May 30, 2007
Rowand, cf; Victorino, rf; Rollins, ss; Utley, 2b; Burrell, lf; Helms, 1b; Nunez, 3b; Ruiz, c; Moyer, c.
Yes, Ryan’s not in the lineup tonight. No, he’s not hurt. He’s played every day since coming off the DL last Friday and Charlie Manuel wanted to give him a break. With a tough lefty tonight, Charlie felt this was the right time.
Temperature in Phoenix is supposed to hit 101 today. The Diamondbacks are as hot as the desert heat.
Over their last 12 games (nine wins), they are hitting .313 as a team and averaging 6.42 runs per game. That’s scorching.
They are 4-1 against the Phillies this season.
Battle of Vets
Tonight features Jamie Moyer, 44 years, 193 days, against Randy Johnson, 43 years, 262 days. The two met in Phoenix 21 days ago and Moyer won, 9-3.
Charlie Manuel was a left-handed hitter during his playing days. Would he have liked to face Randy? “No, no,” he said quickly. “Oh, I guess maybe one time. He’s tough on lefties. I know Lefty (Steve Carlton) was tough. I faced him when I was with the Dodgers. He’d bust me in with fast balls and then go away with that nasty slider.”
I don’t know about anybody else, but I was shocked in seeing the first update of NL All-Star voting yesterday. Ryan Howard, the reigning MVP, is not among the top five vote getters at first base!
Normally, an MVP season carries well into the following year when it comes to voting. At least that is the pattern that has existed in the past.
Granted, Ryan has missed time because of his left quad injury, but his numbers are still in the mix. Prince Fielder leads all NL first basemen in homers (17) and RBI (40). Ryan is second in homers (9) and tied with Derrek Lee and Nomar Garciaparra (30) in RBI. Carlos Delgado, hitting .239, has 7 HR and 32 RBI and has more votes.
The bottom line: get out and vote. Ballots are distributed and collected at all Citizens Bank Park home games through June 17. But, the easy way is online www.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2007/ballot_reg.jsp.
Marti Wolever (Director, Scouting) began meetings today in the Draft Room at Citizens Bank Park in preparation for the First-Year Player Draft that will take place next Thursday and Friday.
Joining Marti are Mike Ledna (National Supervisor), Jim Fregosi Jr. (National Supervisor), Bill Moore (West Supervisor), Brian Kohlscheen (Central Supervisor), John Castleberry (East Supervisor), GM Pat Gillick, Sr. Advisor Dallas Green and assistant GMs Ruben Amaro Jr. and Mike Arbuckle.
During the first five rounds, the Phillies select 19th, 37th, 84th, 108th, 144th and 174th selections. The 37th selection is compensation for Cleveland’s signing of David Dellucci.
For the first time, the opening round will be televised live by ESPN2 out of Orlando. Draft begins at 2 p.m. next Thursday (June 7). Representing the Phillies in Atlanta will be Dallas Green, Hall of Famer Robin Roberts, Lee McDaniel (Assistant Director Minor League Operations/Florida) and yours truly for blogging purposes. (No, you won’t be getting a Mickey Mouse blog).