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The Philadelphia Phillies will be one of the most-talked-about teams in baseball leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline -- whether they're buying, selling, or doing some of both.
Based on their play so far, it won't be a surprise if the Phillies trade veterans for a second straight year. They are 9-13, closer to last-place Miami than first-place Atlanta in the National League East.
Sure, it's early. But there is particular urgency to this season in Philadelphia, for two main reasons: The team has an aging core, and it hasn't won a playoff series since 2010. If the Phillies are below .500 at the All-Star break, could they really justify doubling down on the same group in 2014 -- when everyone is one year older?
Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, Michael Young, Carlos Ruiz and Delmon Young will be free agents after this season. Given the postseason bona fides of those five, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. could acquire a number of intriguing prospects ...
BEST OF MAXIM
Your browser does not support iframes.Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown had a web gem of epic proportion Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.The defensive gem came in the top of the fifth inning, when Phillies hurler Roy Halladay delivered a 2-1 offering to Bucs hitter John McDonald, who turned on the pitch to lift a deep line drive to left field.It initially...
Most staffs typically have a significant drop-off after their 1 and 2, but the Philadelphia Phillies with Kyle Kendrick have a strong 4. How do other divisional teams fare at the back end of their rotation?
TAL’S HANDY STATS
I will publish the 2013 ERA for both the NL East and the MLB 5 periodically. The number of games played by the Phillies is in the...
The Philadelphia Phillies are now 23 games into their season, more than one-eighth of the way through, and they stand at 9-14. This was a team that didn’t just need, but was virtually required to get off to a decent start to prove this roster, however aged, could still win. Instead, the team finds itself 5 games under .500 almost a month into the season.
It is time to blow up the...
In what was one of the more miserable games of the season, the Phillies fell to the Pirates, 2-0.
Hamels Moves to 0-3:
-Just call it the Curse of Cliff. When your starting pitcher throws well enough that he should have a victory. Cole was pretty much on his game from the start, except for mistakes to Brandon Inge and Gaby Sanchez that hurt him. Hamels has gotten better every start...
A night after showing his frustration with the team’s offensive consistency, Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel splits Utley and Howard in the lineup.
Full Box Score
The Phillies were shut out for the fourth time this year losing Tuesday night to the Pirates 2-0. In perspective, the Phillies were only shut seven times all of 2012. Cole Hamels pitched 8 strong innings allowing 2 runs while striking out 6 and walking only 1 batter. Hamels’ counterpart, left-hander Jeff Locke pitched 6 shutout innings of 2 hit baseball...
Cole Hamels looks on after Gaby Sanchez' eighth-inning home run. If the Phillies are going to win, they need to hit. As Charlie Manuel said after a 5-0 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday, Ryan Howard has to hit, Chase Utley has to hit and Jimmy Rollins has to hit....
Philadelphia Phillies (9-14) at New York Mets (10-10)
Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 3.28) vs. Dillon Gee (1-3, 5.95)
TIME: 7:05, Citi Field
TV: PHL 17
Weather: 60′s, partly cloudy
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The Phillies are coming off a disappointing series against the Pirates where they won a game started by Jonathan Pettibone, but lost the three started by Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay...
Everything was going smoothly. Roy Halladay was locked in on the mound. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard each hit massive solo home runs after being split up in the lineup by manager Charlie Manuel. The Phillies held a 3-1 lead as they handed the game over to the back end of the bullpen just the way they like to have it set up, but Antonio Bastardo and Mike Adams were unable to get the...
Well as I sit in utter amazement at not just the lack of offense the Phillies show but the bullpen has doubts around it again. Ruben Amaro stated in the fall that one of his goals would be to improve on the bullpen and not lose any games because of it again. Well Ruben it doesn’t look like that is the case. We have for the most part see the return of Jonathan Pappelbon, closing...
So the Phillies really lost 3 out of 4 to the Pirates....ouch. Honestly blame it on the bullpen because Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay ALL threw great games, but the bullpen either blew the lead or blew the game. Yesterday afternoon Cliff Lee tossed seven innings of three-run...
*Yuniesky Betancourt, Spring Training 2013 casualty, is now with the Milwaukee Brewers and is batting .279/.795 with 3 HR and 15 RBI. Instead of releasing him, Amaro should have signed him to a 5 YR/$125M contract. Don't ya think?!*Ben Revere might be a defensive whiz, but his offense negates any good he does with the glove. His OPS is .472, which ranks 186th out of 192...
Roy Halladay’s third straight strong start is wasted by the bullpen as the Phils lose late to the Pirates, 5-3.
The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two...
I think it's important that the Pirates get a split in this four-game series in Philadelphia and since James McDonald is on the mound tomorrow, tonight might represent their best chance to do it. Wandy Rodriguez takes the mound for the Pirates and he's been excellent in the two full starts that he's made this year, throwing 13 total shutout innings at the Cubs and Braves...