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Antonio Bastardo was a prime reason the Phillies blew so few saves in 2011.The Phillies’ opening series at PNC Park drew up a very specific formula for the season.The big strength was starting pitching — Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Vance Worley combined to produce this line: 20 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 14 K.The big weakness was offense — the Phillies hit .204/.264/.255 with three extra-base hits.The unit that blew Sunday’s series finale, however, was the bullpen. Say whatever you want about offense, when you allow seven baserunners over the final 2.2 innings, that is the root cause of a loss.In Sunday’s game, the Phillies used Michael Stutes in the seventh inning (allowed two runs), Kyle Kendrick and Antonio Bastardo in the eighth inning of a one-run game (blown save) and David Herndon in the ninth, with the score tied 4-4.This type of setup could be used in many games this season, especially those started by Worley or Joe Blanton. The Phillies right now don’t have a specific eig...
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Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins. Photo Courtesy of Renee Cendrowski.
The Philadelphia Phillies have mustered exactly 2 runs in 19 innings of baseball. While it is a staggeringly low number, it can’t come as a surprise to anyone.
The lack of offensive firepower for the Phillies has been well chronicled this spring. The fact is that a lineup without Chase Utley and more importantly, Ryan...
Laynce Nix made just his seventh career start at first base last night. He also laid down only his fifth career sacrifice bunt attempt. There were a number of things in that sequence that made me scratch my head, the least of which was the actual Nix bunt.As it played out in real time, I was conversing with Bill Baer (@crashburnalley) of Crashburn Alley. Bill is a man of numbers...
The Philadelphia Phillies have scored 2 runs in their first 2 games of 2012. Everyone expected the Phillies to struggle scoring runs in 2012 with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley on the disabled list indefinitely, but are things worse than expected?
The sample size of 2 games is too small, but to watch the Phillies struggle to score runs against the Pirates makes one wonder how they will...
Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies is among the best pitchers in the majors. What west coast hurlers are in that group? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my daily coverage.
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I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number after the title will...
The Phillies anorexic offense has gotten off to a seriously slim start during the first two games of 2012. After a 1-0 win in the opener against the Pirates, the Phillies again scored only one run in Game #2 through 10 innings.
The only run starter Cliff Lee allowed was on a rare wild pitch in the 6th inning. Lee looked a little uncomfortable most of the game, however, he managed...
Hamels was lackluster during the home opener (AP)As the wind whipped and wrappers and napkins littered the field at Citizens Bank Park, the offense was once again trashed by the opponent’s starting pitcher. The flagpoles moved at a feverish pace, which is more than you can say about anyone holding a bat on the Phillies side.Omar Infante led the Marlins with a two home-run effort...
Phillies bullpen is shaky, offense is listless, and they're 1-2 to start the season...against the freakin' Pirates. Yeah, not good.Should I continue ********? Nah, because I don't feel like reading all the "it's a marathon, not a sprint" ******** cliches in the comments section. Instead, I'll just kick back and relax and leave you, the reader, to...
1-0, 1-2, 4-5.
Those were the scores the Phillies posted in the weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1-0 on Thursday: I was at this game. Think I saw myself high 5ing another Phillies fan on television. I had seat eight row up on the first base line. Roy Halladay was dealing and so was Jonathan Papelbon in his Phillies debut. A Carlos Ruiz sac fly in the seventh inning...
Coming into this series with the Phillies, we all knew that it was downright likely that the Pirates would struggle to score runs against Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, but when the Bucs didn't score for the first 14 innings of the 2012 season, it was easy to feel the frustrations start to boil over. You could see the Pirate fans on twitter grumbling and you could feel the restlessness...
Preseason NL East favorites look to get on track
First pitch: 1:05 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB NetworkRadio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP
Twitter: @Macho_Row, @MarlinsBigCatch
Pitching Probables: Cole Hamels (Season debut) vs. Anibal Sanchez (Season debut)
The Philadelphia Phillies and new-look Miami Marlins are supposed to be the strongest contenders in the National League...
Phillies (1-1) at Pirates (1-1)
1:35 PM EST–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
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Happy Easter to all! Let’s hope we can celebrate with a series win over the Phillies.
The Pirates traded minor league pitcher Brian Tallet to San Diego for cash or a PTBNL.
Jameson Taillon made his high-A debut last night. He went 3.2 innings, allowed 2 runs, and...
Pitching deep into almost every game, Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies is among the best. What other premier starters are out west? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my daily coverage.
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I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number...
Tune into FOX Sports Florida at 12:30 p.m. to watch the Miami Marlins take on the Philadelphia Phillies.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Giving the ball to Cole Hamels for the home opener was an easy decision for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Of all the aces in the team's heralded rotation, Hamels is the only one with a World Series ring. And a World Series MVP trophy. And an NLCS MVP trophy...
Another close game, but this time the Bucs win! The Bucs win! Seriously though, they can’t afford to lose many games where they only give up one or two runs. And what is more gratifying than a walk-off infield single? It sure was nice of the Pirates to put the Phillies away though, ending a [...]