In the recent past, Roy Halladay has not had a lot of luck against the Giants. And with 2 Cy-Young winners facing off, Monday night's game was set-up to be a real battle. It was also a nice opportunity for me to repost one of my favorite photoshop experiments. Meet Darth Vader (Lincecum) & Luke Skywalker (Halladay). Can you guess who the evil emperor is? Back to the game...the battle ended really before it began as a struggling Tim Lincecum got torched by the Phils in the first inning to the tune of 4 runs. You can usually assume a 4-run lead is safe with Halladay on the mound. Actually, I do not believe Halladay has ever lost a game when his team scores 4 in the first. This would be no different. Halladay had what...Read more
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When Cole Hamels allowed two runs in the first inning of today's game, you could almost hear the collective, "Here we go again..." spilling from the minds of everyone present at the ballpark. But as it turned out, that was all the Mets would score for the entire game. In 7 innings, Hamels collected 10 strikeouts and allowed just 6 hits and one walk. The defense stayed strong behind him as well. Now all the Phillies needed was some offense, which has not been easy to come by recently. And through the first 6 innings, things were not looking good. But in the 7th, Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence hit back-to-back singles and then advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch.
If you were in the A's bleacher section, and you could only choose one, would it be bacon or beer? Mark New Albany, IN ___________________________________ Jeff continuously tells me how engaging the NBA has become. According to him, it's not just the quality of the professional game, it's also the personalities and all the drama surrounding them. To use a direct quote, "It's a goddamn soap opera." Baseball, on the other hand, is rather tame. Sure, there are historic villains like Ty Cobb and uplifting stories like Jackie Robinson and Josh Hamilton. But it's all kind of "Touched by an Angel" while the NBA is more "The Wire." The perfect example of this is Jeff Francoeur and his love affair with the Oakland fans. Sure, it's great that Francoeur has made a personal connection with the fans of another team. But is that really good for baseball? Wouldn't it be better...Read more
Against the Mets today, pitcher Vance Worley looked less like the "Vanimal" and more like a sad puppy. He allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks over six innings. Worley's usual bite was tamed today. But what is worse than a sad puppy on the mound? Sad pandas in the batter's box. They are adorable and you want to love them, but ultimately, they will rip your heart out. Introducing... the Phillies pathetic offense. They did Worley no favors today. Despite having the lead-off runner reach base in three innings, the Phillies were still unable to score. And all 6 hits they collected were singles. For the Mets, David Wright played with a broken pinky finger and still had 3 hits, including a homer. That is exactly half of...Read more
When one of your ace pitchers gives up 3 runs in the first inning, you know it is going to be a bad day. Add to that having the Mets in town, the 3rd anniversary of Harry Kalas' death and the fact that it is Friday the 13th and things look pretty grimm. Not that Cliff Lee pitched too badly. He made a few mistakes and the Mets lowered the ax. Making matters worse, the Phillies knuckleballing nemesis R.A. Dickey was pitching for the Mets. Although, the Phillies did collect 11 hits; they just failed to score. The one happy moment in the game came when rookie Freddy Galvis smashed his first major league home run. Grinning in the dugout afterwards as the team...Read more
A player's entrance music selection says a lot about their personality. Joe Blanton's choice is "Hillbilly Deluxe" by Brooks & Dunn. Tonight against the Marlins, Blanton used his Hillbilly-style to reel in the Fish. Having nearly a year off with a sore elbow, the rest seems to have done Blanton some good. He has zip on his fastball and is throwing it wherever and whenever he wants like there is not a care in the world. If he can stay healthy, Blanton could be a huge boost for the Phillies this year. The one run he gave up kept the team in position to win. He was helped out by solo home runs from Shane Victorino and Ty Wiggington. And a single from John Mayberry Jr. knocked in Hunter Pence who had another multi-hit game tonight.
It was so nice of the Phillies offense to stop by Citizens Bank Park for a visit on Wednesday night. I do hope they stay awhile. After scoring only 8 runs in their first 4 games of the season combined, it was very encouraging to see the Phils pick up 7 more last night. And there is never a better time to start swinging the bats than when Roy Halladay is on the mound. Through 7 innings, the Doc allowed just one run in his typical, filet-the-fish style against the Marlins. Chad Qualls and Mike Stutes finished off the win for Halladay in the 8th and 9th. But this is what we expect from Halladay. What we have not been able to anticipate, going all...Read more