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Jim Thome homered as a member of the Twins in the two teams' last meeting in June 2010. (Courtesy of SportsChatPlace.com)
It's not often this season that you can look at the standings and find a team that the Phillies are supposed to beat. But if there ever was a team, it's the Minnesota Twins.
The Phillies have spent the past three weeks facing teams with winning records only to see their margin for error grow and grow to an 8 1/2 game deficit in the division. There is no room for error anymore, and perhaps worse, the Phillies can't just help themselves. They need help from other teams.
But first, they need to help themselves by winning, a task easier said than done for a team that is 2-8 in the month of June.
But the Twins come in with a rough record of their own, just 24-35 and in last place in the AL Central. Here's the most important difference between the two teams. The Phillies record in June is 2-8. The Twins record in June is 7-3. The Twins are ac...
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OK, so now that the Chase Utley news has sunk, let’s examine what the commencement of a minor league rehab stint means for the Phillies’ second baseman…
- It means first and foremost that Utley begins a 20-day clock, which is true for all position players once an official minor league rehab assignment begins. This means that, barring a setback, Utley will be back in the major...
Phillies Centerfielder Shane Victorino is in the final year of his contract with the Phillies. Could he be used as trade bait to help the team re-build? Photo by Renee Cendrowski.
The Phillies trail the Nationals by 8 games, and 10 games in the loss column. In a word this season has been a disaster.
I’ve broached this subject in the past, and as mid-June approaches, I think it’s...
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins starter P.J. Walters left Wednesday's game with a shoulder injury after facing just four Philadelphia batters. The team announced Walters was dealing with shoulder pain and stiffness and was not able to get loose. He'll have an MRI on Thursday.
Walters gave up four straight hits to open the game before he was met on the mound by manager Ron Gardenhire...
MINNEAPOLIS Of all the events the Minnesota Twins participate in during Hope Week, Tuesday's was perhaps the highlight for manager Ron Gardenhire.
The Twins skipper was joined by catcher Drew Butera, pitcher P.J. Walters, former Twins Kent Hrbek and Tim Laudner, and mascot T.C. Bear at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. The group spent time with military veterans, signing autographs...
Hunter Pence and the Phillies are now 9 1/2 games out in the NL East, but it isn't all do to poor play. (Phillies Network/Kevin Durso)
Another night and another loss for the Phillies sent them slipping further into a hole.
With a new playoff system, and two added wildcards, it’s too early to count the Phillies, or any other last-place team, out of any race. The problem is...
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Nothing comes east these days for the Phillies, as the National League East division’s last place club went down to the wire on Wednesday night to notch a victory over the Twins by a score of 9-8.
Behind a less-than-sharp Cole Hamels, the Phils were able to lock down a win in a month when such results aren’t very common. The game marked just the third time...
The Minnesota Twins were hoping Trevor Plouffe would finally find a role this season as what they called a "super utility" player, a guy who can play every infield position (he has) and both corner outfield spots (he has). They're getting so much more. "He's picking us up big time right now, which we needed," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We needed...
Cliff Lee is winless so far in 2012, and that is not all because of the players behind him. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Ty Wigginton booted a ball in the 10th inning of yesterday’s game that eventually spilled over to be the winning run. Matt Wieters drove him in with a double off Joe Savery.
With those players in the field, it actually was expected.
This season has been about trying...
Kyle Kendrick of the Philadelphia Phillies is a temporary starter. How do the fill-ins for Washington match-up with the locals? The Apocalyptic Horsemen Stats are in my recent coverage linked below.
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I am alternating a game-day 2012 ERA For The NL East and a 2012 ERA For The MLB 5. See link section below. In each publication, the number...
It is official; Chase Utley will begin his rehab assignment with Class-A Clearwater today. This gives him 20 days to return to the big league club, putting his return around or before July 2, 2012.
Are you totally psyched? No? Yeah, I am not terribly optimistic either. It would just be wrong to expect the Utley of 2008 with 33 homers and a .380 on-base percentage to return. He has...
The Philadelphia Phillies were three games over .500 and had won seven of nine after Kyle Kendrick pitched them to victory June 1 - right around the time the Minnesota Twins began their current surge.
Much has changed for the Phillies since.
Kendrick takes the hill looking to help Philadelphia avoid a ninth loss in 10 games when it makes its first visit to Target Field on Tuesday...
At the start of the season, everyone was worried about the Phillies offense being strong enough to carry a solid starting pitching staff to wins. Now that the offense is slowly piecing runs together, the entire pitching staff has fallen apart. Let us examine the grisly evidence:
Roy Halladay is on the DL. Vance Worley is pitching will bone chips in his elbow. Cliff Lee has no wins...
A Minnesota Twins fan snagged a foul ball with his glove while on his cell phone during Tuesday night's game at Target Field against the Philadelphia Phillies.
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It happened in the top of the seventh inning on a foul ball hit by Phillies batter Michael Martinez. The Twins fan on the phone gave the ball to his girlfriend before wrapping...
Philadelphia Phillies’ LHP Cliff Lee is a pretty darn good pitcher. His reputation and production speaks for itself. However, 2012 has been a pretty unlucky year for Lee.
Lee’s peripherals have been pretty much on point. He has 74 K’s in 70.2 innings, a 52.3 percent Ground Ball Percenage, and a 2.65 xFIP. When it comes to wins however, Lee has had no luck at all.