Tag:Chase Utley
Posted on: June 29, 2010 2:06 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 4:41 pm

Pujols leads voting, but should he?

Albert Pujols In what should be the most difficult decision among National League All-Star voters, the pick has more or less already been made.

Although online voting ends on Thursday, Albert Pujols' lead in first base voting makes it more or less impossible for him to be passed in the voting. Pujols leads Ryan Howard at first base by nearly 2 million votes in the latest numbers released by Major League Baseball . The teams will be announced on Sunday.

Chase Utley seemingly has second base wrapped up and the outfield of Ryan Braun, Jason Heyward and Andre Ethier also seems pretty much safe, as does shortstop Hanley Ramirez.

Third base is a little more interesting, as Placido Polanco leads David Wright by fewer than 23,000 votes in the tightest race and another example of Phillie ballot-box stuffing.

Yadier Molina leads Brian McCann in catcher voting by fewer than 200,000 votes.

As for Pujols, he's the easy choice at first base -- a choice most have made. He's probably the best player in the game, but he's not having the best year in the game -- or even among first basemen.

OK, this is splitting hairs, and it's by no means a mockery if he's the All-Star starter, but you can make a compelling case for two first basemen over Pujols: Joey Votto and Adrian Gonzalez. The three have pretty similar numbers, so any of the three is a solid choice, but the point is the gap shouldn't be so wide. It should be a tough decision. According to the voters, it's just not.

Here's a look at the first basemen in six categories: BA/OBP/SLG, HR, RBI and WAR (wins above replacement, an advance stat that takes defensive into consideration.

The King
Albert Pujols .305/.420/.542 16 52 2.6

The contenders
Adrian Gonzalez .306/.399/.544 16 50 3.3
Joey Votto .312/.415/.559 16 51 3.3

The usual suspects
Ryan Howard .296/.352/.517 15 50 1.4
Prince Fielder .256/.385/.463 15 44 1.8

Not that far behind
Troy Glaus .268/.373/.472 14 56 1.2
Adam Dunn .276/.366/.559 17 43 2.1
Aubrey Huff .296/.385/.512 12 42 2.3
James Loney .294/.346/.429 5 40 1.0
Ike Davis .264/.340/.442 9 37 0.9
Gaby Sanchez .302/.373/.474 8 39 1.9
Adam LaRoche .254/.342/.469 12 41 0.8
Garrett Jones .281/.352/.446 10 33 1.3

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 1:20 am

Utley suffers thumb injury

Chase Utley It's not easy to get Chase Utley out of a game.

The Phillies second baseman has played in an average of 150 games per season the past five years. He's in his eighth season and has been on the disabled list exactly once, in 2007. It took a broken wrist to do that, and he still only missed a month.

Utley took himself out of Monday night's game against the Reds in the ninth inning, unable to grip the bat after injuring his right thumb on a slide in the fourth inning (pictured). Utley will have an MRI exam on Tuesday.

The renowned tough guy coming out of the game voluntarily caught the attention of teammates.

"For him to leave a game ... that's the last guy that's going to take himself out of a game," Shane Victorino said. "He's obviously hurting. I hope he's not seriously hurt."
-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2010 8:39 pm

Lopes spills beans: Utley has knee injury

Chase Utley Chase Utley hasn't been himself so far in 2010, and now we know why.

First-base coach Davey Lopes of the Phillies chatted with Baseball Prospectus on various aspects of the game, primarily stealing bases. Lopes indicated that the reason the team hasn't been stealing bases or going first to third as often is in part due to Utley having a "little bit of a knee injury."

Utley is batting .257 on the year in 273 plate appearances which is his lowest since his first year in the majors, when he amassed a .239 batting average in just 134 at-bats. While his plate discipline remains, his power has downticked as well. All together, he's posting a .829 OPS which would be the lowest of his full-time career.

Utley hasn't been getting any better, either. He batted .275/.431/.550 in April, followed that up with a .278/.360/.485 mark in May and is currently under the Mendoza line with a .184 average and puny .224 slugging percentage.

And a year after posting 23 stolen bases and not being caught once, he's got four bags swiped and been thrown out once.

The injury obviously isn't significant enough to land Utley on the disabled list or even the bench, but unless he snaps out of his funk soon, rest may be the best remedy for the All-Star second baseman.

UPDATE: Utley tells MLB.com's Todd Zolecki that he isn't injured.

"I think there's a little confusion, and maybe a little bit of a difference of opinion with what Davey said," Utley said. "In my opinion, an injury is something that keeps you off the field. When you play 162-games-plus over the course of the year, you're going to have aches and pains. That's part of this game. That's part of being a baseball player. In my opinion there's no injury whatsoever."

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:07 pm

NL voting update

Major League Baseball just released the latest batch of National League All-Star voting results, and the leaders at each position remained unchanged.

Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols surpassed Phillies second baseman Chase Utley for the overall vote lead, now ahead of him by about 100,000 votes. The closest race is at catcher, where the Cardinals' Yadier Molina is about 88,000 votes ahead of the Braves' Brian McCann.

Braves rookie outfielder Jason Heyward is in position to be the second of three starters, but is less than 3,000 votes from the top spot, held by the Brewers' Ryan Braun.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 10:34 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am

Stanton finishes 3 for 5

Marlins rookie Mike Stanton is known for his power, but he showed his speed in his big-league debut on Tuesday. Stanton had three hits, including two infield singles, the second of which came off Phillies closer Brad Lidge with two on and two outs and the Marlins down two in the ninth.

Stanton kept the Marlins alive with a grounder up the middle that hit Lidge's glove, fielded by Chase Utley who flipped it to Wilson Valdez to try to force Cody Ross at second, but Ross was called safe. It appeared second base umpire Brian Gorman missed the call, and it was ruled an infield single for Stanton, loading the bases for Ronny Paulino.

However, Paulino popped up to Utley to end the game and give Lidge his second save since returning to the Phillies a week ago and third overall.

Hanley Ramierez led off the inning with a single before Lidge got Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla to go down swinging and Ross walked to bring up Stanton.

Stanton went 3 for 5 in his debut with three singles and a strikeout. Stanton had 21 homers at Double-A Jacksonville and slugged .726.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 8, 2010 1:30 pm

Ramirez jumps to All-Star vote lead

An update was released on National League All-Star voting today, and the Marlins' Hanley Ramirez was the only new position leader, moving ahead of the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins. Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley was the leading overall vote-getter, just ahead of Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols.

Perhaps the most notable development was the surge by Brewers rookie Jason Heyward, who jumped to second among outfielders and will be a starter if he stays in the top three. Heyward is batting .266 with 10 homers and 39 RBI.

Starting rosters will be announced on July 4.

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