Found April 18, 2014 on Sportress of Blogitude:
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 annoyingly direct a fart at reporters? (audio) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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...

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...

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...

MattE is joining Braves Live!

This is fantastic. So happy for one of my fave Braves ever! Why shave the stache? My agent Reynolds Sports Broadcasting pulled off miracle & got me a gig with @FOXSportsSouth !! — Matthew Diaz (@diazfoundation) April 17, 2014 I'll b doing some fill in work for @TwoSportman and @PaulByrd36 when they need a break..look forward to getting back to...

Cole Hamels strong in final rehab start

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...

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...

Teheran’s 3-hitter, Gattis homer give Braves 1-0 win

While Ryan Howard breaking up Julio Teheran’s no-hit bid with a fifth-inning infield single was highly improbable, Evan Gattis hitting a home run at Citizens Bank Park was, at this point, entirely predictable. Gattis’ career-high four hits included his fifth homer in his past three games at Philadelphia, a leadoff shot in the fourth inning that broke a scoreless tie and sent...

Harang pulled while throwing no-hitter as Braves one-hit the Mets

NEW YORK (AP) -- Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night. As Harang's pitch count increased on a chilly evening, it seemed doubtful manager Fredi Gonzalez would let him go the distance. Harang...

Harang tosses 7 no-hit innings in 6-0 win over Mets

A million bucks generally won’t get you much on baseball’s free-agent market these days, but pitcher Aaron Harang is proving to be a major exception for the Braves. The well-traveled veteran pitched seven hitless innings in Friday night’s 6-0 win against the New York Mets at Citi Field, where the Braves’ bid for a combined no-hitter ended with David Wright’s two-out single...

The Phils end up on the wrong side of a complete game pitchers’ duel as they lose to the Braves, 1-0.

The Phils are shutout in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel, as they drop their second straight game to the Braves, 1-0. The Braves took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with nobody out, Evan Gattis hits a lead-off home run, his fourth home run of the season, and his third in two games, […]

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!

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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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