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One of the strengths of the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies was supposed to be the quality starting pitching. With Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels at the front of the rotation, that much should go without saying. Kyle Kendrick and free-agent pick-up John Lannan provided the Phillies with a decent enough back-end of the rotation as well. Of course, two starting pitchers would land on the disabled list by early May, forcing the Phillies to call up a couple of players from the farm system and Hamels went through a 2012 Cliff Lee like stretch as the Phillies were practically left for dead in the NL East.
Now, as the team reaches the all-star break with an even .500 record, it is the starting pitching that continues to be one of the strong suits on the roster.
Keep in mind that each player is being graded individually, and not being compared to another player. This means I am taking in to account my expectations of each player as part of my evaluation. If a player is exceeding...
BEST OF MAXIM
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Record: 48-48 (6.5 GB)
Biggest Surprise of 1st Half:
The biggest surprise of the first half for the Philadelphia Phillies has to be outfielder Domonic Brown. Brown leads the team with 23 home runs and 62 RBI along with 97 hits through the first half and the Phillies patience with him is finally paying huge dividends.
Biggest Disappointment of 1st...
While Cliff Lee was being introduced in front of the Citi Field crowd before the 2013 All Star Game, Lee unleashed this death stare towards the camera. Lighten up, dude.
For whatever reason, Cliff Lee was in no mood to mess around on Tuesday night at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
The All-Star Game pregame introductions are usually a chance for players to get their recognition from the fans in attendance and be introduced to fans across the world watching from home. One would think that might be a pretty joyous occasion for most players...
All Star Game Highlights
The American League beat the National League 3-0 in the 2013 midsummer classic. The game was dominated by pitching, as the National League only managed three hits.
The American League scored two runs on a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice. The AL added a run in the 8th inning against Craig Kimbrel, an RBI double by Jason Kipnis.
The best moment was...
Roy Halladay apparanetly feels as good as he did 10 years ago as he works his comeback trail and ponders future with Phillies according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
When Roy Halladay announced he’d be having surgery on his right shoulder, he said his doctor’s hope was that the procedure could help Halladay “turn back the clock.”
And according to Roy's wife, all is...
Your browser does not support iframes. Cliff Lee was all business during the pre-All-Star Game introductions on Tuesday night at Citi Field in New York. When the Philadelphia Phillies pitcher was introduced as a member of the NL All-Star squad, he gave a stare that would have caused John Kruk to wet his jockstrap inside [...]
Tonight the New York Mets will host their first All-Star Game since 1964 in Shea Stadium. That game has a rather special Phillies moment of course, which leaves me wondering if Domonic Brown or Cliff Lee might play a part in another bankable moment in franchise history. It's hard for me to believe the Mets have only hosted the All Star Game once before this season, while the...
After the All-Star festivities end tonight, Cliff Lee, Domonic Brown and the rest of the Phils have plenty of work to do. (AP Photo)
As I opined last week, gauging where you stand on the Phillies can hinge on what day you check in on this ambivalent bunch. Nowhere is it more visible than within the Philadelphia media, where readers are bombarded with recurring “buy” and “sell”...
Philadelphia Phillies (47-48) vs Chicago White Sox (37-54)
Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.17) v. Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.67)
TIME: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies will try for .500 today after splitting the double header with the White Sox yesterday. The two teams played 24 innings of baseball, and both games were nearly four hours each....
With their third game in less than 24 hours, the Phillies and White Sox would play the rubber game of their matchup on the doorstep of the All-Star Break. For the Phillies, Cole Hamels looked to continue the success he's had in his last two outings against the Pirates and...
If it’s time for Cliff Lee to leave Philadelphia–and it should be–Boston needs to step up.
Two weeks from today is major league baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline and past history tells us that the moves general managers make over the next couple weeks can decide this year’s division races—or, if the GM’s of contending teams aren’t so smart, it might decide a lot...
It’s easy to write an article and tell you to buy low on Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, or Cole Hamels. But A) you should already know that, and B) even though these guys have had under-performing first halves, their owners likewise know they are due for big second halves and so they will still cost you, and cost you big!I remember back in 2007 before Robinson Cano was the monster...
There are only a few number ones in the majors like Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. What west coast hurlers are his equal?
TAL’S HANDY STATS
I will publish the 2013 ERA for both the NL East and the other divisional staffs periodically. The completed number of games for the Phillies is at the end of the headline.
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It was a very weird weekend for the Phillies heading into the All-Star break today. Sunday’s game commenced a 3-game series with the White Sox that included a postponed game turned into a doubleheader, during which another rain delay occurred. All 3 games went extra-innings, with the teams playing 24 innings total in one day; each game on Saturday lasted exactly 3 hours...
The Phillies ended the first half of the 2013 season on a very high note, winning their fourth straight series, this time against the American League Chicago White Sox. They’ve now won eight of their last eleven games leading up to the All-Star break, and also finish at .500. Cole Hamels got the start for [...]