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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 and tenth among NL players. In his MVP 2006, Howard reached base at a .425 clip and, in his fantastic 2007 follow-up, reached base at a .392 rate. Obviously, in such a small sample, Howard may not and likely isn’t going to be able to sustain this clip but it has put him in the positive in fWAR (0.6) for the year and has put him ahead of Albert Pujols in all triple-slash categories except for an 8 point OBP deficit.
On Monday, our Pat Gallen suggested that General Manager Ruben Amaro took shots at Howard. But Howard’s last 30 days has changed the direction of his season and has shifted the conversation a bit...
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The Phillies have announced that Chase Utley will begin a rehab assignment in Reading tonight. Utley has been out since May 20 with an oblique/rib cage injury.
Before going to the DL, Utley hit .272/.339/.475 with 7 homers and 25 RBI. With Ben Revere and Michael Young hitting their stride, the addition of Utley – which could be as early as this weekend – should strengthen...
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....
While the Philadelphia Phillies struggle to achieve even a winning record, speculation persists that Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon will be available before next month's non-waiver trade deadline.
That's not necessarily the case.
''Absolutely not, because these are guys I'd be better off having on my club than not,'' Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro...
While the Philadelphia Phillies struggle to achieve even a winning record, speculation persists that Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon will be available before next month’s non-waiver trade deadline.
That’s not necessarily the case.
“Absolutely not, because these are guys I’d be better off having on my club than not,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told The Associated...
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?
TAL’S HANDY STATS
I will publish the 2013 ERA for both the NL East and the other divisional staffs periodically. The number of games played by the...
Philadelphia Phillies' second baseman Chase Utley played in his first rehab game last night since injuring his right oblique during batting practice on May 20.
As reported by Stephen Pianovich of MLB.com,
"Utley, a five-time All-Star, went 0-for-4, but put some good swings on the ball and looked comfortable in the field. Since the injury, Utley has repeatedly said...
*The Phillies are actually closer to the NL East leader than the 2nd Wild Card.*The NL East is the worst division in baseball. *Kevin Frandsen should have been starting at 2nd base all along, not Freddy Galvis. I wonder if he could play right field once Utley returns. *Ryan Howard has his batting average up to .276 and a climbing .796 OPS as well.*It's not fair that Cole...
Found this little piece of pop art featuring the Big Piece (see what I did there) and felt the need to post it. Currently the Phillies are being shutout by the Nationals. Whatever. Ryan Howard everyone...Meanwhile, Chooch is back in the lineup and Steve Lerud is back in AAA (where he belongs permanently). Also, Jeremy Horst was sent to the DL yesterday when John Lannan was activated.
Most of these blog ideas start off with a weird tangent. In today’s case, Roobs made an off-hand statement that Cubs fans seem to prefer Ruben Amaro Jr. as their general manager. 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. The core of that team was built by Pat Gillick...
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...
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....
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.
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...
Earlier this week, a Boston-based baseball writer speculated in his column that the Phillies believe that St. Louis might be interested in Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.
Mind you, there was no real substance behind his assertion, but it made the usual rumor-mill rounds all the same. This move would make no sense for the Cardinals, and here are five reasons why:
Wins haven't been easy to come by for Philadelphia's Cole Hamels, but he got the best of the New York Mets earlier this season.
Manager Terry Collins' club has generally struggled in the series of late.
Hoping to avoid becoming the majors' first 11-game loser, Hamels tries to lead the Phillies to a sixth consecutive win over the visiting Mets in Friday night'...