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Week In Review – Polanco Injured, Willis Released

A Phillie no more.

As usual its been an exciting week down in Clearwater.  Our fearless leaders, Pat and Brian, made the trip down to soak up some sun and baseball.  Lucky bastards.

The Phillies wore the traditional green yesterday beating the Blue Jays in 10 innings.  Vance Worley continues to impress attempting to prove the sophomore slump does not exist.  He hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts.  Placido Polanco had to leave the game after injuring his left hand.  It’s not all bad news, as Chase Utley spoke with Todd Zolecki saying he hopes to be on the field next week.  Fingers crossed.

But what if Utley isn’t back on the field any time soon?  How comfortable are you with the idea of Freddy Glavis or Ty Wiggington playing second in his absence?  The Phillies have been shopping for infield help.  Corey piggy backed David Murphy on the idea of acquiring Alberto Callaspo.  It’s not a bad idea.

Corey also touched on a very sensitive subject this week.  Anytime you mention Roy Halladay and the idea that he might be slipping, well my heart skips a beat.  Hallday’s velocity was down in his most recent start, but Ruben Amaro and Corey suggest that we stop worrying and just let him do his thing.

Another pitcher we won’t have to worry about this season is Dontrelle Willis.  Willis was brought in with hopes he could be a lefty specialist out of the bullpen to supplement Antonio Bastardo.  That didn’t work out so well.  The Phillies released him earlier this week and will save around $700k with him off the roster.  Some other minor league guys were released this week.  As always, Jay catches us up on who won’t be on the farm this season.

With Willis out, the bullpen picture is coming together.  With still a lot of names in the hat, the only sure bet seems to be Jonathan Papelbon.  Setting up for him could be anybody.  Jon takes a look at the other guys and gives his opinion on their odds of making the team.

The Phillies notched three wins this week and guys like Worley and Kyle Kendrick are really stepping up.  I wouldn’t look too much into the bad starts by Halladay and Cliff Lee.  It’s still Spring Training.

Go Phillies!

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  1. TheDipsy

    March 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Who would consider the Phils lucky if their starting infield averaged 130 games apiece?

    The Dipsy

    • Jeff Dowder

      March 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      They’d be very lucky…but I just don’t see it happening.

  2. Chuck A.

    March 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Dipsy, that would be lucky. In fact, that number might be too high.

  3. TheDipsy

    March 18, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I agree. So why are we here? Saddled with four guys who are A) older, and; B) hurt or extremely injury prone.

    The Dipsy

    • Jeff Dowder

      March 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      “Point A” directly effects “Point B”, especially in the post steroid era. People can talk all they want about the modern player and advanced training techniques, but you still don’t beat Mother Nature in the long run. Bodies wear out.

      This happens to a lot of teams in the afterglow of winning a WS. The front office is often reluctant to cut ties with players at the right time and then they extend players that should probably be let go. The reasons NOT to have extended Howard two years early are well documented, and we knew the second half of Polanco’s deal would be dicey.


    March 18, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Let’s face the fact that this is the Phils last HURRAH. A rebuilding process will have to take place after this season, if not sooner, should we be out of contention by the All Star break. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Phils. Always have and always will. We do have a chance of
    winning the NL, but it will take a stroke of luck and better health from our infield than I think we can expect. No way our infield averages 130 games per player. Just ain’t happening. Here is my prediction by infield starter for games played this year.

    Howard — 115 games played
    Utley —- 100 games played
    Rollins —– 130 games played
    Poilanco —- 100 games played

    • schmenkman

      March 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Howard’s too high at 115, but Polanco is very low at 100. Only 9 players have more innings at 3rd over the past two years.


    March 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Our pitching staff will be outstanding….again and will carry the day………….. I am sure that I am telling fellow bloggers nothing they don’t already know.

  6. Chuck A.

    March 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    BART, there is no way Ryan Howard plays 115 games this season.

  7. Lefty

    March 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I predict –
    Howard 50
    Utley 95
    Rollins 125
    Polanco 110

    If they are lucky.

    Go after Alberto Callaspo. I doubt they’ll take Blanton, but Corey did pick out a good player to go get- IMO.

  8. George

    March 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    What a bunch of pessimists.

    • Lefty

      March 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Sort of goes hand in hand with crankiness, no? I’d love nothing better than to be wrong on this. I’ll be an optimistic pessimist.

  9. TheDipsy

    March 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    JRo – 130
    Polanco – 120
    Utley -110
    Howard – 60

    Yes, pitching must carry the day. And defense…which we clearly now do not have in the infield.

    The Dipsy

    • schmenkman

      March 19, 2012 at 6:54 am

      Dipsy, based on the last couple of years they should still have very good to excellent defense in the infield.

      Having said that, they’re all a year older. And if Utley is more limited than last year (and it’s too early to know that yet), second could take a hit, especially if Wigginton gets substantial playing time there. With Martinez and/or Galvis, less so.

      Defense at first may actually improve.

  10. Chuck A.

    March 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    George……pessimists??? No. We’re REALISTS.

    • George

      March 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm

      No you’re not. You’re pessimists, pure and simple. Some of these predictions would put the entire infield on the 60 day DL. Realism says that the infield is very shaky. It doesn’t say that everybody in it will sit out the majority of the year. For example: even with injuries, Polanco played in more than 100 games last year. His finger is sprained, it’s not his entire arm that’s broken.

  11. Brooks

    March 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Wow, not even I think it will be that the number of games played will be that low.
    I am thinking (hoping) that Howard will reach 100, Jimmy up to 150, Chase, if lucky 90 and Poly will be replaced by Wiggington not even 1/3 of the way into the season.

    If the pitching cannot be as potent as it was the past few years, this team will struggle.

    • schmenkman

      March 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      I hope you’re wrong about Polanco — that strikes me as a monumental mistake. Even if he is not hitting any better than last year, replacing him with Wiggy would mean the team is focusing only on the offense and ignoring the signficant difference on defense. Aside from Wigginton’s career year in 2008, he’s never had a year that came close to Polanco’s 2011.

    • George

      March 18, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      His hernias are healed, he hasn’t been hit in the elbow by Tim Hudson lately, his injured finger will cause him to miss just a few games, and he’s known to play through injuries. So why will he have to be replaced after 54 games?

      • Brooks

        March 19, 2012 at 4:06 am

        every year he goes down and is getting older.
        How can you predict a strong defense this year Dipsy?

      • schmenkman

        March 19, 2012 at 7:15 am

        Brooks, he won the GG last year, and, unlike many, that selection is supported by the stats. He was the best-fielding third baseman in baseball in 2011.

      • EricL

        March 19, 2012 at 11:30 am

        lol @ Brooks.

        I will pay you one million dollars if you can find me a player who doesn’t get older every year.

  12. Brooks

    March 19, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Sorry Dipsy, I did read your post wrong – a team needs a strong defense to go along with good pitching for any real hope.

  13. Brooks

    March 19, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I think we are pessimistic about this season… why not? We have been on the ride of our lives for the past 5 seasons.

  14. TheDipsy

    March 19, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Well, I would venture to say that if you took each guy’s injury history, along with the fact that they are a year older, that those estimates are not unreasonable. Jimmy and Polanco are ALWAYS good for a three to five week injury and Chase may miss some games. When he came back last year, he played the whole season. But if he has bone on bone then I don’t know how you can keep expecting that. Howard – well, he ‘s gonna miss A LOT of time. Howard will not be much of a factor this year IMO. I hope I’m wrong about everything.

    The Dipsy

  15. TheDipsy

    March 19, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Look, I hope I’m wrong but it is not unreasonable to think that at some point in the season that you could see all four guys hurt at the same time.

    The Dipsy

  16. Chuck A.

    March 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

    @George – How is it that with Ryan Howard maybe, probably, not coming back til the AS Break….and then being nowhere close to 100%… no Chase Utley sightings on the diamond as of yet and last years’s problems, Polanco hurt (again) and with injury history, and J-Roll’s regular trips to the DL……

    …..that some fans are being viewed as “pessimistic” because they think that these four guys might lose significant playing time this year???

    • George

      March 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

      I view them as pessimistic because they are all stating “worst case scenario.” I especially take issue with the Polanco predictions. One-third of the season is just ridiculous. Although he has some injury history, he’s played in more games than that: in fact, he’s played in more games in the past few years than all but a few. Also, the Howard numbers are pessimistic because he may be back before the AS game. (I’ll point out, too, that even if he’s nowhere near 100%, that doesn’t mean he won’t play. These are, after all, games played numbers, not effectiveness predictions.)

      When people are for the most part using the lowest numbers imaginable, that’s being pessimistic. The highest possible numbers would, of course, be overly optimistic. Being REALISTIC, as you claim these fans are, would lie somewhere in between.

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