Phillies – Dodgers, Wild Thing, Bowa and more!

14 10 2009

audio_icon_big (MLB Network Analyst, Mitch Williams talks Phillies)
audio_icon_big(LA Dodgers coach and former Phillie, Lary Bowa)
audio_icon_big(Phillies beat writer Andy Martino looks at Phils – Dodgers)
audio_icon_big(Phillies beat writer Scott Lauber with a report from LA)



15 01 2009
Ozuna speed and experience could help him make the team.

Ozuna speed and experience could help him make the team.

Infielders Anthony Hewitt, Pablo Ozuna and Jorge Velandia and left-hander Jacob Woods signed minor league contracts and were invited to major league spring training, the Phillies announced today.

Hewitt, 19, was the Phillies’ first-round selection in last year’s draft. In 33 games with the rookie-level Gulf Coast Phillies in 2008, Hewitt batted .197 with seven doubles, one home run and nine RBI.

Ozuna split the 2008 season between the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, hitting a combined .260 with one home run and nine RBI in 68 games. A member of the 2005 World Champion White Sox, the 34-year-old has a career average of .282 in 309 games for the Florida Marlins (2000, 2002), Colorado Rockies (2003), White Sox (2005-08) and Dodgers (2008).

A native of Venezuela, Velandia split last season between triple-A Syracuse and triple-A Buffalo and batted a combined .233 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 80 games. In seven games with the Cleveland Indians, the 34-year-old hit .375. Velandia has appeared in 174 major league games for the San Diego Padres (1997), Oakland A’s (1998-2000), New York Mets (2000-01, 2003), Tampa Bay Rays (2007) and Indians (2008).

Woods appeared in 15 games for the Seattle Mariners last season, but spent the majority of the year with triple-A Tacoma, where he went 6-1 with one save and a 4.08 ERA in 32 games (two starts). In his major league career, Woods is a combined 8-5 with one save and a 4.60 ERA in 84 games (eight starts) for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005) and Mariners (2006-08). Read the rest of this entry »

New Park at Citizens Bank Park

15 12 2008

By Mike Gill

Will Park be a starter or out of the pen.

Will Park be a starter or out of the pen.

The Phillies off season additions continued today as the team just confirmed they have signed former Dodger Chan Ho Park.  Park was 4-4 with a 3.40 ERA in 54 appearances with the Dodgers (5 starts).

Here is something to look into however.  Park was quoted in the Korean Times as saying, “I was a little worried about the Citizen Bank Park, the home of the Phillies, which is hitter-friendly, but as they considered me as a starter, I signed with Philadelphia.”

Are the Phillies really considering Park as a starter?  If so, does that mean that Jamie Moyer is off the radar?  And if he is a starter, does that mean that JA Happ will be with the team and become the teams number five starter?

Overall, I figured that the move was made to replace Rudy Suaenz, but it is a one-year, $2.5 million deal that could become $5 million if he reaches certain goals.  So you can read that contract a couple of different ways. 

1) That’s a decent enough contact to be a back-of-the-rotation starter.  Read the rest of this entry »

Phils Looking for Friends in Lowe Places

4 12 2008

by Mike Gill

According to a report in today’s Boston Globe, the phillies have made a formal offer to free agent pitcher Derek Lowe.  Last season with the Dodgers, Lowe went 14-11 with a 3.24 ERA in 34 starts in LA.  The big thing that interests the Phillies would be his ability to keep the ball in the ball park.  In 214 innings pitched, Lowe surrendered just 14 long balls.

However, keep in mind, Lowe kept the ball in the yard while pitching at the cozy confines of Dodgers Stadium.  Would he be able to keep the ball inside the little league-like dimesnions of Citizens Bank Park?  If you look closer at Lowe’s numbers, you will notice that during the playoffs, in just 16 innings, Lowe surrended three home runs. 

Either way, this offer is a positive one, Lowe would be a perfect number three starter behind Cole Hamels and Brett Myers.  The rotation would gain another quality innings eater, who also has playoff experience.  Read the rest of this entry »

NLCS Prediction

9 10 2008

by Tom Peters

One of the toughest series to call in a while. The Philles come in as an inconsistent team. While they beat the Brewers convincingly, they only scored their runs in three or four innings. The pitching staff has looked really good. There are some key questions regarding the Phillies. Read the rest of this entry »

2008 MLB All-Suck Team

7 09 2008

by Kevin Collins

Adam Eaton is an anchor in the All-Suck Team's rotation

Adam Eaton is an anchor in the All-Suck Team's rotation

With the season winding down and some players already starting to pack it in, I’ve decided to come up with an anti-All*Star team.  This team is comprised of a player at each position, who has just absolutely sucked this year.  They may not be the worst at their position, but they should be so much better.  These players have all started more games at their position for their respective teams than any other member of their team.  Because I compiled the team this way, So Taguchi didn’t quite make the cut.  But I think I may bring him on as the bat boy.  So let’s get to the team.  I warn you, some of the stats you are about to see are pretty shocking.  It is not for the faint of heart baseball fan.

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Why not Manny?

12 08 2008
Don't turn your back on Manny for NL MVP.

Don't turn your back on Manny for MVP

By Michael Gill

The National league MVP race should be as stunning as some of it’s division races this year.  In a year where so little seems predictable, how about maybe giving the sports ultimate individual honor, the MVP, to one of its most unpredictable forces – Manny Ramirez.

The game has never had a player switch leagues in mid-season and achieve such an award.  However, looking at his numbers, they might just be worthy of consideration if he come somehow lead the Dodgers to the post-season.

Consider, Ramirez is hitting a robust .476, with for home runs and 14 RBI in just 11 games in Hollywood.  Read the rest of this entry »