For the third and second time respectively, Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino will walk away with a Gold Glove. The winners of the NL Gold Gloves were announced earlier today. The Phillies were one of three teams to have 2 players win Gold Gloves this year.
The Cardinals and Dodgers were the other two.
Four Players won the award for the first time in their careers. Adam Wainwright (P) of the Cardinals, Ryan Zimmerman (3B) of the Nationals, Michael Bourn (OF) of the Astros, and Matt Kemp (OF) of the Dodgers, all won the award for the first time. The other three winners were Yadier Molina (C) of the Cardinals who won the award for the 2nd time, Adrian Gonzalez (1B) of the Padres (2nd Time), and Orlando Hudson (2B) of the Dodgers, who walks away with his 4th Gold Glove Award.
Next up on the award train?
The Silver Slugger awards for both the NL and AL will be revealed tomorrow.
The first one of the major 4, MVP, ROY, Cy Young, and Manager of the Year, will be the AL and NL Rookies of the Year, to be revealed Monday the 16th.
This is a recap of the last three games against the San Francisco Giants.
GAME 2: Phillies 5, Giants 1
Reigning Cy Young Winner Cliff Lee made his Phillies debut against the San Francisco Giants. Man oh man was he superb.
Lee took a Perfect Game into the third, which ended with a walk. The No-Hitter though, went to the sixth. Lee had 2 hits as well. His first career extra-base hit came in his second at bat, a ball which was inches away from a home run, but hit the very top of the wall instead. If he had hit that ball in Citizens Bank Park, it would’ve gone into the seats.
Lee pitched a full 9 Innings, walked two, gave up four hits, with one-earned run, and struck out 6.
Jayson Werth was the offensive hero, with 1 HR and 3 RBI.
GAME 3: Phillies 0, Giants 2
Tim Lincecum didn’t win the Cy Young award for nothing. Lincecum pitched 8 Innings of brilliant ball, allowing 7 hits, striking out 8, and allowed no runners to cross the plate.
Joe Blanton allowed sven hits as well, but 2 runs crossed the plate. Blanton stuck out 5 in Seven Innings.
Juan Uribe hit two sacrifice flies, which proved to be the difference.
GAME 4: Phillies 3, Giants 7
The Phillies took an early 3-1 lead, thanks to RBI hits by Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz, along with a homer by J-Roll, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Giants, who rallied for an additional 6 Runs.
Hamels went 5 innings, allowing 10 hits, and seven runs, six of which were earned.
Barry Zito went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs, two earned, and struck out 5, compared to Hamels’ Two Ks.
Freddy Sanchez went 2-4 with 2 RBI, while Eugenio Valez went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI.
The Phillies start their homestand on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. Jason Hammel (5-6) will try and take down the oldest active player in baseball, Jamie Moyer (10-7).
The Phils were lookin’ for an ace. Particularly one that started with Roy, and ended in Halladay.
Instead, we got one that started with Cliff, and ended with Lee.
Yes. Cliff Lee. The defending Cy Young Award Winner.
This is a great addition to the rotation, obviously. It now stands at Hamels-Lee-Blanton-Moyer-Happ, but might eventually evolve into Happ-Hamels-Martinez-Blanton-Moyer/Happ.
That’s a pretty good rotation if you ask me. Let’s just take a look at Lee’s stats for a second here:
Year W-L W-L% ERA IP K ERA+ WHIP
2008 22-5 .880 2.54 223.1 170 175 1.110
2009 7-9 .438 3.14 152.0 107 143 1.303
A definite fall from grace, but Lee was on the Indians. Last in the AL Central. They have one of the worst offences in the league. His ERA is 0.6 Higher, but besides W-L he ain’t much different than last year. The only notable difference is that his ERA+ dropped 30 points. But again, the Indians have a horrible offence.
He also only allowed 0.2 more baserunners per inning on base.
Sure, he ain’t the Cy Young award winner he was last year, but he will still be a great help to the ballclub.
Now comes the question of what the Rotation will look like afterwards.
It’s a definite that Lee and Hamels will stay in the rotation. Blanton is also safe. It all depends on what the Phils do with Martinez. If he’s a bullpen guy, which I doubt, then everyone keeps their rotation jobs. If not, then we’ll be sayin’ bye-bye to either J.A. Happ or Jamie Moyer in the rotation. Honestly, I have no idea who’s gonna go.
We will be saying bye to 4 prospects. Pitchers Carlos Carrasco, once valued as the best prospect in the organization, Jason Knapp, Shortstop Jason Donald, and Catcher Lou Marson.
The Indians will not only part with Cliff Lee, but also outfielder Ben Francisco. Francisco, who is most likely is the right hander off the bench the Phils have been looking for, is batting .250 with 10 Home Runs and 33 RBI in 89 Games with the Indians this year.
Don’t forget that the series final between the Phils and the D-Backs will begin tonight at 9:40 Eastern Time. Go for the sweep!
J.A. Happ (7-1) will pitch against Yusmeiro Petit (0-5).
Also of notice, is that this is my first blog entry. Huzzah!
…I don’t really have anything else to say. Look for more updates I suppose.