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St. Louis Cardinals
After experience major pains in Cincinnati earlier this week, an extension of the offensive troubles in Miami, the Phillies lit up the board with 13 hits, but still fell short against the Cardinals, 4-3.
Hamels Returning to Form
-Cole Hamels looked closer to the Hamels of old, as he struck out eight Cardinals in seven innings. He allowed five hits, two walks, and three runs, but looked to have better command of the strike zone, something that has plagued him in the early going.
-Mike Adams gave up a solo home run to Carlos Beltran and also walked Allen Craig in the eighth inning. On the surface, it would look like a small blip. However, on the home run to Beltran, Adams hit just 90 mph on the gun. His average fastball this season is below 90, a 2 mph drop from 2012 and a 3 mph drop from 2011. Adams is coming off a surgery where a rib was permanently removed, so it could be a rebuilding of strength. Regardless, it’s something to keep an eye on.
Offense gets to Wainwright
BEST OF MAXIM
The Phillies are getting absolutely nothing out of their outfield. In 183 at-bats, Phillies outfielders are batting .219 with five home runs.
Ben Revere hasn’t gotten off the ground, Laynce Nix and John Mayberry are doing pretty much what you’d expect in one outfield corner and Domonic Brown remains the wildly inconsistent, baseball version of Evan Turner.
The Phillies’ outfield...
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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 at the end.
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Earlier this week, Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Ben Revere made an early entry into the “Catch of the Year” debate with his magnificent effort at tracking down and catching what appeared to be a sure-fire hit by Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier.
On Wednesday, Revere demonstrated how even when he misses catches can be an awe-inspiring spectacle, due to the glorious...
Sometimes, it doesn’t pay to get out of the bed in the morning. But if a major league baseball player chooses to get up on one of those days, he’d be best advised to tell the manager to not put him in the lineup and instead remain in the safe confines of the dugout. Philadelphia Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. probably was feeling that he was better off staying at home...
(AP) -- Roy Halladay began to resemble his former Cy Young-winning self in his last start. The Philadelphia Phillies hope he continues his ace-like ways as they try to end a losing streak.
Halladay and the Phillies look to avoid a fifth straight loss when they host the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.
Halladay won Cy Young Awards in 2003 and 2010, and finished second in 2011...
Philadelphia Phillies (6-7) at Cincinnati Reds (6-7)
Tuesday’s Game (Resumed from Bottom of 9th, No Outs)
Time: 5:30 pm, Great American Ballpark
TV: The Comcast Network, Home of Phillies Nation TV
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 100% chance of precipitation, 75
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies and Reds will look to squeeze the conclusion of last night’s pitcher’s duel in before...
“I think it’s ridiculous that we’ve had no walks in three days. I cannot believe it. More importantly, it’s about not just walks, but producing, and we haven’t done that. We haven’t gotten hits, period. We haven’t gotten hits with runners in scoring position, we haven’t gotten hits to lead off innings. We need more people on base and more offensive production. You’ve...
The Philadelphia Phillies know that they need to do something to shake up their lineup and score runs. That includes putting the slumping Jimmy Rollins in the lead off spot.
The Phillies should juggle the lineup but moving Revere is not the answer. Check back later for my article about the lead off spot…
Phillies lineup 4/18/2013 vs Cardinals.
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We are passing along some injury updates this Thursday afternoon. We mentioned yesterday that both John Lannan and Domonic Brown suffered injury's in last night's Cincinnati Reds blowout against the Phillies. It appears that one player is better than originally expected; the other is worse than expected. John Lannan -...
Philadelphia Phillies (6-10) vs St. Louis Cardinals (9-6)
Roy Halladay (1-2, 7.63) vs Jaime Garcia (1-0, 1.86)
Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather:70′s, chance of rain/storms
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tonight should be fun. Jaime Garcia (7 IP, 0 R in his last outing) is on the mound for the Cardinals, and he’s had success (2.30 ERA) against the Phillies in...
Having appeared to lose their hitting stroke on the road, the Philadelphia Phillies are likely eager to return home.
They might not be quite as enthusiastic to face Adam Wainwright.
Looking to build on a sensational outing, the St. Louis Cardinals staff ace will try to continue his recent success against the Phillies in Thursday night's series opener.
Philadelphia (6-9) batted...
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