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Archive: April, 2012

Struggling Lincecum talks self-doubt

Monday, April 16, 2012, 12:34 PM
As the media in San Francisco will tell you, when Tim Lincecum struggles is when they get the best material. It is seemingly cathartic for the two-time Cy Young winner to talk more and provide more insight, as he says, to "just kind of get it out there on the table." Well, Lincecum is struggling entering... Read more

Kall him Kole

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 5:42 PM
They say the best judge of a pitcher's stuff is the type of swings that stuff produces. Well, the first two starts of the season, Cole Hamels' stuff has been filthy. Of the 26 hitters he faced in Sunday afternoon's 8-2, 10 struck out. Nearly half of the 21 outs he produced were strikeouts. Forget... Read more

The inefficiency of singles

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2:36 PM
We're still playing around with the format here at Live Cheese, but the concept remains the same: a running log of real-time, or almost real-time, thoughts on today's series-finale against the Mets. First up, the difficulty in manufacturing runs while relying primarily on singles. During yesterday's... Read more

Infield has unique look for series finale vs. Mets

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 10:46 AM
The Phillies look to avoid a series sweep by the Mets this afternoon on Jackie Robinson Day. Players across the major leagues all will wear No. 42 in honor of the 65th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball. The Phillies have managed only two runs total in the first two games... Read more

Live Cheese, Game No. 8: Phillies vs. Mets

Saturday, April 14, 2012, 4:15 PM
We're back with another edition of Live Cheese, your one-stop spot for running in-game analysis, notes, commentary, etc. GOING DEEP: The home runs that Vance Worley allowed to David Wright and Lucas Duda marked just the second time in his young career that he allowed more than one home run in an outing... Read more

Schneider to catch Worley again, Phillies lineup

Saturday, April 14, 2012, 12:20 PM
With lefthander Jonathon Neise on the mound for the Mets, the Phillies will shift to virtually the same lineup that they used the other night against the Marlins' Mark Buehrle. The only change is that catcher Carlos Ruiz has the day off, so Brian Schneider gets the start. Schneider will hit eighth... Read more

Upcoming match-ups: Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner loom large

Saturday, April 14, 2012, 9:16 AM
It won't get any easier for the Phillies offense -- not right away, at least -- as the team embarks on a 10-game west coast trip after tomorrow's series-finale with the Mets. Kicking off the trip is a date with the Giants and fearsome threesome Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner. Here's... Read more

Did Jimmy Rollins punk Josh Thole?

Friday, April 13, 2012, 8:15 PM
Second inning, one out. R.A. Dickey lays down a sacrifice bunt, and Josh Thole takes off for second base. Except as Thole arrives at second, Phillies short stop Jimmy Rollins appears to hold his hand up in a, "Whoa, slow down" motion. Thole apparently thinks the bunt has gone foul and begins leisurely... Read more

Fontenot signing shouldn't affect Galvis

Friday, April 13, 2012, 5:27 PM
The Phillies just announced that they have signed veteran utility man Mike Fontenot to a minor league deal, but there have been no indications that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. looks at the 31-year-old as anything more than a back-up. The Phillies seem happy with the play of rookie second... Read more

Lineup Report: Waiting for the new guys

Friday, April 13, 2012, 2:30 PM
Last night, Ty Wigginton's solo home run off of Mark Buehrle gave the Phillies some much-needed breathing room for the final two innings, when Jonathan Papelbon and Chad Qualls allowed four runners to reach base, the same number that Joe Blanton had allowed in the first seven innings (Blanton allowed... Read more
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