Is Antonio Bastardo the best closer in the NL East?

  Antonio Bastardo leads all Major League pitchers at the All-Star Break with an .82 ERA and only trails the Padres’ Mike Adams and the Orioles’ Koji Uehara for the Major League lead in WHIP. With Tuesday’s trade of Fransisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers, there was one less, at the very least, once-dominant closer…

Exploring Bastardo’s All-Star Chances

It was June 2, 2009. The Black Eyed Peas were in the beginnings of a 26-week stranglehold of the number one American Billboard spot. Up was number one at the box office with the Hangover debuting the coming Friday. The Phillies entered the day a half game behind the Marlins, winners of four-in-a-row, and were…

Don’t Look Now: David Herndon Has Been Effective

Since being demoted for the first time in 2011 to make room for J.C. Romero, David Herndon has not allowed an earned run and has an 8 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio. Herndon, who has been used primarily in mop-up situations, was optioned to regain command of his slider, according to David Hale of…

Chase Utley’s Return = More Runs, Wins

Inspired by:   This may be one of the more obvious posts I have made on my blog. The return of five-time All-Star Chase Utley to the Phillies line-up has added a much needed spark. In 21 games, 20 starts, Utley has hit .275/.383/.500 with 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 3 SBs, and 12 walks with…

J.C. Romero = .400 oOBA, DFA’ed

Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki Tweeted shortly after the completion of today’s game that J.C. Romero was designated for assignment to make room for Vance Worley, who will be starting Saturday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Romero’s designation comes as little surprise to many Phillies’ fans who saw Romero struggle with control and was unable…

Phillies’ Pitches Per PAs Down from Likely and Unlikely Sources

It is advantageous at any level of baseball for a hitter to force a pitcher to throw more pitches to them during an at-bat. The advantages are plentiful: with more pitches, the hitter increases their odds of seeing a pitch in the strike zone, it increases the pitcher’s workload, and it increases the odds that…

Revisiting Acquiring John Mayberry Jr.

The Phillies entered the 2011 season minus an All-Star right fielder, down a top prospect, and with a lot of question marks after Ryan Howard‘s place in the line-up. An unlikely hero was found Opening Day when John Mayberry Jr., the fourth or possibly fifth outfielder at the time,had a pinch-hit single in the 9th…

Opening Day 2011: Phillies Win!

As you know by now, the Phillies’ won today’s game 5-4 over the Astros on John Mayberry Jr.’s walk-off, RBI single. Here are some pics from my brother and I’s first ever Opening Day! And here are some videos Bill took: The Phils entering Asburn Alley The awesome pregame American flag set-up with line-ups And…