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A Sweep In San Diego / Hip Injuries On The Rise

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Greg Dobbs is a magician.  Just ask JA Happ.  While Happ pitched very well in last night’s 5-1 win over the Padres, he gives credit to Dobbs for turning his night around after a dicey 2nd inning.  Dobbs made a running, over the shoulder grab in right field to get Happ out of an inning where he had given up 2 singles and a walk to load the bases.  After the game, Happ said, “Dobber really turned the game around and gave me some confidence and made me focus in there more.”  Ultimately, Happ got through 7 scoreless innings with only 4 hits total surrendered.  He now has a record of 4-0 and a 2.48 ERA.

JC Romero returned to the mound tonight after that ridiculous 50-game suspension.  JC, welcome back!  We missed you!  Romero pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up 2 hits, a walk and one unearned run.  He was likely very emotional in his return, but he got the job done.  It must be a huge relief for him to finally get that first game out of the way.  By the way, Happy Birthday to JC who turns 33 today!

As for the offense, Ryan Howard belted a 2-run homer in the 1st to get the game off to a great start.  And Dobbs was a magician at the plate, as well as in the field, with 2 hits, including a double.  Pedro Feliz, Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth each knocked in a run and Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 8 games.  Every starting position player had a hit in the game except Chris Coste, but he walked twice.

This win in San Diego marks the Phillies 2nd sweep and 6th victory in a row!

Shooting From The Hip

The New York Times did an article this week on the recent rise in hip injuries, which have included Phillies’ Chase Utley, Brett Myers and now, Shane Victorino, who left the game last night with a left hip problem. 

Other big names like Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Carlos Delgado of the Mets have suffered the same injuries this year to their hip labrums.  Are they putting something in our water or is there another explanation?

While the theories vary, it seems many doctors think it may be a combination of kids who start playing at young ages before their bones are fully developed and strength training that focuses on knees and other areas, thereby putting more strain on the hips.  In my own personal experience, I can tell you both may be true.  I was diagnosed with the same hip injury over a year ago.  I chose to avoid surgery (for now) because it is very risky and in my case, it was possible that it may make things worse.  Being that I do not have a physical job like a professional athlete, I can get away with hobbling around when I need to.

In my case, I started playing baseball when I was 6 years old; plus, I have an underlying genetic bone deformity that is not helping the situation.  But I played anyway, because I wanted to feel like a normal kid.  Doctors were always worried about my knees and sure enough, a knee injury ended my playing days half way through high school.  In the years that passed, I spent countless hours building leg strength to protect my knees, as instructed by the doctors.  Now you can use my calf muscles to hold up a coffee table, but my hips are shot.  Coincidence?  They say hindsight is always 20-20.

When you focus on one part of the body, how can you expect the rest not to suffer?  This seems to be the case here.  Ten years from now, we may have the answer.  For the time being, all that can be done is to treat the issues as they arise.  I will keep you updated on Shane’s condition as the information is published.

Up Next

The weary eyes of all those intent on following this west coast trip will get no rest this week.  The play continues tonight in Los Angeles, which begins a 4-game series with the Dodgers.  And no sleep in sight for the East Coast fans…

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Park Likes His Job

Many expected tonight’s match-up of Chan Ho Park and Johan Santana to be a really bad day for the Phillies.  However, no one really expected Park, who has been horrible on the mound, to keep pace with Santana.  And certainly, no one expected for the deciding factor in the game to be THREE errors by the Phils.  The first 2 did not do much damage, but the 3rd gave the Mets the 1-0 lead (final score).  P4190898 Feliz.jpgWith a man on 1st and 2 outs in the 7th, Fernando Tatis hit a ball to Pedro Feliz that he should have held onto.  It was a slow chopper far from Feliz; he managed to grab it and made a very bad, unbalanced throw to 1st, which flew over Ryan Howard’s head.  Jayson Werth backed-up the play, but hesitated to throw home.  His hesitation let Carlos Delgado score.  Had Feliz just held onto the ball, you still have 2 outs and no one scores.

The real shame of it was that this game was winnable.  Despite his very bad start to the season, Park managed to throw 6 innings of 1 hit, no run ball.  Apparently, he likes his job as a starter and is aiming to keep it.  Park kept the Phillies in the game, but the defense let it slip away.  The offense had a bad day too, but they were facing Santana, so this was not a huge shock.  Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez each had one hit, but that was it for the offense.  Oddly enough, Park drew 2 walks, but again, the Phils did not take advantage.  Victorino did extend his hitting streak to 15 games, which is about the only happy news on the day.

Chase Utley did play today, and his foot seems to be fine.  He struggled at the plate, like everyone else though.  The Phillies will have one more shot at the Mets tomorrow night at 7:10pm with Jamie Moyer on the mound.

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Hamels Falters Against The Mets

This was a very disappointing loss tonight for the Phillies.  A win would have put them in a tie for 1st place; instead, they are now 2 games back with only 19 games to go.  And you figured with Cole Hamels pitching, they had a good shot at leaving NY with a sweep.  But, Hamels apparently does not handle pressure too well.  It started going bad right from the first inning, even though the Phillies jumped ahead with a 1-0 lead.  Hamels pitches to David Wright, Chris Coste is called for catcher’s interference on what should have been an out; but instead, Wright gets 1st base.  Now there are 2 men on base and Charlie Manuel, upset over the call, gets himself tossed from the game.  Obviously, he made a big deal of it because he knew Cole was upset and probably just wanted to show his pitcher that he was willing to stand up for him so that maybe, Cole would calm down and take care of business. 

So, did Cole rise to the occasion?  Nope.  He gave up a single to Carlos Beltran that scored 1 run; Wright went to third base on the hit and was called safe my the umpire, even though Pedro Feliz tagged him out – the replay showed the ump blew the call.  Next, Hamels gave up another single to Carlos Delgado which scored 2 more runs, one of which was Wright who should not even have been on base.  Later, in both the 3rd and 5th innings, Hamels would give up solo homers to Delgado.  Now they are down, 5-2.  Hamels left after the 5th inning; final stats, 9 hits surrendered and 4 earned runs.  Ugly.  It looked like Cole allowed himself to get upset over the Wright debacles’ and he just couldn’t get control of his emotions.  It was downhill from there.

Add to this, the Phillies scored only 2 runs off of Johan Santana before he exited in the 8th inning.  Normally, this is not so bad considering who they were facing; but with Hamels totally off his game, it turns into a very long night for the Phillies.  Hair_pulling_2 The only player who looked like he had any gas left in him after the day game was Ryan Howard.  He accounted for both Phillies runs; one he drove in on a single in the 1st and the other was a solo homer in the 3rd.  Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz and Jayson Werth each had one hit apiece, all off Santana.  In the 9th, Shane Victorino and Matt Stairs each had hits which combined to score one run, but that was IT for the offense.  Done.  7 hits total.  I am so ready to pull my hair out!

Now the Phillies have to face the Marlins for 3 games, then the Brewers for 4.  And the Mets?  Their schedule is like a vacation…a day off, 2 against the last place Nationals, another day off, then the Braves for 3 games.  And then, it just repeats!  Nats again for FOUR games!  And the Braves again for 3!  Merry Christmas New York!  The Phillies are in big, big trouble…

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