April 22, 2010 |
If you were hoping somebody other than Ryan Madson was going to be named the Phillies' closer Wednesday, you're going to be disappointed. "Ryan Madson, he's our closer," manager Charlie Manuel said the day after Madson blew a three-run lead with two outs in the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves. Madson, filling the closer role while Brad Lidge continues a minor-league rehab assignment, has had his share of difficult times as a closer over the last two seasons, converting 13 of 20 save opportunities with a 6.00 ERA. Manuel, however, insists he has a lot of confidence in his closer understudy.
July 1, 2011 |
It was Roy Halladay, of all Phillies, who acknowledged the reality. It was Halladay who, before the Red Sox entered for their interleague series, admitted that seeing a possible World Series foe in the middle of the season would serve to the Phillies' advantage. Halladay, Mr. Next Pitch. Halladay, who did not pitch against them. Halladay knew what it would mean for Phillies hitters to face Josh Beckett, then John Lackey, then, yesterday, Jon Lester. He also knew what it would mean for Vance Worley to beat the best offense in baseball.
June 29, 2010 |
CINCINNATI - Seven was still the key figure last night. That's how many times this season the Phillies have managed to field their optimal lineup. Last night, third baseman Placido Polanco was again missing, thanks to a cortisone shot in his right elbow that might keep him off the field again tonight. Catcher Carlos Ruiz, on the disabled list with a concussion until at least Saturday, was also on the sideline. Even before you factor in pitching injuries to two of their most consistent starters from last season (J.A.
January 12, 2012
Here is Rich Hofmann's view on the Ryan Madson signing, posted yesterday on his blog, The Idle Rich, at www.philly.com/theidlerich . NOBODY WILL need to hold a benefit for Ryan Madson. If reports are accurate, he is in the process of doing a 1-year, $8.5 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds. He is safely in the 1 percent. Again, no tears. But how did this happen? How did he and agent Scott Boras miscalculate the market so badly? I still would love to know how the whole Phillies thing went down.
May 18, 2010 |
7:05 tonight, Citizens Bank Park. TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WPHT (1210-AM); WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish. Tonight's pitchers Pirates LHP Zach Duke (2-4, 5.56) vs. Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (6-1, 1.59) Who's hot Despite injuries to Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson, the Phillies' bullpen has a 1.69 earned run average in May. Who's not After raising his season's batting average to .253 through May 9, rightfielder Raul Ibanez is 4-for-23 (.174)
October 13, 2009 |
What we are talking about in the aftermath of the Phillies' 5-4 win that clinched the National League Division Series: Rematch. For the second straight year, the Phillies will play Los Angeles in the National League Championship Series. Last season, the Phillies won in five games and went on to win the second world championship in franchise history. This time, they won't have home-field advantage. Game 1 is scheduled for Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. Cliff Lee. There's no Most Valuable Player in the first round.
October 17, 2009 |
THE PLAY: In what should have been yet another routine doubleplay, Chase Utley throws wide of first baseman Ryan Howard for the second straight game. The ball caroms off the visitor's dugout to score pinch-runner Juan Pierre and tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning. THE SETUP: With runners at first and second, Dodgers catcher Russell Martin swings on a 3-2 count and rips a grounder down the third-base line that Pedro Feliz snags and relays to Utley, forcing Ronnie Belliard out at second.
June 19, 2004 |
Phillies closer Billy Wagner said the game-tying home run he served up in the ninth inning Thursday had nothing to do with his being tired from pitching earlier in the day. "I felt better in the second game than I did the first," he said. With the Phils holding a 4-3 lead in the nightcap of the day-night doubleheader, Wagner allowed a solo homer to Detroit's Brandon Inge with one out in the ninth. "I felt fine," said Wagner, who was on the disabled list from May 8 to June 8 with a strained left groin.