July 13, 2011
IN 18 DAYS, baseball's trading deadline will be upon us. Despite the fact that the Phillies have the best record in baseball, our fan base is frantic and desperately wants the team to trade for a "bat. " Well, hold on a minute. There is simply no guarantee that a trade will turn out well. It could be great and our "bat" could power us to a world championship, or he could turn out to be a bust and the players we traded to get him could go on to be All-Stars. To understand the risk/reward involved in such a midseason move, let's look at some of the best and worst trades in Phils' history.
June 15, 2011
Jeter's bid for 3,000 on hold What a year it's been for the Yankees' Derek Jeter , and we haven't even reached the all-star break yet. Earlier this season, Jeter was mired in a slump so deep that the New York Times ran a front-page story about him. On April 20, when he went 0 for 5, his batting average dropped to .219. After he snapped out of it, the 11-time all-star had fans cheering again as he moved closer to collecting his 3,000th career hit. But injury has interrupted that quest.
June 13, 2011 |
TORONTO - David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox are steamrolling that 0-6 start into irrelevance. Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis each homered and drove in four runs as the Red Sox teed off on the Toronto Blue Jays for the second straight day - beating them, 14-1, on Sunday for Boston's ninth straight win. "That's why everybody was going crazy when we were losing all those games at the beginning of the season," Ortiz said. "Because you go position by position, this team can match against anybody.
February 28, 2011 |
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Kyle Drabek won his final two May starts for the Double A New Hampshire Fisher Cats last season, allowing just 10 hits and two runs in 15 innings. Not too shabby. In between, though, Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game for the Phillies. Drabek, 23, threw a no-hitter against New Britain in July and went on to make his major league debut with the Toronto Blue Jays before the regular season ended. Halladay, 33, no-hit the Cincinnati Reds in the Division Series opener and went on to win his second Cy Young Award.
September 23, 2010
Mariners 6, Blue Jays 3 TORONTO - Jose Lopez hit three home runs and Michael Saunders added a two-run drive as Seattle pounded Toronto. Lopez hit a solo shot off starter Kyle Drabek in the second inning, led off the sixth with a blast off reliever Brian Tallet, and connected again off reliever Shawn Camp in the eighth. Saunders added a two-run shot off Drabek in the second. Making his second career start and his home debut at the Rogers Centre, Drabek (0-2) allowed three runs and four hits, including the two homers, in five innings.
September 16, 2010 |
BALTIMORE - The 15th day of September will always have special meaning for Kyle Drabek. A year ago Wednesday, Drabek was standing near home plate at Citizens Bank Park accepting the Paul Owens Award as the top pitching prospect in the Phillies' minor-league system. Fast forward to last night, and there stood the 22-year-old Drabek on the mound at Camden Yards making his big-league debut. "The only thing I told him was don't change anything and that it's still the same game," said Doug Drabek, Kyle's father and the 1990 National League Cy Young Award winner with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
September 9, 2010 |
TRENTON - The Trenton Thunder beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 2-0, in Game 1 of their best-of-five Eastern League playoff series Wednesday at Waterfront Park. Former Phillies prospect Kyle Drabek gave up one run in six innings and took the loss. The Thunder's Dellin Betances did not allow a run in 51/3 innings for the win. Game 2 is Thursday in Trenton. HICKORY, N.C. - The BlueClaws slammed the host Crawdads in Game 1 of the South Atlantic League Northern division championship series.
August 24, 2010 |
TRENTON - Kyle Drabek worked seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits, walking three, and striking out nine to improve to 14-9 as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats thumped the Trenton Thunder, 6-0, in the Eastern League on Monday night. RICHMOND, Va. - Freddy Galvis tripled home Kevin Mahar and then scored on a throwing error by shortstop Ryan Lormand in the top of the tenth and the R-Phils beat the Flying Squirrels in the Eastern League. ALLENTOWN - Paul Hoover went 2 for 3 with three RBI in a rain-shortened win for the IronPigs over the Red Wings in the International League.
August 3, 2010 |
Chicago might not be the most logical place to start when looking at the Phillies' recent acquisition of Roy Oswalt, but for those who are interested in the decision-making that went into the deal, it was impossible to ignore the White Sox' 4-1 victory over the Athletics. On an otherwise anonymous Sunday afternoon, two young starters making $3.15 million between them combined to throw 15 innings, with five earned runs, 10 hits and 16 strikeouts between them. The performances would be irrelevant, except for one fact: Four years ago, A's lefthander Gio Gonzalez and White Sox righthander Gavin Floyd were both in the Phillies' farm system.
August 2, 2010 |
AKRON, Ohio - Tuffy Gosewich drove in three runs in Reading's eight-run second inning and the Phillies defeated the Akron Aeros, 11-3, in the Eastern League on Sunday. Gosewich had an RBI double and a two-run single in the inning, when Reading sent 13 batters to the plate. Timo Perez was 4 for 6 with two RBIs for the Phillies, who rapped out 15 hits in the game. Matthew Rizzotti, who entered the game with a league-leading .360 batting average, rapped a pair of doubles in five at bats.