After their win last night over the Orioles, which by the way was the Athletics 3rd walkoff win this season, has made the Athletics record 9 – 4. They are 1 of 2 teams in all of baseball with nine wins, while the other being the Minnesota Twins. The Athletics are leading the division over the Mariners by 2.5 games. Now over the winter everyone thought the Mariners, Rangers, and Angels would be battling it out over the division title. While it is still April, the Athletics might have that good balance of pitching and speed, that could make the unthinkable happen. The Athletics could win their division. On the offsensive side, the Athletics have a great catalyst. Rajai Davis is one of the fastest outfielders in the game of baseball, and he has already stolen 7 bases in 13 games this season.
Wow. Not only did Ubaldo Jimenez throw the first No-Hitter in Rockies history, but the Mets and Cardinals went 20 innings, and I can say I watched the whole game. Now it sure was funny to see Felipe Lopez pitch, Kyle Lohse play left field, and some great plays made by Albert Pujols, Allen Craig, and Brendan Ryan. The Phillies were blanked by Ricky Nolasco, but on the bright side, Jayson Werth hit his first homerun of the year.
One of the most fun loving characters in all of Philadelphia is the Phillie Phanatic. The Phanatic was created by Harrison/Erickson of New York City, who had ties with Jim Henson’s Muppets. Dennis Lehman, a young executive, thought that the Phillies needed a mascot like San Diego’s Famous Chicken.
This evening we will start with the current state of relief pitchers Brad Lidge and J.C. Romero. Both threw off mounds Sunday at the Carpenter Complex. Lidge is coming back from offseason knee and elbow surgeries. Romero is recovering from elbow surgery. Lidge has now thrown off a mound three times, but in 35 pitches, he has only pitched six or seven sliders. Romero threw off the mound for the first time this season, just throwing fastballs.
I posted an article a few days ago about the Phillies that left us this offseason. Now I will talk about the players we acquired that will hopefully lead the Phillies to another ring. Third time’s the charm right?
Mike Schmidt thinks that Placido Polanco will make a smooth transition to third base this upcoming season. Schmidt, who won ten gold gloves, was upset to see Pedro Feliz go, saying he was one of the best defensive third basemen he had ever seen. Polanco won a gold glove at second base last year, but hasn’t played at third since 2002. Mike Schmidt also said he wishes he was playing today. He loves the atmosphere of Citizens Bank Park, and the Phillies whole team.
I’m going to be looking at the players that moved on from the great city of Philadelphia to move onto other ballclubs.
I have projections for almost every Phillies player and their record. If you have a request for a team’s record or a player’s projections, post it in the comments.
Let’s kick things off with the Nationals signing of Livan Hernandez. Hernandez, 35, was signed to a minor league deal worth 900K plus incentives. Livan posted a 5.44 ERA in 183.6 innings of work last year. He could compete for a rotation spot.
The Phillies projected rotation would look like this: Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and J.A. Happ. The Phillies need one more starter to pitch games for them. I will look over the most likely candidates for them.