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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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Jeff Conine here we come!!!!!!!

Keeping fingers crossed for the update on Bourn/Vic.

anyone else think of ron jones last night? i thought bourn was done for the season on the spot.

Me too, Willard.

Watching Bourn tumble to the ground was very difficult. I was amazed he got up and stayed in the game.

Here's hoping neither injury is serious.

Quick question, though...why wait until TODAY for an x-ray? Shouldn't they have done one right after the game?

Bridoc - perhaps to let the swelling go down so they can move the ankle around enough to get a good angle for the x-ray.

Did anyone see the post on traderumors that had the phillies and white sox close to a deal for Javier Vazqeuz? The talks went dead because of the phillies trading for lohse. Why would they do that

Perhaps...we shall see today.

Any predictions on possible Gillick moves before 4 p.m. today?

Vazquez has said repeatedly that he didn't want to play for the Phillies. That's one possible reason.

Another, of course, is that the Sox were asking for too high a price for him.

Just guessing...

I think Bridoc is correct.

my personal theory has the Phils getting in on a three-team Gagne deal with the Red Sox and the Rangers and ending up with Wily Mo Pena. (I haven't read any real rumors suggesting this, but it makes sense to me.)

Can Wily Mo pitch out of the pen?

I don't know how Gillick is going to get a reliever. we don't have enough to get Dotel, Gagne, Lidge, or any Nats reliever (probably). K Rosenthal says Philly likes Qualls, who would be a nice pickup, but Houston is making just bizarre moves these days - no clue what they'd be looking for.

I think the best case scenario is probably Qualls or a Pirates reliever. most likely get is the Kyle Farnsworth Experience.

Bridoc10: Pena's slider is devestating.

I'm guessing ae is thinking about our OF questions with two injuries... plus he gives us another big bat for some power when we need it. Oh, and he played third base once in his career!

although of course I'm making blatant guesses based strictly on rumor and innuendo. but it's better than actually working.

but it's better than actually working.

I hear that. I am sans boss today, so I'll be even less productive at the office than I was yesterday.

Pitching is still priority, but I kinda like Pena's potential. He was rushed to the majors and had floundered, but some scouts still salivate over him. He could have 40HR potential in CBP, but i'm sure it'd be coupled with a ton of K's.

I agree with ae 100% on our bullpen options. Marte would be a great add but our farm system simply doesn't have the depth to make that deal palatable for us.

An interesting option would be Troy Glaus. The jays are out of it in the AL East this year and glaus is in his age 31 season, locked up for one more year and with a player option in '09 (each around $12M). Would make an already potent lineup even stronger, and would offset the lack of power in a potential burrell-bourn-victorino lineup next year.

I didn't get to comment during the game last night but I was very impressed with everything (apart from our outfielders falling like bowling pins).

Hamels was awesome, as I expected. I was amused that anyone would suggest a Hamels start was a likely loss. We also handled Lilly much better this time than last time (of course, Lilly's curve was way off).

Big swings from our White Sox... every game makes me want to keep Rowand next year more and more.

What now? Well, the injury reports will say a lot. If they're both out, we need an OF ASAP. We could also use another bullpen arm, although it was great seeing Brett out there shutting the door with confidence.

Zolecki reported that Lohse will pitch Thursday against the Cubs.

O'neil: Pena would hit 40 HRs with an OB of .283, BA of .249 and 220 Ks if he got 550 ABs with the Phillies.

A three-team deal that involves Gagne? That closer hasn't come close to his dominant form or size since the drug testing policy got stiffer and stricter. I'm sure it's just a coincidence...

yeah, I'm definitely not saying I'd like to see Pena here. but Boston really wants to trade him and nobody else seems to have much interest.

clout, that's mighty specific.

a "pop" is not good for vic. could be a lot of things, but its prbly not his achilles, that is almost always described as "it felt like i got shot in the back of my leg"

hopefuly its just sprains... we need those guys.

The weirdest thing about being at last night's game other than seeing Bourn's nearly breaking himself on the bullpen mound coming from a mile away, was noticing the number of white sox fans who come to Cubs games in Sox jerseys to cheer on former Sox players. It happened last year too with Rowand. They are an odd bunch.

jacobin, be that as it may, there are a lot of teams pursuing Gagne very aggressively right now. my understanding is that the two New York teams, Boston, and Milwaukee are the final four.

I bet Pena ends up changing his Sox.

NO to Pena. The guy has power but can't hit a curveball to save his life. Not to mention the number of K's he and Howard would rack up.

Joe,

I don't think anyone is saying Achilles.

I've personally witnessed someone rupturing his Achilles. He didn't simply continue running and then bend over in pain.

'Shot in the leg' would be an accurate description, I think.

No to Pena because he's not a pitcher

"was noticing the number of white sox fans who come to Cubs games in Sox jerseys to cheer on former Sox players. It happened last year too with Rowand. They are an odd bunch."

If the Phillies won a world series, the guys on that roster would always get cheers from me, regardless of where they played. OK, maybe if they went to another NL East team, I'd lower my support from "cheering" to "not booing", but you get the idea.

stop the presses: Jack Wilson has been traded.

stjoe - I understand what you are saying, but my point was more that it's weird to go to a game where your team isn't playing to cheer former members of your team. There are certain former Philly guys such as Thome where if I was at a Phillies-Sox game, I would cheer for him as opposed to booing, but I wouldn't go to a Sox-Indians game wearing my Phillies jersey to cheer Thome.

Phils inquire about Blanton.

"Rosenthal adds that the Mets and Phillies inquired on Blanton but the A's preferred L.A's deep farm system. But with the Dodger talks cooling maybe one of those teams will jump in."

mlbtraderumors.com

I was at the game last night too. For me, the best pitch Hamels threw all night was the 3-2 pitch (looked like a changeup) to Lee right after Theriot's homer. That strikeout was a huge first out with Ramirez on deck. The Cubs fans around me were left shaking their heads all night. Hamels looked unhittable.

Someone mentioned this already, but I agree that it was a TERRIBLY managed game from Piniella. Awful. It's refreshing sometimes to see that Charlie isn't the only NL manager with severe lapses of in-game strategy.

I don't know if you can see this on TV, but it seems that Rowand and Iguchi are very happy to be teammates again. The two of them seem to have great chemistry, making sure to congratulate each other on nice plays.

If only we still had Delucci, we'd have a Chooch, a Gooch, and a Looch on the same team, to fit nicely with our J.A., J.C., and J.D.

mlbtraderumors also says that gomes from tampa bay is available. But they are getting more calls about Elijah Dukes. Why dont we go after dukes? Hes a CF and hes a comlete stud. He does have an anger problem but his upside is very high. I think we should take the chance

Laramie -- how 'bout that last pitch from Myers. The crowd sounded like it still had some buzz from the top of the 9th, but boy did Myers sit them down.

JJD, Tampa asks for the moon in trades, just like Bowden in Washington.

Cappy: I think the Rowand/White Sox fan situation is more like you wearing a Phillies Curt Schilling jersey to watch the Red Sox play the Mets in NY. Philly doesnt have an AL team, but my understanding is that the WS fans don't particularly care for the Cubs. Plus Rowand is still one of the most endeared players from that World Series team. Schilling vs. Mets is about the only thing I can think of that would be a proper comparison. (Plus I think he is the only guy still playing from 93 team)

joe l, I agree. that last inning was sick - fans were really pushing for a rally but Myers just knocked them down.

They'd probably be scared of the media fallout on Dukes after last year's little wifebeating incident with Myers. Personally I'd have a tough time rooting for a player who allegedly picture messaged his wife a picture of a gun and said if he saw her he'd shoot her with it.

Dukes is a cancer, a distraction and a thug. Pass.

Tray: Also, when Dukes was contacted about the incident he answered a few questions and then informed the person he was talking to that he had to go, that he had to finish up a game on Playstation. Lol. I'm not sure if it was management or the media on the phone with him, but still.


Off topic but kinda funny:

This Japanese Shortstop must be from the Rod Barajas school of tagging someone out:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHVB_udJerc

After watching that I now know why the Phils don't invest any money over in japan.
1. The batter fell after swing for a very outside pitch.
2. The base stealers slide was way too short and he had to get up and step on the bag.
3. Somehow even though the slide was short the shortstop couldn't make the tag.

While I'm on: I, like all of you on here love the Phillies, but this team is really starting to be one of my favorites. Several things are starting to emerge.

1.) ESPN (About the only thing Sutcliffe said right all night) said that Hamels gave J-Roll a nod after he threw inside on Lee. They also cut to a shot if Hamels in the dugout after the Lilly pitch inside on J-Roll and Hamels nods his head and puts on a wry smile. He knew the game was on. Hamels is emerging as a leader, not only of the staff but in general. I think it is nothing but good when the pitchers and position players have strong relationships and, if nothing else, a sense to go out and protect them. (Also, I think Lilly threw in on J-Roll because he knew he didn't have his stuff last night and was trying to get by on intimidation. Lilly is a head case and I imaging he bite your ear off if it would get him an advantage).
2.) Someone else pointed out that Alfonseca was one of the first players out to help Bourn. This team seems like just that, a "team." Didn't see so much of that the last couple of years. Admittedly, winning and a sense of confidence may work wonders on that.

Rest of Series: I almost expect a fight to break out in this series at some point. Hamels threw inside not only to Lee, but to Lilly. I don't know that I have ever seen a pitcher throw inside to the other pitcher in a retaliation response. It seems like it would be too obvious. Maybe Hamels lost his control a little, but I think it was a fastball inside (which seems the most unlikely pitch that he loses control over). I think it was a message pitch, and Lilly reacted like they would get them later on for that. With Sweet Lou at the helm, look out for more of the same the rest of the series. He was after all the manager of "The Nasty Boys." We'll see...

I don't know if anybody remembers my post last week about the Phils should pick up
Gary Knotts, but the Reading Phillies web
site has him signing today with them.

MLB Trade Rumors says Mets are going after noted Phillies-killer Wilkerson. if true, you have to think that means they're taking the threat of the Phils seriously, because Wilkerson's numbers are pretty terrible this year.

After Hamels' single, he was yukking it up with Lee at 1b. I'm not sure where that fits into the Hamels throwing inside to Lee timeline, but there didn't seem to be animosity then.

And I always figured the Phillies didn't look into Japanese players because airfare to a place so remote from Philadelphia was cost prohibitive for the cheap bastards. I mean, over the last few years they've centralized the minor league affiliates around Philadelphia so as to allow player call-ups and send-downs to be facilitated by the corporate minivan. They've dipped down to Reading quite a bit this year rather than go to Ottawa for players, presumably because it takes a few gallons of gas to drive down 422 when compared to the plane ticket from Canada (though they did make an Ottawa call-up when the Lynx were in Columbus, since the Greyhound ticket from there was around $50).

Obviously, this is meant in good humor.

D'oh. I believed Jacobin. :(

can't find the story on kNOTTS, PLEASE POST THE LINK

Not sure if this was mentioned, but the Lilly pitch to JRoll may have been in response to something said by the Phils after they faced Lilly last time. I think a Phil or Phils mentioned something along the lines that Lilly had nothing and was lucky. Not sure if JRoll said it, but it was with 2-out in the 1st.
Hamels is classic. Did you see when they went to check on him after he was hit with a grounder. Looked like he was folling around with Scott Sheridan. I love his confidence.

Parker: I agree, this is a really tight-knit group right now. They're definitely fun to watch. And yes, I think a fight will break out in this series too.

Not lost on Jacobin's post about the minors is that the Lynx are moving to Allentown next year. Why not do what the Flyers do and have the minor league teams play across the parking lot?!

The MRI performed on Ryan Madson's injured shoulder Monday returned positive results.

"The MRI was not severe," assistant general manager Rueben Amaro Jr. reported. "It will probably be 2 or 3 weeks without throwing and at least a month without being able to participate at the major league level." Madson should be able to return before the end of the season.

Phillies Mgmt would be worried fans would go to the minor league game, b/c it's cheaper, probably. Allentown's close enough.

Reed,

How can anyone believe a thing that comes out of Amaro's mouth. He pulled an Alberto Gonzalez with his statement about Madson when he said - paraphrasing now - that Madson's wasn't as bad as Myers'.

But when Myers went down, they all said it wasn't severe. Just a strain. Like all the others.

They should become like the NHL and just call them "upper body injuries" and let that be it.

Great news Reed. It seems like if they can manage to stay afloat during August, they'll have some guys back for a serious run in September and into the playoffs.

I have a feeling that Bourn will be back within the next week. As with Vic, I think it will take some time before we see him running the bases again. I don't think there really is a need for picking up another outfielder since it doesn't appear that either injury from yesterday was that severe...at least from my perspective.

I don't think a fight's going to break out...I do get the impression that this is an intense, highly competitive series, but I just don't see any hate or anger from either side. (i.e. P O'Neil's point about Hamels apparently good-natured words with Derrek Lee.)

things could change fast if there's some actual conflict, but I just don't see it right now.

mlbtraderumors - 'Cardinals have acquired starter/reliever Joel Pineiro for a player to be named later.'

Bridoc,
I agree, but optimism helps.
By the way, end of Aug at Liberty for Phils -Mets?

Here are Rollins Comments:

"It was mostly us," Rollins said. "He threw fastballs down the middle and everybody missed them. Truth is the truth. Sometimes a guy has nasty stuff and you beat him. Sometimes he has regular stuff, nothing special, and you can't find a way to get it done.

"He had nothing special. His fastball topped out at 88 [m.p.h.]. He was leaving pitches over the plate, but we took the fastballs down the middle, and we swung at the ones a little up, and he had his curveball working."

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20070514_Jim_Salisbury___Failure_to_launch__The_Cubs_pitcher_had__quot_nothing_special__quot__Jimmy_Rollins_said_.html

Mets just picked up Luis Castillo and is looking at picking up Eric Gagné before the deadline today. I hope the Phils are ready to work when they play the Mets this next time around.

Castillo's very underwhelming (Iguchi's arguably better), and the Mets have a lot of competition for Gagne. if the Phils should be looking ahead to anyone - and they really can't afford to do that - it's the Braves.

Here is the link to the Gary Knotts post.
http://www.readingphillies.com/press_transactions.htm

How about that park in Camden it is really nice. If the Phils minor league team played there I would see lots of games. However, having in areas an hour or 2 from Philly expands the Phillies footprint in the area with Lakewod, Reading and Allentown

By the way, end of Aug at Liberty for Phils -Mets?

Yeah, definitely! I'm off to Ireland on 8/29, but could easily catch games one and/or two.

Remind me who else on here is in the Hoboken/Jersey City/NYC area?

so what is special about Gary knotts?

The Braves are also going to be a challange for the Phils. With the addition of Mark Teixeira in the lineup, the Braves are going to give the Phils a run for their money.

if the mets get gagne -- thats impressive, but it would be really suprising if whoever does pick him up doesn't give up a pound of flesh.

Castillo 304/356/352
doesn't have me shakin in my boots - but you could argue for his intagibles i guess.

Actually, its even nicer to see Merchan and Moran have been promoted to AAA - those guys have been excelling at AA.

I just read that the Braves also have a deal in place to get Octavio Dotel from the Royals. In return the Braves are sending Kyle Davies to the Royals. This year's trade deadline is certainly an active one.

Davies-for-Dotel was reported yesterday afternoon but fell through when Atlanta balked. I don't think there's anything in place for Atlanta to pick up Dotel right now.

Buster Olney reports Betemit for Proctor

That trade would make me think the Yanks would then land Gagne.

I think the Yankees are going to get Gagne too - Boston's just doing their best to bid up the price. Minaya seems to be content with playing out the string, aside from the low-risk/low-reward Castillo trade.

The last I heard....the Yanks thought the asking price for Gagne was still too high.

The Braves and Dotel is done - the problem is that if one of the prospects in the Tex trade has injury issues the player to be named later is Kyle Davis, thus they can't trade Kyle for Dotel so they are adding someothing about who would replace Davis. Remember Drayton Moore knows the Braves system inside and out since he came from there. This deal will get done.

I expect Gillick to get someone like Kennedy who has shown good numbers from the pen and so-so as a starter for at least one of our B+ prospects (not Bourn, Carasco or Outman but better than Maloney)

I had hoped that we might get involved with Chicago for Dye and an arm but it looks like Dye's price is too high with Boston offering Willy Mo and a pitching prospect.

Look for Coderro to the Mets for Pelfrey after they lose out to the sox for Gagne.

That would be a nice deal for KC if they can do it. Davies is still really young. Atlanta must be very down on him though.

Phils can't even get in the door on the Dye conversation. Williams' price is very high.

Slocs,

Where you seeing that it's done? Schuerholtz is saying that Davies for Dotel was just an offer,that's as of last night. it's been confirmed since then?

"Mark Bowman of MLB.com says the teams [Atlanta and KC] are not close to finalizing a deal and John Schuerholz has yet to enter into serious negotiations."

It's nice to monitor what the competition is doing, but this season will come down to what this team has in them.

Since about the middle of April, I believe the Phillies have the best record in the National League. Winning 9 of 10 certainly helps.

We have the best offense in the league and the Teixeira trade certainly doesn't change that. It's our pitching. Period. If we're better on the mound, it shouldn't matter what the other teams in the race do.

"Look for Coderro to the Mets for Pelfrey after they lose out to the sox for Gagne."

Jayson Stark is saying that Pelfrey is one of the six player the Mets will not trade.

He did say that Philip Humber might be possible, though.

"Since about the middle of April, I believe the Phillies have the best record in the National League. Winning 9 of 10 certainly helps."

And over their last 30 games, the Phillies, Braves & Mets are all 17-13. Not that I disagree with your main point, but I found that to be an interesting stat.

P O'Neil - I've seen it on several boards, an espn chat and somewhere else basically the other teams saying it is done just being finalized. They figure around noon KC time it will be completed. I guess we'll see.

I've been wondering if the Phils pick-up another outfielder if they might try and trade Burrell after the deadline and if Victorino and Bourn make it back quickly. Burrell is starting to make me think, he could be hot until the end but those bases loaded 1 out called third strikes the last few late season pushes still has me wondering.

stjoehawk: I'll never argue other teams aren't playing well over stretches. We know we've gained three games on the Mets over just the last 10 games despite playing virtually the same opponents.

We have to keep winning. That's the bottom line.

CJ: Amen. I really can't take all this tooth-gnashing about what the Mets and Braves are doing, so "we'd better do something!"

Dotel to the Braves? Maybe everybody has missed this, but Roger McDowell is not Leo Mazzone down there in Atlanta; they no longer work wonders with retread pitchers.

Castillo to the Mets? So what? He's not better than Valentin; that's merely a deal to keep them from getting worse at a position where they suffered a season-ending injury.

Teixiera to the Braves? Granted, this upgrades that club, because it moves their 1B situation from among the worst in the league to the top third (Tex is behind Pujols, Howard and Fielder in OPS, and tied with Lee). But, as good as Derek Lee is, I wouldn't be handing Atlanta the pennant if they had acquired him. Their biggest problem, like ours, has more to do with pitching, in their case the back three starters.

From a longer-range standpoint, I think Atlanta has offloaded a lot of young talent for a playoff shot. Yesterday I questioned this strategy, and Clout wanted to know, "When did the Phillies last make the playoffs?" That misses my point. Atlanta doesn't even sell out its early-round playoff games. Their team, with its shaky starters, simply isn't built for a strong playoff run. I question the strategy because the fan base there has shown disdain for that very strategy. Granted, maybe Saltalamacchia is the only future star in the whole truckload, but IMO it seems like a high price for a low return.

Here's the Knotts story from the AP:

Bears sell Knotts to Phillies, make two other moves
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The contract of right-handed pitcher Gary Knotts was sold by the Newark Bears to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.
Knotts pitched 108.2 innings, striking out 86 batters and posting a 7-5 record with a 2.65 earned run average in 16 starts. He was ranked first in the Atlantic League in ERA, second in strikeouts and complete games with two, and third in innings pitched. During his 10-year professional career, Knotts has appeared in 86 games at the Major League level, striking out 162 batters in 267.1 innings.
The Phillies assigned him to Reading of the Eastern League.
The Bears also agreed to terms with former Major League outfielder Ruben Mateo. From 1999 through 2004, he appeared in 295 major league games with Texas, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Kansas City, posting a career batting average of .250, with 106 runs scored, 89 RBI, 44 doubles, eight triples, and 21 home runs.
Mateo began the 2007 season in Huntsville of the Southern League, playing in 24 games, scoring 14 runs and driving in 15.
With the signing, the Bears released outfielder Joe Jiannetti.

Here's the Knotts story from the AP:

Bears sell Knotts to Phillies, make two other moves
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The contract of right-handed pitcher Gary Knotts was sold by the Newark Bears to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.
Knotts pitched 108.2 innings, striking out 86 batters and posting a 7-5 record with a 2.65 earned run average in 16 starts. He was ranked first in the Atlantic League in ERA, second in strikeouts and complete games with two, and third in innings pitched. During his 10-year professional career, Knotts has appeared in 86 games at the Major League level, striking out 162 batters in 267.1 innings.
The Phillies assigned him to Reading of the Eastern League.
The Bears also agreed to terms with former Major League outfielder Ruben Mateo. From 1999 through 2004, he appeared in 295 major league games with Texas, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Kansas City, posting a career batting average of .250, with 106 runs scored, 89 RBI, 44 doubles, eight triples, and 21 home runs.
Mateo began the 2007 season in Huntsville of the Southern League, playing in 24 games, scoring 14 runs and driving in 15.
With the signing, the Bears released outfielder Joe Jiannetti.

yes I saw what Stark said but my guess is the Mets feel the need someone else with Joe Smith's more pedestrian performance of late. They'll try Humber but if it takes Pelfrey they may step it up. However, if I was the Mets I'd trade Gomez for Gagne and keep Pelfrey. We'll see

Slocs: There is absolutely, positively no reason to trade Pat Burrell right now. His OPS+ this season is higher than it was in his 32-homer 117 RBI season two years ago and the second highest in his career. Since the beginning of July, over his last 23 games, Burrell's OPS is 1.305. This team already lost one of its best bats to injury (Chase)... it would be crazy to trade one of our others especially considering the replacements we have available can't hope to match Burrell's production.

looks like it is Humber that the Muts will trade - saw this:

Triple-A RHP Philip Humber has been pulled from his start for the New Orleans Zephyrs this afternoon.

RHP Jose Santiago will start in his place.

Braves still have some young, valuable talent on the Farm. They can afford to go for it, more than we can.

I was wondering aloud and we know Gillick wants to trade him. If he picks up an outfielder that is interesting longer-term rather than just a Werth Clone then we'll have 5 good outfielders. I could see Gillick telling management that they could take on some extra salary now and trade Burrell in a few weeks. But my guess is he'll prefer a Werth Clone and hope Burrell's bat keeps thumping.

Slocs: There's one HUGE thing you are forgetting. Pat Burrell has a full no-trade clause and he doesn't WANT to go anywhere. Any discussion involving Burrell is fruitless and would likely hurt our playoff run anyway.

Something to consider... the monthly breakdowns of W/L compared to last year:

April 2007: 11-14 (April 06: 10-14, +1 win)
May 2007: 15-13 (May 06: 17-22, -2 wins)
June 2007: 15-13 (June 06: 9-18, +6 wins)
July 2007: 15-9 (July 06: 13-12, +2 wins, with maybe one more on the way)

It's been my opinion that it wasn't the April that killed the Phillies last year, it was their horrendous interleague play in June, which the Phils did at least better in this year. As it stands, the Phils are seven games ahead of the pace they set last year. The caveat to that, of course, is being able to match the 18-11 August and 18-10 September of 2006. If they match last season's success, which is not guaranteed, we're looking at 92 wins and a likely playoff berth, 93 if they win today. It's not as unrealistic as a lot of you are making it seem. 18-11 a month is pretty good, but doable for this team as we've seen their hot streaks the past TWO seasons after the break.

The Phils are becoming a notorious second-half team, much like the Athletics.

Troy Percival is available - since we balked on him before would Gillick go after him? My own thought is we are better with a reliever that can go a few innings or start. Thoughts?

That July 06 should be 17-11, for the record, not 22.

"Burrell is starting to make me think, he could be hot until the end but those bases loaded 1 out called third strikes the last few late season pushes still has me wondering."

Burrell, in his career, has 140 plate appearances with the bases loaded. His line for those situations is .301/.393/.478, with 26 strikeouts & 104 RBI. Not too bad.

Adding in your condition (1 out), he has 51 plate appearances, and his line drops to .243/.373/.405, with 6 strikeouts.

So I specifically looked at the strikeouts, and 3 of them were looking. One was 5/4/2002, another was 9/20/2005, and the third was 5/28/2006 (although the Phillies did win that last game).

So it seems like "those bases loaded 1 out called third strikes the last few late season pushes" is based on the 9/20/2005 game.

(Yes, I'm bored today while eating my lunch.)

They're probably never going to have a better opportunity to trade Pat Burrell than they have today. If they can't get rid of him by 4PM, they will have wasted the last good chance they have to get anything in return for him.

Yeah, his numbers are good, because he's been on a hell of a tear for the past month or so. If you look at his career averages, this has been an abberation. You guys looking at his statistics forget that two months ago people were talking about benching him for Jayson Werth on a day-to-day basis. His stock has risen to a point where we might actually be able to get something of value in return for him - but if they wait, he will inevitably return to form and they will have lost that window of opportunity.

I'm not worried about this offense performing without Burrell in the six spot, especially if they can improve their bullpen somehow when they jettison him. I'm not getting my hopes up that he'll be in a different uniform by end of day today, though.

on Yahoo sports:

The Atlanta Braves have told the Kansas City Royals they will not complete their trade – starter Kyle Davies for reliever Octavio Dotel – if their Mark Teixeira deal with the Texas Rangers falls through.

As the deadline approaches, the Braves and Rangers continued to digest the medical information on the six players involved. One source insisted neither deal was in jeopardy, and the delay was simply a matter of exchanging information.

If one or more of the players fails a physical exam, the Braves and Rangers could rework the trade, or the Rangers might be forced to take Teixeira back on the market. That seems unlikely, however.

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