February 21, 2004 |
The perception going into last season was that Jim Thome needed time to adjust. To his new team. To National League pitching. Then Thome tied for the major-league lead with 47 home runs and drove in a career-high 131 runs. If that's what he could do without any familiarity with NL pitching, imagine what he could do with a little knowledge of it. Phillies manager Larry Bowa thinks that another year in the NL will help Thome. He said that it could help him cut down on his strikeouts - he led the league with 182 last season - and hit for a higher average.
May 10, 2013 |
Biddle's Statistics Wins Losses ERA Strikeouts Walks 2 2 2.70 45 18 Strikeouts per nine innings: 11
October 7, 2009 |
Citizens Bank Park, 2:37 p.m. TV: TBS. Radio: WPHT (1210), WUBA (1480), ESPN (950) Weather: Mostly sunny, high 60s, windy. Game Line: Phillies -$125; Rockies +$115 Over/Under: 8 Runs. Series Line: Phillies -$160; Rockies +$140. Phillies LHP Cliff Lee REGULAR SEASON 2009: 14-13; 3.22 ERA; 34 games/34 starts; 9.52 hits/9 innings; 4.21 strikeouts/walks; 17 home runs; 1-0 vs. Rockies Career: 90-52; 3.97 ERA; 194 games/190 starts; 9.21 hits/9 innings; 2.71 strikeouts/walks; 134 home runs; 1-0 vs. Rockies.
September 22, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Antonio Bastardo's black hair is curling as it grows, and his beard is scraggly, just the 27-year-old lefthander's way of showing the toll of this season. He feels good now, but no one - including the pitcher - knows what will happen next. Asked to describe 2012, Bastardo repeatedly said, "Inconsistent. " "That's the word that fits him the most," manager Charlie Manuel said. Bastardo's ERA is 4.56. He has allowed backbreaking home runs. He has failed to flourish in the eighth inning, which he did so magnificently in 2011.
April 24, 2012 |
Alie Alkins came through with a winning hit for the second straight game, allowing Sun Valley to hand visiting Bishop Shanahan its first Ches-Mont League loss in softball since 2010, 1-0, in nine innings Tuesday. Kate Poppe of Shanahan (11-1) held the Vanguards (9-2) to one hit through eight innings before Taylor Sitale led off the ninth with a bunt hit. Alkins' long hit into the outfield gap brought Sitale home with the deciding run. Poppe struck out 19 batters, including 11 of the first 12 hitters she faced.
August 8, 2012 |
RIGHTHANDER Vance Worley has spent most of the season pitching with bone chips in his throwing elbow, but it was his stomach that gave him problems in Monday night's 6-1 loss to the Braves. The second-year starter fell ill about an hour before the game, but felt he could muster enough energy to take the mound. The Braves quickly proved otherwise, scoring four runs in 3 2/3 innings to knock him out of the game. "I definitely wasn't feeling my best, but I wanted to go out there and pitch for the team," Worley said.
July 12, 1999 |
Turns out, Curt Schilling was right. The rumors were unfounded. Contrary to earlier reports that indicated Arizona's Randy Johnson would get the nod as the National League's All-Star starter tomorrow in Boston, Schilling will take the mound for the NL, an anonymous baseball source said yesterday. The official announcement from NL manager Bruce Bochy will be made today. Schilling knew yesterday a decision had been made, but wasn't telling what he knew. "I have a pretty good idea who will get the ball, but it's not my job to announce it," he said.
February 15, 2012 |
WHAT WE KNOW: Despite the expected loss of Roy Oswalt, the unit should once again enter the season as the class of the National League. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels each logged at least 216 innings while posting sub-2.80 ERAs. While Oswalt struggled with a back injury and saw his strikeouts drop off dramatically, he still finished 2011 with a 3.69 ERA while averaging six innings in 23 starts. Vance Worley will enter the spring with a spot in the rotation after going 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 21 starts and four relief appearances as a rookie.
August 26, 1998 |
If Mark McGwire's attempt to break Roger Maris' home-run record is threatened by bad weather in the final days of the season, National League officials said they aren't likely to step in and help. St. Louis is 19 games out in the Central Division and without a realistic shot at the wild card. The NL said that if a game between two non-contenders is rained out, and the teams don't meet again or have a common open date in the schedule, it won't be played - even if McGwire is stuck one home run short of the record.
July 1, 1999 |
Now that he's got 11 wins, Curt Schilling is a virtual shoo-in to be named to the National League all-star team when the rosters are announced Wednesday. In fact, there's a good chance Schilling could start the game. Kent Bottenfield and Jose Lima are the only other 11-game winners in the NL and neither has Schilling's star power. It would behoove baseball to send a marquee name up against Pedro Martinez, who figures to be named the starter for the American League. Arizona's Randy Johnson would certainly fit the criteria if the NL is looking for a big name to start the game.