Found June 18, 2013 on
After an abysmal road trip where the Phillies lost 7 out of 10 games, this team had to be relieved to be back in Philadelphia last night. They took an absolute beating from the Brewers, Twins and the Rockies. If you Google the meaning of â€śbad baseball,â€ť this road trip should be used as an example.
But things looked a tad brighter after last nightâ€™s 5-4 walk-off win against the Nationals. John Lannan returned to the rotation after a knee injury and pitched well; Ryan Howard finally broke out of his home run drought; and Domonic Brown seems to be getting hot again. He even delivered the game-winning RBI single in the 9th.
Despite the win though, I simply cannot stop thinking about the awful road trip. In particular, I am greatly disturbed by the events that have taken place at and around third base and home plate lately. Most of these little disasters seem to revolve around veteran third-baseman Michael Young.
I hate to keep picking on Young, who seems like a very nice guy, and maybe ...
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The Big Piece is showing signs of his 2009 form. Photo by: Ian Riccaboni
Pop quiz: Over the last seven days, which Phillie has led the team in on-base percentage? How about the last 14 days? 30 days?
If you guessed Ryan Howard, you cheated. Or figured it out by reading the title.
Over the last 30 days, Howard has reached base at a nearly .400 clip (.398), good for 17th in the MLB...
The Philadelphia Phillies have activated left-handed starter John Lannan from the 15-day disabled list after having missed two months due to a strained left quad. The 28-year-old will return to the Philadelphia rotation.
To make room on the active roster for Lannan, the Phillies have placed left-handed reliever Jeremy Horst on the 15-day disabled list due to a left elbow strain....
Most staffs typically have a significant drop-off after their one and two, but the Philadelphia Phillies with Kyle Kendrick have a strong four. How do the top rotations in the other divisions fare in that respect?
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I will publish the 2013 ERA for both the NL East and the other divisional staffs periodically. The number of games played by the...
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With June wrapping up soon and July on the way, Iâ€™ll be looking into some trade targets and rumors surrounding the Giants and Aâ€™s until they actually do (or do not) happen.
Cliff Lee is having quite the season.The Giants are short a starting pitcher.Â Hey, perfect!
This is what Iâ€™m assuming most fans are thinking...
Before the Phillies embarked on a 10-game road trip I laid out my expectations if I was to continue to believe this team might be capable of turning things around enough to make a postseason push something worth considering possible. As I reiterated last Monday, that was for the Phillies to pick up no fewer than six wins with stops in Milwaukee, Minnesota and Colorado. Seven wins...
Most of these blog ideas start off with a weird tangent. Â In todayâ€™s case, Roobs made an off-hand statement that Cubs fans seem to prefer Ruben Amaro Jr. as their general manager. Â Amaro is now the GM of the Philadelphia Phillies, who as recently as a couple years ago were perennial contenders with a strong core that has since faded. Â The core of that team was built by Pat Gillick...
Reports of the Philadelphia Phillies willingness to sell this summer have gone back and fourth. If the team does make some of it's players available in trade, closer Jonathan Papelbon is expected to be one of the more significant pieces shopped. According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Phillies believe there are at least three teams that may have some level of interest...
Ian Desmond hit a grand slam in the 11th inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 Wednesday night, avoiding a three-game sweep.
Jayson Werth's RBI single with two outs in the ninth tied it off Jonathan Papelbon, who blew a save for the second time in three nights after starting the season 13 for 13.
Starters Kyle Kendrick and Gio Gonzalez both...
The Phillies were able to get first round pick J.P. Crawford to sign for a bonus right at the slot value, giving them a little bit of wiggle room for other signings. Crawford is a high school shortstop out of Lakewood, California.
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The 1993 Philadelphia Phillies, a group of misfits with some sprinkled in talent, with personalities that reflected the fans who rode the wave with them.Â 1993...
Domonic Brown hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Monday night.
The Nationals tied it at 4 when Chad Tracy hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth off closer Jonathan Papelbon (1-0). It was the first blown save for Papelbon, who had converted his previous 13 chances.
At a time the Phillies are in desperate need of a pick-me-up, they are getting one. Carlos Ruiz has been activated from the disabled list. Ruiz appeared in games Saturday and Sunday in Lehigh Valley with the Iron Pigs. Cameron Rupp caught last night's game against the Toledo Mud Hens....
Washington Nationals (34-35) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (34-37)
Ross Detwiler (2-4, 3.02) vs. Cliff Lee (8-2, 2.55)
TIME: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
WEATHER: 70, rain
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After a walkoff win by Domonic Brown yesterday, more good news. Carlos Ruiz is back. But more bad news, too. The rain is staying, the game is delayed to start, and the showers will likely...