Week In Review – Still Early, Rising Stars – Phillies Nation

Week In Review – Still Early, Rising Stars

Looking back at the week and I feel optimistic.  The Phillies lost two games this week but the hit and run production is on the rise.  There are still frustrations with RISP that need to be addressed but Charlie Manuel is doing his best with lineup shake-ups to right the ship.

I’ve been preaching this all season and it still holds true; it is still very early in the season.  It’s hard to take a sample of whats to come for the season.  Roy Halladay is pitching very well and Shane Victorino is producing some power at the plate.  Injuries are holding back this team, but a full squad could be back sooner than you think.


Injury Updates – The end of last week Cliff Lee went on the disabled list with a left oblique strain.  He joined Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, who both started the season on the DL.  We have been waiting what seems like forever for these two guys to get healthy and rumor is they both might be close to coming back.

Originally Lee was only expected to miss a couple starts, and is eligible to come off the DL May 4 but Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is not sure so sure about it.  According to Matt Gelb, and MRI shows a Grade 1 oblique strain which could cause the lefty to miss more starts.  Time to step it up Kyle Kendrick.


Youngsters Shining – Last night we saw the debut of Bryce Harper for the Nationals.  Oakland is enjoying their own rookie Yoenis Cespedes and even the Phillies have been delighted with the defensive play of their rookie Freddy Galvis.  There are a lot of young guys around the league making names for themselves.

The Phillies have a lot of players they are excited about in the farm system.  Tyler Cloyd is one of those guys.  A 2008 draft pick has been working his way up and continues to improve.  Read more about Cloyd from Jay Floyd, PN’s minor league guy.

Lakewood’s Brian Pointer has been catching the attention the opposing teams leading the team in many offensive categories.  The 28th round pick from 2010 is showing the Phillies why they choose right selecting this outfielder.

Another guy the Phillies had high hopes this season for was Justin De Fratus.  Unfortunately the injury bug took a bite out of his throwing elbow.  Lets hope he can get better and become productive again.


Game Notes

Phils get blown out by Dbacks

Phillies hold on for 8-5 defeat of Dbacks

Hamels, Polanco star in trip-ending win

Phils waste Doc’s effort, lose 5-1

Blanton dazzles, Chooch drives in three

Garza too much, Phils two-hit


The Phillies are 10-12 on the season and sitting in fourth place in the NL East.  After finishing up with the Cubs tomorrow, they will head to Atlanta then DC before heading home to face the Mets.  These next three series could help give a better look at this division.

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  1. Ted Bell

    April 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    There’s a pretty good chance the Phillies will lose both Victorino and Hamels after this season. It actually becomes more and more certain as each week goes by. Does RAJ try to make a splash next winter by going after Josh Hamilton? A lot of past baggage there but the guy can hit. He’ll be 32 next year, so the second half of that deal could be a disaster (but we’re used to that by now).

    I’m Ted Bell.

  2. bacardipr05

    April 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Didnt he leave the game with a achy back….any hows im starting to think the same Ted Shane and Hamels will be gone…or at least one of them…I dont see them holding on to both…However that would leave a lot of question marks…With only Pence left as the only viable outfielder no 3rd baseman most likely the same song and dance with Utley next year

    • Ted Bell

      April 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      I’ll take the bad back if it comes with an April of 9 HRs, 24 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.173. RAJ may be better off thinking on a smaller scale to fill all of those lineup holes, anyway. He’ll have a busy winter.

      I’m Ted Bell.

  3. bacardipr05

    April 30, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I wonder how much longer can we still say its still early? I think we can use that for about 2-3 weeks before its time to push that panic button.

  4. The Original Chuck P

    April 30, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Right now, there is only one 2011 division winner leading their respective division (the Rangers)… four of last year’s division winners are at or below .500 (with the Angels, the odds on favorite to win the AL West, in the dumpster).

    At the end of April last year, only two first place teams (the Phillies and Yankees) went on to finish the season in first place.

    What that tells me… it’s early, anything can (and will) happen and despite our horrible start, we’re actually in an ok spot. What concerns me is that we’ve played bad teams – the road is going to get tougher. It would have been nice to see us mop up these weak April opponents but the age old adage rings truer now than it ever has; you have to win games within your division. The Nats scare me but they are young and they will go through growing pains. Other than the Nats, I still feel like we’re built to win this division. I think we could easily go 20-5 in one of these months…

  5. TheDipsy

    April 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    OCP – Respected poster – Its early. But there is no way on God’s green earth that we will go 20-5 in any month. Our offense is terrible. And guess what…….our defense is not that good either.

    I need to get to game 50. Can’t do anything now. There is no clarity. If we’re 11-12 games out on July 15…..Hamels, Polanco, Blanton, Mayberry, Jr., should all go. Retool, not rebuild.

    The Dipsy

    • c schreiber

      April 30, 2012 at 11:54 pm

      Once again Dipsy you pretty much hit it on the head. No real offense presently nor in the future. Pitchers can throw all the zeros they want but someone needs to knock in a couple of runs in order to win.

      • schmenkman

        May 1, 2012 at 3:07 am

        Just curious — what would you have said if they HADN’T just done exactly what you said the should do. They’re averaging 4.7 per game in their last 7. It’s a start.

        (It’s slightly more than the 4.63 they averaged to lead the league after Utley returned last year)

  6. Don M

    April 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Who are we going to be that far behind?? The Nats just played their best baseball ever… In April…

    I think they need to give serious thought to Pence/Victorino and if either of them will be signed long term… Between the two I’d rather have Vic as I think he’s more of a complete player. And while I’ll be pissed if we don’t keep Hamels we need to focus on our everyday lineup instead of our every-fifth-day pitcher

    But as many have said its suuuper early and I want to see where we are on July 1st, not May 1st

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