PHILS TAKE 1-0 LEAD BUT GAME IS RAINED OUT IN THE 4TH
You would expect when the Tigers and the Phillies face off, even in spring training, that it would be a very offensive minded game. That was not the case on Saturday. Chad Durbin threw 3 perfect innings against his former team before being replaced in the 4th by Travis Blackley, who walked 2 hitters before the game was rained out. The Phils only run came on a bases loaded, no outs, sac fly by Chris Coste. Durbin then bunted the hitter to 2nd and Rollins was unable to drive any runs home. I wish the game wasn’t rained out because of all the spring games, I really wanted to see how the Phils faired against this tough Tigers team who many feel are the class of the AL after the blockbuster offseason they had, aquiring Edgar Renteria, Miguel Cabrera, and Dontrelle Willis. The Phils go against Toronto today and Hamels will get the start. I say Hamels goes 7 IP with 8 K’s and 1 ER, but that’s just me.
“FIRST WE GO TO THE TIGERS, THEN WE GET THE KHAKIS, THEN WE GET THE WOMEN.”
In other news ESPN Deportes, MLB.com, and local Detroit papers are reporting that Miguel Cabrera has signed a 153.3 Mil 8 year contract with the Tigers. Now if you don’t think Ryan Howard took notice of this and called up Casey Close then you are a fool. Cabrera will make 11.3 Mil this off season as per his arbitration he agreed to. After that he will have an average annual salary of 19 Mil. Now I realize Howard plays 1B, which is not as demanding as 3B, but it’s crazy to think Howard won’t be making 20 Mil a year in the future. The Phils can continue to play the arbitration game but at some point I hope they pony up the money to the big man and buy out at least 3 years of free agency from him. Also, look how much weight Cabrera lost. Good for him to get in shape and up his value. I don’t think that contract is this big had he not shed some flubber.
3 Phillies pitchers have landed themselves on the DL. Those pitchers are Francisco Rosario, Mike “Tons of Fun” Zagurski, and Scott Mathieson. Fatty and Mathieson are still recovering from injuries from last year. Roasario on the other hand strained his right shoulder and is now out of the race for a spot in the pen. Clay Condrey, I think, has got himself a job and I’m happy for him especially after being shuttled between Ottawa and Philly 14,000 times last year. He has a 3.48 ERA this spring and seems a lock for the pen. Also Eaton is definitely getting the 5th starter job. He pitched 5.1 innings against the Twins on Friday and Manuel all but said he is the 5th starter.
“It’s very encouraging,” said Manuel. “When he throws like that, it tells me he can do it.”
Has he wrapped up that fifth spot in the rotation?
“When you pitch like that, what the hell?” Manuel said. “He’s had it all along, really. I haven’t seen anybody take it away from him. That’s how I see it.”
That quote comes from Todd Zolecki at the wonderful Phillies Zone. He and the Inquirer are doing an awesome countdown to Opening Day on there too so please check it out everyday for a position by position close up. So far they have covered Manuel, Jenkins/Werth, and Victorino, with Burrell coming tomorrow.
Phillies.com got a face lift and I think it’s looking pretty good. But I’d probably add in more pictures of Anna Benson to keep the fair-weather fans coming back. That’s all for now Happy Easter everyone, I mean, all 3 people who read this blog. Easter means baseball is here in my mind and I couldn’t be more excited.