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Posted by at 8:46 am ET 27 Comments

Following last night’s 12-2 drubbing at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals, Roy Oswalt held court at his locker to talk about his latest injury and it’s possible impact on his future with the Phillies. David Hale of the News Journal went through the painstakingly long process of transcribing Oswalt’s Q&A session, and I really don’t see how you can pull any positives out of it.

Here’s a snippet:

Q: Is it better to just rest than to keep trying to pitch through it?

A: According to what the doctors say, compare it to the last MRI I had a year or two ago and see where it’s at. At this point I’m not really helping the team. I’m kind of a liability more than anything. See where I’m at. And if it’s something I have to get fixed, I have to get it fixed. To see where it’s at, I don’t know. I don’t know where it’s at.

Q: How does it feel compared to earlier this season?

A: A little worse than it was in the beginning of the season

Q: Is it tough to leave a game like that?

A: I really wasn’t productive. I was more heaving the ball than throwing the ball. I tried to get out of a jam, had one of the guys strikeout and then couldn’t get the ball in enough on Theriot. We’ll see what it looks like Monday. I don’t think it does any good to keep going out there, not really doing too much, going six innings at a time. I tried to stay in as long as I could, but you don’t want to pitch if you’re in pain.


Q: Are you frightened by what’s happened here?

A: You throw as long as you can throw, and if you can’t throw no more, you can’t throw no more. I’m going to keep throwing as long as I can, and hopefully it’s not gotten to the point where I can’t throw no more. If it’s gotten to that point, then you’ve just gotten to accept it.

See? Not good.

Little Roy also reiterated that he’s had “a lot of [cortisone] shots” over the past few years, and he’s hesitant to take anymore because they basically stop working after a while.

Video (directed by Mr. Hale as well) after the jump.

Oswalt Talks About Impact of Injury | News Journal (via The 700 Level)

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Posted by at 7:56 am ET 12 Comments

This is how Roy Oswalt looked for his start against the Padres on April 22nd of this year and, if my memory serves me correct, for every start he’s made as a member of the Phillies pitching staff:

And here’s Roy last night, going with the long pant leg instead of the BADASS high sock look (although not as BADASS as Jamie Moyer’s stirrup look):

(Turns out my memory is horrible, as mookey points out in the comments, Roy wore the long pants vs. the Nationals when he made his Phillies debut)

Posted by Chris at 10:56 pm ET 32 Comments

Roy Oswalt recently left the Philadelphia Phillies for “personal reasons” and The Fightins has just confirmed said reasons. Roy Oswalt, ever the patriot, was fed up with Osama still walking the Earth and took matters into his own hands. Oswalt’s only request in return for doing this favor for America is that Osama’s head be stuffed and hung above his mantle. Finally Osama is dead and we all have Little Roy to thank.

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The Inquirer’s Matt Gelb brings us some bad news:

Gelb goes on to clarify that “No return date” doesn’t mean he’s never coming back, just that he hasn’t told the team when he’s coming back. He also says that his early exit from the game was not because of these nebulous personal reasons but for his ineffectiveness.

Well, shit. Whatever’s going on, best wishes are extended to Roy and his family.

UPDATE: The Phillies have issued a statement:

“There has been a tremendous amount of tornado activity near Roy’s home in Mississippi resulting in several tragic deaths and significant devastation to the area. Because of this, Roy is concerned about his family’s well-being. He has chosen to take time to make sure there wasn’t significant damage to his home, but more importantly, to make certain that his wife and children are okay.

It is almost a year to the day that his parents’ home was destroyed by a tornado which has heightened his concern about the current situation. We are hopeful that he will rejoin the team for his next start, but will take that day by day.”

Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 12:33 pm ET 42 Comments

Today over at the Philly Daily News, columnist Rich Hofmann broaches a subject that many of us dare not speak of: Could Cliff Lee signing in Philadelphia somehow be a bad thing?

At first blush, that notion seems like nothing more than the fodder of a bored columnist, but it’s an interesting piece, and not completely out of school, as I (and others) have thought the same thing. Should Cliff Lee wind up with the Phillies again in 2011, and assuming that Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt are healthy, then does the blessing of four bonafide Aces become a curse of personal gain and hubris? After all, professional athletes are just like us insomuch as they are people with wants and needs and desires are not above feeling jaded or jealous.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve no doubt that Roy, Cole, Roy and Cliff would be professional in dealing with the slotting order of the starters (and really, I think the whole “Opening Day starter” thing is way overblown), but Hoffman makes a good point: What happens in October?

Sayeth Rich:

But here is the question I ask: which one is the fourth starter in the post-season?

What if Halladay were the one who looked the most gassed as October approached? There is no way on earth that Charlie Manuel would be able to call him into the office and tell him that he’s the fourth starter. The same with Lee, who will have signed the longest, biggest-money deal if he were to return. All of which would leave Oswalt and Hamels locked into a competition for which neither of them ever would have signed up if given the chance — oh, and Hamels, when all is said and done, is the guy who is going to be here longer than any of them.

Hofmann goes on to clarify that he’d prefer the cash is spent on the rest of the roster, like the lefty-heavy lineup and the bullpen, but his take on having four Aces does pose a valid concern, but one more akin to “Do you mind if your diamond shoes are too tight?” rather than “Would you rather walk 10 miles in a foot of snow or a foot of mud?”

Still, if this is the biggest problem facing the team when the 2011 playoffs roll around, we can all agree that we’ve got it pretty good.

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Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 11:26 pm ET 20 Comments

Behind a stellar start from Roy Oswalt and a clutch double from Jimmy Rollins, the Philadelphia Phillies evened up the National League Division Series, as they downed the San Francisco Giants, 6-1, to bounce back from their Game One loss.

Oswalt held the Giants in check over eight innings, as he struck out nine while allowing three hits and one earned run. He was dominant from the start and didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, while never allowing more than two hitters to reach base in an inning.

His counterpart, Jonathan Sanchez, was not so lucky, despite only allowing two earned runs over his six-plus innings. He lacked command early on, as he ran up a high pitch count in the first inning thanks to three walks, one with the bases loaded that gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

After Cody Ross his a solo homer in the fifth to break up Roy Oswalt’s no-hitter, the Phillies came right back in the bottom of the frame to retake the lead behind a sacrifice fly from Placido Polanco.

It was all Phillies the rest of the way, as the offense sealed the win in the bottom of the eighth, thanks to a two-out, based loaded double from Jimmy Rollins to give the Phillies a 6-1 lead. Oswalt would also single to leadoff the inning, and would later come around to score on a single from Polanco.

The Phillies take their World Series hopes on the road to San Francisco, where they will send Cole Hamels (1-0, 0.00) to the mound to face off against Matt Cain (0-0, 0.00).

Roy Oswalt (W, 2-0) allowed one run on three hits in eight innings. He walked three and struck out nine.

Shane Victorino went 2 for 4 with a double (1) and a run.

Placido Polanco went 1 for 3 with a run and two RBIs.

Ryan Howard went 2 for 3 with a double (2) and two walks.

Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 3 with a double (1) and fours RBIs.

Jonathan Sanchez (L, o-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in six plus innings. He walked three and struck out seven.

Cody Ross went 1 for 3 with a homer (3) and an RBI.

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Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 1:54 pm ET 87 Comments

Props go to All Star Twitterer ItsStephGrace.

Posted by Ryan at 9:43 pm ET 27 Comments

Not to be outdone by Joe Blanton, Roy Oswalt shows off his best Charlie Manuel impression during a workout session. What can you say? Dude’s a quick study.

Big thanks to reader @MandaBrill for the tip via Twitter. Props also go out to Jay Ballz who beat me to the punch with this picture (and the exact same friggin’ joke) a whopping seventeen hours ago.

Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 1:06 am ET 29 Comments

Despite a shaky outing from Roy Oswalt, the Philles took advantage of shoddy Reds defense in the late innings as they took a 2-0 series lead in the NLDS.

Roy Oswalt’s first playoff game in a Phillies uniform got off to a rough start with a Brandon Phillips leadoff homer, and it did not get much better, as the veteran fell victim to some poor defense from Chase Utley before getting lifted after allowing three earned runs in five innings.

After allowing a run in the first, Roy nearly got out of the second inning before a throwing error from Utley on a potential double play ball allowed the Reds to tack on a second run to extend their lead to 2-0. Jay Bruce would homer in the fourth and Joey Votto would knock in a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth to give the Reds a 4-0 lead to starter Bronson Arroyo.

The Phillies struck in the bottom of the fifth, when Chase Utley’s two out single plated two runs following a pair of errors from Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen to cut the lead to 4-2. They added another run in the sixth on a bases loaded walk to Shane Victorino to cut the lead to one run.

It was in the seventh that the Phillies once again took advantage of the Reds defensive gaffes, as they put together a rally against Aroldis Chapman. With Chase Utley on first and one away, Jayson Werth hit a grounder to third base that was mishandled by Scott Rolen, allowing Utley to slide safely into second. One batter later, Jimmy Rollins hit a sinking liner to right field that Jay Bruce misplayed, allowing both Utley and Werth to score to give the Phillies the lead. Two batters later, Carlos Ruiz hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Rollins from third to give the Phillies a 6-4 lead. They would add another on a Jayson Werth RBI single in the bottom of the eigth to make it a three run lead.

Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge both tossed a scoreless inning as the Phillies closed out the Reds to take a 2-0 lead in the series, which shifts to Cincinnati on Sunday.

Despite a rough outing for Roy Oswalt, the Phillies put together another trademark win in the postseason that relied on big hits from their offense and some timely errors from the Reds defense. No matter, a win is a win.

The Phillies head to Cincy for game three with a 2-0 series advantage, this time with Cole Hamels on the mound to face Johnny Cueto.

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Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 4:39 pm ET 103 Comments

When the Phillies acquired Roy Oswalt at the trade deadline, we knew that he’d have a big impact, as it gave them the luxury of sending an Ace to the hill in 60% (or more) of their games over the last two months; a considerable advantage for any team hoping for playoff baseball.

As it turns out, we didn’t realize just how advantageous

Our good friend (and Fightins Tailgate attendee) David Murphy from the Daily News clued us in on that today, when he determined that the Phillies could send one of their Aces to the hill in 17 of 19 possible post season starts without pushing anyone up to pitch on short rest.

From High Cheese:


  1. Oct. 6 – Game 1 – Halladay
  2. Oct. 7 – Off
  3. Oct. 8 – Game 2 – Hamels
  4. Oct. 9 – Off
  5. Oct. 10 – Game 3 – Oswalt
  6. Oct. 11 – Game 4 – Halladay (Normal Rest)
  7. Oct. 12 – Off
  8. Oct. 13 – Game 5 – Hamels (Normal Rest)


  1. Oct. 16 – Game 1 – Halladay
  2. Oct. 17 – Game 2 – Hamels
  3. Oct. 18 – Off
  4. Oct. 19 – Game 3 – Oswalt
  5. Oct. 20 – Game 4 – Blanton
  6. Oct. 21 – Game 5 – Halladay
  7. Oct. 22 – Off
  8. Oct. 23 – Game 6 – Hamels
  9. Oct. 24 – Game 7 – Oswalt

World Series

  1. Oct. 27 – Game 1 – Halladay
  2. Oct. 28 – Game 2 – Hamels
  3. Oct. 29 – Off
  4. Oct. 30 – Game 3 – Oswalt
  5. Oct. 31 – Game 4 – Blanton
  6. Nov. 1 – Game 5 – Halladay
  7. Nov. 2 – Off
  8. Nov. 3 - Game 6 – Hamels
  9. Nov. 4 – Game 7 – Oswalt

The above scenario falls into place if the Phillies end the season with the best record in the National League, which gives them the option of choosing a seven or eight day divisional series, the latter of which would give them an extra off day, thus allowing them to need only three starters in the first round. The possibility of that occurring is high, given that the Phillies’ 92 wins is currently tops in the N.L., with the closest teams having only 86 wins.

Naturally, this is a huge advantage for the Phillies, who can choose to either send Joe Blanton to the hill once in both the NLCS and World Series, or stick with three starters going on short rest for the duration of the playoffs.

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