feliz (7) Ruiz (8) Bruntlett. Werth plays right against the lefty and hits second. Bruntlett at short with Rollins still out with his ankle problem.

Werth singled with one in the first, but Utley and Howard both struck out behind him.

Burrell led off the second with a walk and Feliz followed and hit a 1-0 pitch out to left-center, putting the Phils up 2-0. Ruiz and Bruntlett went down behind him before Hamels doubled. Victorino was next and moved him to third with a single. Werth walked to load the bases, but Utley popped out to end the inning.

The Phils went 1-2-3 in the third and again in the fourth.

Victorino led off the fifth with a single. Werth popped to Lee at first for the first out, but Utley doubled into right. Victorino held at third. With Howard at the plate a wild pitch from Lilly brought Victorino home to extend the Phillies’ lead to 3-0. Utley went to third, but it didn’t matter cause Howard muscled one just out to right-center. 5-0. Burrell drew a walk and Feliz hit into a double-play to end the inning.

Ruiz led off the sixth with a ground ball to third that went off the heel of Ramirez’s glove. Ruiz was hustling all the way and just beat the throw to first (he was out). Bruntlett, Hamels and Victorino all grounded out behind him. Victorino appeared to pull up a little with some type of leg problem while running to first on the final out. He was out of the game in the top of the seventh with a strain of the right calf.

Utley tripled off the wall in right-center with one out in the seventh. Howard followed with a walk before Burrell struck out for the first out. Feliz grounded to short to turn the Phillies away. Burrell’s been great so far this year, but his strikeout with a runner on third and one down wasn’t fantastic.

Ruiz led off the eighth with a single. Bruntlett popped to first for the first out before Taguchi doubled to right, scoring Ruiz to put the Phils up 6-1. Jenkins flew to center for the second out before Werth doubled, scoring Taguchi to make it 7-1. Utley grounded to second for the third out.

Victorino was 2-for-4 and was put on the DL after the game.

Werth 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Utley 2-for-5 with a double and a triple.

Howard 1-for-3 with his third home run of the season.

Burrell 0-for-2 with two walks.

Feliz 1-for-4 with a two-run homer.

Ruiz 1-for-4.

Bruntlett 0-for-4.

No game today. The Phils start a three-game series with the Astros tomorrow.


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.


Carpenter complex

Turns out that the remaining issue of spring training for the Phillies isn’t who fills out the last two spots on the roster so much as whether Andrew Carpenter should be made the fifth starter or traded for A-Rod. It’s an issue intelligent people can disagree about, so maybe they can make him the fifth starter for a while and then trade him for A-Rod.

Brett Myers and prospect Andrew Carpenter shutout the Yankees on four singles yesterday as the Phils improved to 12-15 with a 4-0 win.

Myers got the start and went five innings in his final spring tune up. He struck out three while allowing two singles and two walks to drop his ERA to 1.13. Carpenter followed Myers and struck out six in four innings, allowing a pair of singles and two walks.

Andrew Carpenter is a 22-year-old righty the Phils took in the second round of the 2006 draft. He was really good at Single-A Clearwater in 2007, going 17-6 in 27 games, 24 of which were starts. He threw to a 3.20 ERA with a 1.25 ratio. In 163 innings he gave up 150 hits and walked 53 while striking out 116.

Article about him here. A lot of people think his name is Drew Carpenter, but Phuture Phillies got to the bottom of that one and some other issues in an interview earlier this month.

Jenkins was 3-for-4 with a double for the Phils. He has his spring average up to .254. Burrell had two singles in three at-bats to raise his average to .275. Rollins drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single, he was 1-for-3 on the day with a stolen base. Utley returned after missing some time for personal reasons and went 0-for-4. Werth was 0-for-4 and struck out twice, dropping his average to .159. Taguchi was 1-for-1 with a double, he’s hitting 371/488/457 in 43 spring plate appearances.

The Phillies play Detroit today.

This article says that Benson may still be back in May. It also says that Davey Lopes feels good after prostate surgery and that there is still a possibility the Phils will get Jimmy Rollins fan and left-handed pitcher Steve Kline.

This suggests that the efforts to trade for Kline fell through, that JD Durbin thinks his chances to make the team don’t look good and that Helms has an advantage over Snelling if the Phils carry a 14th hitter. Over the last couple of days several articles have suggested it’s Snelling that would have the edge over Helms. And there’s always the good chance that neither of them make the team.

Update: This suggests the Phillies put JD Durbin on waivers.

Update again: David Murphy says Travis Blackey cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A.


The 35th cut is the deepest

Opening day draws nearer and while we’re still not sure who will be on the Phillies on Monday we have some more information about who won’t. Vic Darensbourg and Gary Knotts are gone, sent to minor league camps. Travis Blackley is out of the picture as well, offered back to the Giants. It leaves the Phils with 23 players who look to be locks to make the team and, assuming you don’t think Ray Olmedo is making the team, three, Wes Helms, Chris Snelling and JD Durbin the in-house candidates to fill the two remaining positions.

13 hitters: Howard, Utley, Rollins, Burrell, Victorino, Werth, Ruiz, Dobbs, Feliz, Coste, Bruntlett, Taguchi, Jenkins

10 pitchers: Hamels, Myers, Moyer, Kendrick, Eaton, Gordon, Madson, Romero, Condrey, Chad Durbin

Without a move, and you have to believe the chances that one is coming soon are big, JD Durbin gets the 11th pitching spot with the Phils carrying 14 hitters and Snelling or Helms making the team. That would be a brutal pitching staff, even with Lidge and Rosario likely to come off the DL soon and contribute. Six relievers, five of them righties and one of them JD Durbin, who would be very tough to put into a game given how terribly he has been pitching.

So maybe there’s more coming before Monday.

Let’s hope so at least.

Both this article and this article suggest that Snelling is more likely to take the 14th hitter spot than Helms if there is one.

Even if the Phils add a left-handed pitcher it will still be interesting what they do with JD Durbin. If they keep the new guy and JD Durbin it means no room for the 14th hitter. Durbin is out of options so they may lose him if they don’t. As bad as the Phillies’ pitching is, if it comes down to a decision about keeping Snelling or Durbin to start the season I think you have to hope it’s Snelling given how abysmally Durbin has been pitching.

The Phils fell to the Reds yesterday, losing Reds 5-3 to drop to 11-15 in spring training.

Kendrick got the start for the Phils and was hit hard again. He went five innings, allowing five runs on ten hits and three walks. Only one of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out four and his ERA dropped to 9.68. In 17 2/3 innings this spring he has allowed 31 hits. Opponents are hitting .397 against him. After Kendrick’s departure, the Phils didn’t allow a hit in the final four innings of the game. Chad Durbin gave up two walks in two scoreless innings to lower his spring ERA to 5.25. JC Romero threw a perfect eighth and Madson lowered his ERA to 1.64 with a scoreless ninth. Madson walked one hitter.

Victorino was 2-for-4 and stole a base. He has his spring average up to .254. Jenkins was 1-for-4 with a double and three strikeouts. Burrell 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Rollins was 0-for-4 to drop his average to .182.

The Phillies play the Yankees today.

Kris Benson did not opt out of his contract despite not being on the 40-man roster.

Blackley hit Curtis Granderson with a pitch on Saturday and broke his finger. The injury will cause Granderson to miss about two weeks of the season.

This article wonders if the Phils have a chance to set a team record for runs scored. They don’t. Their high mark was 944 in 1930. Forced to pick I would comfortably guess they will score fewer runs in 2008 than they did in 2007. At the same time I, and just about everyone else, was sure they were going to score less runs in 2007 than they did in 2006. I’m sure again.


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