Cliff “General” Lee made his Grapefruit debut in a Phillies uniform today in a 6-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers. His line: 2 ip, 1 h, 2 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 3 k, 1 hbp. Kyle Kendrick: 2ip, 0 h, 0 r, 0 er, 1 k. Looks like Crazy K is making a play for Lee’s spot in the rotation.
Rollins and Francisco provided the only RBI’s today while Domonic Brown is still looking for his first spring hit and went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts.
Overall Brown is 0-12 in 4 games with 8 k’s. It is too soon to rule Dom the Bomb out but Francisco has the early lead in the RF battle. It is clear that Francisco came to Clearwater to win the spot. He has been an everyday outfielder before in Cleveland and knows what it takes to play at the Major League level. I said a month ago that he will be a solid replacement at RF and I still stand by that.
Dom Brown has spent the beginning of spring reworking his stance and the placement of his hands. You can see the chemistry is lost in his swing.
The Phils had 10 hits vs. the Tigers today but only managed 2 runs in a 6-2 loss. Schneider and second baseman Barfield had 2 hits apiece. It’s February so there’s not too much to read into, just numbers.
So apparently Jayson Werth “hates the Phillies.” Ha-ha, well Jayson guess what, we don’t care too much for you either! I thought I was going to give him a nice reception when he returns but all this resentment is getting old. Let the “BOO BIRDS” be heard! It’s not our fault that Cliff Lee is a better man than you and took less money to play for a team that he loves. Keep telling yourself that you went to the Nats to win. You flat out weren’t worth the money you got, you know it, we know it, and Rube knows it.
It has rained once in the last 16 days in Clearwater and has been one of the warmest springs in years.
I know Chase is a gamer and one of the toughest baseball players I have ever seen but this lingering knee problem is a cause for concern. According to head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan Utley hasn’t progressed to running or fielding yet but “He is doing fine.”
Charlie is still looking for his contract extension. Manuel is signed for the 2011 season. I think he deserves to have this thing taken care of before Opening Day!
With no Chad Durbin this year the bullpen may have to rely more heavily on (pause for panic) Danys Baez. Baez did pitch a scoreless inning today allowing only 1 hit. Not bad after his Saturday outing from the B game, Baez gave up 5 hits, 1 BB and 5 runs in two-thirds of an inning. I’m still not a fan!
On a side note the deal Durbin got with the Indians, a base salary of $800,000 for 1 year, was less than what the Phillies initially offered him. The same thing happened to Chan Ho Park last off-season. Durbin will be missed.
The common theme this spring has been a renewed work ethic and a commitment to better off-season conditioning. We have heard it from Raul Ibanez, Jimmy Rollins, and Ryan Howard. Howard was back at work two days after making the final out in the 2010 NLCS. It shows the teams dissatisfaction with how the last 2 seasons have finished.
It is cool to look in the dugout this spring and see all the ex-Phillies: Mike Schmidt, Ryan Sandberg, and Juan Samuel. Hopefully Schmitty’s comments will light a fire under J-Roll and Victorino and get them off to a hot start.
Still waiting for “High Phive” to catch on as the rotations nickname! Let’s start a High Phive Facebook frenzy. “Like” the page!
Brad Lidge was #20 on our Best Athlete in Philly countdown. How many more Phillies do you think deserve to be on the list??
BLN will be doing some special things to honor the 2-year anniversary of the death of the late, great Harry Kalas on April 13th.
Brotherly Love Nation will be giving away two tickets to the Phillies August 14th game vs. Jayson Werth and the Nats. We will give you more info once the season starts but you have to be a Phan of our Facebook Page in order to win! Find us on Facebook at Brotherly Love Nation. Show us some Brotherly Love!
There have been some interesting spring stories thus far in February, most notably being righty Matt Anderson who has not pitched in the big leagues since 2005. Anderson, who once hit the radar gun at 103 mph, tore a muscle in his armpit in 2002. In the 8th inning of Monday’s game vs. Toronto Anderson retired all 3 batters he faced hitting 95 mph. He is signed to a Minor League contract and is a long shot but it is definitely an inspiring story to follow. Anderson the number one overall pick in the 1997 draft said he excpects to make the Phillies out of training camp and I for one am rooting for him!