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    2012 Phillies Season Thread

    A new basbeall season always makes me happy. Feel free to discuss the 2012 Phillies season here.


    "And their chances of getting back into this ballgame are growing dimmer by the batter."


    Put it in the books.

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    Not really about the 2012 season but I thought you'd like this short article on the Phanatic:
    http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/122483
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    Looks like Phillies fans can expect a lot of one-run games this year with their diminished offense since Howard and Utley are out indefinitely.
    To win the World Series they are going to have to pattern themselves after the 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers .......Great Pitching and just enough offense to pull out close, low-scoring games.

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    I wish Manuel would play a radically aggressive brand of small ball until Howard gets back. Rather than have Rollins and Pence try to be the HR hitters.
    "I go all out. And I'm going to bring that to the table every day, in good times and bad times." - Eric Byrnes

    "...far too many people want to retroactively apply today's standards to yesterday's players, as if they played the game under the same assumptions and just heedlessly and obdurately plowed on in their own groove." - Los Bravos

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    So far, I'd definitely fault the job GM Ruben Amaro did this offseason, particularly in assembling the bench. The Phillies roster looks like a jumble - a jigsaw puzzle whose pieces don't fit together correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philliesfiend55 View Post
    So far, I'd definitely fault the job GM Ruben Amaro did this offseason, particularly in assembling the bench. The Phillies roster looks like a jumble - a jigsaw puzzle whose pieces don't fit together correctly.
    Agreed. Ugh.
    "I go all out. And I'm going to bring that to the table every day, in good times and bad times." - Eric Byrnes

    "...far too many people want to retroactively apply today's standards to yesterday's players, as if they played the game under the same assumptions and just heedlessly and obdurately plowed on in their own groove." - Los Bravos

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    Cliff Lee has been placed on the disabled list.
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    For the last three years the Phillies only seem to have one backup plan when starting pitchers get hurt - Kyle Kendrick.
    He's done okay, but can't they give some minor leaguers a chance once in a while.

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    Roy Halladay has been excused from the Phillies due to a personal family issue.

    Halladay was blasted for eight runs in just 5 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Braves, and it's safe to wonder whether his mind was elsewhere during that start. The Phillies haven't explained exactly why the 34-year-old is absent, but they're insisting that he is fully healthy. Halladay will presumably return to the team in time for his next scheduled start. He has a 3.40 ERA on the year.

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    Kyle Kendrick is terrible.
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    SAVERY DOWN/ DIEKMAN UP?
    LHP Joe Savery was demoted to Lehigh Valley (AAA) today. With an off day today the Phillies don't have to replace him until tomorrow May 11.
    Most Likely candidate to join the Phillies: Left-handed relief pitcher Jake Diekman, 25, who has been great at Lehigh Valley. If recalled, his first Phillies appearence would be his MLB debut.

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    Actually the demotion of LHP Joe Savery was just the overture of a series of moves that brought on board four new players who had no prior experience with the Phils.
    Added from minors : Friday - INF-Hector Luna, LHP Jake Diekman, LHP - Raul Valdes and Saturday (Today) INF-Mike Fontenot.
    Demoted to Lehigh Valley (AAA): Thursday LHP Joe Savery. Friday RHP- Brian Sanches - Saturday C- Eric Kratz.
    Placed on Disabled List (Friday) - OF-1B Laynce Nix
    Transferred from 15 Day Disabled List to 60 Day DL - RHP- Justin De Fratus.
    Also on Friday Outfielder Scott Podsednik, who made a strong. but unsuccessful attempt to make the Phillies in Spring training, was sold to the Boston Red Sox.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 05-12-2012 at 09:07 AM.

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    DL's getting crowded

    The Phillies 15 day DL now consists of: 1B Ryan Howard, 1B Jim Thome, 2B Chase Utley, OF-1B Laynce Nix, RHP Mike Stutes, and RHP- Justin DeFratus (60 Days).

    May 16 - Add right handed starting pitcher Vance Worley to the15 Day DL.
    Phillies 2011 Rule 5 Pick, INF-OF Michael Martinez has been placed on the 60-Day disabled list with J.De Fratus.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 05-16-2012 at 03:46 PM.

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    GREAT DEBUT FOR DIEKMAN

    Jacob "Jake" Diekman was called up to the Phillies on May 11. After getting "The Call" he became a rather highly paid spectator for four days as Phillies starters all turned in nearly-route going performances before turning games over to Closer Jonathan Papelbon. Finally with Papelbon overworked, the young lefty reliever finally got the opportunity to make his major leagues debut...and it came in a critical situation. Diekman confessed after the May 15 game in Philadelphia that he thought "they'd probably use me in a 4 or 5 run lead situation" for his major leagues debut. Quite Logical, but just the opposite occured. When reliever Chad Qualls blew a Save in the top of the ninth and the game had turned into a 3-3 tie with Houston, with two outs and runners on second and third base, Diekman finally was summoned from the bullpen. He struck out the batter to get the Phillies out of that inning still tied. In the top of the tenth Diekman was perfect getting an infield pop out followed by two more strikeouts with his sharp breaking ball and a 95 MPH fastball.. Hunter Pence then lined a home run in the bottom of the tenth to make Diekman the winning pitcher.
    Diekman's first appearence was a debut not soon to be forgotten by the Citizens Bank Park faithful.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 05-16-2012 at 07:52 AM.

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    I just saw some video from Diekman's debut. Two of the third strike pitches broke into the dirt. Carlos Ruiz had to scoop them up and throw to first base to complete the strikeouts. To say Diekman's stuff is "lively" doesn't begin to describe it.

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    Jim Thome activated, Pete Orr demoted.

    Jim Thome was activated from the disabled List for tonight's home game Vs. the Los angeles Dodgers. he has been out since the final few days of April. Utility Infielder, Pete Orr who had been with the Phillies since Opening Day was sent to Lehigh Valley (AAA).
    Thome's activation comes just in time for a 9-Game, Interleague road trip to American League cities where the Phillies plan to use Thome as the Designated Hitter in most of those games.

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    Chad Qualls is terrible.
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    LHP - Jeremy "Plowboy" Horst has looked very good since his recall this week in two scoreless apperences. Looks like a big midwestern plowboy - a young Jim Thome.
    Horst and Brian Sanches were brought up to bolster the pitching staff after Joe savery was demoted to AAA and Chad Qualls was Designated for assignment. Among position players, OF Jason Pridie (joining the roster today, July 1) and C-Eric Kratz have been added to the roster in the wake of a disabling injury to C - Brian Schneider and the trade of PH - Jim Thome for two minor leaguers .
    When Pridie plays his first game as a Phillie that will mean 13 players have made their team debuts for the Phillies this season and it's only the mid-point of the season. Last year the number of new players making their Phillies' team debuts for the entire season was 11.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 07-01-2012 at 09:43 AM.

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    so Philly is a seller not a buyer now?


    damn

    Cliff Lee deal looks horrible now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackout View Post
    so Philly is a seller not a buyer now?


    damn

    Cliff Lee deal looks horrible now
    Who can they sell tho? Victorino and Blanton wouldn't be bad to move. Other than that, who? Hamels, maybe. Utley, Howard, Rollins, Pence, Ruiz, Hallday, Papelbon, Worley aren't going anywhere.
    "I go all out. And I'm going to bring that to the table every day, in good times and bad times." - Eric Byrnes

    "...far too many people want to retroactively apply today's standards to yesterday's players, as if they played the game under the same assumptions and just heedlessly and obdurately plowed on in their own groove." - Los Bravos

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