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2013 Spring Training

Phils Smash Five Homers, Bury O’s 13-4

Chase Utley went deep twice, while Yuniesky Betancourt, Domonic Brown, and Ryan Howard chipped in with a long ball of their own as the Phillies move to 13-13 in Grapefruit League action with a 13-4 win.

The Good

The Phillies took advantage of this advantageous match-up against Chen in a big way with six extra base hits, five of which were home runs. Every starter had a hit in today’s game. Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless inning.

The Interesting

Ender Inciarte once again came in as a late-inning, defensive replacement and raised his Spring average to .273 with a base hit. Freddy Galvis had a nice play in right field. Yes, Galvis saw the field in right.

The Areas of Opportunity

On a day where Roy Halladay wasn’t quite what we thought he’d be against a minor league squad, Aaron Cook was good but not great against a playoff team who played their entire starting nine against him. In 4 2/3 IP, he had one strikeout, no walks, and gave up two earned.

The Phillies Spring schedule continues tomorrow against the Red Sox at Bright House Field. Cliff Lee, Mike Stutes, Jeremy Horst, and Jonathan Papelbon are scheduled to pitch.



  1. hk

    March 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    The Phils did not face Bruce Chen, they faced Wei-Yin Chen, who was 12-11 with a 4.02 ERA for the O’s last year and is a better pitcher than Bruce of the same last name.

  2. George

    March 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    You got the Chen wrong. Bruce still pitches for the Royals.

  3. Ken Bland

    March 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Don’t be minding these guys that think that one Chen is better than another, I an.

    That was the smaller issue in the post. If these critics were properly prioritized, they’d have caught this classic that defies baseball law…

    “Cliff Lee, Mike Stutes, Jeremy Horst, and Jonathan Papelbon are scheduled to start.”

    Rule of thumb, always make your last sentence of a post your most accurate. That’s the one that leaves a lasting impression.

    • Ken Bland

      March 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Before you criticize Ian, you should learn to read yourself. If you had any brains, you’d realize the headline includes the word burry, which is the illigitimate cousin of bury. And if you knew anything about prioritizing, you’d realize it’s all in the headline, not the last sentence.

    • George

      March 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Note: Only ONE guy said that one Chen was better than the other.

      As for those other errors, who cares? Ian has to write in a hurry (or is it “hury?) and typos and awkward sentences are to be expected. Talk about the grammar police!

      But when one makes a blatant error, like getting the entire person wrong, it should be pointed out. No one would let it go if the local TV station said “President Romney.”

      I feel for poor Ian today. He’s really taken it on the “Chen.”

  4. Ian Riccaboni

    March 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Like Antonio Bastardo in 2011, I was a little fatigued today. I will bounce back tomorrow after today’s poor outing!

    • wbramh

      March 23, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      There are no second chances in this league, Ian.
      You just been reassigned to the Iron Pigs.
      Not even a walk-off can save you.

    • Devin

      March 23, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      While we’re reassigning you to the iron pigs, “took advantage of this advantageous match-up”? You’re normally pretty good but that his hilariously awful.

    • Ryne Duren

      March 24, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      All’s forgiven Ian. Nobody is perfect, that’s why we’re human. Carry on young man. you’ll be fine. I’ll read your stuff no matter what. i stand corrected on the perfect thing though. I AM perfect! !’m perfectly imperfect. That covers all my missgivings! cool huh?

    • George

      March 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      No second chances? What about MiniMart?

  5. Lefty

    March 23, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    What to do about Betancourt? It’s crunch time. They gotta promise him a spot and keep him or let him walk tomorrow 3/24. He can earn 1.4m with incentives if he stays. Galvis still has options. I certainly don’t have the answer.

    What do you folks think?

    • schmenkman

      March 23, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Sign and trade, assuming that is allowed (not disallowed) under his contract. If it’s not allowed, I hope they cut him loose. Both Galvis and Frandsen are better

      • Devin

        March 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm

        He’s a fine player, not a significant trade asset, and not needed on this team. Let him walk, there are teams that need him and he’ll make more money that way anyway. Maybe make a handshake agreement that he doesn’t land in the NL East, just in case.

      • schmenkman

        March 23, 2013 at 8:44 pm

        Since I don’t think he’s a fine player and would welcome him being on an opposing team, I disagree, of course.

        If there are teams that need him, I don’t kow why the Phillies would give up the leverage and let him walk.

      • Lefty

        March 23, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        I’m not sure I understand why anyone that wants him would trade for him, when they can have him for free (in terms of compensation to the Phillies) tomorrow.

      • schmenkman

        March 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm

        Lefty, as I understand it (open to being corrected), he’s under contract to the Phillies, and remains so if the Phillies add him to the roster (otherwise he can invoke his out clause). So if they add him to the roster, they can then trade him. Again, unless this is disallowed by the terms of his out clause.

      • Lefty

        March 23, 2013 at 10:25 pm

        I see, well I guess we’ll find out soon.

      • Ryne Duren

        March 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

        I agree with you second comment on the reply to this post schmenk. My thoughts are bring him up north sent someone down with the full intention of bringing that person up as soon as we find a taker for mr. delmond. if teams want him? then bring him up then trade him. Play the cards that you have. To win.

      • Ryne Duren

        March 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm

        sorry fellas i meant betencourt. not young. duhhhh

    • wbramh

      March 23, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Here’s an insanely crazy answer.
      Forget about Delmon Young and start Galvis in Right. He’s got pop, can play anywhere and apparently has a strong outfield arm.
      We’d go from the slowest outfield in the league to one of the fastest with Dom, Ben and Freddy. Also adds more speed on the base paths – another weak area last year.
      Then keep both Betancourt and Inciarte as utility players.

      Okay, so I’m dreaming.

      • wbramh

        March 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm

        And maybe the best case is to hope Betancourt continues to shine and trade him for a couple of promising minor leaguers if they have that built into his current contract.

  6. Ken Bland

    March 23, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    There have been some recent developments in the curious case of Yuni Bettancourt, Everyone assumed the Cardinaks wiould have a level of interest, but that was at least publicly nixed earlier this week with Jiohn Mozeliak remaining consistent with his promite from within of late policy Even to back up Pete Kozma. So even though that seemed to take Bettancourt off the Cards list, the Astros and Marlins were said to be potential suitors.

    Well, from Saturday alone, those kinda look like outateddated rumors. The Fish signed Willie Valdez to a minior league deal, and the Astros, which frankly would have been quite surprising have signed Ronny Cedeno.In fact, Cedeno’s deal might even have been a major league contract. Bettancourt spent the winter failing to get one of those on the table. From anyone..

    I’m stiill not sure iof the deadline is tomorrow, or BEFORE, but the old clock on the wall is dropping hints that it’s tomorrow. What a time to have a 2 homer game, and/or lift his spring average up to .500.

    I’ll believe they keep him when I see it. But although jobs are drying up (I haven’t a clue if the Dodgers might have an interest?), he’ll wiggle his way onto an Opening Day roster. He’s probably had his thrills for the year, but it’s been fascinating to watch him have so many career games in a row, and wish he’d take a minor league deal because he’d be a posible mid season trade chip, or roster insurance. You simply have to keep Fransden and Galvis, so there’s just no room..

  7. Dave P

    March 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    How transparent to play galvis in right after playing Orr in the outfield. Directly competing against one another for a roster spot?

    • Devin

      March 23, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      I haven’t heard any indication that Galvis is competing for anything. He’s already got a roster spot.

      • wbramh

        March 23, 2013 at 11:54 pm

        I was also under the impression that Galvis isn’t a sure bet for the roster but I bow to your knowledge on it. I thought I heard otherwise a day or two back but could be mistaken – or my source may have been mistaken.

  8. R.C. Collins

    March 24, 2013 at 11:33 am

    To say Doc’s performance was an area of opportunity may be a bit of an understatement: “For the fourth straight start, Halladay’s fastball velocity was lower than in his Cy Young heyday. He averaged 86-to-89 miles per hour, reaching 90 on just one pitch in the first inning.

    He also struggled with his command, throwing a first-pitch strike to only eight of the 18 hitters he faced. He walked two hitters, hit another and allowed seven hits — four singles and three doubles. He escaped trouble in all four innings he pitched, with help from three double-play balls and from his catcher, Carlos Ruiz, who threw out a runner trying to steal second.

    Halladay needed 27 pitches to get through the first inning, allowing one run on two doubles, two walks and a hit batter. He still had the bases loaded and two outs, when Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee asked the umpires to end the inning.

    Halladay allowed two more runs in the third inning, on Mike McCoy’s second double of the game, his own errant throw after fielding a bunt, Moises Sierra’s RBI single and a run-scoring double-play ground ball.

    He also gave up hits to the first two hitters in the fourth inning, but got through the inning unscathed, thanks to his only strikeout of the day (a called third strike to outfielder Jacob Anderson) and a line-drive double play.

    In all, Halladay threw 81 pitches and induced the Blue Jays to swing and miss only three of them — all the misses coming on offspeed throws.”

    • R.C. Collins

      March 24, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Curt Schilling: “I hope like hell he’s healthy, but there is no explanation other than physical issues for the significant drop in Doc’s velocity. Certainly not “arm angle’ or anything like that. You lose 6-8 MPH, if he has, when you are hurt, or when something isn’t working like it used to.”

      “Halladay threw 81 pitches and induced the Blue Jays to swing and miss only three of them” that’s when I knew things had changed for me…..The lower my swing and miss% got, the harder it was. Never had a “pitch to contact’ mentality. His + is that he’s a sinker guy”

    • R.C. Collins

      March 24, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Olney: “One longtime National Leaguer told me that it will be important for Roy Halladay to get back some of the velocity he’s lost, because Halladay has always attacked hitters IN the strike zone; he’s never pitched like Jamie Moyer, trying to trick hitters OUT of the strike zone. Halladay’s fastball has been clocked in the 87 mph range this spring, or about 4½ mph slower than last year.”

  9. Ryne Duren

    March 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Hey I said it last year and I’ll repeat it. He’s done ala Carlton once lefty lost some velocity after his shoulder problem it was all downhill. the rest of his pitches feed off his fastball. And with the lack of velocity it effects the bite of his cutter, slider etc. same exact thing with carlton.
    without the bite on his secondary pitches he’s not gonna get many swing and misses and players are sit on the fastball which isn’t so overpowering anymore. Sad to say but once you lose it ( the fastball) it aint coming back. and unless he can pinpoint all his pitches, he’s still not gonna be the Doc we knew. he’s only gonna be ave. at best from now on.
    one example is Cole Hamels, what kind of year did he have after the 08 season when his fastball was lacking most of the year! the answer is not very good. but once he regained it he became much much better and has bieen since. the only difference with Cole and Doc is that Cole is what 8 yrs younger? age 28 you can get the FB back as long as there wasn’t an injury. at 36 and you lose it with an injury. well say no more. we have to face the facts. i didn’t want to believe it when it happened to lefty.

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