Pat Gallen and Corey Seidman break down Cliff Lee's recent struggles and analyze a couple rookie debuts. 8/6/13
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Coming up on Phillies nation and -- discuss the return of Presley. -- trade waiver candidate this season. -- also think Belichick even Martin and -- actually make it their way to the big. Plus I've got great -- questions including one about a possible Billy Taylor joined the team next season. That's all ahead not believe me it. We welcome you -- to Phillies nation with a bit of bad Antonio -- So in suspension no one saw coming has been -- fifty games -- Major League Baseball for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. That's stardom point seven at two or 32 you are you 48 appearances this season and probably won't pitch again as his band. Takes him into the final day of the season the Phillies a 162 game. Best -- was a rare bright spot in a beleaguered football fantasies he actually recovered. Four point 33 ERA in his worst walk total of this -- last year to post a pretty good news. That's -- on the third Phillies the last two seasons to be suspended by Major League Baseball for violating the league's drug policy. Carlos Ruiz missed the first point five games this season freezing out rolls out of subscription and pretty Galveston missed fifteen games last season after testing positive for clutched the ball. That's sort it was -- being sought after commodity trade deadline but for both he and the Phillies bullpen it's back to square one -- take it back inside. Dario welcome that it is Phillies nation he is Corey Simon I -- -- as you heard Ryan millions in the open. We've got a ton of great stuff coming up here on Phillies nation this week but first we get into Cliff Lee. And he really hasn't looked like the Cliff Lee of -- on his start on Sunday five innings four runs he did strike out eight against the Braves. But just not vintage Cliff Lee and it really hasn't been vintage Cliff Lee for about the last month and he had that stiff neck he missed a couple of starts had to be pushed back. So where's he right now what he's seen with -- -- the Phillies kinds went to ease him in on Sunday against the Braves the breeze her team to Cliff Lee is. Dominated over the course of his career coming in that -- -- But as you -- his last three starts all against divisional rivals. Kind of trouble with the long ball -- get upset over his previous three starts and he gets a free agent must give up another one BJ Upton called back but Hamas wary about that -- I think it was just easing back in it was it was a positive -- finally get it back out there after. Obviously -- stiff neck and getting pushed back to voice of the I would be too worried about Cliff -- moving forward although the home run problem is something to keep denial well before the deadline is concerned his name was -- some rumors but I don't think anyone believe that the -- was going anywhere. However now we have the waiver deadline coming up in August is there any chance that he's -- now. I really don't see that because you would have to find the perfect match I think that if the Phillies do end up moving Cliff Lee. They wait until the offseason because once the winner hits in the winter meetings come -- -- I have all these teams trying to improve that's when -- team might well the Phillies with a package for Cliff Lee but. In terms of August I could see guys like Michael Young moving -- Carlos Reese but not quickly with cliff. -- -- wrote an article on Phillies nation dot com about a possible swap I don't think it's likely that this can happen but I threw a name out there and that's Matt Kemp from the Dodgers. They have a logjam in the outfield. And if they brought in Cliff Lee they had a ridiculous starting rotation you and one that would be hard to beat in the playoffs and with that logjam in the outfield with Crawford eat your week. Matt Kemp is not the odd man out but he could be the odd man out he does make a lot of money but he could be a game changing outfield bat that the Phillies desperately need. If this is 2011 ideal for it but Matt Kemp has missed -- 112 games the last two years kids and -- whether it's. Hamstring injuries and injuries it's just just hours -- to ask me that's going to make aces but. I mean -- -- -- 2011 that would be easy to calculate said he could put him in center would have been right. That fifth wouldn't -- right handed power bat. And the Dodgers do have a logic in the outfield but they had to figure out how to play all of our country your -- Crawford -- -- and yes -- weeks that's a problem they have put. The money matches up and I you know just because -- -- -- I would. It's a little crazy but. Now something to think outside the box absolutely is thinking outside the box as well at the waiver deadline are there any names out there that stand out to you because last season we saw with the Dodgers. They made a huge blockbuster move at the Red Sox got Beckett Crawford. And Adrian Gonzales I don't think the Phillies had any moves like you add up their sleeve but is there a name out there that's possible during this month with the Dodgers comparison is interesting because the Dodgers weren't really contending last August when he made that he made that -- for the future. If the Phillies wanna go along that line and this is in the we talked about in May against Alex Rios because. Alex Rios is still the top. Right handed hitting outfielder on the market and something you have to consider okay. Yes Alex Rios 3132 years old but the free agent market for corner outfielders is very in this winner. And all the top talent. That's from the left side we're talking Shin-Soo Choo Jacoby Ellsbury or the Phillies are going to be signing a left handed hitting corner outfielder because if you do that. Six of your first seven hitters next you're happy lefties. Charlie Manuel is our state he doesn't even like two and four out of five left so. You're not -- go to that you probably probably not going after Jacoby Ellsbury the top right handed hitting free agent outfielder is Nelson Cruz who. Might be -- I -- racing -- might be missing all went fourteen -- I don't think teams are gonna wanna touch him and also. Alex Rios to name you have him under control for two more years after this one OK he can hit home runs and steal some bases and please pretty good defense right field that's name I'd be looking at. Let's go from there to the youth movement here with the Phillies. And in particular Ethan Martin made his season debut Major League debut on Friday after -- the -- -- -- TD DL. It was and -- was a rough performance it's to be expected with the young pitcher. But again what are you seeing from and it looks like he's got pretty good stuff you hit 97 on the gun it just. You know he's got to get its feet -- here yet his first ratings were very good when it's six strikeouts through four rings used to and 97 mile per hour fastball high in the zone and. The great toward catching up at all then the fifth saw the morning if you've read about scattered. With the guys hit for strikes any after the home run and four straight balls and he was it Dan Uggla not even close to tell you this all over. -- hope -- quicker balls there but it's all part of the learning curve I was intrigued really like the morning and it shows -- how much the Phillies got that. Perhaps he's pitching good and read the fact they traded a red election victory and got a legitimate pitching prospect back -- -- report that was a good sign and I think. He might -- in the mix for. Starts and you. He picked up there because when guys. -- that was not expected you know that 97 mile per hour fastball guys can catch up to what they know what's coming it's a little bit of a different story but I think even -- his future with the Phillies and LB dot com named in the number eighty prospect overall for the 2013 season. -- Hasn't looked that good. In the field or at the plate but. If we've learned anything especially from a guy like Dominic brown it's a whole lot let's chill out let's just let this could play for the next couple of months you it's not just -- reaction to -- your heat is another guy with his feet. Started we -- one for seventeen some articles in there on Saturday. Crush the ball to center field with them. Great acting up -- but get a Kodiak team that did the more concerning thing you've been affected he made three errors in his first start there facing. One of the surface is one of I understand that wanna -- over the weekend because -- the -- Saturday where it would have been a two out runner on third situations that you know loaded the bases etc. so. Not not too good there but I think the -- actually will be pretty good defensive third base and I think he can be six hole hitter in the majors. When we come back here on Phillies nation we'll talk about eight journeyman that has made his way back to the major leagues and on the Phillies roster and that's an awesome numbers and by the numbers don't go anywhere. -- -- -- If you want a different way to see philly's baseball inside and out. The Phillies nation should watch. A good. Next level and now. But that's that's. Hitter actually. We got him covered on Phillies nation. -- they've -- six of Comcast network. We're back on Phillies nation pat and Corey with you and as I preface in segment one before we get the break. Talking about a journeyman who has finally made his way back to the major leagues that's getting Zach -- last time you appear in the major leagues was 2009. With the Detroit Tigers. Then -- Tommy John surgery he's floated around the minor leagues he's really had trouble you know locating his pitches but he is back and and this is actually a good thing. Typical thing to say it's kind of -- heartwarming story this is one of the positive developments of a loss season is that you have the ability to bring up young guys like Cody -- and eat some more time. The ability to bring to give a second chance really to got exact miner who I talked him over the weekend Zach -- admitted there were some times. On his long road back to the majors that he thought he might never step on a Major League mound again you know. As a guy who doesn't and had Tommy John and then it went eleventh -- -- trouble to push right foot. The Phillies signed him to a minor league deal on December 1 point one there. Kind of flew under the radar because that was a day after -- -- -- each year olds and a few days -- they treated as a rookie in Minnesota so if you missed that who don't feel bad about it but. It's it was pretty cool to see Zach Miner come in on Saturday that his first taste of the bigs for years to the -- schools and we stabilize the bullpen it left so. Lehigh Valley five and six any RA just below four. In about 85 innings and there's always a need for a swing man -- and I can start worrying give you multiple innings. Out of the bullpen really needed to kind of a cool story there with Zach Miner now we go to buy and numbers. And some interesting things and of course these particular Atlanta Braves and they always popular by the numbers at first and foremost. Freddie Freeman what -- player. Do very premature 38 batting average -- actually -- -- it. He's right below Allen Gregory currently isn't under rehearsed it really isn't you. Think of the -- in helpers these guys like -- thought it would pretty straight hitter here and it's tough ones and -- it over 300 this year has something like 75 RBIs. He's going to be Philly killer figures to -- because not only isn't -- great hits lefties. Good pitching that's that's the main thing is that you've seen it. With Lee actually hit Cole Hamels stoked for extremism pretty tough but if it's not knowing what -- do about it also on that team is Chris Johnson and guys kind of floated around and that was a power hitter. He's hitting for average he is hitting everything -- starter -- ESPN. But just -- up on Friday he went into Friday night that is Chris Johnson. Or thirty average on balls in play that would be the highest in a season since 1911. When Ty -- and Shoeless Joe Jackson boat. -- -- gambit with Ty -- an excellent source that he's been plaguing out of -- singles Chris Johnson would keep it. Or thirty batting average on balls in play you have a clear sign he's getting lucky because the league averages right around 300 however I say this all the time with people you know. -- guy like Chris Johnson kind of -- down there he's gonna quickly like you know regrets but. I don't see why this is Chris Johnson reason why are Augustin and we -- you -- -- Chris Johnson -- a lot of holes or so just because. He has a high batting average on balls a plea doesn't mean he's getting so he's not really 300 hitter he played a legit 306 hole leader for the Braves and it's pretty funny over the weekend it was a great -- joking that. Justin Upton was the throw to Chris Johnson that's funny and it's also. As you say he is a legit 300 there. Because on Sunday you know he's just not swinging for the fences and that's kind of guy he was. He's going the other way we got a couple of -- and hits through the hole between first and second base that's kind of the guy. He's become also here in by the numbers BJ Upton and -- talked about not and aren't we lucky that he is not here in Philadelphia because. That guy would not have made it -- line me up to this one for forty this season throughout the runs were good. One for -- that -- is fifty plate appearances in those situations. And one hit so could you imagine if the Phillies sign of that 575 million dollar deal with everything else that's going wrong this season just imagine that Chris Davis from the Baltimore Orioles. And it held a -- talking about it all season long but. A couple of crazy stats as far as runs and doubles are concerned with him about this Chris Davis fastest player in the history of baseball to reach forty homers and thirty doubles this season. And he did it sixteen days ahead of Ken Griffey junior who previously set that record in 1997. Being -- also in the eighties I want to equally impressive the Chad Qualls and we're gonna don't by the numbers. It's pretty at a desk at 249 ERA and 44 games through Sunday and not yet knowing. Randomly Jack bolts velocity is up in his mid thirties -- you have to understand how that happens like 35 -- -- but it's like my friends guys -- -- -- weeks -- so let's not say things like. But it seems like whenever these Phillies it starts and played really well and my response that is always important don't knows all the time that I recently that he doesn't play well. Have a -- we -- -- -- -- two year five million dollar to the Cardinals fans or even relief because you were so bad so it's not always cases is that when a guy goes elsewhere reported that's news. But when you're checked -- Let me think of it for how big he was as -- yet so -- out of here right now for the Miami Marlins we will return. Young Phillies nation but before we do -- talk about the -- conference and get a chance to attend and last week he society for American baseball research more commonly known as cedar held its. 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It's question time on Phillies nation -- path back here and the questions are brought to you by VQ based systems. You know of course that we've had record rainfall in the area this summer. It over 25 inches in Philly region if you were baseman has been affected let the Q basements is now at 800. 339 point 78 Ryan with the first question -- How am on now like recently I think that the Phillies are recommend. We'll say he is treating the 400 patents because I think you're seeing Garrett those are right now he's Nationalists. You're going to see guys like Jonathan Singleton Anthony -- Santana Josh -- also in net treat he's in the Major League level are starting to pan out on. I wasn't that Canada utter mystery to begin with because they gave up so much for God's. Free swinger. And -- take a lot of walks and now he's gone anyway. Phillies thought that was gonna put them over the -- that was doing a 102 wins -- If they beat the Cardinals and at LBS thing like going to win the World Series that -- and street -- retrospectively looked Greek. I think it doesn't I think you're right and I think that we're trading -- difficult. Less abuse treatment with the treatment offensively as your deadline for the Giants -- -- on the -- -- out of it. It's really not not look like he returned and if you think about what putter and could have done for this team. The Phillies went thirteen for at least one break you'll instead of Delmon Young OK you've been in there from day one it would have been. Right handed bat batting fifth and he might have contended early -- -- what it really well early in the season and no offense struggled last year with the Phillies but you have to consider it was constantly coming up with the bases and because he's batting for the newbies getting on base ahead of and so I think that he didn't get it good enough for. And let yourself with a pretty big what -- right field and at the time Tommy Joseph pretty highly regarded prospect -- -- -- and nobody could have predicted it. It's going to keep these -- it was him but it has. Brian with the second question for us. That peak plots and and he he wants -- out. You think the -- -- Medicaid -- Bryant -- an upbeat and well we'll have money to spend I don't know that it's very well this lineup. Another left handed bat okay guys -- age will be getting his body Titans not a great defensive catcher what he is by far the best catcher on the market this offseason and where's -- gonna go because Tommy Joseph Cameron brought -- by age they're not gonna be ready to start together. Carlos Ruiz -- free agents and -- -- and it will connect catching market head in the Jarrod Saltalamacchia wiped out the Red Sox what do. And the next best Angel like it keep your -- you've gone -- them so. It's not a whole lot of guys out there was a prime and might get a -- and the Braves don't really need to look at Gaddis emerging but I don't think it's really that there. And can't will be thirty years old next season. And what kind of contract. Five years. -- million. He just snapped out. Catchers there's no one out -- what if anything. The Phillies do -- at least people killed on the break right that's what he does well and we've already seen how prodigious his home run at least be at Citizens Bank Park tonight. Maybe it that the chances -- who knows behind the next. Hot today Billie wants an out -- on returns what affiliate lineup looked like. I my lineup looks a little bit different but Michael Young at the top and he's gonna play some first base that -- followed that up with Chase Utley at second base and it -- Roth and right. I was at this point I know he's not really good right fielder when Dominic brown returns to the lineup. I don't wanna move in from left field because he's felt so comfortable there. We'll put rough there in right field but Dominic brown in left field batting fourth and that will put two rounds and I just don't think the top of the order bat anymore. I think that's abundantly clear and Cody -- sixth hole hitters third -- John Mayberry junior us. We'll hold on the we're in center field for vanderveer and -- about it I think the main thing is that the Phillies can't trade Michael Young by the time Dominic brown gets back. Delmon Young has been a guy -- -- -- paid to get down rough represented coming round represents the future Delmon Young does not so I would have done -- -- in right. And have Gerut in left field because I don't think they're roughly very few in the majors I think it's coming round and you are he has little experience they're so Jimmy still the top even though Michael Young has Alfred. -- spot but the main thing is you need to keep the young guys you know the guys you represent your future and Delmon Young just doesn't. -- what is it about a question for extra. -- -- downtown and it's the Phillies for -- rapper the game and think -- great idea. I was author of the scheme -- isn't that great way to bring in fans what do you guys thing. Love the idea 5050 raffle of weekend games but really this goes to show you that the Phillies are trying all they can get people back in the ballpark while they've. Recruit as a franchise and I will say that despite what you've seen on the field the Phillies have always done a really good job of I'm giving -- those extra things that you -- comfortable with -- giveaways and the atmosphere Citizens Bank Park it's it's really -- -- -- even on a losing team -- 5060 -- so. Over the weekend he drew a nice crowd the Braves series and it was it was a pretty good atmosphere. Thank you Ryan thank you BQ -- insistence for your help questions coming right back don't go anywhere. It is really think. I'm Brian Quinn who. On the -- of -- based systems. We've grown to be the leader. In the -- printing industry and the Philadelphia region and we love our Phillies there. Our goal is excellent customer. Comes away feeling. That customer at the end of the day. I'm drunk when I hope he can break through and me we've been. The business -- tonight. Oh. Welcome back to Phillies nation Darren -- return home this past weekend as you know it was alumni weekend my friend and colleague Dutch has been at Florida. Recovering from brain surgery and will begin chemotherapy this week but he stood -- his ex teammates. And looked great doing it and even jump on 975 the fanatic with Mike missed -- and sounded phenomenal. But it will be a tough road ahead so we want you to help you can purchase this right on fight on T shirt. For twenty dollars 975 the fanatic dot com all proceeds will go to unpaid medical bills for Dutch. We appreciate any and all out so it was just awesome to see Dutch in the building up from Florida. And not far removed from the brain surgery that he had but he was the same old jovial touched everyone knows can not hugs and kisses and handshakes and that's just the guy that we loved it it's an interesting comments made by -- for goes he about the 93 team and you know obviously much people talked about that it was alumni weekend. But he mentioned the platoons on that 93 team do you think that thought -- SS could translate to next year's race will -- for OC that year in 933 platoon in left field and right field in its second base and all three work -- -- and it's interesting to hear him talk about he was saying that he thinks it in the National League you need at least two platoons because. On top of having lefties these ratings race these lefty who also keep almost your entire bench short. And his comment was those guys that was pinch hitters are the guys that often when games were -- in the NL and that's really true that when you can keep the bench are. For example Laynce Nix hasn't got a lifetime play this year and see it's affected his batting average expected this is played a plate but. Going forward Ryan Howard Darin ruff should probably platoon if I'm. Yeah I am because she's 2010. Right now is it to fourteen with 200 strikeouts and 37 walks against -- he just does not hit the middle and Daryl Roth. Has looked great Major League career -- over 300 on base percentage 200. Had the longest streak in the majors of reaching base -- 32 games have really produced so. I don't see how you can take him out of the lineup and I don't see how it -- for the future very very interesting thought process before. That perhaps in 2014 before he gets his way. Cole Hamels has been a lot better and people ripped him for quite awhile. The record doesn't indicate how well he's been pitching it's been nice to see him stabilize his walks per 98 come down his strikeouts per nine have gone up and furious come. Yes Cole Hamels allowed a home run in the first inning of the first game of the season. And since that his -- had never gone under for the season. Now it's 387 so. Hamels has really done a great job of getting himself back to the Cole Hamels he was and it's almost like nobody's noticed because the -- -- -- so much true but -- the -- been losing so much Hamels and going out there every that they doing his job doing it will look like a number one starter in the win loss column in residential up there but overall experts if -- for their senior -- -- for that so -- you know about walk -- and had to -- for us here. On Phillies nation thanks for hanging out with -- thanks all around in the fact if you base this is Brian Williams. Bryant -- behind the camera. We're excited I had packed -- a week it's obviously great here. There was an agency.
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about it very they're very happy with the job he did. In a limited role in the second half last year and it appears that Lance nix what kind of slide into a platoon situation with John Mayberry. Well you reported last week. The Jimmy Rollins agent will meet
Pryor, questionable with a concussion, isn't the only Raider uncertain to play. Defensive end Jason Hunter (quadriceps) and left guard Lucas Nix (ankle) were listed as questionable when the Raiders injury report was announced on Friday.
Sio Moore guaranteed that he would play in Denver despite suffering a recent concussion, but is one of the Raiders' seven inactives.
s practice. Tyvon Branch, David Ausbery and Menelik Watson missed a week's practice and were ruled out. Left guard Lucas Nix , is listed as questionable with an ankle injury, but even his place in the starting lineup is set. Raiders head coach Dennis
summary: The Raiders continue to tinker with their first-team offensive line. They had Tony Bergstrom at left guard and Lucas Nix at right guard after pitting them against each other to start at left guard in an effort to find their best offensive line
guys that often when games were in the NL and that's really true that when you can keep the bench are. For example Laynce Nix hasn't got a lifetime play this year and see it's affected his batting average expected this is played a plate but
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The defense showcased their ability, D.J. Hayden tried to wear a black jersey, and Terrelle Pryor improvised to throw a smart touchdown pass.
Ryan Howard, who has great career numbers vs. Tim Hudson, was a late scratch from the Phillies' lineup before being sent to the 15-day DL.
Ryan Howard, who has great career numbers vs. Tim Hudson, was a late scratch from the Phillies' lineup.
Phillies put the first two guys on base bunt them over I got second and third one out. Phillies failed to score runs Laynce Nix out Jimmy Rollins out somehow someway good teams find a way to win. And right now the Phillies are not a good team
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All of Laynce Nix production has come as a pinch hitter he's hitting 167 as a starter. He's hitting 538 a pinch hitter two homers five RBIs
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couple years now since. Really since Greg Dobbs had a had a great year as a pinch hitter. And our seeing guys like Laynce Nix stepped in pretty Galveston stepping offense looks a lot better gets out he's coming into the years that wasn't wonderfully
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