What should the Phillies do?

Ryan and Mike discuss what the Phillies organization should do in July 2013 on the newest episode of the Sports with Balls Show.

Are Chase Utley’s days numbered in Philadelphia?

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Sports with Balls Show – Phillies Talk

NL East Preview

Bryce Harper and the Nationals took the East by storm last season. Can they repeat 2012 or will they both have a sophomore slump?

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I wouldn’t want to use my best reliever either Charlie!

Bases loaded. 2 outs. You’re up a run.  You have Josh Lindblom or Jonathan Papelbon.  Who do you use? Apparently, Charlie rather use Lindblom in that spot as the Phillies lost tonight 7-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers.  Corey Hart hit a grand slam with two outs in the 8th inning to give the Brewers the lead that ultimately won them the game. The terrible Livan Hernandez picked up a win while Lindblom wasted a 12 strikeout outing from Cliff Lee.  Lee pitched into the 8th inning, giving up three runs on three solo home runs (two by Ryan Braun and one by Aramis Ramirez).

This book is terrible Charlie, stop using it.

Braun and Ramirez got the scoring started in the bottom half of the first inning, going back to back.  Ramirez’ home run was a majestic shot to center field.  In third,  Jimmy Rollins led off the inning with a single and stole second.  Rollins caught Aramis Ramirez and Marco Estrada napping as he stole third without a throw.  Continue reading

Live Blogging Phillies, Pirates

He's back!

Chase Utley is back and I haven’t posted a lot so here’s a chance for an article.

7:10- Valdes goes 1,2,3 inning. Utley makes the final out and TMac makes it awkward.

7:12- James McDonald pitching for the Pirates. He’s been incredible this year. He has the lowest ERA in baseball since April 19th.

7:15- Utley walks up to the plate and Twitter just exploded.

7:16- Juan Pierre almost gets picked off which would have been the biggest buzz kill ever.

7:18- Of course, Pierre is caught stealing.  Thanks for the Buzzkill.

7:19- Chase homers and social media just broke.

7:20- James McDonald has thrown three curveballs, two have been terrible and the other ended in the seats.

7:21- Chooch goes back to back. Steals Utley’s thunder.

7:27- End of 1, Phillies up 2-0. It’s a bullpen game for the Phillies as they didn’t call up a starter after the doubleheader on Sunday screwed up their plans. Kendrick goes tomorrow, Lee Friday, Hamels Saturday. Continue reading

State of the 2012 Phillies

            Last season the Phillies won a franchise record 102 games with an average offense and great pitching staff. Expectations were high heading into the season with Cliff Lee joining the fold and those expectations didn’t change as the season went along.  On September 17th,Philadelphia defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 9-2 and clinched their fifth consecutive NL East title.  Following the win, the team went on an eight game losing streak that scared a lot of the fan base, however others mention that they had nothing to play for as a big factor.  The Phillies finished the season on a four game winning streak, sweeping the Atlanta Braves and actually knocked them out of the playoffs on the final day.  This allowed the St. Louis Cardinals to win the NL Wildcard and set up a first round matchup against the Phillies.  The Cardinals finished up 16-5 to conclude the season en-route to passing the Braves.

The Phillies won their 5th consecutive division title

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Chase Utley is out until….?

According to multiple reports, Chase Utley has left Spring Training to see a doctor for his troubling knees. He hasn’t played in any Spring Training games and will likely begin the year on the disabled list. Rookie Freddy Galvis, who was supposed to begin the year in the minors, is probably going to be your starting second baseman on Opening Day against the Pirates. Many scouts feel that Galvis is a major-league ready shortstop defensively, but many questions still remain about his offense.  All during Spring Training even when Utley didn’t play, GM Ruben Amaro expected Utley to be ready for the season and now that’s doubtful.  The Phillies will begin the season with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard on the DL, so just how much will the offense struggle? 

My take: This is tough to swallow, but it seems like Chase Utley’s knees will prevent him from being the great player he once was. I wish Charlie would have sat him more often,  but there’s nothing you can do now. Hopefully when Howard and Utley do eventually return, Charlie is much smarter when giving the veterans more rest days. I’m not doom and gloom with this season though.  The fact of the matter is this team was second in the National League in runs scored after the All-Star Break.  The pitching staff will keep this team afloat until Howard gets back and they’ll still win their 6th NL East title in a row.

Philly Spotlight Q&A with Marc Farzetta

Marc Farzetta, Host/Update Anchor at Sportsradio 94WIP in Philadelphia, was kind enough to join the Sports With Balls team for a quick Q&A session.

The Phillies are down in Clearwater preparing for another season, the Flyers and Sixers  are inching closer to the postseason, and the Eagles are getting ready for a big off-season.

Marc provides some insight into the current events in Philly sports.

Sports with Balls question in italics.

Marc’s response in bold.

Do you believe DeSean Jackson will be back with the Eagles next season?
Yes, he will be back. This is a Super Bowl or Bust year (to use an overused phrase!). No
Super Bowl Appearance and Andy Reid will not return for a 15th Season as the Eagles Head
Coach. DeSean and Michael Vick already have the chemistry built. DeSean will be tagged
and kept because Reid won’t want to risk someone coming in and being a bust. I would love
to see the Eagles sign him to a 3-year 27 Million dollar deal, but doubt that would happen.

DeSean Jackson - back for 2012?

Who is the top team in Philadelphia right now? Eagles? Phillies? Flyers? Sixers?
No question about it: Phillies. They have given the fans the parade and not acted the least bit arrogant about it. The Eagles? No parade, but still a healthy helping of arrogance. Flyers and Sixers need some major changes to compete with either.

Phillies won the hearts of Philadelphia with the '08 parade

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