85 thoughts on “Box Score Recap, 30 May 2011

  1. You can’t rhyme here with here. Whasamatta you.

    Carlos Rivero finally got a day off. It seemed like right after he started getting some attention on the site he couldn’t get on base to save his life anymore.

  2. I hope phuture phillies doesn’t replace Sports Illustrated with the jinx…

  3. Good to see Pete Orr not taking the demotion hard. He was hustling tonight. He runs everything out. I would like to see Orr and Podsednik get a call up in September

    1. On Podsednik – What do you think of him competing with Raul (maybe even replacing him eventually). Ibanez has bounced back some, but Podsednik would provide better defense and could bat at the top of the order and help put pressure on teams with his speed. It would be a true movement toward small-ball and good defense. But given their pitching it might make a lot of sense. Maybe?

      1. Podsednik is not the base stealing top of the order threat he once was. I think the mere presence/threat of Domonic Brown has woken up the bat of Ibanez to a tune of .317 with 7hr, 8 2b, 1 3b, 5 bb and 19 rbi’s in May. Brown should get the majority of playing time in right field going forward, and the competition for ab’s amongst mayberry, francisco and ibanez should keep them focused. If Podsednik is in our outfield we are in trouble.

        1. I think Dom Brown’s presence has not had any impact on Ibanez. Ibanez is a notoriously hot and cold hitter. Just look at his tenure with the Phillies.

          If is anything, it’s because it’s a contract year.

          1. Agreed.

            Ibanez’s numbers were improving long before Brown’s call-up. He’s just a steaky hitter who’s on a hot streak..

        1. He could theoretically take Gload’s spot on the bench as a LH pinch-hitter. At least he can run and play defense too. If Gload’s hip gets any worse or they realize they dont want a injured singles hitter on the bench, Pods is a logical place to go as a replacement.

      2. Ibanez has probably been the team’s best hitter since he broke out of his slump. Replacing him with a banjo guy like Posednik would not make a lot of sense, in my opinion.

  4. Ibanez isn’t going anywhere, and we have two better replacements already on the roster.

    Its great to see Hewitt finally catch up to low A pitching…I’m still more concerned about HOW he’s getting those hits than his inability to take a walk. I don’t think we should hold Hewitt’s age against him in comparisons to Collier- we was a very raw 19 year old prospect from the Northeast when we drafted him. Collier was a 17 year old from California, who emerged after two home runs against Aaron Hicks…so Collier displayed an ability to hit good pitching three years ago. I have nothing against Collier or his rate of development, I just think its unfair to dismiss Hewitt’s progress relative to Collier’s, because they were never that similar and shouldn’t be grouped together as often as they are.

    1. Oh, Baxter Baxter. You’re right about Pod, of course, though it was still a good signing as a possible emergency call up. Hope the emergency doesn’t happen.

      But on Hewitt … you aren’t concerned about the failure to take a walk? Why not? And what does “how he’s getting those hits” even mean? As for Collier versus Hewitt, obviously each prospect has to stand on his own merits, but the simple fact is that the age difference is important going forward; the fact that when drafted Hewitt was rawer/older is true but simply means that the Hewitt pick was a bad one.

      It’s nice to see Hewitt finally having some success. It isn’t enough to restore him to prospect status. Collier, on the other hand, is a prospect.

      1. On board with the Pod signing as well as an injury replacement. The one thing I might throw out is that either he or Martinez would make an ideal post-season pinch running option. We should carry only 10 or 11 pitchers in the postseason with our starting staff, so we can afford an extra pinch runner.

        Of course Martinez could be the odd man out when Shane comes back (unless they DL Gload or for some dumb reason send Brown back down). Then Pod is the only good post-season pinch run option.

        1. We can hope…Martinez is terrible. His “versatility” is providing zero offense and mediocre to terrible defense at CF, SS & 2B. He can’t hit and his fielding in the OF is attrocious and we already have a backup middle infielder in Valdez.

          Just offer him back to Washington already. Ten bucks they dont take him back anyway.

  5. Maybe not the best day to comment on it since he didn’t play, but I’m kind of surprised we’re not hearing a lot more about Santana. The BB/K data does concern me a little (though given past BB performance, I’m not as concerned as I otherwise would be), but even so he may be headed for top 5 prospect status in the organization.

    1. Perhaps the 2013 prospect list, but certainly not next season. Development-wise, he has a long way to go

  6. I’m not ignoring his inability to take a walk, just more concerned with his ability to make consistent contact and the quality of his hits. Hopefully he becomes more selective when he gets less pitches to hit, but first he needs to hit. I just don’t think he’s far enough in his development for the lack of patience to be the primary concern- he obviously doesn’t have an advanced understanding of the game’s fundamentals, so why bother judging him by that standard? Its like criticizing a pitcher’s command when his mechanics are awful.

    1. Larish is competing for Gload’s left-handed pinch-hitter role if Gload needs to go on the DL.

    2. I agree with you and he forced one of the Braves top prospects out of the game early.

  7. I didn’t see last night’s game. Is Drew Carpenter throwing a splitter? If not, does anyone have any insights on his recent success?

    1. I think Drew always throws a splitter. It’s been a consistent part of his repertoire for some years now.

  8. 1. OF – Domonic Brown (Phillies) – (.310) 1 for 4 with an RBI (4)
    2. RHP – Brody Colvin (Clearwater)- (0-2, 4.64) – DNP
    3. OF – Jon Singleton (Clearwater)- (.259) –DNP
    4. RHP – Jared Cosart (Clearwater) – (5-3, 2.87) – DNP
    5. RHP – Trevor May (Clearwater)- (3-2, 4.08) – DNP
    6. C – Sebastian Valle (Clearwater) – (.320) – DNP
    7. LHP – Jesse Biddle (Lakewood) – (3-5, 4.11) – DNP
    8. RHP – Vance Worley (Phillies) – (2-1, 3.75) – DNP
    9. OF – Tyson Gillies (Reading) – DNP
    10. RHP – Justin De Fratus (Reading) – (3-0, 2.55, 4 SV) – DNP
    11. RHP – Julio Rodriquez (Clearwater)- (6-3, 2.28) – DNP
    12. 2B – Cesar Hernandez (Clearwater) – (.204) DNP
    13. OF – Domingo Santana (Lakewood) – (.284) DNP
    14. RHP – JC Ramirez (Reading) – (5-3, 2.83) – DNP
    15. OF – Aaron Altherr (Lakewood) – (.189) – 0 for 3 with a run and a K
    16. RHP – Jon Pettibone (Clearwater) – (5-3, 1.75) – DNP
    17. C – Cameron Rupp (Lakewood) – (.212) – 0 for 3 with an RBI (9)
    18. OF – Jiwan James (Clearwater) – (.247) – DNP
    19. 2B – Harold Garcia (Reading) – Out for the season with a torn ACL
    20. RHP – Kevin Walter – Season hasn’t started
    21. RHP – Colby Shreve (Lakewood) – (2-3, 3.98) – DNP
    22. RHP – Phillippe Aumont (Reading) – (0-4, 3.04, 3 SV) – DNP
    23. RHP – Michael Schwimer (Lehigh Valley) – (2-0, 1.95, 1 SV) – DNP
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (Reading) – (.324) – 0 for 3 with 2 BB
    25. RHP – Austin Hyatt (Reading) – (5-3, 4.42) – DNP
    26. OF – Leandro Castro (Clearwater) – (.280) – DNP
    27. OF – Miguel Alvarez (Lakewood) –(.278) – 1 for 3
    28. OF – Kelly Dugan – Season hasn’t started
    29. RHP – Josh Zeid (Reading) – (2-3, 6.27) – DNP
    30. RHP – Percival Garner – Season hasn’t started


    1B – Cody Overbeck (Reading) – (.282) 1 for 4 with a run, RBI (36) and a K
    3B – Carlos Rivero (Reading) – (.253) – DNP
    3B – Geancarlo Mendez (Lakewood) – (.261) 1 for 4
    SS – Freddy Galvis (Redding) – (.247) – 1 for 4 with a run, SB (7), BB and a K
    OF – Derrick Mitchell (Redding)- (.255) – 2 for 5 with 2 2B (8), run and RBI (31)
    OF – Steve Susdorf (Redding) – (323) – 1 for 3 with 2 runs, RBI (18) and 2 BB
    OF – Joe Savery (Clearwater) –(.338) – DNP
    OF – Zach Collier (Lakewood) – (.261) – 0 for4 with a K
    OF – Anthony Hewitt (Lakewood) – (.266) – 2 for 3 with a run
    LHP – Mike Zagurski (Lehigh Valley) – (1-0, 1.88, 9 SV) – DNP
    RHP – David Herndon (Lehigh Valley) – (2-0, 1.69) – DNP
    RHP – Justin Friend (Clearwater) – (0-0, 1.16, 17 SV) – DNP
    RHP – Tyler Cloyd (Clearwater) – (3-1, 2.82) – DNP
    RHP – David Buchanan (Lakewood) – (7-2, 1.97) – DNP
    RHP – Garett Claypool (Lakewood) – (1-2, 2.00) – 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB and 7 K’s
    RHP – Lisalberto Bonilla (Lakewood) – (0-1, 1.27, 3 SV) –DNP

  9. Hewitt- that 2 games in succession, think so, buy maybe 2 recent games without a strikeout. Getting some hits, what? so he should pass that up to take more walks. No age factor, right around the right age for where he is, younger than people in last draft, and some in current draft. Collier- a couple of years of no progress, a now a couple of weeks hot streak and he’s a shoe-in.

    Orr- now that Worley has been shipped to the minors, and they won’t need a starter for a couple of days, maybe they call up Orr for awhile. Might be a precursor for moving Gload to DL, and having LH bench bat, but don’t recommend it.

    Carpenter, according to post draft hype, has always thrown a splitter. Came advertised as having 5 pitches (including splitter) with command. See as long relief candidate, not a big need.

    1. Hewitt is 22 in A- with a line of .266/.306/.474.

      Collier is 20 in A- with a line of .261/.338/.381.

      Neither of these scream out “prospect!” but it is certainly understandable why the guy who is sixteen months younger with 230 fewer ABs and performing almost as well is generating more interest. By the way, Hewitt has been on more of a hot streak than Collier over the past ten games.

      I’m just happy both guys are starting to show flashes of their potential.

  10. I think that I have been the sole member of the Steve Susdorf Fan Club since he was drafted. But I am not giving up hope. He is hitting well at AA. A move to AAA can’t be far off and if he performs, he will get a chance. If there are other SSFC members out there, let me hear from you!

    1. I’d like to see him play regularly in AA before he get moves to AAA. I think he is earning that playing time now. Let’s see if he gets it and how he handles it.

    2. I’ve always liked Susdorf. I think his upside potential is Ryan Ludwick. I’m looking at this from the age and run production side. He doesn’t have the big HR bat like Ludwick but he hits for a better average and produces runs like him. I’m sure I’ll get an argument there.

      His most likely outlook could be that of Jeremy Slayden. Jeremy was a real professional. He came to play and was a very valuable minor leaguer.

    3. I agree with Slayden comparison. Could not remember his name. I thought either of them could be 5th OF / pinch hitter. At this point I doubt that happens, as the Phillies will likely sign a veteran FA for that role.

      Still I’d prefer if roster controlled and possible upside players exist in AAA instead of veteran re-treads. Considering the best case is a bench role veteran players usually handle that better. I think it is difficult for someone like Mayberry. He was a high draft prospect, still has potential, but is unlikely to get more than a 2 week chance to produce. And even if he does, the starter will likely take his place anyway.

  11. Down at Lakewood, we just had 4 starts in a row of 7 innings with 1 or 0 runs allowed. Add in the fact that Bonilla has been amazing in the pen (21 innings and only 8 hits allowed) and you have a terrific staff there. Its not surprising to see some players get moved up June 1. There are lots of possibilities (Rizz, Savery, Pettibone, Buchannan, and Claypool come to mind). As always, it will be interesting. Our two hottest hitting prospects right now (neither will be moved): Valle and Santana.

  12. So Worley is gone again. Going to skip the #5 spot in the rotation and move everybody up a day in the rotation or go with Kendrick?

    1. the phillies don’t need a fifth starter for a while. worley is being sent down so he gets enough work till they need him again.

      1. I don’t know if I like the idea of not using a 5th starter just because you don’t need one. Does anyone else think we should try to limit the innings on the big 4 a little by using Worley even when we don’t need to?

  13. Worley’s head most be spinning. Phillies sure havent given him a chance to settle in. Has to be tough on him going back and forth like this.

    1. This is Worley’s station in life, right now. He knows it. The team’s explained it to him. It’s not an easy place to be and it’s not enviable but there are 5 or 6 guys on the LHV roster who would give their non-pitching arm to do what Vance is doing. His time will come. It might be as a Phils #5 next year or even with another team. The advice they’re giving him is to go wherever he gets to play and do the job. I’m hoping Blanton comes back and pitches well for a few outings with no ill effects and then is traded near the deadline for whatever they can get. A low A reliever, a short-term bat for the bench, a Bob Uecker rookie card or even a rusty tin can. #5 will be Worley’s for the taking.

      1. Thanks for that summary. I feel about the same way. Hard to complain when you get a chance, even an imperfect one.

        Just think how Mathieson has to feel. Fights to come back, pitches outstanding in AAA, get awarded by the organization then still gets almost no chance to show himself in the majors. Again he is bypassed on a bullpen move (Zagurski this time).

  14. They had to give Joe a chance. If they can be blamed, it’s for bringing him back too fast. But given they thought he was recovered, all teams out the guy back in. That forces then to try to get something from Worley in relief, which got him out of his groove. Now they are trying to get him back on track, give him a couple games to regain command and full arm strength. Worley is OK with it.

    Phils are not trying to jerk him around. But you can fault them for wanting Blanton back too quick when they have a guy who is in a great groove. Depends on what the medical and bullpen session reports were.

  15. I know that the Phils don’t necessarily need a fifth starter until June 8 and possibly later if there is a rainout between now and then. But looking at the 40 man roster, I was wondering if they are going to take a look at JC Ramirez. Not very likely, but just a thought.

    1. Well, it won’t be Ramirez, at least not this time. Zagurski is being recalled. If I were JC Romero, I’d be a bit nervous right about now.

      1. Agreed,

        I think Zagurski is being given a chance to take Romero’s spot over the next 5-10 days.

        Bastardo has already taken his 7th/8th inning role away as the primary lefty.

  16. KLaw has some awesome inside info on Cosart and Singleton in his prospect update.

      1. 21. Jonathan Singleton, LF, Philadelphia: Two things to note about Singleton. One is that the Phillies also made some tweaks with him, getting him to hit off his toes more and in the process slicing more than 150 points off his OPS, but he undid the adjustment about 10 days ago and is hitting again. The other is that his season line hides a big platoon split: he’s just 6-for-43 against lefties but hitting .313/.400/.438 against right-handers. He’s got great balance, a very good feel for the strike zone, and forces the pitcher to come to him rather than expanding the zone. He’s only 19 and didn’t play a full year last year, so we need more reps versus left-handed pitchers before the platoon split is a real concern.

        18. Jarred Cosart, RHP, Philadelphia: Back to 93-98 mph again with a knockout upper-70s curveball. He had a brief stretch where he looked mortal as the Phillies had him experimenting with a spike curveball, but once he junked that he was back to his old dominant self.

        Note: This isn’t insider only domain.

        1. ***Two things to note about Singleton. One is that the Phillies also made some tweaks with him, getting him to hit off his toes more and in the process slicing more than 150 points off his OPS***

          When a guy is described as one of the most advanced natural hitters at his level in years, why the hell would you ask him to adjust ANYTHING in his swing? If true, that’s just stupid.

          1. Couple these “Phillies make changes, hurt player, player ditches changes, improves again” stories with Domonic’s swing saga from the spring and I begin to question the Phillies instructors!

          2. Add Aumont and maybe 1 or 2 others to that mix. I can’t be too hard on Phils, though. They develop players well. But once in a while they are guilty of breaking the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” edict. They are knowledgeable and often do a player good. But sometimes they might get intervention-happy. (Just speculation. If you have deeper knowledge of Phils coaching practices, give me the info.)

  17. I try not to play amateur GM too much, but what do people think of the prospect of offering one or the other of Rizzotti/Overbeck to the Nationals if they say they want Martinez back? I agree that Mini-Mart seems unready for the majors, and is taking up valuable space on the active roster, but his defensive skills looked great in spring training, and I don’t think we should give up on the guy based on a few miscues in limited playing time while fielding an unfamiliar position (center). Meanwhile, the Nats have nobody to speak of at 1B–with Dunn gone and LaRoche on the DL they were playing Alex Cora there in the late innings yesterday, for god’s sake. If the Phillies have given them the impression they might be willing to stash Martinez on the roster all season, maybe the Nats would jump at the chance to extract something in return for him, even if it’s a player of very limited value.

    I’m not one of those who foresees great things from Rizz/Overbeck, but one of them might actually fit quite nicely in DC. Here’s an article from earlier this year about how they’ve had a lot of trouble coming up with a long-term fix at 1B. They’ve got a former first round pick in Chris Marrero at Triple A, but he’s struggling, and the Rizz’s numbers look pretty strong in comparison: http://www.masnsports.com/the_goessling_game/2011/01/the-nationals-long-term-first-base-outlook.html

    Just a thought.

    1. I’d rather just give them Mini-Mart back. There’s nothing he offers that guys like Orr and Bocock do not also offer. He’s worthless on an MLB roster. The ability for a no-hit middle infielder to play a terrible CF is not valuable. Valdez can play CF too FWIW.

      1. But what conceivable value do Overbeck/Rizzotti have to the Phillies? Let’s say for the sake of argument that Martinez has a 15 percent chance of developing into a major league utility man. That seems a lot more valuable to me than having two guys whose chance of supplanting Howard at 1B, absent a catastrophic injury, is close to zero. Also, I’d wonder if we really have seen Martinez play regularly enough lately to render the judgement that he is a hopeless case both offensively and defensively. He’s obviously got big flaws, otherwise the Nats would have protected him on the 40-man, but I feel like this year has proven the value of having cheap, controllable talent at the middle infield positions, especially as Rollins/Utley/Polanco get increasingly creaky.

        1. I feel there’s a Martinez-caliber player on almost every AAA roster. Guys like Kevin Russo who is a better player IMO pass through waivers all the time. You can get a similar player often in cash deals. I wouldn’t sweat losing Martinez.

    2. I think that’s a pretty interesting thought. The Phils obviously like Martinez and want to keep him and that trade might do it if they want to send him down. However, with Utley needing as many days off as he does, they need two middle infield back ups. To me that means that Mayberry will be sent down on Friday when Vic comes back, Francisco will continue to platoon in RF with Dom, and Martinez will be the back up CF.

  18. Two more RBIs for D-Mitch yesterday. Now 4th overall in the EL. Derrick’s RISP avg. has now steadied at .333. The R-Phils might lose some pop in the lineup when Victorino replaces Mitch in center for the next three games. In about the same number of at bats this season Mitchell has 7 homers and 31 RBIs compared to Victorino’s 6 homers and 19 RBI’s.

    1. You’re not actually comparing a guys AA numbers to a major leaguer’s totals are you?

    2. I just don’t understand the Derrick Mitchell love. For example:

      Derrick Mitchell – age: 24 pos: OF level: AA
      PA – 175 Hits – 41 XBH – 15 (8 2b, 7HR), BB% 6.9 K% 24.0 Triple Slash .255/.303/.435

      Freddy Galvis – age: 21 pos: SS level: AA
      PA – 204 Hits – 46 XBH – 15 (8 2b 3 3b 4HR), BB% 7.4 K% 14.7 Triple Slash .247/.304/.387

      Derrick Mitchell is the greatest thing since sliced bread and Galvis is everybody’s whipping boy, yet these numbers are strikingly similar. I would be a lot more excited about Mitchell if he were a shortstop (and three years younger).

      1. I’ve never been a big Galvis guy but I’m 10x more excited about Galvis’s performance in AA than I am Derrick Mitchell’s..

        1. The Derrick Mitchell stat comparison to Victorino is a joke, but I would never say a player doesn’t have a chance. A 24 year old OF in AA, with a 730 OPS and 27% k rate?
          His numbers are actually not that far below John Mayberry Jr’s at the same age and level. But that is the point. John Mayberry has been a mediocre prospect, but was still better than Derrick Mitchell, and it’s taken injuries to make Mayberry anymore than a 5th OF at age 27.
          At this point, Derrick Mitchell as a MLB prospect seems to be a discussion his loved ones would have, but not anyone else.

          1. Who said that Derrick Mitchell doesn’t have a chance? Almost all players getting a paycheck have a chance its just a matter of degrees.

            Truth is that Galvis has a much better chance than Mitchell does based on age/position.

            1. I have no argument. I agree with you. The “no chance” statement was meant as a preface for my own post.

      2. The problem with Galivs is there really doesn’t seem to be much upside with the bat. Hes like 5’10” and 170 lbs. I don’t see a whole lot of power coming from that frame.

    3. Strange comparison but Mitchell didn’t sit. Moved over to right where he will probably stay when a CFer shows up in Reading.

  19. If we really want Martinez to stay that badly, somebody will “accidentally” step on his toe in the clubhouse and we’ll put him on the DL.

    This isn’t a Martinez vs Mayerry vs Gload vs Francisco roster decision, they need a second utility IF and bringing back Shane will not be countered by sending out Martinez. I would rather keep Martinez for the year then replace him with Orr or any other utility middle infielder right now.

  20. klaw’s updated top 25 prospects includes Cosart (#18) and Singleton (#21)

    18. Jarred Cosart, RHP, Philadelphia: Back to 93-98 mph again with a knockout upper-70s curveball. He had a brief stretch where he looked mortal as the Phillies had him experimenting with a spike curveball, but once he junked that he was back to his old dominant self. Previous position: No. 34

    21. Jonathan Singleton, LF, Philadelphia: Two things to note about Singleton. One is that the Phillies also made some tweaks with him, getting him to hit off his toes more and in the process slicing more than 150 points off his OPS, but he undid the adjustment about 10 days ago and is hitting again. The other is that his season line hides a big platoon split: he’s just 6-for-43 against lefties but hitting .313/.400/.438 against right-handers. He’s got great balance, a very good feel for the strike zone, and forces the pitcher to come to him rather than expanding the zone. He’s only 19 and didn’t play a full year last year, so we need more reps versus left-handed pitchers before the platoon split is a real concern. Previous position: No. 27


    1. Good stuff from KLaw. Didnt know about Singleton’s swing changes. He also has Shelby Miller moving ahead of Teheran as the top pitching prospect.

  21. Zagurski up.

    Looks like an audition for him, a showdown between him and JC, maybe for a full-season roster spot?

  22. It’s time for Zagurski to prove he can handle the show. He’s been getting shots since 2007.

    1. Its not going to happen, he’s the typical 4A guy. He just doesn’t have enough control as his 2 walks last night continue to reflect.

  23. I just seen the K Law on Cosart which is great. I think Cosart will be a part of a trade for a RH bat if the Phils elect to go that way. From AAA down to A- I see about 12 potential starters who could make the MLB roster. AAA Worley AA Ramirez, Hyatt A Cosart, Colvin, May, Pettibone, Rodriguez A- Biddle, Buchannon, Claypool, Hollands… I know only 25 % will probably make it but as of right now it looks pretty deep…with Halladay locked up for 2+option, Lee 4+option, Hamels will probably get locked up long term. I think Cosart is the cream of that crop but if it could bring us a legit RH of for the next 3-5 years… go for it!

    1. no way. I think the fact that you have that many good prospects means that you trade everyone else EXCEPT the cream of the crop, which may or may not be Cosart depending on your preference. Just like the Phils did in keeping Brown while shipping off like 12 prospects over the past few years. If they’re trading Cosart, I want an Upton(Justin) or Kemp quality bat

      1. im not saying i want to get rid of him…i’d love to see him in rotation…i could see him 2013 or 2014 filling in behind hallady lee hamels and worley and then gradually moving up as first halladay then lee goes workin his way up to number two behind hamels…but our mlb rotation is stacked and if he gets us a piece to get us a world championship…you do it…they traded Drabek who i think is very comparable to Cosart if not better…i know it was for halladay…the phils have spent alot of money to win now so i dont think they would let cosart’s potential get in the way of that…so if he gets traded substitute Colvin s name and slot him same situation…alot of people on here had him over cosart in off season anyway

    2. For what right handed bat? The ones that are available (as far as we know) aren’t worth Jarred Cosart. (Ryan Ludwick, Aaron Rowand, etc).

      1. hey Im a mailman not an assistant GM…lol…but in baseball everybody is available for the right price

        1. haha I got ya, I’m just saying that there isn’t a whole lot out there in terms of a quality bat that you would give up that kind of arm for.

      2. Hunter Pence is a name thats been mentioned…his 7 hrs and 40 rbis would look pretty good…but ibanez is hitting well brown looks good so far and victorino is coming back and there is the salary issue

        1. I think the world of Hunter Pence as a player, but for me, he’s not a fit on the club. IMO what the Phillies need right now is a complementary right handed bat with some pop who can sub for Domonic or Raul against a tough left hander.

    3. Cosart will not get traded. He’s a legit 1 or 2 in the future an dthose guys shouldn’t get traded.

  24. I hope the Phillies don’t ever try to adjust Dom Brown’s batting stance again. He seems to do well his way. Nice homerun and double so far.

  25. Cosart had to come out with two out in the top of the 6th tonight. Looked like a blister or something with his thumb as he looked down at his throwing hand before being taken out after a visit by the trainer and Wathan. Struggled with control and command most of the game but still picked up the win giving up only one run.

  26. As for the righthanded bat who can sub for Brown and Raul- I take Mayberry. Fransisco does have options. Here’s why: as far as hitting, I think it’s even. Fransisco proved that he is not able to have sustained success in the big leagues. I think he can drive a fastball coming off the bench and getting a start now and then. This is the role in which he is most effective. I think Mayberry has holes in his swing. At the same time, he has tremendous power. I think his average took a dip because when he got extended playing time, he became nervous. Lately, he has been swinging pretty good. Mayberry has shown himself to be a fine centerfielder, rightfielder and leftfielder. He can also play first base. Fransisco is an at best average rightfielder and he might be a disaster in center. His arm is at best average. Mayberry has a strong arm. On the bases, Mayberry is constantly helping his team with his 60 or 70 speed. He is hard to double up, can steal bases, go first to third and second to home. Fransisco’s speed might be very slightly above average. Against lefthanders, Mayberry can be lethal. I like Mayberry to stay in the big leagues when Vic returns.

  27. Cheers to Dan! Mayberry over Francisco seems to be a no-brainer for me, too. The comparison of their baseball abilities should leave no doubt.

    In fact, I’d certainly look to send Francisco to LV when Vic comes back.
    MM is essential to the team as the only viable SS/inf aside from winning pitcher Valdez even though his entire skill set is not MLB quality…excepting for his speed, ability to bunt, and be a pinch runner.

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