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Dawn of 2010

Posted on: February 28, 2010 4:06 am
Edited on: February 28, 2010 5:51 am

Phils opened spring training with great optimism. A great concern this year is keeping the bullpen healthy. Brad Lidge has been given a clean bill of health from his two off season surgeries. J.C. Romero will throw off the mound for the first time this spring today, he says he feels great and has also been given the OK by team Dr.s. Jamie Moyer is feeling great and will be the favorite to regain his spot on the roster as the teams 5th starter.

Ryan Howard has dropped another 20 pounds and is in high gear, ready to start taking cuts from live pitching already in the early spring. Raul Ibanez is fully recovered from the nagging injuries that plagued him in last season's final months. Jimmy Rollins has high expectations for his new teamate Roy Halladay, and the squad, but, has pulled up just short of making any predictions for the 2010 campaign.

As always the Phillies will open the preseason with a scrimage game vs Florida State University.

Battles for bullpen spots and the teams fifth starter heading north should be this preseasons' hot topics and major concern area's. The regular "8" are set, the bench has been solidified, so there will only be a few roster spots up for grabs.

The Phightins are primed for a pennant "three-pete", and hopefully a rematch against the defending WS champion Yanks. Were the Phillies to win the NL pennant in 2010 they would be the first NL team to do so in 66 years. Go Phillies!

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Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2010 10:11 pm

Dawn of 2010

Very interesting Sarge, I did note however in the recent Twins game, some of the pitches thrown in the middle innings were a bit perplexing and did not look like pitches being thrown by a hurler trying to make the squad, but rather "make" the pitch.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2010 7:59 pm

Dawn of 2010

Rich Dube has spoken to all of his relievers. Of course getting batters out is the #1 priority, however getting "certain" batters out has been the focus of the spring warm-up.

As it is with the 8 regulars, the bullpen is a very seasoned bunch. they are not throwing in the spring for jobs, or looking over their shoulders. Instead they are working on certain pitches for certain situations to get get certain batters out. Sounds a little bit out there? Not necessarily. the Phillie's brain trust, and scouting staff has been working the "book" on particular players for some time. When is the last time Albert Pujols hurt us?

During this spring certain hitters have come to the plate and the relievers have treated them as a surrogate for another hitter altogether and have thrown completely "off book" working only on pitch selection and location for a certain batter.
We will start the season with Brad Lidge and J. C. Romero on the the sidelines. The Phightins always start slow so this shouldn't hurt so much as in previous years. The big difference this year? We have some real big league arms in our starting staff to see us through.

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2010 10:50 pm

Dawn of 2010

great blog wins.

always nice to see passion among fans.  and i enjoy this time of year, especially since my Royals are still in first place.........heh heh, but not for long....

be safe.  enjoy life.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2010 7:51 pm

Dawn of 2010

The Phillies pichers are showing veteran maturity this spring. Working on new pitches and location rather than looking over their shoulders to see who is trying to take their jobs. There will be pile up at #5 but that is to be expected in any camp for any team this time of year.

Shane Victorino is recovering very slowly from a shoulder injury suffered in the off season. This is giving prospect  Dominic Brown and veteran Ben Francisco a chance to show their talent. Francisco will have the inside track to be the 5th outfielder, a righty that hits to all fields with power, he will help solidify the bench, and be able to spell the older Raul Ibanez during the long season.

Generally no surprises so far during the early spring campaign. This is a veteran ballclub, working on different aspects of their games. Knowinf they fell just short as repeating as WS champs, a good solid work ethics has become the theme for this spring.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2010 1:00 am

Dawn of 2010

Thanks Bluez, I'm going to try to keep fairly current updates on this blog! welcome to check in anytime pal. We all start at 0 - 0 Reds have a shot.....WOOF!

Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2010 11:42 am

Dawn of 2010

Hey Sarge nice blog . you guys have made a baseball fan out of me . football is stiill #1 in my heart and always will be . as you know i Love both Ohio teams in baseball . after that its the Phillies . i love the way they play the game and pull for them to win except for when they play the Reds .  I Can see me on the Phillies bandwagon again this year as both Ohio Teams will be out of it after the All Star Break .. again Cry.. I Wished you still had Cliff Lee on the roster and i bet you do to . A Nice trade off for Halliday . you got the better of the deal . i hope . i am ready for Spring and some baseball and of course some Dirt Track Racing ..

Go Phillies!!!

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