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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.

  • #2
    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
    The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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    • #3
      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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      • #4
        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.
        "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            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.
            "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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            • #7
              Cliff Lee has been placed on the disabled list.
              The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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              • #8
                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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                • #9
                  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.
                  CenterStageSports.com - Where the Big Boys Play

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                  • #10
                    Kyle Kendrick is terrible.
                    The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                    • #11
                      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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                      • #12
                        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, 09:07 AM.

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                        • #13
                          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, 03:46 PM.

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                          • #14
                            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, 07:52 AM.

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                            • #15
                              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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