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Sorry for my ignorance on this, but what would it take for the Phillies to get their own network? I'd love to be able to watch the WFC Network. :)

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Conshy, since July 21st, when the Phillies were 48 - 46, the Phillies have played 58 games.

In those 58 games they've scored 287 R, an average of 4.95 RPG. For the entire season, the Phillies are averaging 4.75 RPG, 3rd in the NL.

For the entire season, the top run producing team, the Reds, have scored 4.91 RPG. (Don't know what they've score since 7.21, but you get the idea.)

Basically, since July 21st, the Phils have score more RPG than the season leader has averaged.

If Cameron thinks that's overrated - so be it. You ain't gonna change his mind.


On the other side of the ball, since July 21st, the Phillies have given up 200 runs - 3.45 RPG.

The lowest scoring team im the NL, Pittsburgh, has averaged 3.49 RPG on the season.

The Padres have surrendered the lowest RPG on the season at 3.62 RPG (they play at Petco).


So, where does a 43 - 15 streak come from?

The numbers above pretty much tell the story.

Of course, Cameron, who probably doesn't look past individual player's stats, probably doesn't believe in the classic phrase that describes these Phillies:

"The whole is greater than the sum of the parts."

"Let's assume the Phils win tonight."

Fatalotti, have you not yet learned?

Do NOT anger the baseball gods.

When you ass-u-me, that is exactly what you do.

****Sorry for my ignorance on this, but what would it take for the Phillies to get their own network? I'd love to be able to watch the WFC Network. :)****

One of two things would need to happen:

1. Comcast folds

2. Flyers/Sixers are sold by Comcast and all 3 make their own Philly Sports Netwok network.

Otherwise, it won't happen.

What's this since 7/21 stuff? Is that when certain injured players came back, or we have just been hot since then? Bottom line is, on the season we haven't had a very good offense. It appears we have the last two months, but I don't know how predictive that is.

"Let's assume the Phils win tonight."

Feels like a loss...

Anyone worried about Halladay's 4.55 ERA in September? Our postseason success rests on his ability to pitch on 3 days rest and he's showing signs of wearing down.

awh and fat (can i call you fat?) -

i'm not sure that these words have ever appeared on BL - I AGREE WITH YOU 100%.

none of this guarantees the phils a spot in the WS, but it certainly makes them the odds on favorite.

as far as my other question - would they be favored vs. the yanks, twins, or rays?

If the Phils do get their own network, I want them to somehow broadcast to Western Mass. Trying to watch or listen to games on my computer or cell phone while doing other evening tasks is very challenging for me.

Hey JW- That Bobby Cox tribute thing is sure to drive those ratings up.
just can't wait.

re: Previous thread on minor league ball in West Chester -

Def feel that the Phils should keep a presence in Central PA and keep Williamsport in their farm system fold. The geographic area for the core nation of Phillies fans is limited by their closeness to NYC, Baltimore, and Washington. Parts of northeastern and south central PA are already claimed by some of these other teams. Though it's not crucial, it's nice to have a wider home base for revenue via tv/radio ratings, product sales, and even attendance (even if at the moment that's a moot point).

awh: haha, that "ass-u-me" line is one of the most irritating things someone can say, especially in a workplace setting. I hate it worse than "it is what it is" and "I'm going to be out of pocket."

"on the season we haven't had a very good offense."

So Tray, you think being 3rd in the NL in scoring is not good? Interesting.

Tray: for predictions I'd definitely go back farther than this season (except for Howard, maybe, who seems to have a genuinely different approach than he did last year). If you plug in "healthy" Utley (and healthy Rollins, if that version of Mr. Roll comes back), we once again have a very productive lineup.

It's never a good thing when I'm out of pocket.

The way they look at it for the Phillies minor league teams is this: Joe Phillies Phan and his family of 4 can afford maybe 2-3 games a year at CBP. If you add another cheap "Phillies" option in the suburbs, he'll take his family of 4 to Allentown or Reading or Lakewood, etc and dump $100-150 maybe 5-10 times instead. CBP is still packed AND they get those suburban stadiums packed.

My guess would be that they feel West Chester is a bigger natural draw for the franchise than Williamsport (which is half Pirates territory).

Pretty much every franchise is trying to do this and it has its ups and downs.

I'd like it if they kept a presence in Scranton and Williamsport but economically, its probably not as big a win for them.

If I win the lottery, I'll buy a radio station and change its call letters to WFC. If asked, I'll lie and say it stands for "We're Freaking Crazy." We'll play classic rock from the 60's and 70's and carry Phillies baseball. Ratings will suck during the baseball broadcasts because the station will most likely be in Louisiana! I won't care, because I would be listening and be happy.

Old Phan, saw on a previous thread your memory of June. I was one of the posters who said I felt bad for Halladay. I don't remember whether I hedged my bet and said I "would" feel sorry for him "if" the Phils didn't start playing better, or whether I went ahead and just assumed they wouldn't be improving this year. But even if I hedged my bets, because I know anything can happen, I know that inside, what I felt was that it wasn't our year - too many injuries, not enough offense.

So very happy to be wrong!

"Feels like a loss..."

Keith, go wash your typing fingers with soap and water and change your posting to read: "The Phillies are going to win tonight." You should be ashamed of yourself.

Remember all the talk about Oswalt wavering on whether or not to ok a trade to Philly? I wonder if he ever dreamt he'd be staring down the barrel of 8-1 since...

Lake Fred, hurry and reserve the domain name www.WFC.com. Then you can have a streaming radio station, and it won't matter that it's in Looziana.

Just saw there's a chance of thunderstorms during tonight's game. :(
(Esp. since I'll be there up in the 400's - ugh.)

"on the season we haven't had a very good offense."

If we had, maybe we'd have the best record in the N.L.

JW: thanks for the ratings update, i had a feeling they would top Monday with Halladay going for #20.

I don't expect them to top those ratings, but I'll gladly do my part.

""NEPP: Not sure if you were being sarcastic or not, but I'm not convinced that the Phils over the past 3-4 years have been awesomely great at scouting.

They have been awesomely great at making trades and smart FA signings, however, with one glaring exception.""

Posted by: clout

clout, I think there is more than one glaring exception. Do the names Abreu, Eaton and Garcia ring a bell?

At this point every game feels like a win to me. Everything is clicking these days. Hardly even a reason to get nervous when Lidge comes in.

*****""NEPP: Not sure if you were being sarcastic or not, but I'm not convinced that the Phils over the past 3-4 years have been awesomely great at scouting.

They have been awesomely great at making trades and smart FA signings, however, with one glaring exception.""****

And how were those trades made possible? By scouting/signing good prospects.

If we weren't having solid drafts for the past 5-6 years (and decent Int'l signings like Carrasco), we dont get Blanton, Lee, Halladay, Oswalt, Lidge.

Old Phan, MLB won't let me stream Phillies broadcasts on the internet, but if I have my own radio station and have it become part of the Phillies broadcast network, I can be driving around in my car, or puttering around in the garage or in the backyard and I could be listening to the Phillies. I could also learn to like or dislike the Phillies radio broadcast team members. What a life! Well, at least, I can dream. Gotta get back to work.

Baxter - have you even glanced at the past few threads? Or were you being a smarty-pants?

Re: Cox's celebration. I say we have him escorted onto the field by Philly cops who promptly tase him. Either hat or have him walk through an honor guard full of drunks who vomit on him. Or maybe both.

They should have 3/4 of the fans stand outside the stadium and only allow 10 K to sit in the seats for Cox's tribute...that way he feels like he's at Turner Field.

Lake Fred, please...to all that is holy...get this done. As a Philly fan stuck in Lafayette, LA, I'm fed up with the endless LSU drivel. Luckily the MLB AtBat app keeps me connected. But local Philly talk? That would be heavenly...

"Anyone worried about Halladay's 4.55 ERA in September?"

Halladay needs a rest, and he should get a nice healthy one before the playoffs start. He'llg et a second wind in the playoffs.

"Our postseason success rests on his ability to pitch on 3 days rest and he's showing signs of wearing down. "

I disagree with this. We probably won't pitch him on short rest at all, nor should we, unless we are down 3-0 or 2-1 in a series.

If we pitch Doc on short rest to get him for games 1, 4 and 7, we'd have to pitch oswalt on short rest as well for games 3 and 6, Hamels, whom the coaches wouldn't let start on 3 days rest probaby, would only then pitch one game.

I'd rather just pitch Doc, Hamels and Oswalt all on regular rest, get 2 games started by each on regular rest, and take my chances with fat Joe in game 4.

To me,

2 regular starts by Doc, 2 regular rest starts by Hamels, adn 2 regular rest starts by Oswalt, plus one start by Blanton

is greater than,

3 short rest starts by Doc, 2 short rest starts by Oswalt and one regular rest start by Hamels.

I'd even go so far as to wager the coaching staff agrees.

After performing in front of an average of about 345 people or whatever the Astros' average attendance is, and wondering why he isn't winning a few games in Houston, Oswalt had to be looking around CBP the past couple of days at 45,000 towel waving maniacs and just marveling at where he has landed. A win-win for sure.

Odds are, whoever Blanton matches up with in a 4th game of a playoff series will likely be, at worst, an even match. Playing guys on short-rest rarely works out. A rested Blanton (he of the 3.68 ERA in the 2nd Half) is a decent 4th option to have.

@lakefred

it is the reverse jinx. Trying to appease the baseball gods after someone assumes we will win. Worked the first night, didnt it?

"Bottom line is, on the season we haven't had a very good offense."

Yep... merely 3rd in the NL. Pretty worthless if you ask me.

No one will deny this team when through some pretty lean offensive times... which is understandable considering the injuries to Howard, Utley, Rollins, Polanco, Victorino and Ruiz.

NEPP, agreed. Just go with a 4 man rotation in the playoffs (outside of the NLDS, where we should have the off days to go a 3 man roation, with no one on short rest), and hope that Joe gives you 6 innings of 2-3 run ball in game 4.

That's what he's done the last two NLCS's and they've won those games. Also, he gave up 4 ER over 6 inning in game 4 of the WS last year, and we went into the 9th inning of that game tied.

# of WS HRs by Phillies Pitchers:

Roy Halladay: 0
Roy Oswalt: 0
Cole Hamels: 0
Joe Blanton: 1


Fun stat: Phils are 16-0 in September in games started by Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt, or Blanton (the only possible playoff starters).

Stupid Kendrick and his three losses!

Last loss by...
Halladay - August 30 @ LAD
Hamels - August 13 @ NYM
Oswalt - July 30 @ WAS
Blanton - July 21 @ STL

@Inky

player.radio.complayer/RadioPlayer.php will get you WIP, as well as other Philly stations, KYW and WPHT.

Tray: "Bottom line is, on the season we haven't had a very good offense."

CJ: Yep... merely 3rd in the NL. Pretty worthless if you ask me.

Yeah, but Jayson Werth can't hit with RISP. So there.

Off topic, but the Fire Joe Morgan guys have been guest posting on Deadspin today and I've been spit-taking all day long. To make this Phillies related, they've got a post making fun of Bill Conlin writing that Jaime Moyer is a Hall of Famer.

Blanton's last loss was July 21st?!?

Three aces? Try 4!

Blanton has gotten no decisions in many of his best and most of his worst starts this season.

"Oswalt had to be looking around CBP the past couple of days at 45,000 towel waving maniacs and just marveling at where he has landed."

That, or he has to be looking around and thinking to himself "why in the hell is that guy dressed head-to-toe like Jayson Werth's beard?" and "what's up with this Red Man clown?"

Has anyone mentioned K-Rod news yet? Have to at least bring it up for the next game with the Mets.

Unikruk:

It's K.O.Rod

The truly contemptible has been found to be in contempt of court.

What station carries the Phils radio broadcast? I'm on the other coast for the last four years.

Joen Lemire's take on the Phils:


Despite the mounting Phillies' hot streak -- now nine straight wins and 13 out of 14 as they've built a five-game lead over the Braves -- the lingering concern for the NL East leaders has been their bullpen, particularly the back end of it. Closer Brad Lidge went from invincible (2008) to combustible (2009) in one year, flat.

He began 2010 on the disabled list and was sluggish getting going. On July 31, he blew his fourth save in 14 opportunities and saw his ERA rise to 5.57. Lidge was looking more and more like 2009 self (0-8, 7.21 ERA, 31-for-42 in save chances) than his 2008 self (2-0, 1.95 ERA, 41-for-41 in save chances).

Since the calendar flipped to August, however, Lidge has again been dominant. He closed the door on the Braves for the second straight night on Tuesday, this time preserving a 5-3 victory for Roy Halladay's 20th win, and has allowed just two earned runs in his last 20 2/3 innings (0.87 ERA). Opponents are batting .127 against Lidge, as he has saved 15 of 16 games.

He was especially dominant on Monday night, getting two strikeouts in his one inning and inducing swinging strikes on five of his eight sliders. He followed that up with a yeoman's effort on Tuesday, allowing a leadoff single to Derrek Lee but then retiring the next three batters, including striking out Nate McLouth on a slider at the bottom of the strike zone.

Given how well the starters -- especially the big three of Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt -- are throwing, the Phillies won't need too much more out of their bullpen than a reliable ninth from Lidge.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/joe_lemire/09/22/five.cuts/index.html#ixzz10IEn0GjD

WPHT The Big Talker 1210AM

@Matt - Jamie is a lot closer than most people think. Only things really holding him back is his ERA, which is way above normal and would be the worst, and he never won a Cy, got votes 3 times. The rest of his numbers are well within the range of HOF starters.

Inky, LakeFred: I'm just curious at to why you can't stream audio and/or video from MLB? You have to pay for the subscription, but it works fine for me up here in New England. Can even stream right to my phone which works great.

Thinking about Bobby Cox tribute. Really, I guess it is the right thing to do, but kind of liking the idea of dressing him up in the red spandex suit and letting him run around the field. Maybe the Phanatic could chase him firing t-shirts at him.

Inky, LakeFred: I'm just curious at to why you can't stream audio and/or video from MLB? You have to pay for the subscription, but it works fine for me up here in New England. Can even stream right to my phone which works great.

Thinking about Bobby Cox tribute. Really, I guess it is the right thing to do, but kind of liking the idea of dressing him up in the red spandex suit and letting him run around the field. Maybe the Phanatic could chase him firing t-shirts at him.

Sorry for the double post. Technology....sigh

Oh, forgot to mention, Heyman says he head Werth got offered a Jason Bay type deal by the Phillies.

My take:

While I salute the Phils for trying to lock up Werth at a reasonable cost, Werth is a better all-around player than Jason Bay (and that's not knocking Bay).

Exec and agent predictions of Werth's next deal 5 - 6 yrs at $80 - $96 MM

Buddy Ryan, you won't be able to get the game via the Big Talker streamed with the link provided earlier, though. MLB has basically ensured that no radio station that carries their games can stream the broadcast of said game over the web - you need to go through the gatekeepers that are MLB (At Bat, .tv, etc.).

Oh, and Conshy, in September, the Phils have averaged 5.85 RPG.

RE: the Phillies having their own regional network, this article explains what the problems are, and why the Phillies won't do it:

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/103223239.html?cmpid=15585797

You can't stream the Phils broadcast online for free (at least not legally).

But the MLBatBat feature is great. I think it cost me $15 bucks for the whole season. Which is like 9 cents a Phillies game, without even factoring in playoff games. Plus you get the home/away feeds for every other game, and a couple free video feeds of the Phils. Maybe one a month.

Well worth the price.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/story?page=howard/100922


The above link is to a Johnette Howard article titled:

"MLB's 'Big Two' have company: Philly"


RAJ quote:

"We just try to make sure they're calculated risks. After that? You just have to realize you are going to make mistakes in this job sometimes."

Thanx for the tip on the BUDOS band. By coincidence, i happened to hear them on XPN today. Great band, good songs.

NEPP: So the prospects traded for all those guys were signed by the Phillies within the past 3-4 years?

Go back and read what I wrote.

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