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The Phillies haven’t gotten off to the best of starts but the team hasn’t been devoid of bright spots. The Phillies’ bench has been one of the best in the league and Kevin Frandsen deserves much of the credit. Frandsen is hitting .258/.361/.516 in 37 plate appearances after hitting .338/.383/.451 last year.
Frandsen had the best season of his career in 2012, and in the early going this year, both his wOBA and wRC+ are even better. His walk rate, isolated power and slugging percentages are also higher than they were last year. His .361 on-base percentage is great, especially in a reduced offensive environment, but it would look even better if not for a .231 BABIP. Just like last year’s .366 BABIP wasn’t likely to be sustained, Frandsen isn’t very likely to continue struggling to convert balls put in play into hits this season.
If his current true talent level falls somewhere in between the last two seasons, the Phillies have a very valuable bench player and someone who deserves legit...
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Jonathan Pettibone has been a revelation for the Phils. But how long can it continue? (AP Photo).
As I wrote in my recap on Tuesday night, Jonathan Pettibone deserves a lot of credit. He has started five games so far this year and the Phillies have won four. He has shown a veteran’s ability to battle through jams. He has displayed a pretty good fastball, which at least through...
The Philadelphia Phillies have officially announced that veteran starting pitcher Roy Halladay underwent successful shoulder surgery Wednesday. The procedure was done by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of Los Angeles. “In certain cases it’s been three months, but we really don’t have a timetable. A scope and a cleanup to me is a lot different than a surgery. They aren’t going in and...
According to all the usual suspect beat writers and the Phillies, LHP Raul Valdes has been optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and RHP B.J. Rosenberg has been called to take his place. Valdes was at best mediocre in 2013 and at worst completely ineffective, with a 7.65 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP, allowing 10.8 H/9 IP.
Rosenberg, 27, has been mildly effective as a starter this year for the...
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The back spasms that kept Mike Adams from pitching Sunday and forced Jonathan Papelbon to pitch when he otherwise wouldn't have are still lingering. In fact, the pain is so bad that Adams may soon find himself on the disabled list. The Philadelphia Phillies reliever says he is experiencing back pain unlike anything he has ever felt before.
According to John Finger of...
Good news on the Roy Halladay front. Dr. Michael G. Ciccotti, MD, Phillies Director of Medical Services, issued the following statement on behalf of the team: "Roy had successful shoulder surgery yesterday. He had an arthroscopic evaluation and underwent debridement of his labrum and rotator cuff as well as removal...
Michael Stutes basically missed all of last season with a shoulder injury. He also had to head back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in an effort to win back his job with the Phillies. So far, Stutes is doing his part, but still hasn't gotten the call.
The Phillies were pounded yet again by the Indians in Wednesday's series finale. Cole Hamels was roughed up, allowing five runs on six hits through five innings of work. The Phillies were able to mount four runs, but still fell 10-4. The Phillies fell back to four games under .500...
Though the Cincinnati Reds swept a three-game home set from the Philadelphia Phillies last month, they didn't do much against Cliff Lee.
Looking for a seventh consecutive victory overall and on the road, the Reds hope to get the best of Lee on Friday night.
Cincinnati (25-16) outscored Philadelphia 16-4 during the April 15-17 series, but was held scoreless by Lee (4-2, 2.86 ERA...
Asked to assess the Phillies’ position, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. responded in typically blunt fashion.
“We’re in a great spot,” Amaro said Thursday. “We’ve played terrible. And we’re 3½ games out.”
Amaro has a point, as far as the NL East standings are concerned.
The first-place Braves are 10-17 since opening the season 12-1, while the second-place Nationals...
The Philadelphia Phillies turned to small ball after the long ball hurt them.
Domonic Brown drove in the tiebreaking run on an infield grounder in the eighth and the Phillies snapped the Cincinnati Reds' six-game winning streak with a 5-3 victory on Friday night.
Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer and Cliff Lee threw seven sharp innings for the Phillies, who've won four...
Cincinnati Reds (25-16) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (19-22)
Tony Cingrani (2-0, 2.89) vs. Cliff Lee (4-2, 2.86)
TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: 68, sunny
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News and notes:
-Mike Adams had an MRI and is considered day-to-day, although a DL stint is not quite out of the woods. He has a mild back strain, and if he does do to the DL they can...
After making his major league debut last season, left-hander Jake Diekman has had a season full of ups and downs at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2013. A tough road trip to Durham and Norfolk may have given him a new-found approach that will work for him.