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Hamels Leaves Early With Right Hand Contusion, Phils Drop to Sox 5-2

Posted by Danielle Wilson

I don't even want to talk about what I just watched. I didn't even bother to include a picture today. It was just...bad.

Sure, it looked promising from the start: Cole Hamels, the best lefty in the National League against Jon Lester, whose stats are very similar to Cole's this season. I smelled a pitcher's duel before the game even started.

HUGE disappointment for the Phillies, Cole Hamels was taken out of the game after four innings to get an x-ray done on his right hand (he's left-handed) which was drilled with a liner. The x-rays were negative, thank God, and Cole will make his next start.

David Herndon came in for thre fifth inning and allowed three earned runs to score on five hits. 3-0 Boston. Drew Carpenter pitched a scoreless sixth, and struck out two.

As for Lester, he was throwing one-hit ball going into the seventh, that one hit being a single by Chase Utley in the bottom of the fourth. He allowed a single to Howard in the seventh, and walked Victorino, but did not allow a run to score.

Carpenter stayed in for the eighth, giving up solo home runs, both to right field, to Dustin Pedroia and Jason Varitek.

Scott Mathieson loaded the bases in the ninth during a 5-0 game, but retired the side without allowing a run to score. The Phillies could not come back to score six runs in the bottom of the ninth, but Ryan Howard did launch a two-run homer to the second deck in right field to make it a 5-2 game. Raul Ibanez struck out to end the game, and the Phils dropped game three to the Red Sox. Frustrating loss, but, they still took the series.

The Phils will travel to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays tomorrow afternoon. Kyle Kendrick will take the mound against Ricky Romero.


Vance Worley Tosses Seven Strong, Phils Defeat Sox 2-1

Posted by Danielle Wilson

Vanceypants
Courtesy of Daylife.com

None of the Red Sox in tonight's lineup have faced Vance Worley before. Red Sox, meet the Vanimal. On top of that, Adrian Gonzalez starts in right field tonight for the first time since 2005. Some advice for the Phils' lineup: Hit it to Adrian.

Vance Worley was pitching one-run ball through seven innings, the only run allowed being Lackey's RBI double, which was his fifth career hit in the majors. That double tied the game; Ibanez had scored Shane from second on an RBI double in the second inning.

Those seven strong innings would be it for Worley. But, that's a career high for him in the majors. He allowed just one earned run on six hits, walking two and striking out five.

Raul Ibanez provided a solo home run to right field to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh, and went 3-3 on the night.

Michael Stutes pitched a beautiful 1-2-3 eighth inning, and young, filthy Antonio Bastardo came in for the save, retiring the side on three pop-ups. Phillies win, 2-1, and are 51-30 on the season, still holding the best record in baseball.

Cole Hamels vs. Jon Lester tomorrow afternoon @ 1:05 as the Phils go for the three-game sweep.


Mr. Romero Goes to Washington (Bad Pun, Yeah); Madson Miss All-Star Chance?

Posted by Frank Klose

Romero
Beautiful photoshop by Philliedelphia staff

So, the Phillies jettisoned J.C. Romero, and we all knew he would be picked up by someone, since the Phillies are paying most of his salary.   But, it looks like they will face him plenty down the stretch, as Romero has signed with the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals, of course are in a bit of chaos, as their manager Jim Riggleman quit last week when the team would not even have a conversation about his impending contract.

As for the Phillies' Ryan Madson, could his injury keep him from being named to the All-Star team?  Could be.

Madson has not pitched since June 15th.  While his numbers are stellar, his time away gives competing relievers time to catch up.

Look at the Pirates' Joel Hanrahan.  Hanrahan has 23 saves and a 1.21 ERA, with no blown saves.   Madson's 15 saves in 16 chances and 2.03 ERA are pale in comparison to Madson.   The All Star team will not need too many closers.

Also working against Madson is the recent surge by Cliff Lee.  A month ago, at 4-5 and an ERA in the 3s, Lee did not seem like much of an All-Star.   However, with this 5-0 0.21 month of June, Lee has a real shot.

Halladay, Hamels, and Lee should be All-Star locks all on the same team, which may not leave room for Madson.


Then and Now: Pavel Brendl

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Eric Lindros, at one time, was the face of the Flyers' franchise. Unfortunately, health issues in addition to an ugly dispute with GM Bob Clarke led to a big  trade in August, 2001, shipping Lindros to the division rival New York Rangers. Since Lindros meant so much to this organization, and since other teams in the league were aware of his capabilities, the Flyers had the opportunity to land key players who may one day become the new face of the franchise.

In exchange for Lindros, the Flyers received Jan Hlavac, Kim Johnsson, and Pavel Brendl as well as a 3rd round pick in the 2003 NHL Entry draft, who ended up being Stefan Ruzicka. Johnsson turned out to be the best pick up in the trade scoring 158 points in four seasons with the team. Hlavac and Ruzicka didn't help out the team much as both combined for 86 games in a Flyers' uniform for a grand total of 27 points. Brendl didn't pan out amazingly either as he had 13 points in 52 games while playing two seasons in Philly.  Since his time in Philly, Brendl has played on 11 different teams in seven different leagues. Let's look at what Brendl has done in his career after Philly.

Brendl was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in February of 2003. Along with Bruno St. Jacques, Brendl was shipped to the Southeast Division for the beloved Sami Kapanen and Ryan Bast.

"His history over the years is he has scored a lot of goals at the level he's gone through," Hurricanes' general manager Jim Rutherford told SI.com after acquiring Brendl. " He has a very good shot and at some point should be able to score in this league."

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Brendl wasn't given much opportunity to prove Rutherford right in the latter part of the 2002-03 season as he only had one assist in eight games with his new club.

In the following season, Brendl split his time between the Hurricanes and their AHL affiliate the Lowell Lock Monsters. While joining the likes of Rod Brind'Amour, Justin Williams, Danny Markov, Jesse Boulerice, and Jamie Storr, Brendl had eight points in 18 games scoring five goals, the amount he scored in 42 games for the Flyers in the prior year. Playing alongside Sean Curry with the Monsters, Brendl averaged a point per game posting 33 points in 33 games.

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Unfortunately for Brendl, the league had a lockout the following year preventing any chance he had to prove himself in the NHL. Playing in only six games for the entire 2004-2005 season, Brendl had three goals in six games for two different teams. Brendl scored all of his goals in four games for HC Thurgau of the Swiss-B league, a team Marc Savard played for in the same season. His other two pointless games were for HC Trinec Ocelari of the Hockey Czech Republic, a team that also saw Radek Bonk, Michal Rozsival, and Vaclav Pletka play for them in the same season.

As the NHL returned to action Brendl found his way back to the states and back to the AHL. As if not playing for the Hurricanes at all in the 2005-2006 season wasn't enough of a blow, Brendl was traded three days after Christmas. In exchange for a former Phantom, Brendl was dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes for Krys Kolanos. Brendl would score 13 goals in 38 games for the San Antonio Rampage (Phoenix's AHL affiliate) and was held scoreless in his two games with the Coyotes. These two games turned out to be Brendl's last two games in the NHL.

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Following the 05-06 season, Brendl ended up playing the next two years in the Swedish Elite League. Playing for Mora IK in 2006-2007, Brendl posted his best professional season to date as he had 34 goals and 23 assists in 57 games.

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Leaving Mora IK, Brendl moved to Brynas IF for the 2007-2008 season. In the same number of games, Brendl fell just short of his previous year's mark as he posted 55 points. He set his professional career high in assists with 24.

Shortly after playing for Brynas IF, Brendl left the Swedish Elite League altogether to play for the KHL. For two seasons, Brendl played for the Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo. In his first season with the team, Brendl scored a professional-high 35 goals in 56 games. In the following season Brendl played in five less games while scoring 27 goals and assisting on 10 more.

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Switching to his fifth league within six years, Brendl moved to Kalevan Pallo of the SM-Liiga. Playing in his least amount of games for a season since the lockout year, Brendl almost averaged a point per game in a season for the first time in his career posting seven goals and eight assists in 16 games.

Returning to the KHL, Brendl played for Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik this past season. Scoring nine goals, Brendl had 10 points in 24 games playing alongside the long lost Scott Munroe. 

To say Brendl was a bust would be an understatement.

Considering he was picked fourth overall in the 1999 NHL draft, Brendl's dominance of European leagues isn't that impressive. He only played in 80 NHL games scoring 22 points and going pointless in every NHL playoff game he's played. The most depressing part is the Flyers don't have anybody to show for their 2001 trade that shipped their former captain to New York.


Cliff Lee Continues to Dominate in 5-0 Win Over Red Sox

Posted by Danielle Wilson

DomShaneCliff
Courtesy of Daylife.com

I can't put into words how truly masterful Cliff Lee pitches. Cliff had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning tonight before giving up a single to Marco Scutaro. Five scoreless innings for Cliff to tack onto his current career-high streak.

Domonic Brown backed up Cliff in the second inning with a two-run bomb to the Phillies bullpen, 400+ feet away from home plate. Cliff also helped his own cause flying out to deep left field to score Domonic from third in the bottom of the fifth inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, Shane Victorino launched a two-run home run to right field to push the Phillies' lead to 5-0.

Cliff Lee allowed just the second hit of the game for the Sox in the eighth, a double to Darnell McDonald. However, Cliff retired the side stretching his scoreless innings streak to 31.

In a 5-0 game, Cliff came back for the ninth to finish what he started, and he did just that. He pitched his third consecutive complete game shutout. The last Phillie to do that? Robin Roberts in 1950. A few stats: In the month of June, Cliff Lee has allowed one earned run in 42 innings pitched.  He is now 17-3 in interleague starts, and is currently riding a scoreless streak of 32 innings.

Vance Worley takes the ball tomorrow night for the Phils against John Lackey. It'll be tough to top tonight's victory.


Order a Custom Dodgers Jersey! Just Don't Make Fun of Bankruptcy...

Posted by Frank Klose

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Some clever Los Angeles Dodgers fans wanted to order custom Los Angeles Dodgers jersies with "Chapter" as the name and #11 on the back.

However, trying to order one, buys are told that "language deemed inappropriate, derogatory, or profane will not be accepted:

Dodgersjersey

If your team is bankrupt, wouldn't you want all the revenue possible?  And - why worry about looking bad by some guy walking down the street especially when your image is already tarnished beyond repair?

Thank Frank and Jamie McCourt.


Phillies Lose Ryan Madson to the DL... Uh, Now What?

Posted by Frank Klose

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Courtesy si.com

The Phillies have placed their closer Ryan Madson on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 19th, reports several sources, including MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.  The move is the first non-chair related disabled list stint for Madson.

The bullpen now looks like this:

LHP Antonio Bastardo
RHP Michael Stutes

Then it gets a little dicey...

RHP David Herndon
RHP Danys Baez
LHP Juan Perez
RHP Scott Mathieson

Madson's spot will be taken by RHP Drew Carpenter, who has been very effective in AAA this season, going 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA, mostly in relief.   Carpenter has had two previous stints in Philadelphia, with rather mediocre results.  This could be his last shot at the big leagues.

Usually, the first 7 or 8 innings are covered on Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Cole Hamels starts.

Realistically, at 18 games over .500, the Phillies could play .500 ball the rest of the season and make the playoffs, so they should be okay, provided they heal.

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs beat writer Michael Lore had a little sense of humor with the move:
Lore


Guy Who Caught Two Foul Balls Sunday is the Same Guy Werth F-Bombed

Posted by Frank Klose

Werth
Courtesy walkoffwalk.com

Remember this incident last year?   Well, it turns out that this fan, Patrick Boyle, was the lucky fan yesterday who caught not one, but two, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Kelly Bayliss of NBCPhiladelphia did some fancy math to determine the liklihood:

Based on an MLB.com report, approximately 30 to 40 foul balls are hit into the stands during any given game. We decided to go with an average of 35 balls per game. Divide that by the Phillies attendance average over the last five years (43,489) and you get 1,233. That means during any game, a fan has a one in 1,233 chance of catching a foul ball at Citizens Bank Park.

They declined to do the odds of someone catching two, so here's a shot:

Following NBC's odds that are 1 in 1,233 that you will catch a foul ball, then that person would be 1 in 1,520,289 to catch two in one game.

However - NBC's math counted every fan in attendance as having an equal chance at a baseball.  My season tickets in 432 certainly have incredibly smaller odds than the fans in 128 down the line.

AND - the odds of foul ball placement would depend on the starting pitcher, and change as pitchers change. 

So to do the correct calculation, we would have to see how likely that particular seat that Boyle has is to get a foul ball to begin with in any given Roy Halladay start where pitches all nine innings. 

So, x squared = desired odds. 

I am guessing that the liklihood of Jayson Werth cursing at you is much more likely

Boyle
Click here to see the video on NBCPhiladelphia.com


Phillies' Shane Victorino to Appear Live for a Full Hour on the Mike Missanelli Show

Posted by Frank Klose

Victorino
Courtesy shanevictorino.com

The Phillies' Shane Victorino will spend a full hour with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 the Fanatic today from 2:00 - 3:00 at the Aloft Hotel. 

It should make for a very interesting hour because Missanelli has often indicated that Shane Victorino is not his most favorite player.  While he does not spend a lot of time talking ill of Victorino, the instances where his head has not totally been in the game are well noted.


Carlos Ruiz Needs a Helmet Like John Buck's

Posted by Danielle Wilson

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Courtesy of Daylife.com

When the Florida Marlins came to visit in mid-June, I noticed that John Buck's catchers helmet was decorated and painted to represent the Marlins, and I love it. As you can see, there's a huge Marlin on the side (he has it painted on both sides, so they surround his face) jumping out of water, with teal, aqua and other shades of blue painted on.

This makes me wonder; if Carlos Ruiz decked out his helmet/mask, what would he have painted on it? Judging by his excellent taste, his helmet would probably blow John Buck's away. Perhaps he would get some ice cream painted on? Or maybe an outline of his home country of Panama? And he cannot get his helmet customized without having "my nickname es Chooch" written on it somewhere.

What do you guys think? How should he get his helmet/mask done if he decides to do so?