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Some Weekend Phillies Links For You, March 18, 2011: Castillo! Utley! Cuts! Hey Man!

Sup fools? Who likes the weekend? Who likes Phillies links? Who likes weekend Phillies links? 

The Phillies edged the Pirates 3-2 in the 'Fruit today. Oswalt pitched 6 innings, allowed 5 hits, 2 runs (none earned), no walks, and logged 5 strikeouts. JC Romero, Jose Contreras, and Ryan Madson each added scoreless frames. Notable batting lines: Ryan Howard, 2 for 3 with a double; Pete Orr, 3 for 4 with a double; and Shane Victorino, 1 for 3 with an RBI double.


Should The Phillies Sign Luis Castillo?
I've given this some thought and decided that if he will sign a minor league deal, it's worth a shot.

Phillies don't rule out interest in Castillo
Well there you go.

Chase Utley back at camp after visiting 'rehab consultant'
The intervention appears to have been a success.

Stutes, Worley and Others Sent to Minor League Camp
No real surprises here.

A thorough explanation of why I do not cheer
Really nice piece by David Murphy. And I don't just say that because of the The Wire reference. 

Myers will start for Astros against Phils in opener
Boo heartily, I will.

Phillies sign Scott Franzke thru 2016
Good. Now all they have to do is fire T-Bag.

Much more after the jump!

Elsewhere in baseball:

The ‘Aughts’ at a Glance: 2000-2009 Superlatives
As schmenkman notes, if you shift the time frame to 2005-2009, the Phillies bats actually edge the Sox. 

Answer Man: Marlins’ Morrison talks Ken Burns, Twitter and Philly
An interview with every Phillies fan's favorite Marlin.

Andy Martino asks: Was Luis Castillo hate a racial thing?
It's possible. But it's not like Castillo was all that good there either. 

11 ballparks in 13 days
Follow Tim Malcolm's cross-country tour to watch baseball. While you're at it, check out the log of Tug Haines' (of The Fightins) summer-long minor league adventure here.

Top 30 Defunct MLB Team Logos of All-Time
Follow-up to Tuesday's best hats article.

Stupid thing written about baseball of the day:

Speaking of Castillo, perpetual idiot Jon Heyman had this to say via twitter: "its nothing personal on castillo. i just think hes a crummy player now w/ zero range who looks perpetually put off." It should be noted that this is the same Jon Heyman who is notorious for never encountering a David Eckstein scrotum sandwich he wouldn't eat. But hey, it's nothing personal Jon.