June 2009

Bastardo Debut

Another strong outing from Joe, another save for Brad and another road win last night in San Diego.  Eastern newspapers don’t provide much details on west coast games because of deadlines but phillies.com can.

Tonight, Antonio Bastardo makes his major league debut, starting in Brett’s place.  To make room for the 23-year-old lefty, John Mayberry Jr. was optioned to Lehigh Valley.  He’ll join them in Indianapolis.  Mayberry needs to play every day and get at-bat after at-bat.  He’s a power hitter with a future.

Bastardo is a three-pitch pitcher, fast ball (88-92), slider (80-84) and change (79-84).  His fast ball has tailing action, the slider is sharp with bite and his change is a very good one.  History indicates he throws strikes.

He actually started the season at Reading in the bullpen.  Being left-handed, it was an area we wanted to add some depth.  After four relief appearances (1-0, 2 saves, 1.23 ERA), he returned to the starting rotation on April 25. 

Bastardo was promoted to AAA, where he made two starts for the IronPigs.  He struck out 11 in 6 innings of his first start (95 pitches, 66 strikes), a no-decision, and won his last start (Thursday) with seven shutout innings (95 pitches, 59 strikes). Strangely, he had only one strikeout.  Dallas Green was dispatched to Lehigh Valley to see Bastardo’s AAA debut.

Voting Update
Phillies fans are obviously getting behind their favorite players, judging from the NL All-Star voting update yesterday.  Raul moved from sixth to second in one week.

Remember, you can vote on-line at phillies.com.  Fans can also vote with paper ballots at Citizens Bank Park.  Over 130,000 ballots from the last homestand were shipped to the voting headquarters this morning.

Minor League Notes
RHP Kyle Drabek and 1B Jim Murphy are the Phillies minor league pitcher and player of the week, respectively, for the May 25-31 time period . . . Drabek makes his AA debut at Reading on Thursday night against Akron . . . Lehigh Valley reliever, Mike Koplove, exercised his June 1 option and is a free agent.  Koplove had an clause in his contract if he wasn’t in the majors with us by June 1, he had the right to opt out of the contract and become a free agent.




Congrats Jamie

Great headline on the back page of the Philadelphia Daily News this morning, “The Moyer, The Merrier.”

Jamie won his 250th game yesterday.  Players had champagne in the clubhouse after the game which was cool.  Milestone win and a sweep of the Nationals made for a joyous, long flight to San Diego.

Jamie’s Milestone Wins
No. 1 – June 16, 1986: Cubs 7, Phillies 5. Losing pitcher: Steve Carlton.
No. 50 – July 17, 1994: Orioles 10, Angels 5. Losing pitcher: Russ Springer.
No. 100 – Aug. 27, 1998: Mariners 10, Indians 4. Losing pitcher: Jaret Wright.
No. 150 – Sept. 24, 2001: Mariners 9, Rangers 3. Losing pitcher: Doug Davis.
No. 200 – July 8, 2005: Mariners 10, Angels 4. Losing pitcher: Jarrod Washburn.
No. 250 – May 31, 2009: Phillies 4, Nationals 2. Losing pitcher: John Lannan.

Road Test
Phillies begin 10-game, 11-day road trip to San Diego, Los Angeles and New York.  We have the best road record in the majors, 16-6.  That’ll get a severe test as the three cities we’re visiting have a combined 52-20 home record.

Lonely June
We’re home for only nine games this month, 12-21, interleague games with Red Sox, Orioles and Blue Jays. Yesterday was the 20th sellout of the season.  Look for nine more this month.

Draft Meetings
Ruben Amaro Jr. and his staff begin meetings this morning with the amateur scouting staff in the Draft Room on the Hall of Fame Club level at Citizens Bank Park: scouting director Marti Wolever, Mike Ledna and Bill Moore (national crosscheckers) and regional supervisors Darrell Conner west), Brian Kohlscheen (central) and Gene Schall (east).

First-year player draft will start Tuesday evening, June 9.  It will be live on the MLB Network and MLB.com.  More on the draft at a later date.

Moving Up
RHP Kyle Drabek, the organization’s pitcher of the week (May 25-31), was promoted this morning from Clearwater to the AA Reading Phillies. 

Comment Corner
Thanks to those who posted comments about how we should recognize Ryan’s long home runs at Citizens Bank Park.  Interesting comments.  Keep ’em coming.