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Cole Hamels tossed seven strong innings on Thursday night for High-A Clearwater in what figures to be his final rehab start. Hamels allowed one-run on three hits while walking one and striking out two. In 17 innings he owns a 2.12 ERA and a 12/1 K/BB ration. It is assumed that Hamels will rejoin the Phillies rotation next week with Tuesday being his first start against the Los Angels Dodgers. Last season Hamels compiled a 3.60 ERA anda 1.16 WHIP across 220 innings. He had a 202/50 K/BB ratio.

Same old problems hurting the Philadelphia Phillies

It is time for a pop quiz!  When the Philadelphia Phillies were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers, what was the main reason they lost? A.) A lack of offense B.) Bullpen problems C.) All of the above D.) The Phanatic’s attempt to jinx the other team backfired. Anyone who has watched the Phillies the past few years knows that C is the obvious answer to this question.  The same thing...

Phillies' Cole Hamels pitches seven innings in rehab start

The Philadelphia Phillies enter the weekend series against the Colorado Rockies coming off back to back stellar performances out of the top of their rotation. A.J. Burnett and Cliff Lee allowed a combined one run in 16 innings. The Phillies are set to add a the final piece of what they hope to be a dominant trio, as Cole Hamels looks ready to return after his latest rehab...

Jimmy Rollins’ Pleasant Start

After a 2013 season in which he posted a career-worst .295 wOBA, many fans had written off Jimmy Rollins. This offseason, Rollins was the center of numerous sports hot takes–should he be a better leader, should he lose playing time to the likes of Freddy Galvis, why the hell doesn’t he hustle?–but none of the discussion that got off the ground revolved around his ability to...

The Phillies love west coast trips, seriously!

The Phillies have embarked on a journey to a place where many baseball seasons have gone to die: the dreaded West Coast trip. These are the types of trips that can make or break a season. Plenty of bad Phillies teams have hovered around .500 just like the 2014 Phils, only to return from the west coast in the NL East basement, never to be seen or heard from again. This is a crucial...

Did Papelbon annoyingly direct a fart at reporters?

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon has been known at times over his career for being something of a surly interview subject. Following Thursday’s 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in which the closer converted his fourth save of the season, Papelbon expressed extreme annoyance at a line of questioning regarding how his velocity is […] The post Did Jonathan Papelbon...

Phillies' Mike Adams makes first appearance since injury

The Philadelphia Phillies fell to 7-9 on the season following a 12-1 blowout loss to the Colorado Rockies in Friday night. The only bright spot for the Phillies was the return of relief pitcher Mike Adams, who hadn't pitched in a Major League game since June of last season. As reported by Todd Zolecki of, Adams entered the game in the fifth inning with the Phillies...

How clutch is Jimmy Rollins?

Jimmy Rollins' walk of home run last week was the second walk-off homer of his career. Rollins is generally viewed as a clutch hitter, but I thought I would test out the theory...

Kyle Kendrick Looks to Help the Phillies Get Back on Track

Yesterday the Phillies opened up a three game set in Denver against the Rockies. The Phillies sent Jonathan Pettibone to the mount. Pettibone continued last season’s shelling at Coors Field. In four innings, Pettibone gave up eight runs on nine hits putting the Phillies in a hole they could not...

Phillies top Atlanta, 1-0

For the second straight game, the Phillies received a top-notch performance from their starting pitcher. This day, however, the Phillies did not let it go to waste. Ben Revere slapped a RBI single up the middle off Alex Wood — who had been fantastic up that point — in the eighth to plate Domonic Brown, which ended up being the game-winning run in a 1-0 Phillies win Thursday...

Jonathan Papelbon is Clearly a Ric Flair Fan ☆

Respect for Jonathan Papelbon…rising? You’ve seen thousands of videos like this.  And odds are, you’re going to see a thousand more.  But, my guess is you’re never going to witness anything as wonderful as this. Following his game Thursday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies closer was talking pitch velocity (or something) when…the most glorious...

Phillies Avoid the Sweep Thanks to Late Game Heroics from Ben Revere

Yesterday, the Phillies lost a heartbreaker. Cliff Lee was stellar in a compete game shut out loss. The only run that Cliff Lee gave up with a solo homerun to Evan Gattis that barely went out. In the game, Lee struck out 13 bats and lowered his season ERA to...

Ailing Burnett Takes the Mound as Phillies Look to Avoid Sweep

The Phillies and Braves take the field for a matinee today at 1:05 PM. The Braves have taken the first two games of this series, so the Phillies will look to avoid getting swept for the second time in this young season. Game one saw a dramatic comeback turn into...

Chase Utley at the Bat

The best hitters in the baseball fail two thirds of the time.  Pitches dart left and right, drop, sometimes a couple feet.  Professional hitters are charged to “square up” the ball.  Problem is, their tool for this task is round, as is the ball, which comes at them faster than a car on an interstate. […]

Phils finally own the worst bullpen in NL!

It took a little while, but the Phillies finally own the worst bullpen in the National League...

Week 3 In Review

There’s really just one word needed to review week three for the Philadelphia Phillies. Inconsistency. The Phils were coming off a three game sweep of the Miami Marlins and were finally back at .500. Speaking of .500, that was Chase Utley’s batting average coming into this week’s first series against the Braves. The bullpen had […]
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