The goal is to each weekend profile the most interesting matchup and give you a preview of the Phillies prospects involved and a glimpse at the opposing players.
In a weekend devoid of premium matchups, Saturday’s matchup in Reading is probably the most interesting. The Fighins are off to a hot start with an 8-4 record to begin the season. On Friday night Jesse Biddle will take the mound for Reading.
Taking the mound for Reading will be RHP Severino Gonzalez. Gonzalez is coming off what might be his worst start over the with 5IP 6H 3ER 3BB 4Ks against Richmond on the 18th. There is a lot of mixed opinion on Severino, and still a very limited data set, so every view is worth a lot. On the mound Severino will bring a 4-5 pitch mix of average pitches and a fastball that will sit 88-91 and touch 92. He normally will display plus command a good feel for pitching on the mound that helps the arsenal play up. Continue reading Weekend Spotlight: 4/19 Reading v Harrisburg
On a night where Lehigh Valley really could have used some innings from one of its starters, Greg Smith was equal to the task, throwing a seven inning CG shutout. The Pigs were shutout in the nightcap, managing just two hits. Cole Hamels threw a solid six innings in what looks to be his final rehab start. CLR couldn’t capitalize, as Lino Martinez walked four men in 1+ innings, one of whom Chris Burgess could not strand in the ninth, and the bats went (stayed?) cold.
Carlos Tocci put up three hits, two games after putting up four. All seven, and the one in the game in between, have been singles. Just sayin’. Dylan Cozens led the charge on defense, managing two fielding errors in right, thus encouraging four other Blueclaws to follow suit. You can’t teach that kind of leadership.
And finally, Willians Astudillo took three innings behind the plate after Gabriel Lino was pulled for unknown reasons after a Sac Fly RBI in the top of the sixth. I said yesterday in the comments that I’d take an empty average like Astudillo’s from a competent backstop. Seems like he’s got a chance to produce the former. We’ll see if he can deliver on the latter.
Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/17/2014