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All Star voting has begun and two of the names I had thought I would be endorsing are out of contention,
Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard. With the competition at short stop, it
will be very hard with his injury for J-Roll to get the nod from the
voters. Howard’s dismal start obviously will keep him from election.
Four Philadelphia Phillies are very deservent of making the team. They
are Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Pat Burrell, and Cole Hamels. It is safe
to say that Utley will win by a landslide. It will be interesting to
see how Burrell does with the fans. Being so streaky and having never
made the team before, it may be hard for him to get votes. Hamels and
Lidge will go at the managers discretion. Clint Hurdle picks all of the
pitchers which in my opinion is ridiculous but that is how it has
Be sure to vote early and often. Ballots are available at Citizens Bank Park and you can also vote by clicking on the “Vote Here” link of this page. Happy voting!
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The Philadelphia Phillies again looked like it was still spring
training as they dropped their second game in a row to the Cincinnati
Reds. Brett Myers was again not in sync giving up 4 runs on 8 hits with
3 walks in only 5 innings. Clay Condrey was absolutely awful and, as
has been stated here before, does not belong on a roster of a division
winning team. He gave up 4 runs in 2 innings and now has a 9.83 ERA.
Time to make a change there.
The Phillies bats were fairly quiet although Pat Burrell and Chase
Utley each had two hits. Ryan Howard went 0-3 and struck out twice.
The defense also still looked sloppy. This is not the slick fielding team we saw last year or expected to see this year.
They again just do not look like they got enough work in Spring
Training. This was a poor performance all the way around and the
Phillies should be disgusted with their play. It may be time for a
Charlie Manual tirade to get this team fired up and playing right
before they get too far behind!
The good news of the day was Brad Lidge pitched a one two three
inning and looked like the pitcher he was a few years ago when he was
one of the best in the game. He retired the meat of the Reds line up as
he faced Keppinger, Griffey, and Phillips.
The Phillies will try to split the series tomorrow at 12:35pm. The Phillies are now 2-4. Cole Hamels will face Bronson Arroyo.
Tim Lahey is the odd man out as the Phillies had to make a roster move to make room for closer Brad Lidge. Lahey’s stay in Philadelphia was short lived but he enjoyed his week on the big club.
He has until Wednesday at 1pm to clear waivers and if he does, the Phillies would like to add him to their Lehigh Valley squad. Phightin’ Phils Phorum will keep you up to date on Lahey’s status.
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