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Archive: March, 2011

Pitching match-ups for the Phillies' first nine games

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 5:49 PM
Forecasting pitching match-ups is always tricky business in April given the possibility of a rogue Nor'easter wreaking havoc on the schedule. But here are the likely match-ups for the Phillies' first three series. On paper, the Phils have the advantage in most of them. But there are some tricky match-ups... Read more

A look at the 2011 payroll

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 10:57 AM
When I started covering the Phillies beat three years ago, I never thought I would be using the words "luxury tax" when analyzing the payroll. But the Phillies have joined baseball's financial big boys, as evidenced by the record salary number they will dole out this season. This year's magic figure:... Read more

Castillo gone: Young or Orr? And what about Stutes?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 1:40 PM
It will go down as one of the stranger late-spring experiments in recent memory. The Phillies bucked the conventional wisdom amongst scouts and other baseball people in signing Luis Castillo to audition for their vacancy at second base, then cut him loose a week later, shortly after the veteran infielder... Read more

Happ may miss start against Phils with strained oblique

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 11:20 AM
Although the conventional wisdom suggests that the Phillies have been struck with an inordinate amount of injuries this spring, just about every major league team emerges from spring training with some sort of health problem. The Astros just suffered one that could directly affect the Phillies. Lefthander... Read more

Moyer to join Baseball Tonight

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 10:21 AM
Warning to ESPN: You might have to change Baseball Tonight to a five-hour-long format. The sports network announced today that notoriously long-winded Phils veteran lefthander Jamie Moyer will be joining their signature baseball show as a periodic guest analyst. The job seems logical for a guy like... Read more

Lidge out 3-6 weeks; Contreras, Francisco updates

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 4:56 PM
Charlie Manuel strongly hinted before tonight’s game that Ben Francisco will be the Phillies regular rightfielder for the foreseeable future and that Jose Contreras is likely to be the closer when the regular season opens. Francisco isn’t a surprise, but that the manager is leaning toward... Read more

Phillies featured on cover of SI

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 12:10 PM
The Phillies' starting rotation is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated's baseball preview. Not much of a surprise, but you might have been hoping to avoid the cover jinx. It is the 24th time the Phillies have appeared on the cover — eighth most among MLB teams — and their second... Read more

Utley optimistic about happy ending to rehab

Monday, March 28, 2011, 12:26 PM
Asked why the details of his rehabilitation program were being treated like a state secret, Chase Utley cracked a slight smile. "I think you guys know me by now," the Phillies second baseman said. Utley is so private he probably would rather not even have a social security number. But he did offer... Read more

Sunday morning thoughts and observations

Sunday, March 27, 2011, 11:38 AM
We're limping to the finish line here at High Cheese. Thirty-six hours until the flight home. Five days until Opening Day. But it is Sunday morning and the sun is shining here in Orlando, the happiest place on Earth (or the creepiest, depending on your point of view), and things are starting to come... Read more

Rollins batting average? Howard's HRs? Total Wins? Odds here:

Saturday, March 26, 2011, 12:13 PM
Some Saturday fodder for those who might be checking in. . . The fine folks at Bodog.com, apparently realizing the type of degenerates that author and frequent this blog, have passed along their latest Phillies-related odds for the 2010 season. Go ahead and get your Yunel Escobar for NL MVP barbs... Read more
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