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There were some jaw-droppers in March for the Philadelphia Phillies, and the possibility of Jimmy Rollins as a 2-hole hitter was among them. What was the most unexpected twist during spring training ? Or the first week of April?
TAL’S HANDY CAPS: POLL
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Kevin Frandsen the hero? Indeed. The Phillies got a huge ninth inning hit from Kevin Frandsen to beat the Royals, 4-3.
FRANDSEN WINS IT!
-With the bases loaded in the ninth, following ugly strikeouts from Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr., Kevin Frandsen unloaded them with a double to the wall, giving the Phillies their first home win of the season. Frandsen didn’t do too much...
Most staffs typically have a significant drop-off after their 1 and 2, but the Philadelphia Phillies with John Lannan have a solid 5. How do other divisional teams fare on the bottom rung of their rotations?
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 headline...
The Philadelphia Phillies mascot, known as the Philly Phanatic, was dancing with a group of Elvis Presley impersonators during Friday's home opener at Citizens Bank Park.
The Elvis impersonators were likely there to promote the upcoming Philadelphia Elvis Fest on the weekend of April 12-14.
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Cole Hamels is supposed to be the Phillies ace. He was picked to start opening day. Although he has only had two starts thus far, Hamels is far from proving that he should be considered an ace this season.
In the first game of the season Hamels faced the Braves. During that game he was only able to last five innings. During those innings he gave up seven hits, three which were...
If today wasn’t bad enough with the loss of Margaret Thatcher and Annette Funicello, it got worse sitting at Citizens Bank Park watching the death of Roy Halladay’s dominance against major league pitchers. The Philadelphia Phillies right hander couldn’t get the job done. In 4+ innings he labored, struggled with his command, and gave up 5 runs on 6 hits including a 3 run homerun...
Frandsen clears bases in walk-off win
The true blue Phillies fan, yawned through 8 innings last night, if you stuck around you were rewarded with a 9th inning comeback. The big hit supplied by pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen cleared the bases giving the Phillies their second win of the season. What we learned from last night and the truth told in the 9th.
Truth> The bases were...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kevin Frandsen rounded first after his big hit, looked up to see all the runners circling the bases and prepared himself for a celebration.Frandsen hit a bases-clearing, three-run double with two outs in the ninth off closer Greg Holland to lift the Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night in front of the smallest crowd in Philadelphia...
Kansas City Royals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
James Shields (0-1, 1.50) vs. Cole Hamels (0-1, 9.00)
Time: 1:35 PM, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 66
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Cole Hamels will try to rebound after a poor outing in Atlanta. Hamels will be opposed by the Royals’ ace, James Shields.
Gameday Beer: Troeg’s Nugget Nectar, suggested...
Phillies (2-4) v. NY Mets (4-2)Matchups: Monday - 7:05 - Roy Halladay v. Matt HarveyTuesday - 7:05 - Cliff Lee v. Dillon Gee Wednesday - 1:35 - Oh No, It's KK v. Jeremy HefnerMets Pitching:The first game of this series is a complete mismatch. Matt Harvey brings a 94 MPH heater, a nasty slider, and a 0.00 ERA while Roy Halladay counters with a high-80's meatball, a plethora...
It was ugly, it was fun, it was long, and it was frustrating. For the second time in the series, the Philadelphia Phillies jumped out to a first inning lead, and slowly let the Kansas City Royals chip away. The offense again started fast, with Ben Revere leading off with an infield single. Jimmy Rollins [...]