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Since the last time I’d written something here, the Phils have come to terms with both Ben Francisco (January 15) for one year for $1.175 million dollars with performance bonuses and with Kyle Kendrick (January 18) for $2.45 million, also for one year, to avoid arbitration with both players, thus having all of their players signed up for at least one season. Last season, 2010, in 88 games (28 of which were starts), Francisco batted .268 (48 for 179), as he hit thirteen doubles and six home runs and knocked in 28 RBIs. He also went .282 pinch hitting (11-39), hitting three doubles and knocking in 7 RBIs. This season, Francisco will be used in a platoon with Dom Brown in right field to replace Jayson Werth, who had during the off-season signed a long term contract with the Washington Nationals. Meanwhile, Kendrick last season pitched in 33 games (a career-high), 31 of which were starts, as he went 11-10 with an ERA of 4.73, as he pitched in 180.2 innings and struck out 84 batters (both career highs) while walking 49, who, depending on what the team might do, will either be their long man coming out of the bullpen, or fighting for the fifth starter spot with Vance Worley.

As the Phils prepare for the start of spring training next month in Clearwater, Florida, they are looking at their options, thanks to their present embarrassment of riches with their starting pitching staff, which at the moment consists of Roy Halladay (Ace), Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt (who at the moment are being nicknamed either the Four Aces, R2C2 or the Fantastic Four by the fans) and Joe Blanton, as they decide whether they really need to trade Kentucky Joe to another team that needs a good starter to help give them some salary flexibility, or to just keep Joe, and use him as their fifth starter, knowing that he so far have had a good track record pitching for the Phils during the two plus seasons since they’d gotten him from the Oakland A’s to help them down the stretch towards their 2008 World Series Championship. My opinion is that they should hang onto Blanton, unless he brings in a good righthanded bat that’ll help the team in the line-up. Either way, he would be helping the team, especially as the fifth starter, since he is presently seen as a good third or fourth starter on most teams.

Lastly, Charlie Manuel’s contract is coming up this season. Although it is more than likely that the Phils will give him an extension, Charlie had announced on WIP radio yesterday, when asked about it, that he would like a three year contract, and prefer that he signed the contract extension as soon as possible so that it won’t become a distraction for the ballclub during the season, although he does see himself as signing a contract at some point this season. Me, sign him up as soon as possible Ruben. Uncle Chuck seems to know what he’s doing with the players, and we all know that they like playing for him.

Three Phils win four Gibby awards, as voted by the fans.

Three Phils have received four Greatness in Baseball Yearly or Gibby Awards, as voted by the fans.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz received the Gibby for X-Factor of the Year, because of the way he handled the Phils’ pitching staff in 2010. Roy Oswalt received the Gibby for the Oddity of the Year, as he became the first Phil pitcher, since Brian Wilson in 1971, to play a field position, as he played left field during an extra-inning game against his old Astros team on August 26, 2010. And the final two Gibbies that were won by a Phil went to Roy Hallady, as he was voted the Starting Pitcher of the Year for his record of 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA, which included his perfect game performance against the Florida Marlins and for the Postseason Moment of the Year for his No-Hitter against the Cincinnati Reds on October 6, 2010.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: Cy Young Award.

During the 54-year existence of the Cy Young Award, created a year after the death of the man it was named after, Hall of Famer Cy Young, four Phils have won the award, after it had been spilt in 1967 into separate awards for the NL and AL, for a total of seven times.

The first Phil to win the award was Hall of Famer Steve Cartlon, who won the first of four awards in 1972, when he went 27-10, including 15 wins in a row, as he won around half the games for a last place Phillies team, with an ERA of  1.98. He won his second award in 1977, as he helped lead the Phils to their second of three straight Eastern Division titles, as he went 23-10 with an ERA of 2.64. He won his third Cy Young in 1980, as he lead the Phils to their first World Series crown, with a record of 24-9 and an ERA of 2.34. Carlton would win his fourth and last Cy Young in 1982, as the Phils finished in second place behind the World Champions St. Louis Cardinals, as he went 23-11 with a high ERA (for him) of 3.11. The second Phil to win the award would by John Denny in 1983, as he help lead the ‘Wheeze Kids’ to their fourth NL flag, with a record of 19-6 and an ERA of 2.37. The third Phil to win the team’s sixth Cy Young Award was relief pitcher Steve Bedrosian, who in 1987, would lead the league in saves with 40 of them, while recording a win-lost record of 5-3 with an ERA of 2.83. The seventh, and most recent Cy Young Award was just won this season (2010) by Roy Halladay, who had a win-lost record of 21-10 with an ERA of 2.44.

Among the seven awards, six were won in the 20th Century and one in the 21st century, as six of the awards were won by a starter, while one was won by a relief pitcher. Steve Carlton has won the most awards with four, while the other three winners have so far won one award each. Steve Cartlon had the most wins (27 in 1972) and had the lowest ERA (1.98, also in ’72) as well as won it with the highest ERA (3.11 in 1982) among the four Phils who had won the award, while Steve Bedrosian had the lowest number of wins (5 in 1987) while winning the award, since he won it based on the number of saves that he had recorded that season (40).

Who will win it next? If he continues to pitch well, Halladay should have another Cy Young Award by the time his present contract runs out, unless either Cole Hamels or Roy Oswalt are able to pitch better than him within the next two-three years.

Doc Halladay has won the 2010 NL Cy Young Award, receiving all 32 first place votes.

The BBWAA have just announced that Roy Halladay was voted the National League Cy Young Award, becoming the fifth pitcher to win the award as a pitcher in both league, as he had won the award in 2003 while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays, joining Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens.

Roy received all 32 first-place votes for a total of 224 points, beating out Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals, who had received 28 second-place votes, for a total of 122 votes, and Ubaldo Jiminez, who ended third with 90 votes, including 4 second-place votes.

Roy won the votes by going 21-10 as he pitched in 33 games, all starts, as he finished first, second or third in several categories, including finishing first with the most wins in the NL (21), most complete games (9), shutouts (4) and innings pitched (250 2/3), while he finished second in strikeouts (219), behind Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants, and third in ERA (2.44), behind Josh Johnson of the Florida Marlins and Wainwright. He also pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB History as he threw a no-no against the Marlins on May 29, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, as he pitched the Phils to a 1-0 win.

Halladay became the fourth Phil to win the award, following four-time winner Hall of Famer Steve Carlton (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982), John Denny (1983), and Steve Bedrosian (1987).

Congratulations, Doc. You deserve this win.

Philadelphia Phillies – Team History: 90 + wins.

In the team’s 128 years history, the Phils would win 90 games or more only fourteen times.

The team has won 100 games or more only twice in its history, as they would win 101 games twice. The first time occurred in 1976, when the team would win 101 games, losing only 61, as they would win the first of three straight NL Eastern Division titles, before losing to the World Champions Cincinnati Reds 3-0 in the NL Championship Series. They would duplicate that record the following year, 1977, as they would win their second straight NL Eastern Division crown, before falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, 3-1.

Their third highest victory total would be 97 games, which they would do twice. The first time would occur in 1993, when they would unexpectively win the Eastern Division that season with a record of 97-65, then win the NL title by defeating the National League Champions Braves in the NL Championship Series, 4-2, before finally falling to the World Champions Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series, 4-2. They would then duplicate the record this year as they would win their fourth straight NL Eastern Division crown, the first time that they would do that in the team’s history, before defeating the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Divisional Series, 3-0, and then losing to the San Francisco Giants in the NL Championship Series, 4-2.

The fifth best team was the 1899 Phillies, who finished that season in third place with a 94-58 record, the team’s best record for the 19th Century, ending up nine games behind the first place Brooklyn Superbas. The sixth best team was the 2009 team which finished with a record of 93-69, winning the team’s third straight Eastern Division title, doing so for the second time in the team’s history, before defeating the Colorado Rockies in the Divisional Series, 3-1, then beating the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, 4-1, winning the team’s second straight NL title, doing so for the first time in the team’s history, before losing their World Series crown to the American League Champions New York Yankees in the World Series, 4-2.

The next two teams ended up with identical records of 92-70, giving them both the seventh best winning total. The first one was the 1964 team, the one that had the most infamous late season collapse in baseball history, until the Mets team of 2007. That team would end up being tied for second place with the Reds, a game behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The other team to win 92 games was the 2008 Phils, who would win their second straight Eastern Division title, before defeating first the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Divisional Series, 3-1, then the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, 4-1, and then the American League Champions Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series, 4-1, winning the team’s second World Championship.

The team with the ninth best record was the 1980 Phils, who ended the season with a record of 90-72, finishing first in the Eastern Division, before first defeating the Houston Astros in the NL Championship Series, 3-2, then defeating the American League Champions Kansas City Royal, 4-2, winning the team’s first World Championship. The tenth best team was the 1916 team which ended the season with a 91-62, finishing in second place, two and a half-games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The eleventh team to win at least 90 games was the 1950 ‘Whiz Kid’ who won the pennant in 1950 with record of 91-63, only to lose the World Series to the World Champions Yankees, 4-0. The twelfth team was the 1915 team, which won the Phils’ first National League pennant with a record of 90-62, only to lose the World Series to the Boston Red Sox, 4-1. The final two teams would end up with identical records of 90-72. The first one was the 1978 team, which won the National League Eastern Division title, the third straight for the team, doing so for the first time in the team’s history, before losing the NL Championship Series to the National League Champions Dodgers, 3-1. The fourteenth, and final team, with 90 or more wins, was the 1983 team, nicknamed the ‘Wheeze Kids’, who would win the NL East, then defeat the Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, 3-1, before losing the World Series to the American League Champions Baltimore Orioles, 4-1.

Will the 2011 team become the fifteen team to win 90 games or more? Maybe, maybe not, but we won’t know for sure until next year comes and goes.

2010 National League Divisional Series, Game # 1: Roy Halladay pitches a post-season no-hitter!!!

Roy Halladay had pitches the second post-season no-hitter, the first since Don Larsen’s perfect game for the Yankees in 1956, the first in Phils’ history, as the Phils defeat the Reds, 4-0. Halladay has also become the first Phil pitcher to pitch two no-hitters in the same season.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third and with one man out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, and then stole third, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the second as, two men on, and with two men out, Roy Halladay hits an RBI single to help his own cause, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Wilson Valdez’s single, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Valdez, who had just singled, over to third base. Two batters later, after Jimmy Rollins walked to load the bases, sending Halladay to second base, Victorino give the Phils a 4-0 lead with a two-run single, knocking in both Valdez and Halladay, while sending Rollins to second base. That would turned out to be all that Halladay would need as he would proceed to pitch a no-hitter against the Reds, allowing only one man on base, Jay Bruce, via a two-out walk in the fifth, before he is wiped out at second base on a 6-4 force out by Drew Stubbs. Halladay was in complete command all game, as he struck out eight Reds, while getting twelve of them to ground out and six more to either fly or pop out, as he threw only 104 pitches, 79 of which went for strikes.

Roy Halladay gets the win as he pitches a complete-game no-hitter, walking a batter, while striking out eight. His record is now 1-0 for the divisional series with a 0.00 ERA. Edinson Valquez took the lost as he pitches an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs on four hits and two walks. His record for the divisional series is now 0-1 with a 21.60 ERA. Travis Wood, Logan Ondrusek and Bill Bray combine for six and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Wood) and a walk (Wood), while striking out four (Wood (3), Bray (1)) between them.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, with Shane Victorino leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, as he knocked in two runs. Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez and Roy Halladay had the other three Phils’ hit, with Ibanez’s hit being a double, and with both Valdez and Halladay’s hits being singles, with both man knocking in a run. Chase Utley knocked in the other Phil RBI with a sac fly. The Reds’ bullpen shut down the Phils’ offense but, with the way that Halladay was pitching, it didn’t matter.

The Phils (1-0) take the lead in the best of five divisional series with the Reds (0-1). The series will continue Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, with game time being 6:07 pm Eastern. The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (13-13 (7-1), 2.76 (1.74)) during the regular season, who is a career 23-3 (2.81) against the Reds, although being 0-2 against them this year, while pitching for the Astros. In his last game, he pitched an inning of relief against the Braves on October 3, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. In his last three starts, his record is 1-0 with two no-decisions, as he had pitched eighteen innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on nine hits and four walks, while striking out eighteen. He will be trying to put the Phils up 2-0 in the series. The Reds will counter with Bronson Arroyo (17-10, 3.88), who is coming off a win against the Astros on September 30, where he pitched seven innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out four, in the Reds’ 9-1 win. In his last three regular season starts, his record is 2-0 with a no-decision, as he had pitched eighteen innings, giving up four runs on thirteen hits and a walk, while striking out twelve. He will be trying to even the series at a game apiece. The Phils will be out to win the second home game of the series to put the Reds in an early hole before heading to Cincinnati.

Doc Halladay is named the first National League Player of the Week for 2010.

Doc takes home NL Player of the Week

Halladay immediately makes presence felt in Phillies uniform

By Doug Miller / MLB.com

It hasn’t taken long for Roy Halladay to become accustomed to the National League.

The right-handed ace, who came to the Phillies from the Toronto Blue Jays in an offseason trade, paid dividends right away, and in a huge way, when he was awarded the inaugural NL Player of the Week award of the 2010 season.

In his first week with Philadelphia, Halladay posted a 2-0 record with a 0.56 ERA while tying for the Major League lead with 17 strikeouts. Halladay also sits atop the Majors with 16 innings pitched and a complete game. The Colorado native surpassed 1,500 career strikeouts on Opening Day and notched his 150th career victory and 50th career complete game on April 11.

Halladay made his eighth consecutive Opening Day start at Washington, holding the Nationals to one run through seven innings of work and leading the Phillies to an 11-1 victory. The All-Star and former Cy Young Award winner also helped his own cause at the plate, going 1-for-4 with an RBI.

This is Halladay’s fourth career weekly award, and his first in the NL.

Other nominees this past week included Atlanta’s Martin Prado and rookie sensation Jason Heyward, Philadelphia’s Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard, Florida’s Jorge Cantú, Albert Pujols of the Cardinals, Arizona’s Chris Young, San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum and Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez.

H/T Phillies.com

Congratulations on winning the award Doc, hopefully the first of many.

The Phils starts off the 2010 regular season with an 11-1 laughter against the Nats in D.C.

The Phils start off the 2010 season in spectacular fashion, as they do something they have not done for some time, win on opening day. Behind the one run, six hits, nine strikeouts pitching performance of their new ace Roy Halladay and powered by an offense that scored eleven runs on thirteen hits, including two home runs, with one of them being a grand-slam home run by a returning Placido Polanco, the 2009 National League Champions crushed the Nationals 11-1.

The Nationals would start the scoring off in the bottom of the first, as, with a man on second, via a lead-off single to Nyjer Morgan, who later stole second, Ryan Zimmerman would hit an RBI double to center, scoring Morgan, giving the Nationals a 1-0 lead. The Phils would come back in the fourth, as they took a 2-1 lead on a two-run home run by Ryan Howard, his first home run of the season, knocking in Chase Utley, who has gotten on base earlier with a lead-off walk. Three batters later, Shane Victorino would make it a 3-1 Phils’ lead as he hit an RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who earlier got on base with a single, and then went to third on Raul Ibanez’s single, putting runners on the corners, while sending Ibanez, who has just singled, to second base. One out later, after a fly out to right field by Carlos Ruiz has moved Ibanez up to third and sent Victorino over to second, Phils’ starter, Halladay, helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single off of Nats’ starter, John Lannan, scoring Ibanez from third, while sending Victorino to third, once again putting runners on the corners, with the score now 4-1 Phils. After a walk to Jimmy Rollins loaded up the bases, sending Halladay up to second base, Polanco made it 5-1 Phils by hitting a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Victorino. The Phils would increase their lead in the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with one out, Rollins would hit an RBI triple, scoring Ruiz from first, who had earlier walked, giving the Phils a 6-1 lead. Polanco would make it a 7-1 Phils’ lead with an RBI single, knocking in Rollins. One inning later, in the seventh, the Phils would bust the game wide open as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Ibanez, a one-out single to Ruiz, which moved Ibanez up to second base, a ground out, 2-3, by Halladay, which would move Ibanez up to third and send Ruiz over to second base, and an intentional walk to Rollins, Polanco would empty the bases with a grand-slam home run, his first home run of the year, making it an 11-1 Phillies’ lead. That would be the final score as Hallady, after keeping the Nationals off of the scoreboard from innings 2-7, hands the ball over to the bullpen, who handled the Nats easily for the final two innings, preserving the win.

Roy Halladay gets the win, as he pitches seven very strong innings, giving up only one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out nine. His record is now 1-0 with an ERA of 1.29. Antonio Bastardo, Danys Baez and David Herndon combined for two shutout innings, giving up three hits (Bastardo (1), Herndon (2)) and one walk (Bastardo), while striking out two (Bastardo (1), Herndon (1)). John Lannan got the lost for the Nationals, as he went only three and two-third innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks. His record is now 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA. Jesse English pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up no hits. Miguel Batista followed, pitching an inning and two-thirds, getting smoked for five runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out one. Jason Bergmann pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit, the Polanco’s grand-slam. Sean Burnett and Brian Bruney followed with two scorless innings, giving up two hits (one hit apiece) and two walks (both Bruney), while striking out three Phils (Burnett (1), Bruney (2)).

The Phils’ bats went a combine thirteen for thirty-nine today, scoring eleven runs, as well as taking nine bases on balls, with one of them being intentional, and only striking out four times. Placido Planco led the team with three hits, as he knocked in six runs, via a sacrifice fly, a single and a grand-slam home run, starting the season with a .600 batting average. Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard followed with two hits each, with Rollins hits being a lead-off single in the first, and a RBI triple, while scoring two of the Phils’ runs. He also received two walks, while stealing a base in the first inning. Howard, meanwhile, had a single and a two-run home run, knocking in two runs, while scoring one. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Carlos Ruiz and starter Roy Halladay had the other six Phils’ hits, all singles. Victorino and Halladay would knock in the other two Phils’ RBI. The Phils had a total of twenty-one total bases and three extra-base hits, a triple and two home runs, including a grand-slam. Not bad for a first game. I just hope there’s some left in the tank for Wednesday.

The Phils (1-0) have the day off tomorrow. Their next game will be Wednesday night against the Nationals (0-1) at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. for a 7:05 pm start. The Phils’ starter will be Cole Hamels (0-0, -.–). He will be trying to show that what happened to him in ’09 is now in the past. He will be opposed by Jason Marquis (0-0, -.–), who the Nationals have picked up from the Rockies, who plans on trying to keep the Nats from being an early tennant of the National League Eastern Division cellar. The Phils are off to a good start. The question now is, can they build on it.

Today…

All of the Phils should be in Clearwater, getting ready to defend their 2009 NL Crown. Come on guys, let see if we can join the 1880-82 White Stockings (now Cubs), the 1891-93 Beaneaters (now Braves), the 1894-96 Orioles, the 1901-03 Pirates, the 1906-1908 Cubs, the 1911-13 Giants, and the 1942-44 Cardinals, and hopefully prepare in 2011 to tie the 1921-24 Giants for four straight NL pennants, the only NL team to accomplish that feat.

Almost everyone is saying that this is probably the best Phillies team in years. On paper. Go out there and prove them right, guys!!!

Go PHILS!!!!

Two to go as Blanton signs a three-year $24 Million extension

The Phils can now concentrate on signing to new contracts Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino as they have just signed Joe Blanton to a three-year contract extension worth $24 million dollars. Blanton, who went 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA in 31 starts in 2009, will be paid $7 million in 2010, and $8.5 million in both 2011 and 2012.

With Blanton’s contract signing, the Phils starting four is now set up to 2012, unless one of them is traded. Roy Halladay is the number one starter, Cole Hamels no. 2, and Joe Blanton and J.A. Happ as either the no. 3 or 4 man, depends on how they do during the season(s). With Jamie Moyer coming off of post-season surgery, the no. 5 position for the present season presently being up in the air, to be settled during spring training.

Okay, Ruben, time to sign up Ruiz and Victornio.

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