Tag:Roy Oswalt
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:09 pm
 

Another Phils rotation option: Pedro?

Pedro Martinez Why stop with two Cy Young Award winners in your rotation when you can have three?

According to the New York Daily News, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. inquired about Padro Martinez during last week's Winter Meetings. Martinez, 39, didn't play in 2010 but is not retired. He last pitched for the Phillies in 2009, joining the team late in the season and pitching alongside Cliff Lee in the Phillies' World Series run.

Asked earlier this month about whether he wants to pitch next season, Martinez told the Daily News, "I'll have to try it again. [Pitching] runs through my veins. When I saw Lee pitching this World Series and I had a chance to go to Texas for the remainder of the season, it really ticked me, but I was able to control it."

The Phillies are apparently ready to move fifth starter Joe Blanton, which could open a spot for Martinez to return with an incentive-heavy contract. That would give them this rotation: Roy Halladay (two Cy Youngs), Lee (one Cy Young), Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Martinez (three Cy Youngs). Yikes.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:09 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Phillies the new World Series favorites

How much does the addition of Cliff Lee change expectations in the baseball world? Well, Phillies fans expect to win every year, but to get a more logical perspective than any fan base, let's look to Las Vegas.

According to BoDog.com, the Phillies are now 7/2 favorites to win the World Series. After the World Series, the Yankees were 4/1 favorites with Philadelphia coming in at 6/1.

While the Phillies are the favorites, they're followed by the Red Sox (5/1), Yankees (6/1), Giants (12/1), Twins (18/1) and Cardinals (18/1). A group of five teams are 20/1, those are the Braves, Reds, Rockies, Rays and Rangers.

The Rangers were getting 16/1 odds after the World Series of winning in 2011.

As for the Phillies, the over/under for wins in 2011 is 96, Lee's over/under for wins is 17 and the over/under for wins by Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels is 61.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:47 am
 

Torres 'much better'

Andres Torres
Just when Andres Torres started heating up for the Giants in the postseason, it looked like he might be lost.

The outfielder came up limping after diving into first base on a bunt single in Game 6 of the NLCS, and was diagnosed with a mild strain of a muscle near his left hip. But Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Torres is "much better" and hopes to have him available in his customary leadoff spot for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday.

Torres wasn't willing to say for certain that he'll be ready to go, only that "I hope so."

Torres, who had an appendectomy in September, went 2-for-16 in the division series against Atlanta, and got off to a 1-for-10 start in the first three games of the NLCS. But in the final three games he went 6-for-10 with a pair of walks.

He had three hits in the clinching Game 6, two of them against Roy Oswalt. After legging out the bunt single against Brad Lidge in the ninth, Torres says he came out of the game because he didn't want the injury to hamper him on defense in the bottom of the inning with the Giants up by a run. Aaron Rowand replaced him in center field, but it turns out it wouldn't have mattered -- the Phillies didn't hit anything past the infield in the ninth.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 2:22 pm
 

Taking a look at 2011 projections

Bill James, the leading sabermetrician of our time, has been hard at work on his 2011 Bill James Handbook , in which he releases projections for players.

As with all projections, James was way off on several players in his 2010 projections, but hit some on the nose and came close to many.

As James writes, it's inevitable that projections miss on some players. After all, who could have expected Jose Bautista to slam 54 home runs?

But for the most part, projections do come close to approximating what a player will do. So let's dive in and check out what Bill James thinks of several players.

Alvarez Pedro Alvarez (photo, right): The Pirates rookie got his major-league career off to a decent start in 2010, finishing at .256/.326/.461 with 16 HR. Meanwhile, Buster Posey makes Pittsburgh look silly for plucking Alvarez and Tampa Bay idiots for taking shortstop Tim Beckham. However, the Bucs may just end up loving Alvarez in 2011. James has him down for 27 home runs and 103 RBI, hitting .277/.352/.501. Sounds pretty good.

Jose Bautista : So, his his power surge for real or is there a reason Bautista never topped 16 home runs in a season before? James thinks it's for real and tabs Bautista for 34 blasts in 2011. Makes sense, as Bautista was hitting somewhat over his head and pitchers will have a better understanding of how to pitch him. He should finish at .251/.355/.509.

Josh Beckett: Boston will have plenty of reasons to be happy with its rotation next year. After Josh Beckett struggled to a 5.78 ERA in 21 starts, James feels Beckett will rebound to post a 3.86 ERA in 26 games. Couple that with John Lackey 's 33 starts of a 3.89 ERA and Daisuke Matsuzaka finding a way to overcome 73 walks for a 3.85 ERA, and you suddenly have a deep rotation that has Jon Lester up top and Clay Buchholz. An ace followed by four No. 2-3 starters? Yes please.

Adrian Beltre : Beltre re-established his value and much more in Boston, where he put Seattle and his failures therein behind him to hit .321/.365/.553. But was that just a contract-year push? Kind of. Beltre won't sniff being an MVP candidate again, as James says, but should still be worth every dollar afer hitting .283/.335/.477 in 2011.

Ryan Braun : When someone hits 33 home runs, scores 108 runs and drives in 114, that's got to be a pretty good MVP candidate. Except that Braun's 2011 projected totals may not be enough to overtake teammate Prince Fielder , who has 41 blasts projected to his name with 100 runs and 114 RBI. He's expected to hit .276/.396/.541 with Braun at .310/.372/.551.

Domonic Brown : One concern the Phillies have is how well Dominic Brown can step into the large shoes that will be vacated by Jayson Werth. Well, no problem: Brown's on pace to hit 26 homers and go .288/.346/.505. Next step for Philadelphia: finding a right-handed bat to break up Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Brown.

Halladay Roy Halladay (photo, right): A perfect game, postseason no-hitter and 2.44 ERA later and Halladay has nothing left to prove in the NL. James does see a step backwards, however, to the horrifying high of a 3.16 ERA. That ERA certainly figures to go under 3.00, but it's impossible to project anyone landing below a 3.00 ERA which is why Halladay lands at 3.16. He has compatriots Cole Hamels with a 3.45 projected ERA and Roy Oswalt at 3.38. Sounds like another NL East Division title is en route to Philly.

Derek Jeter : So, will Jeter rebound from his .270/.340/.370 showing in 2010 and be worth whatever ridiculous deal the Yankees give him in the offseason? Well, James does see a bounceback -- but his days as a legitimate All-Star are done. (Of course, he'll still be elected.) Jetes should end up at .295/.365/.410 as James guesses, not that far off from what Jeter put up in 2008.

Cliff Lee : Lee is going to make a lot of money in 2011. But interested teams may want to take a look at James' projected ERA and back away slightly. At 3.50, he would still be a good pitcher, but not great nor sublime as he has been thus far. He finished 2010 with a 3.18 ERA, 2009 with 3.22 and 2008 with 2.54, so it takes quite a leap to think Lee would go up to 3.50. A projected 49 walks will do that, even though he had an unimaginable 18 in 2010. (43 in 2009.)

Tim Lincecum : The Freak draws the honor of the lowest projected ERA, at an even 3.00 while striking out 233 batters. Lincecum will be looking to take back the Cy Young title from projected winner Roy Halladay, and so far it looks like Bill James is giving him the nod for 2011.

Jesus Montero : Do we have an early candidate for Rookie of the Year? James has Jesus Montero putting up huge numbers as a 21-year-old in the majors, banging 21 home runs and hitting .285/.348/.519. Hard to beat those numbers and power, especially at Montero's age. The only comparable is Michael Stanton.

David Ortiz : Well, even James himself can't know if Ortiz will get a third straight season off to a bad start, but regardless, Big Papi is expected to finish with 33 home runs and 112 RBI. That would be the most home runs hit since 2007 (he finished 2010 with 32). It would also be a high in RBI since 2007, along with batting average. If Ortiz can pull that line off, he'll be in line for a nice payday as a free agent.

Stanton Mike Stanton (photo, right): Stanton has already put baseball on notice as a 20-year-old. So what the heck is he to do in 2011 with a full season of playing time? That's easy -- 38 home runs. The only knock against Stanton will be that his plate discipline isn't advanced enough, leading to a .268/.335/.556 line. If he can eventually learn to take enough pitches and get the batting average over .280, he could be a mega-star.

Brian Wilson : Currently busy trying to propel the Giants to the World Series, Wilson at least can rest easy in the idea that James has him leading all closers in saves next season. He's expected to nail down 48 saves with a 3.04 ERA. The save total is exactly the same as what he ended up with in 2010, but the ERA was lower at 1.81. An xFIP of 2.99, however, backs up the projected 3.04 ERA.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 1:52 am
 

Oswalt volunteered to pitch 9th

Roy Oswalt Roy Oswalt's 18-pitch outing in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series won't change his status as the Game 6 starter, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

"I don't think so. I think that he knows himself a little bit more than I do," Manuel said in the postgame news conference . "And [pitching coach Rich] Dubee watches him a lot. He's closer to him than I am. He spends more time with him."

Manuel also said it was Oswalt's idea to warm up and make himself available. Oswalt had thrown a bullpen earlier in the day.

He said he wanted to be in there," Manuel said. "He said he'd be glad to go."

Still, it was Manuel's decision to use him instead of his closer, Brad Lidge.

"I was definitely ready, but not surprised. It was on the road -- so only with the lead," Lidge said (via David Hale of the News Journal ). "That's how I've done it my whole career, that's how most closers do it. At home, that ninth inning is mine. On the road, the way I've always done it is with a lead I'm going in, and if it's a tie game, no, unless it keeps dragging on."

The Phillies were at the top of the line, No. 2 hitter Chase Utley made the last out of the top of the ninth, so it's no stretch that Lidge could have pitched two innings.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 10:04 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2010 2:29 am
 

Ross the stuff of legend

Cody Ross
Giants outfielder Cody Ross' home run tonight to break up Roy Oswalt's no-hitter (although it's not really "breaking up a no-hitter" in the fifth inning) was his fourth of the postseason.

But the most amazing part of what he's done this week has been the timing. He has recorded the Giants' first hit in the past three games, all by home run.

* Game 4, NLDS: First hit off Derek Lowe, solo homer with one out in the sixth.

* Game 1, NLCS: First hit off Roy Halladay, solo homer with one out in the third.

* Game 2, NLCS: First hit off Roy Oswalt, solo homer with one out in the fifth.

Also, five of his six hits have either tied the game or put the Giants ahead. That, my friends, is how you make yourself a postseason legend.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 7:21 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:57 am
 

R.I.P. Astros: Moving on

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the Houston Astros.

Few teams were as bad as the Astros were in the first part of the season, and then few teams were as good as the Astros in the second half of the season.

Carlos Lee WHAT WENT WRONG

When I see Carlos Lee (pictured), I sometimes I think of the line in "Major League" when Charlie Donovan says, "I forgot about Dorn, because he's jolly high-priced." Lee owed $37 million through the next two seasons.

Lee didn't hit a homer in the season's first month, entered June with a .206 batting average and finished the season hitting .246/.291/.417 with 24 homers and 89 RBI. He's a below-average designated hitter that plays in the National League.

It's not to say Lee was all that was wrong with the Astros. Others struggled, such as Lance Berkman and Pedro Felice.

What may have been more devastating was seeing prospects the team had been counting on, such Tommy Manzella, Jason Castro and J.R. Towles struggle.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Brad Mills A lot of credit has to go to first-year manager Brad Mills. The team went 40-59 in their first 99 games of the season before finishing 36-27 the rest of the way. Mills also did it without some of his high-priced talent, as the team jettisoned Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman and Pedro Feliz.

Third baseman Chris Johnson had a good season, going .308/.337/.481 with 11 homers. Hunter Pence cashed in on the promise he'd shown early in his career, hitting .282/.325/.461 with 25 home runs, 91 RBI and 18 stolen bases.

The team relied on good starting pitching during its good streak from Brett Myers, Wandy Rodriguez, Bud Norris and J.A. Happ, and all four of those starters return for 2011.

HELP ON THE WAY

Ugh. Not really. That's the problem with cutting your losses and going young -- you need young players to replace the old ones. It's cheaper, but the Astros have one of the worst farm systems in the majors.

EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

The second half of the season raised the bar for the Astros, so fans will be expecting at least a .500 team, if not a run at the NL Central title.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Astros took the right direction during the season, trading Berkman and Oswalt.

Houston has Berkan, Oswalt, Feliz and Kaz Matsui off the books, but there's not a whole to to spend that money on in free agency.

Although Berkman had hinted that he wanted to return to Houston, the teams needs to resist nostalgia and give Brett Wallace a chance at first base.

2011 PREDICTION

The optimism from the last part of 2010 will be gone by the All-Star break and the team will finish ahead of the Pirates in the National League Central, but won't be challenging for a title.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:53 am
 

No surprises in Phillies' rotation

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel announced his NLCS rotation , and as expected, Joe Blanton will start Game 4.

So here are the matchups:

Game 1: Roy Halladay vs. Tim Lincecum
Game 2: Roy Oswalt vs. Jonathan Sanchez
Game 3: Cole Hamels vs. Matt Cain
Game 4: Blanton vs. Madison Bumgarner
Game 5: Halladay vs. Lincecum
Game 6: Oswalt vs. Sanchez
Game 7: Hamels vs. Cain

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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