Facing a New Face

September 12, 2007

Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Utley, 2b; Burrell, lf; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Dobbs, 3b; Werth, rf; Coste, c; Kendrick, p.

Got to get back on track again tonight. 

For the third straight game, the Rockies are starting another pitcher the Phillies haven’t seen, Danny Bautista.  Despite 26 major league games with the Rockies, Royals and Orioles, the Phillies are seeing him for the first time tonight.

How does a team get ready for someone they’ve never seen? 

Well, there are scouting reports.  Hank King is the Phillies advance scout.  If he hasn’t seen a player, there are others who cover pro teams that can be called on.  With today’s technology, there’s also video available.  Hitters will watch videos to see what the guy throws, tendencies, etc.

Bautista’s history indicates he has command problems.  Patience is probably the most important thing for Phillies hitters tonight.

Stay Positive
Poked my head in the coach’s room very early this afternoon.  Rich Dubee was on his laptop recording pitching information.  Milt Thompson was checking box scores.

Charlie Manuel walked in with the lineup and put it on Jimy Williams’ chair. 

“Baron, what you doing in here?  We’ve got work to do.  Got to grind it out you know.”

I responded, “Got to stay positive.”  “You’ve got that right, son,” barked Charlie.

Clearwater Threshers, behind ace RHP Andrew Carpenter, won the Florida State League Championship, 3 games to 1 over Brevard County, last night at Bright House Networks Field. Last time Clearwater won the FSL title was 1993.  A good omen for the big club?

Carpenter was 17-6 during the regular season and 2-0 in the post-season.  The 22-year-old was a second round pick a year ago out of Long Beach State.

Dave Huppert, who led the Lakewood BlueClaws to the South Atlantic League championship in 2006, was the Threshers’ skipper.

Overall, Phillies minor league teams finished 420-404, a .510 percentage, 11th among all 30 clubs.

Chart of the Day
Jimmy Rollins scored his 125th run last night, which is the most in the NL.  Phillies all-time run scorers (since 1900):
Chuck Klein  158 1930
Lefty O’Doul  152 1929
Chuck Klein  152 1932
Lenny Dykstra  143 1993
Roy Thomas  134 1900
Chase Utley  131 2006
Jimmy Rollins  127 2006
Chuck Klein  126 1929
**** Allen  125 1964

1 Comment

At one time Bautista was a big prospect for the Marlins. He’s never panned out, and his prospect status has to be long behind him.

With the ability the Phillies lineup has, we should be able to tattoo the Rockies tonight…


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