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Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-05-06

Philadelphia Phillies Roster Report 2009-05-06
Charlie Manuel, an old-school hitter, likes a good slugfest as much as anybody. But, looking back, even he realizes last season's late surge that culminated in the Phillies' World Series championship had little to do with hitting. "We've got (Cole) Hamels and (Brett) Myers and (Jamie) Moyer and (Joe) Blanton, and they were in our rotation when we peaked real good down the stretch," Manuel said Saturday. "To me, that's what got us into the World Series. That's what definitely won it for us." This year, the formula has been rather different. Through Sunday, the four aforementioned starters, along with newcomer Chan Ho Park, had combined for a 6.71 ERA, worst of any rotation in the majors. But in the absence of even passable starting pitching, the Phillies are getting clutch hits, playing solid defense and getting good relief pitching. Long-term, though, Manuel knows the game plan must involve better starting pitching. "We've got to get better," he said. "We talk about it all the time. Our starting pitching has to be more consistent."


--1B Ryan Howard is hoping to return to his native St. Louis for the All-Star Game on July 14. "Besides winning a championship, I think that's something everybody dreams of," Howard said of playing in the All-Star Game in his hometown. "I think if I made it, I would have absolutely no choice but to participate in the Home Run Derby. I wouldn't even have an option."

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel may be able to help. As the National League All-Star manager, he will be able to pick some of the players.

The Phillies wrapped up a two-game series, their only regular-season trip to St. Louis, on Tuesday night. Howard traditionally hits well in St. Louis. In 17 career games at new Busch Stadium, Howard has reached base safely 45 times in 84 plate appearances and is batting .381 with seven homers and 29 RBIs.

--RHP Brett Myers, like the rest of the Phillies' starting pitchers, still hasn't found his groove. More than a month into the season, Myers' fastball velocity hasn't peaked, his control isn't precise and he has allowed a league-leading 10 home runs in 37 innings. He allowed five runs and nine hits, including two solo homers, in 5 1/3 innings Tuesday in the Phillies' 10-7 victory over the Cardinals. In six starts, Myers is 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA.


2B Chase Utley (sore right foot) did not start May 2, but he appeared as a pinch hitter. After a rainout May 3, he was back in the lineup May 4, but he sat out May 5.

LHP Cole Hamels (sprained left ankle) left his April 28 start. He threw a bullpen session May 5, and he is expected to start May 8.


LHP Cole Hamels

RHP Brett Myers

LHP Jamie Moyer

RHP Joe Blanton

RHP Chan Ho Park


RHP Brad Lidge (closer)

RHP Ryan Madson

RHP Chad Durbin

LHP Scott Eyre

RHP Clay Condrey

LHP J.A. Happ

LHP Jack Taschner


Carlos Ruiz

Chris Coste


1B Ryan Howard

2B Chase Utley

SS Jimmy Rollins

3B Pedro Feliz

INF Eric Bruntlett

INF Miguel Cairo


LF Raul Ibanez

CF Shane Victorino

RF Jayson Werth

OF/INF Greg Dobbs

OF Matt Stairs

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Added: May 6, 2009

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