Sexy Phillies Opponent of the Series: Matt Holliday, STL

To say I’ve been less than inspired to write about our Sexy Opponents lately is an understatement. While the ASG Hottie Roundup was quite exciting, the Phillies have been the exact opposite. In fact I was so fed up after the Cubs series, that if you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen I actually cancelled the entire post! But alas, after four days of watching the slaughter that has been the St. Louis series, I am back, if only to give us a reason to keep watching. I’m going to take a break from the stats and usual background info, and just express my admiration for this series Fine Piece O’ Heiney. Continue reading


Game Recap: 05.05.10 Phillies 4 Cardinals 0

Depending on how you want to look at it, Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 5.87 ERA) was either brilliant or damn lucky in Wednesday’s 4-0 win against the Saint Louis Cardinals (18-10), with the Phillies (16-11) taking a 2-1 lead in the series.

Kendrick relied heavily on his fastball, which made up for over half of his pitches. It was working for him, though, as he retired 11 of his 27 batters faced with it including 6 ground outs and 2 strike outs. He finished the night with 7 innings pitched, 6 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and no runs, getting his first win of the season. In a collaborative effort, Baez and Contreras assisted in the combined shut out of the Cardinals, each with one inning pitched, no walks, no hits, and one strikeout by Baez in the 8th.

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Game Recap: 05.04.10 Phillies 2 Cardinals 1

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Cole Hamels showed exactly what he was made of on Tuesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals as the Phillies won the second of four games with the birds, evening the series at one each.

Cole pitched 8 innings, gave up 1 earned run on 8 hits, walked two and struck out eight.  He maintained his composure throughout the entire game and did not get rattled until a fan leaped onto the field while he was in his windup and time was called in the middle of his delivery in the top of the eighth inning.  After order was restored, Hamels gave up back to back singles and the tying run scored on a Yadier Molina line drive to right field.  

Cole was visibly upset at the second straight night of fan antics but let’s be real – who wouldn’t be?  Heck, even Roy Halladay would have to restrain himself from throwing a strike right to the guy’s skull, I’m sure.  But I’m not one for excuses, and I am slowly but surely starting to believe that Hamels is getting better at not taking these kind of things so personally, too.  Continue reading

Sexy Phillies Opponent of the Series: Adam Wainwright, STL

I doubt many people, if any, saw this Sexy Opponent of the Series coming. I am in no way a huge follower of the St. Louis Cardinals, but when I do watch them, I definitely keep my eye out for this guy. If you haven’t already seen this pattern setting itself up for the remainder of the season, I give you… Continue reading

Game Recap: 05.03.10 Cardinals 6 Phillies 3

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Joe Blanton walked back to the dugout to a standing ovation after being taken out of the game in the seventh inning, and rightfully so.

In his first start of 2010 after coming off a rehab assignment, Blanton pitched 6.2 innings with 10 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, and 4 Ks.  It may not look like a winning line (and in the end, it wasn’t), but the Phillies achieved a different type of victory tonight in that they were able to add a pitcher back to the lineup that can eat innings and is if nothing else, consistently consistent. Continue reading