Results tagged ‘ World Series ’

Phillies in the Big Apple

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The Phillies took Amtrak to Penn Station in New York City this afternoon. They will have a workout tomorrow afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Game 1 is Wednesday.

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Happ Is Outstanding Rookie

The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that J.A. Happ has been named the National League’s Outstanding Rookie in its Players Choice Awards.

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The Mayo Clinic talks about the injury that could have ended Jayson Werth‘s career.

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SEPTA workers have voted for a walkout just a few days from the Phillies hosting the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday.

The Associated Press reported that union president Willie Brown said 4,700 workers authorized him to call a strike if last-ditch negotiations with SEPTA fail. SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney said he hopes a deal can be reached.

The Phillies host Game 3 on Saturday, Game 4 on Sunday and Game 5 on Monday.

“We’re planning for all contingencies,” Phillies vice president of communications Bonnie Clark said.

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Going to New York

Here are a few things from today’s workout at the Bank:

  • Charlie Manuel expects to see CC Sabathia three times if the World Series goes seven games.
  • Raul Ibanez is going to DH Game 1, which would allow Ben Francisco to play left field. Matt Stairs or Greg Dobbs could DH Game 2 against A.J. Burnett.
  • Robin Roberts spoke about the 1950 World Series. He said back then he hated four things: Notre Dame, Michigan, the Yankees and Russia. That might be one of my top five answers to a question all year.
  • Manuel would not say who will pitch Game 2, but he sounds more and more like it’s going to be Pedro Martinez. Martinez went 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in five starts at home this season. He went 3-1 with a 5.66 ERA in four starts on the road, not including the seven shutout innings he threw in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. He is 0-2 with a 5.93 ERA in his last five postseason appearances against the Yankees. But Martinez has experience. He won’t be intimidated. “We weigh all that,” Manuel said. “We try to weigh everything possible. I guess that’s the good part about my job. I’ve got quite a few people around and we discuss everything about the game. We discuss everything that you’re supposed to cover. There’s not a whole lot that we’re going to miss as far as what we want to do. But when I look at Pedro, Pedro has been in the big environment. He’s pitched about everywhere you can pitch. I don’t think nothing is going to really bother him or get him upset. I think we can pitch him in either ballpark, really. I don’t think it matters at all.”

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Empire State of Mind

granny hamner and yogi berra.jpgSo we’ve got ourselves a little Amtrak/Turnpike World Series.

I like it.

It’s Phillies vs. Yankees, and I couldn’t think of a better match up. If the Phillies want to build a legacy or a dynasty or whatever you want to call it, this is the team you want to beat. You want to beat the Yankees because they are the best baseball has to offer.

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These teams have met just once before in the postseason: the 1950 World Series. The Yankees swept the Phillies in four games, but I don’t expect that to happen this time. I think the Phillies’ offense is too good not to put some runs on the board.

The above photo is Yogi Berra tagging out Granny Hamner at the plate in Game 4.

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Charlie Manuel would not answer a question yesterday afternoon about Cole Hamels possibly starting Game 2. Manuel could have tipped his hand there. He could be leaning toward starting Pedro Martinez in Game 2. I thought Martinez might set up better to start Game 3 at Citizens Bank Park, but we know Martinez won’t be intimidated at Yankee Stadium. It will be interesting to see which way the Phillies go. We know it’s Cliff Lee in Game 1. We also know it’ll probably be Hamels or Martinez in Game 2 with the other likely pitching Game 3.

The Game 3 starter would line up to pitch Game 7, if necessary and if the Phillies don’t bring back Lee on short rest.

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I’m picking the Phillies in six.

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Could Ibanez Need Surgery After the Season?

Thumbnail image for ibanez vs. atlanta.jpgRaul Ibanez has some Chase Utley in him.

Utley, who said this afternoon that his right foot and right hip are healthy, refused to discuss his hip injury last season — until after he had surgery in November. Ibanez, who spent time on the DL this season with a strained left groin, declined today to talk about a small muscle tear near his abdomen that has bothered him most of the season.

Sports Illustrated first reported the tear. On the team’s trip to Toronto in June, Ibanez had to decide between surgery and missing a large chunk of the season or spending a short time on the DL and playing the season hurt, SI wrote. Ibanez chose the latter, but asked about it today Ibanez sounded much like Utley last season.

“I’m fine. I’m doing fine,” Ibanez said. “That’s all stuff that’s in the past. I had spoken to the guy, but that’s stuff that’s kind of in the past. I don’t really even think about it. Look, I’m fine right now.”

So no surgery after the season?

“I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. I’m not thinking past today right now, and I’m not thinking back the other way, either. But I’m doing fine. I’ve been fine for a while.”

SI wrote that Ibanez consulted with a neuromuscular specialist in Toronto and a surgeon in Philadelphia before he chose to skip surgery and try aggressive rehabilitation.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to comment about Ibanez’s muscle tear.

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Charlie Manuel officially named Cliff Lee his Game 1 starter, but he would not commit to anybody for Game 2. Well, at least publicly he would not commit to anybody.

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The Phillies held a simulated game this afternoon. Pedro Martinez, J.A. Happ, Chan Ho Park, Brett Myers, Kyle Kendrick, Antonio Bastardo, Clay Condrey and Tyler Walker all threw.

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How Will the Rotation Look?

Thumbnail image for lee b 1007.jpgHow would you set up the Phillies’ World Series rotation?

Charlie Manuel said earlier today he would discuss that with Rich Dubee, Ruben Amaro Jr. and others this weekend. I would not expect the Phillies to make an official announcement anytime soon, but it’s obvious that Cliff Lee will start Game 1. I would start Cole Hamels in Game 2, despite his recent struggles. As much as he has struggled — he is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts this postseason — he still has one of the two best arms in the rotation. He was one botched double play from allowing one run through five innings in Game 1 of the NLCS. He allowed three solo homers in Game 5, but he wasn’t getting knocked around the ballpark (i.e. walking people and giving up four or five hits an inning). I still take my chances with him on the road.

I know everybody would like to see Pedro Martinez pitch Game 2 at Yankee Stadium, but I’d rather have him pitch Game 3 at home. Martinez went 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA in five starts at home this season. He went 3-1 with a 5.66 ERA in four starts on the road, not including the seven shutout innings he threw in Game 2 of the NLCS. Martinez also is 0-2 with a 5.93 ERA in his last five postseason appearances against the Yankees. I’d rather have Martinez pitching in front of the home crowd in a place he has been more successful than in a place where he will be hearing “Who’s your daddy?” chants.

Manuel said he more than likely will use right-hander Joe Blanton and left-hander J.A. Happ in the bullpen to start the series, but either of the could start Game 4. The Yankees have an .846 OPS against left-handers and an .837 OPS against right-handers. The Angels have a .793 OPS against right-handers and a .788 OPS against left-handers. Maybe they go with Blanton against the Yankees and Happ against the Angels, although Blanton is 0-3 with an 8.18 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees and is 3-7 with a 3.48 ERA in 15 appearances against the Angels. Happ allowed four hits and two runs in six innings May 23 in a 5-4 loss to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. He has never faced the Angels.

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Lee said he would be willing to pitch on short rest, but I only see that happening if the Phillies drop their first two games and they get into desperation mode.

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Amaro said there remains a chance somebody like Brett Myers could make the postseason roster. Who would they bump? Left-hander Antonio Bastardo has faced just two batters this postseason. Maybe they go elsewhere.

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Repeat? Phillies Will Get Their Chance


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