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Kyle Kendrick’s bad relief appearance allow the Brewers to win in extra-innings, as the Phils lose in twelve innings, 6-3.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier singled, then was safe at second base on second baseman Rickie Weeks force out attempt fielding error of Jimmy Rollins’ grounder, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who was safe at first on Weeks’ fielding error, would stop at second base. The Brewers tied it up at one-all in the top of the third as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Carlos Gomez hits an RBI single, knocking in Jonathan Lucroy, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Shaun Marcus’ sacrifice bunt, 3-unassisted, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Brewers then took a 2-1 lead as Ryan Braun hits an RBI single, knocking in Gomez. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Shane Victorino gets an RBI as he hits a grounder to first that Prince Fielder threw wide to home plate, allowing Wilson Valdez, who had reached first on Casey McGehee’s fielding error, then stopped at third on pinch hitter Ross Gload’s single, to score, while sending pinch runner Michael Martinez, who was running for Gload, to second base on the fielder’s choice attempt. The Phils’ attempt to take the lead is then foiled as Polanco’s liner towards the second base bag is deflected off of Sergio Mitre’s body and is caught in the air by Yuniesky Betancourt for the inning’s second out, before he throws to Weeks at second base to double up Martinez, who was running on the play, for a 1-6-4 doubleplay. The Brewers retook the lead in the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Betancourt hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, scoring Braun, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Fielder’s double, giving the Brewers a 3-2 lead. The Phils then retied the game up at three-all in the ninth as, with a man on second, and with one out, pinch hitter Pete Orr hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on Valdez’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, while Orr would stop at second on the late throw to the plate. After the game goes into extra-innings, neither team would get a threat going until the top of the twelfth when, with runners on the corners, via a walk by Weeks, a throwing error by Kyle Kendrick on a sacrifice bunt by Gomez, allowing Weeks to reach third base, while Gomez stayed at first, and with nobody out. Braun hits a deep sacrifice fly, scoring Weeks, giving the Brewers a 4-3 lead. Three batters later, with the bases now loaded, thanks to Fielder being hit by the pitch, sending Gomez to second base, a wild pitch by Kendrick sending the runners to second and third base, and an intentional walked to McGehee, and with still one man out, Betancourt hits a sac fly, scoring Gomez, giving the Brewers a 5-3 lead, while sending Fielder to third base, and McGehee up to second base on the throw to the plate. Two batters later, after Mark Kotsay is intentionally walk to reload the bases, the Brewers took a 6-3 lead as Lucroy hits an RBI single, knocking in Fielder, before McGehee is thrown out at home plate, 9-2, to end the inning. That would be the final score as Brandon Kintzler gets the win by holding the Phils down in their half of the twelfth.
Joe Blanton got a no-decision as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four. Ryan Madson pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero pitched two-thirds of an inning, before being taken out as he sustained an injury, giving up a hit. David Herndon pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Jose Contreras pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 3.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on a hit and three walks. Shaun Marcus also received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up an unearned run on five hits, as he struck out five. Sean Green recorded his first hold of the year as he pitched one-third of an inning, giving up an unearned run on one hit. Sergio Mitre received his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Kameron Loe recorded his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. John Axford blew his second save attempt of the season as he gave up a run on a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Mitch Stetter recorded a scoreless inning, as he struck out a batter. Brandon Kintzler (1-0, 3.38) gets the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk. As Joe Blanton pitched a good game, J.C. Romero would go down trying to field a grounder in the ninth, before Kyle Kenrdick would blow it for the Phils with a bad twelfth inning.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard both leading the team with two hits each, both singles, with Howard knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (RBI), Raul Ibanez, Wilson Valdez, pinch hitter Ross Gload and pinch hitter Pete Orr (RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits, all singles. The offense was once again slow to get going, although hitting into a bit of buzzard’s luck in the seventh, before blowing an opportunity to win in the ninth as Victorino struck out on a 3-2 high fastball, before Jimmy Rollins ended the inning by popping up to the shortstop on a 3-1 fastball.
The Phils (10-5, 1st NL East) will continue their three-game series with the Brewers (8-8, T-2nd NL Central), with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will begin at 7:05 pm EDT. Roy Halladay (2-0, 1.23) will start the game for the Phils, as he is coming off a complete game win against the Nationals on April 13, as he gave up two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out nine, in the Phils’ 3-2 win. He will be going for his third win of the season, while trying to tie up the series for the Phils. The Brewers will counter with Randy Wolf (1-2, 4.32), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on April 14, as he went six and two-thirds innings, giving up just three hits and two walks, while striking out ten, in the Brewers’ 4-1 win. He will be trying to give the Brewers the series win. The Phils will be trying to get back on the winning track while hoping that their ace will give them another good performance.
The Phils’ bullpen blew its first game of the 2011 season, as the Phils lose to the Marlins, 4-3.
The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to third on Jimmy Rollins’ double, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while Rollins, who had just doubled, would move up to third base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins. The Marlins then cut the Phils’ lead in the fifth as Logan Morrison broke up Roy Oswalt’s no-hit bit with a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in their half of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to second on Placido Polanco’s single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead,while sending Polanco, who had earlier singled, on to third. The Marlins then cut the Phils’ lead again in the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Omar Infante hits an RBI double, knocking in Chris Coghlan, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead. The Marlins then took the lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded, via an infield single by Morrison, a walk by Gaby Sanchez, sending Morrison to second base, and a single by John Buck, sending Morrison to third, and Sanchez to second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs hits a two-run single, scoring both Morrison and Sanchez, giving the Marlins a 4-3 lead, while sending Buck to second base. That would end up being the final score as Leo Nunez would collect his fifth save as he pitched a clean ninth.
Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.50) received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, before having to leave at the start of the seventh because his back stiffen up on him, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk, while he struck out six. J.C. Romero pitched to one batter, giving up a run on a hit. Danys Baez blew his first save attempt of the season before taking the lost (1-2, 2.84), as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Antonio Bastardo pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both batters that he would face. Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras then combine for two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter (Contreras) between them. Javier Vazquez also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks, while striking out a batter. Edward Mujica (2-1, 4.76) got the win, as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit. Ryan Webb received his second hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Randy Choate also received his second hold of the year as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Clay Hensley collected his fifth hold of the year as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Leo Nunez received his fifth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless ninth, as he walked a batter. The bullpen blew it first save of the season, as it tried to follow Roy Oswalt after he had left the mound in the top of the seventh because his back has stiften up earlier in the game.
The Phils had only six hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, both singles, as he knocked in two runs. Placido Polanco (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Double), Carlos Ruiz (Double) and Pete Orr (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the other Phil run, as he hits a sacrifice fly. The Phils’ offense has slowed down in their last two games, being unable to do much, thanks in part to the Marlins’ bullpen.
The Phils (9-4, 1st) will continue their series with the Marlins (8-5, 2nd) tomorrow, with the first game of a day-night doubleheader, as tonight’s game was cancelled because of the rain. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at 1:35 pm EDT. Cole Hamels (1-1, 5.59) will take the mound for the Phils, after coming off a good performance against the Braves on April 10, as he went seven innings, giving up no runs on four hits and a walk, as he struck out eight, in the Phils’ 3-0 win. He will be tryng for his second win, while trying to lead the Phils to a series split thanks to the rain out. The Marlins will counter with Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 6.97), who is coming off a lost against the Astros on April 10, as he pitched only four and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on thirteen hits, as he struck out only two, in the Marlins’ 7-1 lost. He will be trying to improve on his record, while trying to pitch the Marlins into a first place tie with the Phils. The Phils will be trying to even the series with a win, while putting themseleves two games ahead of the fish.
Coming out of spring training, everyone pondered how the Phils offense would do without Jayson Werth (now a member of the Nationals) and Chase Utley (knee problems). Well, after nine games, they seems to be doing pretty well.
After nine games, the Phils are among the National League leaders in several offensive categories. They lead the league in team batting average (.334), team slugging percentage (.484), team total bases (155), team hits (107), stolen base percentage (80%) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.865), while they are tied for first with the Reds for most RBIs (58). They are second in on-base percentage (.380), doubles (22), runs scored (59), and team extra-base hits (31). They are fourth in total at-bats (320). They also have the third fewest strike outs (56).
As is shown by the stats, although they are not hitting as many home runs (8) as they have in the past, they are still knocking in runs, as they are getting a lot of singles, with enough doubles added, and are using them to move men around the bases to score.
All but one of the regular eight are presently batting over .300, with Shane Victorino leading the team with a .417 batting average, which puts him in fifth place among batting leaders, thanks to his recent hot series against the Braves. Victorino is also batting .611/432, as he is batting 15 for 36 with 8 runs scored and with 8 RBIs. He has four extra-base hits (2 2BS, 1 3B, 1 HR), for 22 total bases, and has stolen 2 bases, being caught once.
Ryan Howard is next with a .361/.639/.390, as he has gone 13 for 36, scoring 7 runs, while knocking in 11 runs, leading the club, as he have has 6 extra-base hits (4 2Bs, 2 HRs), for 23 total bases.
Thanks to his hot series against the Braves, Carlos Ruiz is third with a .346/.538/.414, as he has gone 9 for 26, scoring 6 runs, as he knocked in 7, with 3 extra-base hits (2 2Bs, 1 HR), for 14 total bases.
Fourth among the starting eight is Placido Polanco with a .342/.447/.390, as he has batted 13 for 38, scoring 6 runs, while he had knocked in 8, with a total of 4 extra-base hits, all doubles, for 17 total bases.
Fifth is Wilson Valdez, who is playing second base as Utley recovers from his injury. Valdez has gone .333/.444/.357, hitting 9 for 27, scoring 5 times, while knocking in 5. He has 3 extra-bases hits, all doubles, for 12 total bases. He also has a stolen base.
Jimmy Rollins, in a contract year, is doing well in the third spot in the line-up, although slowing down in the Braves series, being no. six. He is batting .324/.405/.390, going 12 for 37, crossing the plate 6 times, while still waiting for his first RBI. He has 3 extra-base hits, all doubles, for 15 total bases. He has 3 stolen bases, leading the team.
Seventh is Ben Francisco, who is doing rather well as he handle the right field duties. He has gone .306/.528./375, batting 11 for 36, scoring 7 times, while knocking in 7. He has 4 extra-base hits (2 2Bs, 2 HRs), for 19 total bases. He also has a stolen base, and has been caught once.
Raul Ibanez is the last of the eight, as he has also cool down in the Braves series, after being hot against the Mets. He is presently hitting .257/.400/.350, as he has gone 9 for 35, with 9 runs scored, while he has knocked in 6. He has 3 extra-base hits (2 2Bs, 1 HR), for a total of 14 total bases. He has also stolen 1 base.
The rest of the team, including pitchers, have gone a collective 16 for 49, collecting one extra-base hit (1 HR), for 19 total bases. They have scored 5 times, while knocking in 6 RBIs.
Finally, unlike last year, the team has done very effectively pinch hitting, having ten hits, with 5 RBIs, with 4 of them coming on Ruiz’s pinch hit grand-slam home run last saturday afternoon.
If the Phils can continue what they are doing right now, their starting pitching will be even more effective, since the offense will be handing them leads both at home and on the road.
Despite a so-so performance from Roy Oswalt, the Phils win their next to last spring training game, defeating the Pirates, 8-5.
In spite of a subpar pitching performance by Roy Oswalt, the Phils defeat the Pirates, 8-5, winning their next to last spring training game.
The Pirates took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Lyle Overbay hits a two-run double, scoring Jose Tabata, who had earlier walked, went to second base on Neil Walker’s single, then went to third on Andrew McCutchen’s ground out, 5-3, and Walker, who had earlier singled, then went to third on McCutchen’s ground out, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Luis Castillo, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on Jimmy Rollins’ single, would score on Pirates’ catcher Ryan Doumit’s throwing error to second, as Rollins, who had just singled, successfully stole second base, before moving up to third on the error, cutting the Pirates lead to 2-1. The Phils tied the score up at two-all in the second as Ben Francisco hits a lead-off home run, his fifth home run of the spring. The Phils later took the lead as, with the bases loaded, via Pete Orr being hit by the pitch, a walk to Carlos Ruiz, moving Orr up to second base, a sacrifice bunt by Roy Oswalt, moving both runners up a base, and Shane Victorino being hit by a pitch, and with one man out, Orr would score on a Ronny Cedeno fielding error of a Castillo grounder, allowing Orr to score, and both Ruiz and Victorino to move up a base, leaving the bases loaded, while giving the Phils a 3-2 lead. One batter later, the Phils made it a 4-2 lead as Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Ruiz, while Victorino would move up to third. The Phils would make it a 5-2 lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Castillo, who was safe at first on a force out, 3-6, as Victorino was wiped out at second base, who, in turn, had reached first on an earlier force out, 4-6, as Oswalt, who had an infield single, was wiped out at second, then stole second base, while sending Rollins, who had been hit by the pitch, over to third base. One batter later, the Phils took a 6-2 lead as Raul Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Rollins, while sending Howard up to second base. The Pirates would cut the lead in the fifth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Walker hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch hitter Josh Rodriguez, who had earlier walked, then moved to second base on Tabata’s walk, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, before Tabata, who had just walked, would also score because of a Francisco fielding error as he let the ball get past him for a two-base error, making it a 6-4 Phils’ lead, while allowing Walker to get to third base. One batter later, the Pirates cut the lead to 6-5 as McCutchen hits an RBI single, scoring Walker. The Phils would get a run back in the sixth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Rollins hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring, Victorino, who had earlier walked, then went to third on a hit and run single by Castillo, giving the Phils a 7-5 lead, while sending Castillo, who had earlier singled, up to second base. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Erik Kratz and John Mayberry, Jr., with Kratz stopping at second base, Kratz and Mayberry both moving up a base on Wilson Valdez’s ground out, 4-3, and Michael Martinez being safe at first on second baseman’s Walker’s fielding error, and with one man out, Ross Gload hits an RBI ground out, 6-1, scoring Kratz, while sending Mayberry to third and Martinez up to second base, giving the Phils an 8-5 lead. That would be the final score as Michael Stutes recorded his first save of the spring as he had an easy ninth inning.
Roy Oswalt (1-2, 6.11) got the win as he pitched four innings, plus four batters, as he gave up five runs on five hits and four walks, while he struck out four. J.C. Romero recorded his third spring hold as he pitched an inning, striking out a batter. Michael Herndon recorded his third spring hold as he pitched an inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit and a walk. Antonio Bastardo received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Ryan Madson recorded his fourth spring hold as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Stutes recorded his first spring save as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out three. Ross Ohlendorf (0-5, 9.82) took the loss as he pitched four innings, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Michael Dubee pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Chris Leroux pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Garret Olsen pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jose Veras pitched a scoreless inning, strking out a batter. Evan Meek pitched an inning, giving up an unearned run on two hits.
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Luis Castillo leading the team with two hits, both singles, while knocking in a run. Jimmy Rollins, (Single, 2 RBIs), Ryan Howard (Single, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Single, RBI), Ben Francisco (Home Run, RBI), Roy Oswalt (Single), Pete Orr (Double), John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) and Erik Kratz (Single), had the other eight Phils’ hits. Ross Gload knocked in a run on a ground out, while the other run came in on a Pirates error.
The Phils’ spring training record is now 21-13.
In other news, the Phils announced that Ben Francisco will be their regular right fielder, although he will be in a platoon with Ross Gload and John Mayberry, Jr., but being given most of the at-bats. Also, the Phils announced that they will be placing Brad Lidge on the disabled list because of a rotator cuff strain of his right shoulder. He will be out until at least mid-May. The Phils will be using Jose Contreras as their closer until Lidge is able to return, and leaving Ryan Madson as their eighth inning specialist. Finally, Chase Utley was yesterday moving around on his legs, fielding ground balls. Hopefully, this will be a sign that his legs are starting to get better. Keeping fingers cross, as I don’t expect to see him before the all-star break, if he doesn’t do anything to aggravate his knees.
The Phils have just announced that they plan to sideline their star second baseman Chase Utley indefinitely until his right knee gets better, as an MRI reveals that not only does he have mild patellar tendinitis of the right knee, but that there is also bone inflammation (Which may help explain why the right knee is not healing the way it should be). The Phils have no idea when Utley will be back, although it is likely that they will place him on the 15-day disable list when the regular season starts on April 1. Although surgery is an option, the Phils are thinking of doing it only as a last resort.
As the Phils try to figure out when Chase will be ready to go during the season, the Phils have said that they will, for the moment, not be looking outside of the organization for his replacement. This, of course, means that we’ll be, once again, seeing Wilson Valdez as the starting second base for a while, with someone else taking his place on the bench from among those who are presently playing with the team during spring training.
I just plainly hope that this will not throw a major monkey wrench into the team’s chances to make the playoffs, never mind the World Series.
Get well soon, Chase.
Earlier today, the Phils have announced that Dom Brown have had surgery performed on his right hand to remove the hamate bone. The operation was successful. Stitches should be removed in ten days, and a removable case then placed on his right hand. He should be out for four to six weeks.
With this, Ben Francisco should get the right field starter job.
The Phils have also announced, during the weekend, who their opening day starter against the Houston Astros (on April 1) at Citizens Bank Park, will be. And it comes as no surprise that it will be their ace and 2011 Cy Young Award winner, Roy Halladay.
The St. Louis Cardinals have suffered a major blow as they lose their ace, Adam Wainwright, as he will likely face Tommy John Surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. This, of course, means that the redbirds will be looking for someone to take Wainwright’s spot in their rotation.
Because of this, Joe Blanton’s name have been linked in talks about the possibilities of a trade between the two teams. Thing is, Ruben Amaro Jr. have said that the Phils plan to keep Blanton and intend to use him as their fifth starter. And, even if they were to trade him, the Phils would most likely be looking for, in return, a right handed bat who is major league ready, or just about, who the Cardinals will be willing to give up. I’m not sure if the Cards will do that at this point, if it happens at all.
Me, I think Blanton is going to be here for opening day and beyond.
Yesterday, the Phils signed veteran right-hander Jason Grilli to a Minor League Contract.
Grilli, in eight major league seasons, had an 18-18 record with a 4.74 ERA in 223 appearances. He has last thrown a pitch in the Majors in 2009, when he pitched for the Colorado Rockies and the Texas Rangers, with a combine record of 2-3 with an ERA of 5.32 in 52 appearances. Grilli did not pitch last year because of a knee injury.
Grilli will appear in the Phils’ minor league camp in Clearwater, and will likely start the season pitching for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
Last week the Phils’ picked up, via waivers, infielder Carlos Rivero from the Cleveland Indians.
The team is still looking for low price free agents for their bullpen, while pondering whether to give new contracts to either Chad Durbin or Jose Contreras, or to both pitchers. In the meantime, they are in the hunt to resign Jayson Werth, but since his agent Scott Boras is asking for money in the Matt Holliday/Jason Bay range, it is more than likely that he won’t be back in red pinstripes.
It has been announced on Monday that ex-Phil Jamie Moyer has re-injured his left elbow while pitching winter ball in the Dominican Republic, while trying to prove that he can still pitch. Ouch. Talk about a setback. Hope it wasn’t too bad an injury, Jamie.
It was also announced yesterday that former Phil GM Pat Gillick is on the Hall of Fame ballot that is being sent to the committee to elect those managers, executives and retired players who were not elected originally, who come from Baseball’s Expansion-era (post-1960). Congrats on getting on the Ballot, Pat, and wish you luck getting into the Hall. You deserve it.
Lastly, today, there is speculation that former Phil, ex-Orioles manager and fan favorite, Juan Samuel, is thinking of taking over Davey Lopes’ position as the team’s first base coach. If he does, that should be good news for the team, since he was a very successful base stealer during his days as a ballplayer. Is has also been announced that they are looking at Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as the new manager for their Triple-A Lehigh Valley ballclub, as he is leaving the Cubs Triple-A club after being pass over as the main club’s new manager. He might be another popular move, if the Phils do go after him. Whether the pair will actually get either post is another question.
Last Friday, the Phils announced that the operation on Placido Polanco’s left elbow, to remove bone spurs and to repair the lateral extensor tendon, was a success and that they expect him to recover in six to eight weeks, in time for him to prepare for spring training.
The Phils are still waiting to hear back from Jayson Werth and his agent, Scott Boras, on what Werth is looking for, contract wise.
Speaking of contracts, the Phils announced on Tuesday that first base coach Davey Lopes is leaving. Lopes says that he’s leaving because the team isn’t offering him what he thinks he is worth, based on what he does for the ballclub, besides his first base duties, as he is the main reason that the team have had a highly successful stolen base percentage. In fact, they have lead the league during the four years that he was with the team. His input will be missed. Good luck wherever you land, Davy.
The Phils, this off-season, will be looking to add some new blood to the bullpen, as well as looking for a strong right handed bat to replace Werth, if they are unable to resign him. They will also be, according to Ruben Amaro, Jr., be looking to improve the way the offense operates. (I hope they do, as that was a major handicap this past season.)