Is Halladay done?

His miserable spring continued today: 2.2 ip, 6 h, 7 r, 7 er, 4 bb, 2 k, 1 wp, 1 hr, 1 hbp. Halladay struggling with velocity and command. Fastball sitting between 86 and 88. — Bob Brookover (@brookob) March 12, 2013

Are the Phils a threat?

I like Ben Revere, acquired by the Phils from Minnesota, but otherwise their offseason has been a bust. They got older, acquiring Michael Young, who’s coming off a dreadful season with the Rangers. And the 36-year-old third sacker will only make a bad fielding team worse. Today they signed clubhouse cancer Delmon Young, another poor…

The Phils’ spring has been worse

You think it’s been a bad spring at Disney? Check out what’s happening in Clearwater. The Phillies announced that second baseman Chase Utley “has come to a bit of a plateau” in his rehab. He’ll travel out of town for a few days to see a specialist for his knees, the team added. Utley’s chance of playing on Opening Day…

Rowland’s bouquets

*The first goes to Craig Kimbrel, the most dominant closer in the game. How many records have been set with a month to play? And CK ain’t on ‘roids. You’ll note that he broke the rookie saves record set last year by former Braves farmhand Neftali Feliz. Imagine Feliz, O’Flaherty, Venters and Kimbrel in the…

Verducci high on Braves’ postseason chances

From the esteemed SI scribe: The team with the best chance of keeping the Philadelphia Phillies out of the World Series is the team that trails them in the standings: the Atlanta Braves. No disrespect to the Milwaukee Brewers, a legit threat in their own right, but no team will take a greater inventory of…

Open thread, 4/8, Braves vs. Kevin Grosses

Unfortunately, Kevin Gross won’t be on the mound tonight. The Braves will face two lefties, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, over the weekend, so the onus will be on Dan Uggla, who was acquired to make the line-up less vulnerable to tough southpaws. The Braves have fared well against Lee in three previous starts, with 4 homers among…

Even more bad news for the Phils

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said in a radio interview on MLB Network Radio Wednesday afternoon that he anticipates Brad Lidge being out possibly until the mid-July All-Star break, or just prior to it. Lidge has begun the season on the disabled list with a right posterior rotator cuff strain and was initially expected be shut…

More bad news for the Phils

Their already fragile bullpen will start the season without closer Brad Lidge, who’s headed to the 15-day DL with shoulder pain. Lidge says he’ll get an MRI when he gets back to Philadelphia and doesn’t know when he will return. Lidge was shaken up after allowing two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an…

Grim prognosis for Utley

I take no joy from this. Utley plays the game hard and is a helluva talent. “It’s not good,” said Jimmy Rollins of his longtime double play partner’s injury. “We haven’t seen him at all, and he’s highly unlikely to make the start of the season.” What isn’t being said yet is that it may…

GQ skewers BoSox, Philly fans

Red Sox fans came in 6th in the magazine’s rankings of the nation’s worst sports fans. Insufferable Hypocrites. Winning the 2004 World Series was the worst thing to ever happen to Red Sox fans. Having been beaten into a state of lovable-loserdom by generations of championship futility, they now seem intent on living out some…

Phils less invincible by the day

Charlie Manuel says he’s worried about Chase Utley’s knee. He should be. He’s not running, and he’s not doing anything in the way of lateral motion, as the Phillies don’t want to put any strain on his knee. The Phils without Utley have an offense not much better than the Braves of last April. Their…

Wheeze Kids vs. Whiz Kids

The Phillies’ heralded hurling hydra might power them past our Braves and every other team in the universe. Wouldn’t surprise anybody. Still, I’m feeling a tad optimistic. Maybe it’s just the usual March foolishness. But my good vibrations emanate less from the Braves’ spring than from the Phils, specifically their advancing years when compared to our boys. Among the top 15 players on each roster — 8…

Does Cliff Lee do impressions?

Denny Neagle was 27 when acquired by the Braves in 1996. At the time he had a lifetime 4.02 ERA and 1.310 WHIP. Cliff Lee, 32, has a career 3.85 ERA and WHIP of 1.256 — negligible differences, especially when you consider Neagle pitched during the height of the steroid era. I’ll grant you that…

This is scary

I don’t think it will happen. God, I hope not. Well placed source says Lee decisiion is close and Philsi are finalist w Yanks and Rangers. about 1 hour ago via Mobile Web Retweeted by 100+ people JSalisburyCSN Jim Salisbury Let’s presume Salisbury’s information is as bad as his spelling. I mean, come on. Halladay….

Beast from the East

Did anyone think they’d see a postseason no-hitter? Hate to say it, but that was a treat to watch. The Phillies look invincible.