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Archive: April, 2012

Where have all the lefties gone? Jeff Karstens probably doesn't care.

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 4:54 PM
There once was a time that the Phillies line-up swung so far left you showed up at the ballpark expecting to wade through a Tea Party protest. So yeah, Laynce Nix is batting fifth tonight. The way Charlie Manuel sees it, he doesn't have a better option, particularly when you consider the pitcher... Read more

Nix starting at first base: Tonight's lineup vs. Jeff Karstens

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 3:05 PM
Laynce Nix gets the start tonight at first base against Pirates righthander Jeff Karstens. Nix started six games at first base last year for the Nationals. He has spent most of his career as an outfielder. The rest of the line-up remains much as you saw it in Thursday's 1-0 win over Pittsburgh on Opening... Read more

The Freddy Galvis equilibrium

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 12:15 PM
Those of you who think that advanced metrics deserve a spot alongside chips, dips and dorks might want to take a moment to stick a couple of breakfast sausages in your ears (I'd recommend using the ones on the Residence Inn breakfast buffet, since they do not belong in your mouth). Actually, don't... Read more

Trevor May makes his Double-A debut, but don't call him a Baby Ace

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 9:08 AM
Full disclosure: I'm not a fan of the Baby Aces moniker that has become attached to the two or three or, depending on who is doing the labeling, four pitchers who starred together at Class A Clearwater last season. First and foremost, none of these guys are elite prospects, at least not according to... Read more

As Contreras struggles at Clearwater, Qualls poised to fill in

Friday, April 6, 2012, 11:22 AM
Chad Qualls and Antonio Bastardo's names will not appear in the box score from yesterday's 1-0 win over the Pirates, but they did provide some indication of Charlie Manuel's plans for the back of the bullpen during the early-going this season. Qualls and Bastardo were both warming up as Roy Halladay... Read more

Live Cheese, Game No. 1: Phillies (0-0) at Pirates (0-0)

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 1:32 PM
We're going to try to kick the in-game commentary up a notch this season, and this will be the blog post where we kick it. Check back throughout the the game for notes, observations and statistics. The newer stuff will be on top. Also, I'll participate in the comments section as often as possible. PHILLIES... Read more

Remember the time Danys Baez picked up the Win on Opening Day?

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 11:43 AM
Somebody asked me on Twitter today if I played left field for the Rangers. I do not. But I do give a pretty mean weather report, and right now in Pittsburgh it is creeping toward 60 degrees with a bright sun and some light wisps of clouds high above. It is a pleasant change from the cold, overcast... Read more

Opening day line-up unveiled; Victorino leading off makes sense

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 9:22 AM
After so much talk surrounding Juan Pierre as a leadoff hitter, Charlie Manuel opted to go with Shane Victorino at the top spot in the order for the Phillies' Opening Day tilt against the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The move makes sense for a variety of reasons, some of which we details in... Read more

Opening Day: Projected incarnations of the Phillies line-up

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:48 AM
Good morning, and welcome to Pittsburgh, the only place in the world where a salad order is accompanied by the question, "Do you want fries on that?" Charlie Manuel said yesterday that he already has his line-up set for today's season opener against veteran lefty Erik Bedard, but Charlie Manuel is... Read more

For Phillies, three lefts might make a platoon

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 4:04 PM
What do you get when you take a left-handed slugger and a left-handed singles hitter and put them together in left field? If you are Charlie Manuel, you might have the makings of one of the stranger platoon combinations that you will see. Several times during the latter stages of spring training,... Read more
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