Archive for May, 2011

Time is Now for Phillies to Firmly Seperate from NL East Pack

In case you haven’t heard, Chase Utley is back for the Phillies.  That news is great and their upcoming scheduling may prove to be even better. The Phillies’ strength (or lackthereof) of schedule has hit a weak spot.   Beginning with their recently completed three-game set with the New York Mets in which the Phillies were […]

Utley’s Return Has Phillies in Driver’s Seat

Oh what a difference an all-star second baseman and the face of the franchise makes. It wasn’t as though the sky was falling without the services of Utley.  After all, on the strength of the pitching the Phillies forged to the front of the pack in the both the NL East and the NL.  Those […]

Utley’s Return Will Provide Spark & Energy, But Will it be Enough to Erase Phillies’ Offensive Shortcomings?

Guess who’s back? In case you haven’t heard, the Philadelphia Phillies are getting their All-Star second baseman back in the lineup tonight, as Chase Utley is set to make his 2011 season debut.  Utley will hit second, and we’re all hoping that the Phillies can hit at all.  The Phillies have been starved for bats […]

Rangers Rebound, Blank Phillies 2-0 in Series Finale

Both the Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers must feel as though they’ve been looking into a mirror during their weekend interlegaue series.  Both teams are missing star players (Chase Utley for Philadelphia;  Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton for Texas) and both teams are struggling mightily to concoct the winning formula to solve their problematic hitting […]

Lee-thal Weapon: Phils Ace Lights Out, Tops Rangers 2-0

Lately, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has used almost as many lineup combinations as there are ways to order a Philly cheesesteak.  But on Saturday night, the Phillies excelled at three things they’ve acquired a knack for:  winning games, pitching well and not scoring runs. After walking a career-high six batters in his previous start, and the offense […]

Probable Pitchers: Phillies vs Rangers

The Phillies ( 26-17) will take on the AL Champion Texas Rangers ( 23-21) at Citizens Bank Park this weekend. Here is a quick look at the pitching matchups. Philadelphia: Roy Halladay ( 5-3, 2.21 ERA) Texas: C.J. Wilson ( 4-2, 3.38 ERA) Philadelphia: Cliff Lee ( 2-4, 3.84 ERA) Texas: Colby Lewis ( 4-4, […]

Blanton, Victorino Placed on Disabled List; Phillies Recall Domonic Brown

Well, we all wanted to know when Domonic Brown would be joining the Phillies’ big club this season.  Now we’ve got our answer. The Phillies have placed centerfield Shane Victorino (hamstring injury) on the 15-day DL and recalled Brown from Triple A Lehigh Valley.  Previously, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said he “probably” wouldn’t be […]

Giambi’s Giant Effort Helps Rockies Rout Phillies 7-1

We’ve seen it happen numerous times before in sports, where an aging veteran nearing the end of his career reminds us, if only for one night, he’s still got a big game left in him somewhere.  Sadly, for the Phillies, that night occured last evening for Jason Giambi. He gave us a small glimpse of the […]