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More on Rollins’ Game Winner

From Elias Sports Bureau:

Jimmy Rollins‘ two-run single in the top of the ninth inning last night gave the Phillies a 5-3 victory over Florida. It was the second time Rollins had a game-wining RBI against the Marlins in the ninth inning or later. The first came in Sept. 2004, when he hit a 10th-inning homer off Armando Benitez in Florida.

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Brian Schneider strained his left hamstring last night. He said he can’t see himself playing by Friday, which probably means he is headed to the disabled list. If everything goes well for Carlos Ruiz tonight in Class A Clearwater, the Phillies could swap Schneider for Ruiz on the DL.

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Scoring Is Down, But Manuel Doesn’t Want to Hear It

The Phillies need Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz back in their lineup soon.

Ruiz is expected to be back this weekend in Atlanta. Utley could be back next week.

Entering tonight’s game against the Marlins, Phillies second basemen ranked last in the National League with a .557 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. Phillies catchers ranked last with a .574 OPS. (Ruiz was hitless in 21 at-bats before he landed on the DL, but he hit .302 with a .400 on-base percentage last season.)

To put that in perspective, Houston Astros pitchers entered the night with a .593 OPS.

“We need our lineup to get better,” Charlie Manuel said.

The Phillies rank fifth or better in OPS at first base (fifth at .864), third base (second at .826), shortstop (fourth at .749) and center field (third at .837). Pitchers rank eighth (.358), rightfielders rank ninth (.744) and leftfielders rank 13th (.694).

The Phillies have had very little happening offensively once Ryan Howard hits, although Raul Ibanez is picking up. He is hitting .467 (14-for-30) with four doubles, two home runs and five RBIs in his last eight games.

“We don’t have the offense we used to have,” Manuel said. “We don’t have the depth in our offense right now. We get Utley back that’s definitely going to help us some. But we do not have the offense we had. I’ve told you about the guys with the high on-base percentages. We used to lead the league in base runners, but we also used to lead the league in runs scored.”

Manuel has heard in meetings and elsewhere that scoring is down everywhere.

Yeah, so?

“That don’t mean we have to have that damn problem,” Manuel said. “I say that in meetings all the time. That’s like saying if somebody jumps off a bridge you’re going to jump off with them. The hell with that. Really. That’s kind of how I look at that. I want us to be the best team in baseball. I want to put the best players on the field. I want the best hitting, the best pitching, the best defense.”

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Oswalt Is Back

Roy Oswalt rejoined the Phillies today after spending more than a week with his family in Mississippi.

Tornadoes tore through his home county. His home and the home of his in-laws suffered some damage, but his family is OK. His three children were in their grandparents’ home when the storms hit, which shook them up.

I’ll have more later on the experience, but here’s the baseball stuff:

  • Oswalt threw a bullpen session this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. He said it went well, although the Phillies said they have not decided if he will pitch Saturday. Rich Dubee said they must see how he feels tomorrow. Oswalt did not throw while he was home, and Dubee said Oswalt was a little rusty as a result.
  • If I’m a betting man I’m betting Chase Utley is in Clearwater, Fla., before the end of the weekend. He responded well to two simulated games earlier this week. The Phillies have said they have not made any decisions about his next step, but an appearance in extended spring training is the logical choice. “I would assume it would be a slow progression,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. That means starting with extended spring training before beginning a rehab assignment.
  • Carlos Ruiz took swings in the batting cage the past couple days, but is resting his back today. He suffered a bit of a setback. “He was progressing real well, then he kind of tweaked himself a little bit,” Amaro said. Ruiz has not played since April 27. The Phillies can back date his DL stint 10 days, so they have until Saturday to do that. “Not yet,” said Amaro, asked if he feels like they need to place Ruiz on the DL.
  • Don’t expect Vance Worley to stick around once Joe Blanton rejoins the rotation. Amaro said Worley has more value keeping stretched out as a starter in Triple-A.
  • Jose Contreras remains on schedule to return in three to four weeks. He’s been on the DL since April 22.

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A Crowded DL: Been There, Done That

The injuries are piling up for the Phillies, although Ruben Amaro Jr. said last night Carlos Ruiz won’t be placed on the DL today because of a back problem.

That doesn’t mean it won’t happen. It just won’t happen today. But the DL already is crowded with Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras, Joe Blanton, J.C. Romero, Domonic Brown and Brian Bocock

The Phillies should be used to this. I pictured players checking their iPads or phones last night and shrugging their shoulders at the latest DL news, if they hadn’t heard already.

“Blanton’s on the DL? Damn. OK.”

The Phillies have travelled this road before:

  • 2007: They used 46 players, including 28 pitchers (some of those players included Chris Roberson, Pete LaForest, Russell Branyan, Yoel Hernandez, Anderson Garcia, Kane Davis, John Ennis, Joe Bisenius, Zack Segovia and Matt Smith).
  • 2008: They used 40 players, including 18 pitchers (Brad Harman, Andy Tracy, Chris Snelling, R.J. Swindle, Les Walrond and Andrew Carpenter).
  • 2009: They used 41 players, including 22 pitchers (Rodrigo Lopez, Paul Hoover, Sergio Escalona and Steven Register).
  • 2010: They used 42 players, including 21 pitchers (Cody Ransom, Dane Sardinha, Brian Bocock, Nate Robertson, Scott Mathieson and Nelson Figueroa).

The Phillies handled the injuries every time. Nobody can say they will handle them this year, but it explains why nobody in the clubhouse is panicked, either.

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Choooooooch (Is Clutch)

From Elias Sports Bureau:

Carlos Ruiz snapped a 2-2 tie yesterday with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly. It proved to be the game-winner in the Phillies’ 3-2 victory over the Marlins. It was Ruiz’s 12th career game-winning RBI in the seventh inning or later – all since 2007. Over the last five seasons (2007-2011), only Ryan Howard (14) has more game-winning RBIs in the seventh inning or later for the Phillies.

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Kimbrel’s Heat Helps Chooch Lock In

Carlos Ruiz flied out to center field following a six-pitch at-bat with Braves closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning last night.

Ruiz saw five fastballs: four at 96 mph, and one at 98 mph.

Kimbrel’s heat might have helped Ruiz hit his pinch-hit grand slam this afternoon in a 10-2 victory over the Braves. Ruiz was hitting .238 (5 for 21) before today.

“Kimbrel got Chooch swinging good,” Charlie Manuel said. “He was busting him some fastballs, and finally Chooch got his timing down pretty good. Today when (Scott) Linebrink came out he threw one by him. He tried to throw another one by him and he was ready. You’d be surprised sometimes. When you have an at-bat of six, seven, eight, nine pitches and somebody’s throwing hard, that can definitely help you get your timing down.”

Ruiz, who crushed a 0-2 fastball, agreed.

“Charlie told me after the game (last night), ‘You had really good swings against Kimbrel,’” Ruiz said. “I said, ‘Yes, I would like to face him again.’ Right then I started to feel better. That was good. That was good for me.”

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Halladay Has the Stuffed Chooch

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Yes, Roy Halladay has the Carlos Ruiz pillow/doll/toy/whatever-it-is at his home in Florida.

It’s in his youngest son’s bedroom.

Halladay shot a commercial for 2K Sports’ MLB 2K11 three or four weeks ago, and Phillies fans love it. Who knew Halladay could act? Who knew he had comedic timing?

“Are you guys saying I’m boring?” he said with a laugh.

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Where Can You Get This Chooch?

I’m probably the last person to post this commercial on a Phillies blog (Saw this on The 700 Level via Phuture Phillies), but it’s too good not to post. I’ve got to say, Roy Halladay does a good job with it. Who knew the guy could act? And I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before people start calling the Phillies to see where they can get the stuffed Chooch in the commercial.

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More Ball …

Hola, amigos, we’re here at Bright House Field. It’s sunny and 66 with a strong breeze, but I think it’ll be in the 70s by first pitch. The Phillies play the Orioles this afternoon. Roy Oswalt makes his Grapefruit League debut.

Here’s the lineup:

  1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  2. Placido Polanco, 3B
  3. Raul Ibanez, LF
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. Ben Francisco, DH
  6. Shane Victorino, CF
  7. John Mayberry Jr., RF
  8. Brian Schneider, C
  9. Brian Bocock, 2B

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Carlos Ruiz has been in Panama since yesterday for personal reasons. He could be back Friday. … Forgot to mention this yesterday, but it was right-hander Nick Strincevich‘s birthday. He turned 96. Strincevich and outfielder Alex Pitko (11/22/14) are the oldest living Phillies. The Phillies released Strincevich June 11, 1948, to make room for Robin Roberts. Strincevich is the last player to wear No. 36 before Roberts.

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The Top 10 … Right Now

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MLB Network has been running episodes of Top 10 Right Now, where they rank players at every position in the big leagues. The Phillies were well represented, so I’m running the lists here.

These lists should make for a good debate:

Starting Pitchers
10. Josh Johnson
9. Justin Verlander
8. Adam Wainwright
7. Cliff Lee
6. David Price
5. Jon Lester
4. CC Sabathia
3. Tim Lincecum
2. Felix Hernandez
1. Roy Halladay

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