Daily Archives: September 9, 2009

Why We Play the Game

If you have been a consistent reader of this blog you will recall my first entry in which I described the struggles and the grind that is minor league baseball.  Unless you have gone through it, you really can’t understand how grueling a 140 game season is on both your body and mind.  The best part about the journey is seeing your hard work pay off and on September 6th it did for me, when we beat the Connecticut Defenders to clinch a spot in the AA Eastern League playoffs. Continue reading

Around the System (Starting Pitching, Top Half)

With the end of the season, we will take a more in depth look at the numbers of each player in the organization along with a projection of where they will end up next season.

Lehigh Valley

Andrew Carpenter, Age 24, 25 games, 11-6 , 3.35 ERA, 156 IP, 47 BB 120K, 0.83 GO/AO, .271 opponent average (.255 with RISP). In addition to his time with the ‘Pigs, Carpenter was 1-0 with an 11.12 ERA in 3 appearances (1 start) with the Phils.  He is a member of the Phils 40 man roster, and will have two option remaining going into next season.  SEE END OF SEASON ‘PIGS REPORT FOR COMMENTARY Continue reading

Daily Discussion

Playoff series begin for both Reading and Lakewood this evening with Mike Stutes throwing for Reading, while Matthew Way gets the nod for the BlueClaws.  The Reading series is best of five, while the Lakewood series is best of three.

Lakewood suffered a bit of a blow with Justin DeFratus being placed on the DL with the ever popular oblique injury. 

I am a little bit suprised that the Phils have not added another player or two to the roster of the big club as injuries and lack of bench production continue to be problematic for the Phils.  While the potential possibilities certainly are not game changers, adding Andy Tracy a power hitting left handed bat seems to make some sense.  With Greg Dobbs out another week to 10 days and Matt Stairs not having had a hit since the all star break, the addition of someone like Tracy who gives you a quality at bat seems to be a no brainer. Additionally, with the injuries in the ‘pen, the addition of Mathieson and/or Escalona seems to make some sense.  That still may happen when the Reading season concludes.  The addition of either Mathieson or Tracy would mean a corresponding 40 man roster move would be needed.