Tagged: Scott Olsen

Cool Air Cools Off Phillies Bats

Brett Myers seems to have a cloud hanging over his head….or maybe it is our entire pitching staff?  Then again, perhaps it has something to do with the weather?  Is it just me, or does it seem like the Phillies only hit when it is warm outside?  Let us examine this theory:

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Note that as the temperature spikes, the run total spikes as well; and when the temperature plunges, so do the runs.  This chart includes all games from Opening Day to last night’s 4-1 loss against the Nationals.  Manager Charlie Manuel calls the warm weather “hitting season.”  So, what should he call the cold weather?  “Sleeping season?”  Guess Phillies fans had better start praying for summer to get here – fast!

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Of course, sloppy pitching is not helping the situation.  While Brett Myers had a decent start again, going 6 innings with 3 runs given up, he did get hurt unnecessarily with walks in the 3rd inning.  He not only walked the pitcher, a mortal sin in baseball, but he also walked a run in two batters later.  Still, he kept the team in the game but the offense failed to score any runs for him, except a solo homer by Shane Victorino in the 1st inning.  You cannot score only one run and expect to win, even if the temperature is only in the 50’s.  Maybe bats fear the cold?  Hmmmm…

Regardless of the phobias of inanimate objects, offensive problems abound:  The Phillies left the bases loaded with only one out.  Jimmy Rollins got caught stealing.  Nats pitching handed out 5 free passes to Phillies batters, which they did not take advantage of.  In all, 10 men were left on base.  Scott Olsen did pitch a great game for the Nats, but he also did not leave the Phillies without opportunities to score.  The good news is, the Phils had won 5 games in row prior to this and the team has an off-day today to rest up for the Mets series this weekend.

Hamels in a bubble.jpgBoth Cole Hamels, the new bubble boy of the team, and Brad Lidge are scheduled to throw bullpen sessions on Friday.  Hamels will test out the sprained ankle and hope it bounces :O)  Lidge is hoping to avoid the DL with right knee discomfort.  If Lidge doesn’t snap out of it soon, I guess I will have to build him a bubble too.  Carlos Ruiz is inching closer to a return as well; he will play for the Iron Pigs a few more times and hopes to be back with the team by the end of the weekend.

So, let us all take this day off as an opportunity to elect the Phillies to the All-Star game!  VOTE up to 25 times per day, per email address!  Are you tired of me typing this yet?  Well, buckle up folks!  We have MONTHS left to go! :O)

Photo & Graph by Jenn

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The Elder Moyer Schools The Fish

46 year-old Jamie Moyer taught another pitching lesson last night to the Fish, who floundered under his tutelage for the 9th time in 9 tries since 2006.  Moyer reeled in another win against the Marlins, going 8 solid shut-out innings with only 2 hits surrendered, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.  Another amazing performance from the pitching master on this staff!  So amazing in fact, that even the opposing pitcher, Scott Olsen, who openly HATES the Phillies, had nothing but praise for Moyer after the game.  Olsen said, “He does a very good job locating the pitch he wants, where he wants. He gets you to swing at his pitch. He’s ahead of the count a majority of the times, and you’re on the defensive with him. He does such a good job mixing speeds that you can’t sit on anything.”


Isn’t this the same guy who bashes Phillies in the press all the time?  Wow.  Yeah, if I remember correctly, Olsen is the one who yelled at Chase Utley last year for taking his base on ball four during a game in May.  Was he supposed to NOT take his base?  Hmmmm…  And I mean, we are talking about Utley, the most mild-mannered guy in baseball.  He is like the Clark Kent of the baseball world.  See the resemblance? 
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Ya think Olsen may have blown that a bit out of proportion?  Now he is dousing praise on Jamie Moyer…maybe he has finally graduated to Big Boy pants
J  How cute.  Isn’t it nice to see them grown up right in front of you…  Either that, or he’s secretly hoping Jamie will adopt him J


On to St. Louis where the Cards are missing the great Albert Pujols!  Darn!  I will now observe a personal moment of silence as I mourn his absence from the line-up. …Ok, I am over it now. J  Go Phillies!