Found August 30, 2013 on We Should Be GM's:
Philadelphia Phillies (61-73) @ Chicago Cubs (56-77)Pitching Match-Ups:Friday, 2:20 - Doc Halladay vs. Jeff SamvoweayohjonfohizzzjaSaturday, 4:05 - Cliff Lee vs. Chris RusinSunday, 2:20 - KK vs. Jake ArrietaCubbies Bats:R - 512 (26th)AVG - .238 (29th)OPS - .694 (21st)Chicago has some newer faces that are producing well for them- Junior Lake/OF (.297/.770), Donnie Murphy/3B (.286/1.024), and Dioner Navarro/C (.296/.871).  Amaro's castaway, Nate Schierholtz, is having himself a nice season too (.266/.819, 19 HR). Darwin Barney/2B and Starlin Castro/SS have been huge disappointments though.Cubbies Arms:ERA - 3.97 (20th)WHIP - 1.30 (15th)Samardzija strikeouts a batter per inning (176.1 IP/175 K), Rusin has a 2.64 ERA in 8 starts this season, and Arrieta has a 4.50 ERA since joining the Cubs.  All three pitchers are capable of shutting the Phillies anemic offense down.  In the bullpen, there is closer Kevin Gregg, with Blake Parker and Pedro Strop performing well in setup duties for ...

Reading’s Murphy Increases Versatility with Time in Outfield

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Phillies Officially Sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

MAG signs. ( After many weeks of questions, the Phillies have finally sealed the deal on free agent Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. The team announced they’ve reached a three-year, $12 million deal with the 26-year-old. The contract includes a vesting/club option for 2017, a signing bonus and performance bonuses. Several weeks back, it appeared they had inked...

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Cole Hamels, Phillies tame Mets, 6-2

In a season where Murphy’s Law has been in place for the first five months at least the Phillies can enter the final month of 2013 not having to worry about a thing concerning Cole Hamels. Despite his league leading loss total the 29-year-old lefthander has slowly but surely looked like himself this summer. Hamels resurgence continued on Wednesday night at Citi Field. Hamels...

Gameday: Phillies (62-73) at Cubs (56-78)

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Phillies revise deal with Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

The six-year, $48 million contract that the Phillies agreed to with Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has been substantially modified, and is now a three-year, $12 million deal according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox. The contract also reportedly contains a vesting option for 2017. The issues with Gonzalez that necessitated the modification was reportedly due to concerns about the...

Red Sox Acquire Infielder John McDonald from Phillies in Exchange for Minor League Pitcher

The Red Sox have acquired utility infielder John McDonald and cash considerations from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league pitcher Nefi Ogando. Boston will be McDonald’s fourth home of the season as the 38-year-old has spent time with the Pirates, Indians and most recently the Phillies. Between the three clubs he has gone 6-for-61 adding one home run and 4 RBIs...

Phillies score six unanswered rally past Cubs 6-5

Roy Halladay had trouble gripping the ball in the steamy conditions. Domonic Brown’s sore right heel started to bother him again. Yet the Philadelphia Phillies just kept plugging away. It turned into the perfect homecoming for Ryne Sandberg. Michael Young had four hits including a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning and the Phillies rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Chicago...

In Progress: Halladay Opens up Series at Wrigley

Ryne Sandberg returns to the ballpark that made him a Hall of Famer. Roy Halladay is making his second start since returning from the DL. Facing him is Chicago workhorse, Jeff Samardzija who is 8-11 with a 4.05 ERA. Cody Asche is still sitting out with Michael Young at third...

Domonic Brown Returns As Phillies And Mets Close Out Citi Field Series With Matinee

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