Found July 25, 2013 on
In their 4th consecutive loss on Wednesday night, I do believe the Phillies finally rolled over and died. They did not just lose 4 games, they were slaughtered in the ugliest and most painful manner possible.
Every problem this team has had this season was glaring in last night’s 3-11 drubbing, courtesy of the Cardinals. It was a proverbial highlight reel of all that is wrong with the 2013 Phillies. First, the starting pitching has been wildly inconsistent. John Lannan had 2 solid outings in his last few attempts; but last night, he was run out of the game after only 4 innings with 4 runs allowed. In the 4th inning, Lannan walked the opposing pitcher who then proceeded to steal second base and score after a single from the next batter.
Next, the defense was pitiful. John Mayberry Jr. summed up 2013 defense with a Little League play in the 5th inning that allowed 3 runs to score. He dove for a ball that he had zero chance at catching in the air, only to watch the ball sail past him i...
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The Philadelphia Phillies, who figure to be buyers, are getting hits on arguably their best pitcher. Teams are making offers for pitcher Cliff Lee, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. The teams interested in Lee are unknown.
It isn't likely that a deal happens. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro is not giving up hope on the season and plans on getting talent, rather than selling...
When Cliff Lee signed the 5 year, $120 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, the deal included a 20-team no-trade list. What that list means is that if the Phillies agreed to trade Lee to one of those 20 teams, he would have to approve the deal in order for it to go through. If he says no to the deal, there is no more deal.
Some of the teams on Cliff Lee's no-trade...
Philadelphia left-hander Cliff Lee has been scratched from Saturday night's start at Detroit because of a stiff neck.
Lee will be replaced by left-hander Raul Valdes, who has gone 1-0 with a 7.59 ERA in 11 relief appearances this year.
Lee is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA.
Detroit's Max Scherzer puts his 14-1 record on the line Saturday.
The Phillies are already without right...
The starting pitching market could be in for a huge shakeup.
Multiple teams are making a late run at the Phillies with offers for pitcher Cliff Lee, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. didn’t discuss the extent of others teams’ interest in his pitcher, but he also didn’t rule out listening to offers.
“I never put any real absolutes...
Multiple teams are making a late run at the Philadelphia Phillies with offers for pitcher Cliff Lee as Wednesday's trade deadline nears baseball sources told ESPN.com Friday.
Although Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to address the extent of other teams' interest in Lee he said he's keeping an open mind on Lee and numerous other Philadelphia players...
Remember how we said the Philadelphia Phillies' games against St. Louis and Detroit this week should determine their approach to the trade deadline?
Well, the Phillies are 0-4 on the road trip. They have lost six straight overall. They are nine games out in the National League East, 10 back in the second wild card.
Logic says the Phillies should reboot an aging roster by trading...
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. on Friday opened the door to trading All-Star left-hander Cliff Lee.
Amaro said he owed it to the organization to entertain offers for Lee. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick citing baseball sources reported that teams are making a late push for the 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner as the Wednesday nonwaiver deadline approaches...
According to Todd Zolecki of Phillies.com Cliff Lee has been scratched for Saturday night's start with a stiff neck. Raul Valdes will get a start. Fun times.
Before the All Star Break, John Lannan pitched two of his best games of the season, possibly his career. His last two starts against Washington and the Chicago White Sox, he pitched eight innings and only allowed one run between the two starts. He's been on a nice run and...
Philadelphia Phillies (49-51) at St. Louis Cardinals (60-37)
John Lannan (2-3, 3.76) vs. Jake Westbrook (6-4, 2.88)
Time: 8:15 PM EST, Busch Stadium
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 82
TV: PHL 17
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Bad news for the Phillies as Domonic Brown is out of the lineup with concussion-like symptoms. According to Todd Zolecki, Brown is being tested...
Philadelphia Phillies (49-54) at Detroit Tigers (57-45)
Raul Valdes (1-0, 7.59) vs. Max Scherzer (14-1, 3.14)
Time: 7:08 PM EST, Comerica Park
Weather: Rain, 68
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Today’s game was all set up to be a real pitcher’s duel. Cliff Lee was expected to start alongside fellow All-Star Max Scherzer, however Lee was scratched due to neck soreness...
With the Phillies seeing a losing streak hit six games to sink the club five games under .500 and having them fall farther back in the NL East and wild card standings, the general consensus is the Phillies should start to recognize themselves as sellers with the trade deadline coming up in just a few more days. But as we have learned, the Phillies are indeed buyers it would seem...
So much for unlimited Red Sox resources. Boston was outbid by the Phillies for the services of Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. Several sources had pinned the Red Sox as the favorite, but apparently, John Henry had some other priorities as Philly outbid the Liverpool soccer magnate by $20 million (reportedly $60 million for six years versus $40 million for six years). Now...
Gonzalez To Fenway?Based on the comments by Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino, the Red Sox seem very interested in signing 26-year old Cuban RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. Appearing on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Morning Show, Lucchino stated that Boston is looking at Gonzalez "pretty hard". The auction price for the defector from Castro's "Socialist...
Michael Martinez is in, and Domonic Brown is out. That, my friends, is the formula for winning. Mix in John Lannan and this Phillies bullpen, and the team is guaranteed success. Tonight's scenario was set up exactly like this, as Philly looked to avenge last night's 4-1 loss to the...