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Phillies Breakfast Links, July 22, 2009: Prowling for Aces, Pedro Martinez's Progress, Invoking Moneyball



Phils win 10th straight on Werth's walk-off
Phillies longest win streak since 1991.  


Rich Hofmann: Phillies rely on senses in game of 'Moneyball' 

"A lot of the things in 'Moneyball' are common sense," said Scott Proefrock, the Phillies' assistant general manager. "You're looking for things that are undervalued, that are underappreciated. That's simplified, and it's true that some of the metrics they use to determine value are not simple. But the concept is not rocket science. Everybody is always looking for an edge, looking for a way to gain an advantage. "Our way of trying to do that is with eyes," he said.

Phillies Notebook: Phillies downplay talk of Myers returning in August
Brett Myers, speaking out of turn? Never!


Suddenly, Phillies boast fertile farm system
Smart drafting will do that.


Pedro Martinez shows real progress in simulated game | Philadelphia Daily News | 07/22/2009

"I am going to take my time here and do what I have to do and get ready to be just like them," Martinez said after throwing 64 pitches in a four-inning simulated game. "I don't want to look any less than they are right now. They are a No. 1 team, they are defending champs, and I want to look like a champ out there. I don't want to look like a minor league pitcher or less than they are. I want to look like them and I want to be able to help them to continue to win."

I really want to give him a hug right now.



Jays' J.P. Ricciardi stacks the deck in trade game
Next thing you know, Ruben Amaro is going to visit "his old pal" Mike Arbuckle in Kansas City in light of a possible Gil Meche trade...


Cleveland Indians' Cliff Lee gets complete-game win over Toronto Blue Jays

The Indians reportedly haven't put Cliff Lee on the trade market, but with scouts from the Phillies, Dodgers, Brewers and Red Sox in the stands Tuesday night at Rogers Centre, manager Eric Wedge certainly gave them a long look at last year's Cy Young winner. I like Cliff Lee as a fall-back plan, and to put a little pressure on the Blue Jays.


Morning Juice: Phillies' Werth bops gut-busting homer in 13th
With photo of Shane Victorino body blow to Jayson Werth.


Prospect Taylor inches closer to dream
This beautiful Michael Taylor piece can be yours, J.P. Ricciardi, IF the Price is Right!!!


Stephenie LaGrossa is Kyle Kendrick Girlfriend (Photos, Video)
Your "WTF?" link for today.