2013 Spring Training

Spring Training Gameday 2013: Phillies v. Tigers

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vnpjUw1dbF0/T4WJtcnfyYI/AAAAAAAAB5E/Wv1b8s8KgEY/s1600/detroit_tigers_logo.gifDetroit Tigers  vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Bright House Field Clearwater, FL

Weather: 68, Thunderstorms

TV: The Comcast Network, home of Phililes Nation TV

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Doc takes the hill in what might be a messy, rainy game against the Tigers.

A couple of emerging trends to keep an eye on: Ben Revere has been the lead-off hitter with J-Rol out, Dom Brown has seemingly settled into left field after beginning the majority of the Spring in right while Darin Ruf has quietly faded into the background, and Yuniesky Betancourt is somewhat surprisingly hitting .360/.379/.400 and now in contention for a utility role with the club, presumably competing for a utility infield role with Freddy Galvis.

Jeremy Horst, Jake Diekman, and Raul Valdes will take the hill following Doc.


1. Revere – CF

2. Frandsen – DH

3. Utley – 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. Young – 3B

6. Brown – LF

7. Mayberry – RF

8. Kratz– C

9. Betancourt – SS

Go Phillies!



  1. Ken Bland

    March 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    The Doctor’s more than mildly ummm…inept? performance ought a go over real well in the press discussions.

    At least we know the subject.

  2. Ken Bland

    March 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Another scout’s radar gun has Halladay velocity at around 84-85. Just gave up grand slam to Peralta.>>

    And isn’t that just absolutely peachy.

  3. CS

    March 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Time to call Scott Boras…kyle loshe please.

    • Justin McElroy

      March 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      They’re not going to sacrifice another first round pick for the likes of Lohse.

  4. Chris

    March 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Doc is done. It’s a shame. He was a good pitcher for a few years, but it’s time to hang it up.

    • Justin McElroy

      March 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      He’s not going to leave $20 million on the table.

    • schmenkman

      March 12, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      It’s a little premature to say he’s done until we know more.

      Also, “he was a good pitcher for a few years” — if by “good” you mean the “the best”, and by “a few years” you mean “the last decade”, then I agree.

      • wbramh

        March 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        A phenomenal pitcher for the last decade and always a competitor.
        Even though Doc seems confident concerning his rehab from last year’s problems, I still contend that there’s something wrong with him that that the team doctors are missing and Doc himself likely doesn’t recognize.
        This exhaustion business is not about laziness or being out of shape – not when we’re talking Doc.
        And while a drop in velocity is not uncommon for a 35-year-old pitcher (or Spring training in general), I wonder whether the velocity issue is not related to his recent stamina problems.
        I just hope to hell it’s nothing serious.

  5. CS

    March 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I’m not serious but do we have enough depth with Pettibone, Cook, Cloyd, etc to cover? Do we want KK as our 3rd starter?

  6. George

    March 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I’m with Schmenkman on this: we need to know more. Lack of velocity and command are troubling, but it’s still spring training.

    • Justin McElroy

      March 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      The concern is that this is the second consecutive spring that Halladay has had serious struggles and declining velocity. He wasn’t worried about his spring in 2012 and claimed to be fine physically – then went on to have one of the worst seasons of his career.

  7. Bruce

    March 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    It’s funny to see the rants in the gametime thread when the team lose. Oh well, I like to think that cooler heads prevail with some logic here.
    May I remind a few here that it’s spring training where pitchers will experiment or refine certain pitches during their turn in pitching. it’s precisely the reason that Hamels was BOMBED a few outings ago against Dominican Republic (WBC contender) while using only certain pitches.

    Halliday came in today’s game with a 2.16 ERA in three starts. Shall we dismiss that and say he is “finished” as a few here proclaimed in their knee jerk reaction to his off day outing? Of course not. Halliday was never “overpowering ” or a strikeout pitcher but a “finesse’ type pitching to contact. It’s a matter of location and command with changing of speeds on pitches. If he has problems, you look for what I just described. If he lost something on his fastball when changing speeds, he can adjust in his location. It can be a fine line, a fraction of an inch in spotting his fastball more effectively along with his other pitches.

    • G7

      March 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Hopefully just dead arm, but will probably see a few of these during the season..one thing for sure you will always get his full effort whenever he takes the hill.

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