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Everybody sits, woo hoo

Placido Polanco is the latest Phillie to be sidelined. Polanco hyperextended his left elbow during yesterday’s game and is uncertain when he will return to spring action.

The Phils won the game, beating the Blue Jays 13-7.

Blanton got the start for the Phils and went four innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. He didn’t walk anyone and has now thrown to a 3.45 ERA with a 1.28 ratio in four starts.

Baez followed Blanton and allowed a run on a single and two walks to raise his spring ERA to 1.23. Madson allowed two runs in the sixth on two doubles and a pair of walks. He’s now allowed two runs in six innings while striking out 11. Romero allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in the seventh — those are also the first runs he has allowed this spring as well as the first walk. Contreras and Juan Perez each threw scoreless innings. Juan Perez now has a 1.69 ERA and 1.13 ratio in his 5 1/3 innings. He’s allowed just two hits but walked four.

Ibanez and Francisco both homered for the Phils. It was the second for Ibanez and third for Francisco. Francisco’s line is at 368/429/737 through 38 at-bats. He leads all Phillies with at least 10 plate appearances with an OPS of 1.165.

Michael Martinez was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI. He still hasn’t drawn a walk yet, but he’s at 306/306/444 in 36 at-bats. Valdez drove in three runs as well, going 1-for-4 with a double. 455/514/636.

Barfield 0-for-3 to drop him to 417/429/583 in 24 at-bats. Mayberry played first and went 0-for-2. Young 0-for-2 and at 318/362/432 with a team-high 44 at-bats. Ruiz is hitting .143 after going 1-for-3 with a single.

No game today. Cliff Lee starts against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

This article from the Phillies web site suggests we bet on Utley to start the year on the DL. I think it would be tough to find someone who will take the other side of that bet. It also suggests that Pete Orr, Delwyn Young, Josh Barfield and Michael Martinez are competing for two bench slots. Still hoping for Young and Barfield, but Young and Martinez looks like the better guess at this point. Orr seems like a long shot compared to the rest of the group, although he has hit 296/296/593 in 27 at-bats. He can also play third, which might be attractive to the Phils if Polanco is going to miss significant time.

Martinez seems to have a huge advantage in that competition after being taken by the Phils in the Rule V draft.


Weekend update

The Phils topped the Twins yesterday, winning 6-3 to improve to 11-7.

Michael Stutes started the game for the Phils and again pitched well. He threw three scoreless innings, allowing no hits and a walk. He’s now made five appearances and thrown to a 1.00 ERA and an 0.44 ratio, allowing three hits and a walk over nine innings while striking out nine. Baez followed Stutes with a scoreless inning and Jason Grilli threw two of his own before Matt Anderson struggled in the seventh. Anderson got just one out and was charged with three runs (two earned) on two hits, a walk and two wild pitches. Ryan Edell and Chris Kissock finished the game for the Phils, combining to throw 2 2/3 innings without being charged with a run (although Edell uncorked a wild pitch that helped the Twins plate some more out of the mess that Anderson created in the seventh).

Mayberry started at first for the Phils and went 0-for-3 to drop his spring line to 324/390/730 through 37 at-bats. Delwyn Young played left and went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer. 333/364/452 with a team-high 42 at-bats. Valdez was 2-for-3 with a double and is hitting .519. Barfield 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. He’s 9-for-19 with two doubles, a triple and a home run (474/524/684).

Michael Martinez was 2-for-4 with a double to push his average to .250 (250/250/375 in 32 at-bats).

On Saturday, splits squads of Phils faced the Pirates and Rays. The Phils topped Pittsburgh 11-4 and lost to Tampa Bay 6-2.

Worley started the game against the Pirates, allowing a run on two hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings. He struck out five and dropped his spring ERA to 3.86. Herndon allowed three runs in the eighth and got just two outs, puffing his ERA to 5.79. Mathieson, Zagurski and Juan Perez combined to toss five shutout innings in the game in which they allowed no hits and one walk. Zagurski dropped his spring ERA to 1.50 in six innings over five appearances.

Cory Sullivan went 2-for-3 with a homer run and two RBI in the game for the Phils. Pete Orr led off and played second, going 3-for-5 with a pair of triples. Mayberry played center and went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and three RBI.

David Price held the Phils to a run on two hits and two walks in five innings in the other game. Kendrick got the start and was hit hard, allowing five runs over four innings. He allowed three home runs in the game and saw his spring ERA rise to 5.00. Contreras followed Kendrick and allowed a run over two innings. Madson followed that, striking out six in two scoreless frames before Romero threw a scoreless ninth to keep his spring ERA at 0.00 through four appearances.

Martinez was 2-for-3 in the game with a pair of singles. Rollins 1-for-3 with a double.

Friday the Phils beat the Orioles 13-6. Lee allowed three runs in three innings to puff his spring ERA to 5.00. Lidge was hit hard late, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. Meyer pitched the ninth and allowed a run on a solo homer by Robert Andino. Baez and Bastardo each pitched two scoreless innings.

Lidge has now made five official spring appearances, allowing five runs in five innings on eight hits, two walks and two hit batters. That’s a 9.00 ERA and a 2.00 ratio.

Ibanez, Howard, Gload and Mayberry all homered, plating seven of the 13 Phillie runs. Ibanez was 3-for-3 with a double, a homer and three RBI. Delwyn Young went 3-for-5 with a double. Gload was 2-for-3 with a double and a homer.

Hamels is expected to start today as the Phils face the Astros.

The Phillies signed Ruben Amaro to a four-year contract extension, which means he will be with the team through 2015.

On Friday, the Phils sent 15 players to Minor League Camp and released Robb Quinlan. Andrew Carpenter, Drew Naylor, Carlos Rivero and JC Ramirez were among the players sent down.

This article from the Phillies web site says that Delwyn Young has a good chance to make the team.


Right fielders without partners

Idea day at Philliesflow. Not good idea day, though. Just idea. You’ll have plenty of advanced notification before good idea day arrives.

Idea one: Switch-hitter Delwyn Young should platoon with Francisco in right field. Idea two: lefty Brandon Moss should platoon with Francisco in right field.

Numbers to the rescue — here’s some career numbers against right-handed pitching for Young, Moss and Francisco:

PA BB % SO % AVG OBP SLG OPS
Francisco 867 6.7 19.0 262 323 440 .762
Young 567 7.2 23.8 260 317 393 .710
Moss 604 7.6 22.5 236 298 387 .685

It really seems like Brandon Moss sure ought to be the answer to this question. But he’s not. There’s not really any case to be made that Moss has been better against right-handed pitching to this point in his career than Francisco has. It seems like Moss ought to be a lot younger than those other guys, too, but, again, he’s not. Okay, he’s a little younger. Moss turns 28 in September, Francisco 30 in October and Young 29 in June.

Of course, if you want to worry about Francisco against righties, I hope you won’t let anything you read here stop you. A good place to start would be Francisco’s numbers against righties in 2010:

PA BB % SO % AVG OBP SLG OPS
Francisco 101 5.9 19.8 253 310 330 .640

101 plate appearances should go a long way there towards making you feel at least a little better. Not all better though, cause a .330 slugging percentage isn’t really what you’re looking for from your corner outfielder. Jayson Werth, for example, slugged .556 against righties last season. So if Francisco’s was to slug .330 against righties and play regularly in right in 2011, I think it wouldn’t take too long for us to notice a difference. He was miserable against righties in 2010 and the Phillies are going to have a big problem if those numbers don’t improve a whole lot against them in 2011. I think they will, but finding a corner outfielder that can hit lefties doesn’t seem like it should be too daunting a task. At the same time, the Phillies haven’t done it yet and their best candidate just broke his hand after going 1-for-16 with nine strikeouts.

Yesterday the offense was shut down and the Oswalt scuffled as the Phils fell to the Yankees, 7-1. The Phillies are 5-6 in official spring games.

Oswalt got the start and didn’t fare well, allowing five runs over 2 2/3 innings. Eduardo Nunez hit a three-run homer off of him in the second and Curtis Granderson connected for a two-run shot in the third. Worley finished off the third and threw a scoreless fourth before allowing a pair of runs on three singles and a walk in the fifth. After Worley, Drew Naylor, Brian Bass and Ryan Feierabend combined to give the Phils 3 1/3 scoreless innings.

Worley has now allowed ten hits and two walks over six innings.

The Phils had two hits through six innings, a single by Victorino and a solo home run by Valdez. Rollins had a single in the seventh and Pete Orr doubled in the eighth. Joel Naughton had a pinch-hit single in the ninth for the other Phillie hit. Polanco was 0-for-3 with an error. Howard, Francisco and Gload were all 0-for-3. Gload continues to not play the outfield, what with not being an outfielder and all. He started the game at first.

Among the regulars who haven’t had a great spring, Rollins is hitting .208, Ibanez .200 and Polanco .238.

Hamels starts against the Orioles today.

This says that Ibanez would likely hit third if Utley were to miss a lot of time.

This says that the Phils now don’t expect to know how the much the cortisone injection has helped Utley until the weekend. It also says that Brown will have surgery on his hand today in Philadelphia.

Madson would like to close and will be a free agent after the 2011 season.


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