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)

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Pedro Will Start on Wednesday; Moyer to Pen

10 08 2009

By Mike Gill

Martinez will start on Wednesday

Martinez will start on Wednesday

The Phillies made it official today; Pedro Martinez will take over the fifth spot in the rotation, moving 46-year old Jamie Moyer to the bullpen.

A situation that was talked about since Martinez was inked about a month ago, finally played itself out a day after Moyer gave up 11 hits and three runs in a 12-3 loss to the Marlins.  The Phillies rotation, a question mark early in the season is now shaping up to be a potential strength.

There are still some questions to be answered.

1. Will Cole Hamels turn his mediocre season around?
2. Can rookie J.A. Happ continue to pitch at such a high level?
3. Will Pedro be able to find the form he displayed when he was the leagues top pitcher?
4. How will the bullpen look once everyone is healthy?

Just a few of the questions on my mind, feel free to weigh in.





Law on Lee…

29 07 2009

By Mike Gill

Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee

The Phillies have gotten themselves a second-fiddle.  By acquiring Cleveland left-hander Cliff Lee, the Phillies have bolstered their rotation by adding more depth behind Cole Hamels.

Today on the Sports Bash on 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey, ESPN The Magazine’s Keith Law talks about the deal, how Lee will fit in with the Phils and about the deal for Halladay that wasn’t made.

He had some very interesting things to say about Kyle Drabek and much more…a must listen.

Click here to listen to Keith Law on the Sports Bas on 97.3 ESPN





Durbin and Romero Placed on DL

23 07 2009

 

By Mike Gill

 

Right-hander Chad Durbin (right latissimus strain) and left-hander J.C. Romero (strained left forearm) were both placed on the disabled list, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today.

To fill their spots on the roster, right-hander Tyler Walker had his contract selected from triple-A Lehigh Valley and right-hander Andrew Carpenter was recalled from Lehigh Valley.

Walker will wear No. 52 and Carpenter will wear No. 48.





Kendrick Scratched from AAA Start

21 07 2009

By Mike Gill

Kyle Kendrick

Kyle Kendrick

The Phillies bumped starter Kyle Kendrick from his scheduled start tonight at Lehigh Valley.  Chuck Hixson from phillybaseballnews.com was on 97.3 ESPN FM’s, The Sports Bash and said the Phils were interested in Washington Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham.

Naturally Phillies fans thought that Kendrick being scratched meant he was on his way to Washington.  However, according to our sources that’s not the case.

We are told that Kendrick was bumped due to the fact the Phillies reliver Clay Coundrey is still hurting a bit and in if he cant go, then Kendrick would be the guy who gets the call-up to replace Coundrey.





Phils to Add a Right-Handed Bat and Arm?

20 07 2009

By Mike Gill

Willingham

Willingham

It looks like the Phillies and the Nationals could become trade partners and it could allow the Phillies to add that right-handed bat that they have been looking for.  Today on 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey, Chuck Hixson from Phillybaseballnews.com said that the Nats have scouted the Phillies minor league games for seven straight nights.

The bat the Phillies the could be interested in…Josh Willinghman.

Willingham is heating up and is having a decent season for the last-place Nats, hitting .284 with 12 home runs.  That production would be just what the Phillies need coming off the bench.

Click here to listen to Chuck Hixson on 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey

In other news, according to Ed Price of the MLB Fanhouse, the Phillies sent a scout to see Arizona right-handed closer Chad Qualls throw over the weekend. 

Makes you wonder if the Phils are happy with the Romero, Madsen, Lidge tri-fecta at the back end of the bullpen.





Former Blue Jays Assistant GM: “Jays will Trade Halladay”

14 07 2009

By Mike Gill

Bart Given

Bart Given

Former Blue Jays assistant GM Bart Given, who was fired in January of 2009 due to some finacial problems that the Blue Jays were having,  joined us on the Sports Bash on 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey today to discuss plenty of topics including the inter-workings of the Blue Jays front office, discussions of trading Roy Halladay this off season, if the Phillies have enough to make a deal with the Jays and much more in a very insightful, must listen to interview.

Click here to listen to former assistant Blue Jays GM Bart Given on the Sports Bash on 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey.