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Indians Mash Seven Home Runs, Defeat Phillies 14-2

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A fatter version of the current Delmon Young

It was supposed to be an entertaining game. The Phillies were making their first appearance in Clevland since 2007, and Roy Halladay was going to continue his three-game hot streak. However, he reverted back to the beginning of the season, and Zach McCallister looked dominant. He held the Phillies to just two runs, and the Indians bats erupted for 14. If you can stomach it, here is the full game recap. 

McAllister kicked things off with a 1-2-3 top of the first inning. Mark Reynolds made a fantastic play at first base to record the third out. Doc gave up a single and stolen base to Jason Kipnis, who was brought home on a monstrous home run by catcher Carlos Santana. Halladay would then walk the somehow-still-playing Jason Giambi and give up a second homeun to Mark Reynolds to center field. 4-0 Indians.

In the top of the second, Delmon Young made his Phillies debut by pounding a solo homerun to right-center field. Cleveland went quietly in the bottom half. 4-1 Indians.

A single by Kipnis and a walk to Santana led to the only baserunners for either team in the third inning. The Phillies would go quietly once again in the fourth. The Indians would not.

Mark Reynolds singled off Halladay to begin the inning, and Lonnie Chisenhall crushed the Indians' third home run of the game. Two singles and two outs led to Asdrubal Cabrera, who promptly singled in two more runs. It would be the final blow to Roy Halladay, who was lifted for reliever Chad Durbin. A Santana strike out ended the bloodshed. 8-1 Indians. 

Halladay's line: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, and 3 K. *Shutters in fear*

Delmon Young got hit with a pitch and Domonic Brown walked in the top of the fifth before the next three Phillies would make outs. Sad. The Indians bats continued to dominate. Giambi doubled to lead it off, and was followed by two ground outs. Ryan Raburn quickly ended that trend by homering off of Durbin. A single by former Red Drew Stubbs was quickly met with the Indians' FIFTH 2-run homerun of the game, this time by Michael Brantley. 12-1 Indians 

McCallistar continued into the fifth, looking very impressive thus far. With two outs in the inning though, Chase Utley showed some pop, driving a ball out to deep right-center. Delmon Young not only got his second hit of the game, but also managed to trend on Twitter:

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It was at this point in the game where Charlie Manuel seemed to give in, as Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen came on to play for Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, respectively. Raul Valdes came in and held the Indians to no runs. The joke of a game continued perfectly, with Ben Revere hitting into an inning-ending double play.

Ryan Raburn blasted his second homerun of the game, the sixth of the night for the Indians, off Valdes in the seventh. And, as expected, Drew Stubbs hit the team's seventh homerun of the night. 14-2 Indians. Brutality. 

After McAllister left the game, Nick Hagadone came in and allowed two straight walks to Galvis and Michael Young. However, a double play and a groundout ended any and all threats. 

Things only got worse in the eighth, when three of the first four batters reached base against Phillippe Aumont. However, a double play ended the threat, and the Indians would not score more than two touchdowns. 

As they should have, the Phillies ended the game with a 1-2-3 top of the ninth. Thankfully, the beat-down was over. 

This was just stupid awful. The broadcast team focused a majority of the game constantly going back to a woman in the stands that was almost hit by a foul ball. I would like to go on a lengthy rant, but they did just come off a sweep, and you probably have no interest. You're rarely, if ever, going to be able to overcome SEVEN homeruns by the opposing team, especially when more than half of them are two run shots. Roy Halladay looked terrible, and the concern has only escalated for both his health and well-being. Overall, it was just a mess of a game. 

The good news is, Delmon Young looked surprisingly formidable at the plate. We'll get a real taste of his ability when he plays right field tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, Cliff Lee will take the mound at Progressive Field and face the Indians for the first time since he was traded to the Phillies in 2009. He will match up against Trevor Bauer, a first round pick, third overall, by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2011 MLB Draft. Bauer has been impressive in Columbus, the Indians' AAA afilliate. However, his stats have not transferred well to the majors to this point. For the Phillies sake, hopefully this trend continues. 

Andrew Gillen is a game-recapping extraordinaire for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewJGillen


Doc Looks To End April On High Note; Delmon Young Makes Phillies Debut Against Indians

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The Phillies are coming off of a three-game sweep over the New York Mets this weekend, their first sweep of the year. With the offense surging, a day off yesterday certainely doesn't prove good timing, but as the Phillies enter tonight's ballgame at 12-14 they are looking to end the month of April on a winning note. The Phillies are coming off of a 5-1 win Sunday where Cole Hamels earned his first win of the season. Backed by the bats of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Domonic Brown, the Phillies scored 18 total runs this weekend, the most in a single series so far. Tonight the Phillies will open a two-game set in Cleveland as Roy Halladay (2-2, 5.08 ERA) and Zach McAllister (1-3, 3.52 ERA) take the mound.

Roy Halladay continued to shine in his last outing, dominating the Pirates over six innings of work. Doc allowed just one run on one hit while striking out eight batters to take his third-consecutive quality start. Despite taking the no-decision due to the bullpen blowing the lead and the game, Halladay has drastically changed his demeanor from his first two starts of the year. Over his last three, Halladay has a 1.71 ERA (4 ER in 21 IP), but his main problem is getting ahead of hitters in counts. Halladay has thrown a lot of pitches in his last two starts, 109 in seven innings against St. Louis and 95 in six innings against Pittsburgh this past Wednesday. Halladay will be taking on a red-hot Indians lineup, one that has scored 19 runs in their past two games. In his career against Cleveland, Halladay has a 6-2 record with a 3.52 ERA (31 ER in 79 1/3 IP).

Zach McAllister is coming off of a 5 2/3 inning bid on Wednesday against the Chicago WhiteSox. McAllister allowed three earned on five hits while taking the loss. Many of McAllister's baserunners came by way of base-on-balls, five to be exact. McAllister struck out four as well. With McAllister coming off two losses, he looking to turn it around back at home, where he is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA this season. In his last three, McAllister owns a 3.71 ERA (7 ER in 17 IP). Tonight will be the 24-year-old's first outing against the Phillies.

Delmon Young will make his Phillies debut tonight as he takes the DH spot in the lineup. Young batted .367 (11-for-30) in seven games between AA-Reading and AAA-Lehigh Valley. Young replaces Ezequiel Carrer, who has been DFA'd, a on the roster.

Game Notes:

  • Delmon Young is finally here!
  • Keep the bats hot! 18 runs in three games is great, keep scoring with men on.
  • Halladay has great numbers against Cleveland in 12 starts, but has not faced them since 2009.
  • Jason Giambi has a .306 career average (22-for-72) with 4 HR against Halladay in his career.

Phillies lineup:

  1. Jimmy Rollins SS
  2. Michael Young 3B
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Delmon Young DH
  6. Domonic Brown LF
  7. Carlos Ruiz C
  8. John Mayberry Jr.
  9. Ben Revere CF

Indians lineup:

  1. Michael Brantley LF
  2. Jason Kipnis 2B
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera SS
  4. Carlos Santana C
  5. Jason Giambi DH
  6. Mark Reynolds 1B
  7. Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
  8. Ryan Raburn RF
  9. Drew Stubbs CF

First Pitch Weather Forecast: Sunny - 69° - 0% PoP.

TV: CSN
Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT

Go Fightins!

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter. 


Phillies Weekly Preview

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Another week down, another week coming up. The Phillies welcome Delmon Young back tonight as the DH.

Onto series one of the week-

Philadelphia Phillies (12-14, NL East 3rd) @ Cleveland Indians (10-13, AL Central 4th)

At: Cleveland's Progressive Field
When: Tuesday 7:05, Wednesday 7:05
TV: Both on CSN.

Pitching Match-Ups:
Tuesday- Roy Halladay (2-2, 5.08) vs. Zach McAllister (1-3, 3.52)
Wednesday- Cliff Lee (2-1, 3.03) vs. Trevor Bauer (0-1, 5.40)

On the Phillies- Coming off of a sweep of the Mets, the Phillies are within two games of .500, and have the Braves and Nats in their view. Finally, they are at full strength, with Chooch and Delmon on the team. The line-up should look normal.

On the Indians- I'm not sure what to make of them. With a similar situation to the Phillies, they had a nice off-season and a lot of people think they'll be much improved on last season. So far, they're mediocre.

Prediction- My first inclination is to say sweep, because of the pitching match-ups. I have my doubts, so I'll say SPLIT.

Second series- Phillies vs. Miami Marlins (7-19, NL East 5th)

At: CBP
When: Thursday 7:05, Friday 7:05, Saturday 7:05, Sunday 2:35
TV: Thursday through Saturday on CSN, Sunday on PHL 17

Pitching Match-Ups:
Thursday- Alex Sanabia (2-3, 4.85) vs. Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 2.41)
Friday- Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82) vs. Jon Pettibone (1-0, 4.35)
Saturday- Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50) vs. Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.78)
Sunday- TBD vs. Halladay

Prediction- The Phillies will have a good weekend against a team that once again lacks Giancarlo Stanton. I'll say PHILLIES 3 OF 4.


New Game: Find The Miami Marlins All-Star; "Technicolor Nonsense" In The Outfield

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Could Placido Polanco make the National League All-Star team?

Some news out of Miami as the Marlins continue to embarrass baseball.

First, a great challenge posed by baseball writer Joe Sheehan:

I would say Placido Polanco would be the Miami Marlins' All-Star if the selections were made today.  Why?  He's hitting .286.  The primary cleanup hitter when Stantion was not injured, Polanco drove in six runs.  Now, he will hit third and be protected in the lineup by starting first baseman Greg Dobbs.

Last night John Buck set a Mets record by hitting his ninth April home run.   The best part of it was the Mets' radio call on WFAN by Josh Lewin.  Buck hit the ball into the "technicolor nonsense".  Watch it here.  Rose's call comes second, halfway through the video.

When MLB.com will share an MLB employee (the announcer) making fun of the Marlins, you know it's bad.


Spring Training Landscape Changing; Could Clearwater Host Blue Jays, Too?

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The Toronto Blue Jays have been one of the Phillies primary Spring Training opponents for many years.  It appears that relationship may be coming to the end.  The Toronto Blue Jays appear to be ready to move from Dunedin after their Florida Auto Exchange Stadium lease is up in 2017.   A number of options exist for the Blue Jays, one of which being sharing the Carpenter Complex with the Phillies.

I cannot blame the Blue Jays for looking to upgrade. Florida Auto Exchange Stadium reminds me of Reading Municipal Stadium...in 1990.  It is small, the seats are old and tight, and if the facilities the fans can see are any indication, the players are short on space and options as well.   Unfortunately for Pinellas County, there are no real options to expand their complex in its current location.

So what options exist?  Over on Ballpark Digest, they mention four:

  • Expand Florida Auto Exchange Stadium .   As I just mentioned,  there is not much space to do so.  If the city of Dunedin would move their elementary school there could be, but such a move is unlikely.
  • Renovate Al Lang Field.  The former Tampa Bay Rays training facility is older, but it is vacant.
  • Share the Carpenter Complex. Ballpark Digest suggests that the Blue Jays use some of the extra space around the Phillies training facility and share.  Sharing Spring Training locations has become popular in the major leagues.
  • Build a new facility, possibly with the Houston Astros.  This one sounds the most likely.  The Houston Astros - Toronto Blue Jays collaboration would be in Palm Beach Gardens, just south of Port St. Lucie. 

The combined-move to Palm Beach Gardens would be a bit of a double-whammy for the Phillies.  The number of local opponents keeps shrinking on the Gulf Coast and nearby areas.  The Pirates are in Bradenton, the Yankees are in Tampa, and the Tigers are in Lakeland.    You'll have to go further south to Sarasota for the Orioles, further to Port Charlotte for the Rays, and then much further south in Fr. Myers the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox.  

I kind of like the Phillies having Clearwater all to themselves.  Clearwater is a Phillies city.  It would indeed benefit the Phillies financially to have another team helping pick up some of the costs, but the Phillies may not need the money.  It would just be a shame to have the Phillies be in Clearwater but lose a regular opponent.  But, sharing space seems to be where baseball is going.  In the Grapefruit League the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals already share space, but in the Cactus league five complexes are shared.  I prefer to be selfish for this one.


Flyerdelphia's Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions: Round One

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Tonight marks the beginning of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and even though the Flyers aren't playing, the playoff matchups in the first round are interesting. Many expect to see a Chicago vs Pittsburgh matchup in the finals. That is if they both make it out of the first round. These first matchups should be fun to watch. Here are the picks of our staff writers for the first round.

#1 Pittsburgh Penguins vs #8 New York Islanders    

Bill Leifholtz: Pittsburgh in 6

Kevin Yorke: Pittsburgh in 5

Kevin Durso: Pittsburgh in 5

Andrew Sifari: Pittsburgh in 5

Caleb Weiler: Pittsburgh in 5

Andrew Gillen: Pittsburgh in 5

#2 Montreal Canadiens vs #7 Ottawa Senators

Bill Leifholtz: Ottawa in 7

Kevin Yorke: Montreal in 5

Kevin Durso: Montreal in 6

Andrew Sifari: Montreal in 5

Caleb Weiler: Montreal in 6

Andrew Gillen: Montreal in 4

#3 Washington Capitals vs #6 New York Rangers

Bill Leifholtz: Washington in 5

Kevin Yorke: New York in 6

Kevin Durso: Washington in 7

Andrew Sifari: Washington in 6

Caleb Weiler: Washington in 6

Andrew Gillen: Washington in 7

#4 Boston Bruins vs #5 Toronto Maple Leafs

Bill Leifholtz: Boston in 6

Kevin Yorke: Boston in 6

Kevin Durso: Boston in 6

Andrew Sifari: Boston in 6

Caleb Weiler: Boston in 5

Andrew Gillen: Boston in 5

#1 Chicago Blackhawks vs #8 Minnesota Wild

Bill Leifholtz: Chicago in 4

Kevin Yorke: Chicago in 4

Kevin Durso: Chicago in 5

Andrew Sifari: Chicago in 6

Caleb Weiler: Chicago in 5

Andrew Gillen: Chicago in 4

#2 Anaheim Ducks vs #7 Detroit Red Wings

Bill Leifholtz: Detroit in 6

Kevin Yorke: Anaheim in 7

Kevin Durso: Anaheim in 7

Andrew Sifari: Anaheim in 7

Caleb Weiler: Anaheim in 6

Andrew Gillen: Detroit in 7

#3 Vancouver Canucks vs #6 San Jose Sharks

Bill Leifholtz: Vancouver in 7

Kevin Yorke: Vancouver in 6

Kevin Durso: Vancouver in 6

Andrew Sifari: Vancouver in 5

Caleb Weiler: San Jose in 6

Andrew Gillen: Vancouver in 6

#4 St. Louis Blues vs #5 Los Angeles Kings

Bill Leifholtz: St. Louis in 6

Kevin Yorke: Los Angeles in 6

Kevin Durso: Los Angeles in 6

Andrew Sifari: Los Angeles in 6

Caleb Weiler: St. Louis in 7

Andrew Gillen: Los Angeles in 5


Delmon Young Joins The Phillies Today; Ezequiel Carrera Heads To DFA Land

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Photo Courtesy Beth Carlson 

According to CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury, outfielder Delmon Young is headed to Cleveland, where the Phillies are about to begin a two-game series.Presumably Young could serve as the team's designated hitter and ease his way back into play. Young's rehab stint clock was far from forcing him to the major leagues, but so far the minor league pitching was no match for Young, who batted .367 (11-for-30) in seven games between AA-Reading and AAA-Lehigh Valley. Young doubled twice and drove in two runs as well in his rehab stint.

Ezequiel Carrera is the man to leave the roster with Young's call up. Carrera has been designated for assignment after hitting .077 (1-for-13) in 13 games. Carrera made just two starts after being claimed off waivers by the Phillies in early April. 

 


Phillies Top Pitching Prospect Jesse Biddle Is Named Pitcher Of The Week

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Phillies top pitching prospect Jesse Biddle has been named the Eastern League's pitcher of the week, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.  

Biddle had two very impressive outings in the last week.  The first was a 16-strikeout performance on Monday, April 22 against the Harrisburg Senators.   Biddle followed that up with a 10-strikeout performance his next outing, in which he pitched six innings.   All in all during last week, he was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 26 strikeouts.   That's a pretty decent week.

The closest a minor leaguer has come to that 16 strikeout total in a game was both Adam Walker and Randy Wolf, who struck out 13 in starts in 2001 and 1999, respectively.  Of the two, Randy Wolf would go on to pitch in the major leagues from 1999 to 2012.  After being cut by the Milwaukee Brewers last season, Wolf has yet to find a job.

This news is certainly encouraging to the Phillies, who could be facing a rebuilding after this season, or even during this season, should the team not be in contention by the trade deadline.


Fans Can Benefit As Phillies New Television Deal Looms; Fox May Be Major Bidder

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Fox Sports wants to carry many more games than the occasional game like this past Saturday

I am way late to the party compared to other blogs but I figured that this was a point worth addressing.  The talk of a Phillies television deal reopened with a column from Yahoo's Jeff Passan.  Our Matt Rappa wrote about the possibility of a new mega-deal coming the Phillies way, but there's a new storyline developing that Passan notes: Fox Sports wants in.

Philadelphia is home to Comcast and Comcast Sports Net presumably would want the rights.  But with the addition of Fox, there could be some stiff competition, Passan writes:

Comcast is a Philadelphia-based company. It does not want to lose the rights of the team that from 2009-11 ranked among the three highest local baseball broadcasts. Problem is, Fox Sports, which has scooped up local rights to about half of baseball, wants to further its grip on the sport in anticipation of Fox Sports 1, the all-day sports channel expected to launch in August.

Passan notes that with the Red Sox and Mets in the hands of NESN and SNY, Fox may want the Phillies badly.  Fox owns a significant share in the YES Network that broadcasts Yankees games.  They would set up a Fox Sports Philadelphia affiliate to broadcast the games.

Here are what some of the local blogs had to say.

The Fightins' Ryan Petzar notes that the Houston Astros - the worst team in baseball - just got a huge payday from Comcast Sportsnet.   Of course Comcast would want to have their hometown team, the Phillies, on their lineup.  And if they'll pay for the Houston Astros, the Phillies must be seeing dollar signs.

John Stolinis, a.k.a. "Felske Files" on That Ball's Outta Here says that the luxury tax would no longer be an issue for the Phillies.  Of course, if revenues increase, that luxury tax could be adjusted.  Payrolls could skyrocket if teams that once had smaller payrolls such as the Astros ballooned.   John looks to the Dodgers' influx of cash last season and hopes that the Phillies will not spend as recklessly as the Dodgers just for the sake of spending.

Now for my personal take: Fox gaining rights to the Phillies would greatly enhance consumers' options.  

Comcast has selfishly held onto Comcast Sportsnet and kept satellite providers from carrying their content.  Back in the late 90s/early 2000s as a Sales Counselor at Circuit City while HDTV was getting started, DirecTV was the only HD option I could offer customers since Comcast was not ready yet.  Many did not purchase DirecTV because Comcast Sportsnet used a broadcasting loophole that only obliged them to share with wired cable TV providers.  That is why Verizon Fios can carry Comcast Sportnet while Dish Network and DirecTV cannot.

Fox Sports would eager to share their content and the less-expensive DirecTV could be an option for consumers.  Many fans love the DirecTV Sunday Ticket football package but do not want to give up the Phillies.  They could finally have both.  

I would hope that the Phillies stick up for their fans this time around and if they give a deal to Comcast Sports Net, they include language that they must offer the channel to satellite providers.  The Phillies are almost a public utility to a certain extent; the people of their city should be entitled to watch their local team.    Here is the chance, at the very least, to give their fans the team.