Found September 18, 2012 on
The Big Piece has been a big disappointment (PHOTO: AP)
While most had written off the Phillies’ chances at a playoff run, some didn’t. Buster Olney wrote in July of an unnamed scout who believed that if the Phillies entered September six or less out of a playoff spot they would be dangerous. A few other folks at ESPN began to explore the Phillies’ chances before the Astros unceremoniously took three of four from the Fightins. To be honest, though, why would you write this team off?
For the first time all year, the Phillies had their ideal Opening Day line-up in tact with their entire pitching staff intact. They had sent the knuckleheads (i.e. Chad Qualls) packing from the bullpen and found steady, young arms to perform. Why couldn’t the Phillies make a run and win, say, 15 out of 20 or 18 of 25 and get back into the race, considering they have two former MVPs and two former Cy Youngs?
The former Cy Youngs have, for the most part, have kept the Phils in the mix. Roy Halladay has b...
BEST OF MAXIM
Earlier today on our Phillies Nation twitter account (@PhilliesNation), I posted this:
Well, it happened. Cliff Lee was awesome tonight, fanning 10 Mets in eight innings as the Phillies held on for a 3-1 victory.
Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown supplied the offense, both going yard to right field; Rollins in the fifth inning, Brown in the seventh, both off starter and Cy Young candidate...
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley continues taking ground balls at third base and could soon be known as third baseman Chase Utley. Sunday's television broadcast showed Utley taking ground balls at third base in Houston, and Monday, the Inquirer's Matt Gelb wrote that Utley took more ground balls. That the Phillies and Utley are devoting so much time to this is indicative...
It’s September and Cliff Lee showed why he makes the big bucks. Now that the Phils are back on the winning track they have 14 games remaining in their season. They are 3.5 games back of the Cardinals who have 15 games left in their season. The Dodgers, Pirates and Brewers are sandwiched in between the Phils and the Cardinals.
Given their current situation this is how...
After a disastrous weekend in Houston, the Phillies managed to crawl back to the .500 mark after a 3-1 win over the Mets on Monday night. Cliff Lee pitched extremely well, allowing only 1 run over 8 innings. His strong performance kept the Phillies in the game against tough knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey.
For the offense, Jimmy Rollins is on a serious hot streak. It seems lately that...
Remember a few years ago when the Philadelphia Phillies were being accused of stealing signs? You remember bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer using binoculars and being accused of using them to steal signs against their opponents. Well, if you dig through the history of the franchise you will know that being accused of stealing signs is certainly nothing new for the Phillies, who were...
Philadelphia Phillies (74-74) at New York Mets (66-81)
Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.06) vs. Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.92)
Time: 7:10 p.m, Citi Field
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 66
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies are 4 games out of the Wild Card with 14 to play. The Phillies can only control their own destiny, as they’re back at the .500 mark.
Cole Hamels is 4-0 in his last seven...
Philadelphia Phillies (73-74) at New York Mets (66-80)
Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36) vs. R.A. Dickey (18-5, 2.68)
Time: 7:10 p.m, Citi Field
TV: CSN, MLBN
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 75
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies took a huge step backwards in Houston. They had a chance to make up ground in the Wild Card, but dropped three out of four to the worst team in baseball. The Phillies...
The Phillies were looking to shake off a horrendous four-game series in
Houston in which they lost three of four. Cliff Lee was set to start
against R.A. Dickey and the Mets, hoping to gain some ground in the
wildcard standings.The Phillies got an early lead tonight in
Flushing with an RBI sac fly to center field from Chase Utley, scoring
Jimmy Rollins. 1-0 Phils.Cliff...
NEW YORK -- As they wrap up their respective seasons, the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets have questions at first base to explore in very different ways. The Phillies are trying to see just how much star Ryan Howard can look like the player he was before tearing his Achilles. The Mets are mixing and matching to discover exactly what they have in their young players, Ike...
The Mets and Phillies start a series tonight as the Mets look to play spoiler for the suddenly resurgent Phillies. If you have been tuned off to baseball with the Mets decline, the Phillies have been on the rise to become mathematically relevant as the Pirates have really slid off. Tonight, R.A. Dickey will make the start as he goes against Cliff Lee.
Dickey is 18-5 over 205.0...
The Phillies are 74-74. They are 3.5 games out of the playoffs. They are the height of mediocrity. They could still win the World Series.
What a weird season. The Phillies will play in New York tonight against the Mets, and they will start the game one game behind the Brewers and Pirates, two and a half games back of the Dodgers, and three and a half back of the Cardinals. The...
NEW YORK -- R.A. Dickey lost a chance to move closer to the 20-win mark while the Philadelphia Phillies capitalized on an opportunity to inch closer to the second wild card spot. Domonic Brown and Jimmy Rollins homered, and Rollins scored another run after reaching on a passed ball after a strikeout as the Phillies topped the Mets 3-1 on Monday night. The victory was the Phillies...