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Enough, for now, about the possibility of the Philadelphia Phillies trading Jonathan Papelbon.
They need to add a reliever, not subtract one.
The Phillies are in the midst of a mini-surge, even without one-time National League MVP Ryan Howard. They have won five of six to close within 7.5 games of first place in the NL East, and 5.5 of the second wild-card spot.
The Phillies are a respectable 45-46. If they are at or above .500 by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, it will be hard for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. to justify taking the team apart.
Yet, one move would be prudent regardless of how well (or how poorly) the Phillies play over the next few weeks: Trading for a late-inning reliever who is under control through at least 2014.
If the Phillies remain in the race, they must upgrade their bullpen. Their relievers have combined for a 4.65 ERA this season, second-worst in the majors. For them to pass the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves, they need more reliabil...
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We’ve all fallen in love with the Phillies farm system while witnessing several players tear it up this season. Maikel Franco, Cody Asche, and Jesse Biddle are the new faces of the minors, and rightfully so. Each has given you something to look forward to for the future.
ESPN’s Keith Law says wait a tick. Law scouted the Reading Fightin’ Phils last week and came away with some...
Lee was in control early but gave up a pair of back-to-back homers in a 5-1 loss. Photo: AP
Cliff Lee was cruising right along. Through four scoreless innings, Lee had thrown only 40 pitches and looked in Cy Young form while his counterpart, Gio Gonzalez, was being worked into deep counts. And then the fifth inning happened. Back-to-back homers by Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos...
On July 1 former Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton had two tumors removed from his brain. On Wednesday Philadelphia radio station 97.5 FM The Fanatic released a statement saying that the player affectionately known as “Dutch” had brain cancer.
“[Daulton] has returned to his Clearwater, [Fla.]-area home to continue recuperating amongst his immediate family and friends...
Did the Phillies Learn the Wrong Lesson from the Red Sox? From 2006 to 2011 the Philadelphia Phillies won more games each season than the season previous, raising their win total from a modest 85 to an outstanding 102. Their front office built a starting rotation headed by a trio of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels that teams and fans around the sport would drool over...
We've seen several great fan catches at ballparks all across Major League Baseball this year, but, by and large, there's a reason that the fans are the fans and the players are the players.
For evidence of this, I point you to the Washington Nationals' 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Nats rookie Anthony Rendon stepped to...
Danny Knobler of CBS Sports points out that the Texas
Rangers have the money and prospects to make a big splash this summer since the
team avoided acquiring players such as Zack Greinke, Josh Hamilton, Justin Upton and James Shields this offseason. Knobler says the Rangers would “love”
to trade for Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, but it doesn’t appear
Ryan Howard was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee on Saturday, but the bad news gets worse for the Philadelphia Phillies.
On Monday, an MRI confirmed a torn meniscus in his left knee that will require surgery. The injury is expected to sideline the first baseman for 6-8 weeks, according to ESPN. No date for surgery has been set at this time.
Just when you put the baseball season behind you. Just when you started the countdown to the opening of training camp. Just when you thought your heart couldn’t take any more. The Phils put together a solid month of Major League baseball to creep back towards the .500 mark and possible playoff contention prior to the All-Star break.
Let’s be clear. The Phillies have dug...
It was obvious that Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard was hurt before he went on the DL, but the minimum 15 days is not going to clear up this injury. On Monday afternoon, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb tweeted that Howard had been diagnosed with a meniscus tear and is set to have surgery that will sideline him for at least six weeks.
Ryan Howard has a...
Phillippe Aumont just can't seem to throw strikes. Therefore, the Phillies just can't keep him on the major league roster. Today the Phillies sent Aumont down to AAA Lehigh Valley once again. Aumont was recalled after Mike Stutes went onto the disabled list, but he has failed to take advantage...
Peter Gammons, as he so often does, teased an interesting tidbit yesterday morning, this one concerning Philliers closer Jonathan Papelbon. To wit:
The Tigers and Red Sox might be more aggressive on Papelbon were he not 5-for-9 in one run save opportunities, as well as the velo drop
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 8, 2013
Gammons has a point, particularly about the drop in velocity...
Visions of pitcher John Lannan must have haunted the National’s dream last night after he held them scoreless for 8 innings in a Phillies 3-2 win. It was Lannan’s best outing of the year and the first time since 2009 that he made it through 8 innings. Lannan completely dominated his former team, which had to be the cherry on the sundae for him.
Lannan had some help last night...
The Phillies paid outfielder Danny Tartabull $2.3 million in 1997 for seven hitless at bats. But Tartabull did not use that to support his kids and now he is on the run from the law. The U.K.'s Mail Online posted this wanted poster of the former Phillies slugger: According to...
Your browser does not support iframes. The first run scored in the Washington Nationals’ 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday did damage to more than just the Phillies. A fan sitting in left field was actually hit in the head by second baseman Anthony Rendon’s solo home run in the fifth. You can [...]
Philadelphia Phillies (43-46) vs Washington Nationals (46-42)
John Lannan (1-3, 5.15) v. Dan Haren, (4-9, 6.15)
TIME: 7:00, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN, ESPN
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Lineup: Revere CF, Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Brown LF, M. Young 3B, D. Young RF, Ruf 1B, Ruiz C, Lannan P.
Your Gameday Beer: Landshark Lager
Not the greatest brew...