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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 and is recently making a habit of blowing leads. Cole Hamels has been hit or miss. Kyle Kendrick and Joe Blanton keep see-sawing between okay and downright horrible.
As for the bullpen, 5 out of 7 pitchers have little big league experience. 4 of those are rookies in their first (3) year or second (1) year in the majors. Chad Qualls, a veteran, has basically been a bust. And their $50 million closer hardly ever pitches because the save situations are slim and they are afraid to use him in non-save situations.
Last night in a horrible 11-7 loss to the Twins, 3 of 4 bullpen guys who pitched combined to allow...
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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...
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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...
MINNEAPOLIS This three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins is likely Jim Thome's last go-round at Target Field, the site of some of his mammoth home runs over the past few years.
Thome added one more to the list Wednesday.
In the fourth inning of the Phillies' 9-8 win, Thome took Twins reliever Anthony Swarzak deep for a two-run homer to...
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...
Joe Blanton pitched his second complete game of the season and Jim Thome homered for the second day in a row to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
Blanton (6-6) gave up seven hits and struck out seven while going the distance for the sixth time in his career, snapping an ugly string of five straight starts with at least five...
The Phillie Phanatic tends to mess around with people, but he may have taken things too far recently. The Phillies mascot has been sued for allegedly throwing a woman into a hotel pool in July 2010. The woman, Suzanne Pierce, claims she was hurt pretty badly after landing in the shallow end, suffering "severe and permanent injuries to her head, neck, back, body, arms and legs...
Here is tonight's Phillies lineup, game time is 7:05 on Phl 17:
Jimmy Rollins- SS
Placido Polanco- LF
Hunter Pence- RF
Jim Thome- DH
Shane Victorino- CF
Carlos Ruiz- C
Ty Wigginton- 3B
John Mayberry- LF
Michal Martinez- 2B
Joe Blanton- P
Final: Phillies 6, Twins 1.
WP: Joe Blanton (6-6, 4.93)
LP: Scott Diamond (5-2, 2.13)
Joe Blanton has thrown a complete game for just the eighth time in his nine-year Major League Baseball career. He allowed just seven hits while striking out eight and walking none.
Jim Thome hit another mammoth home run Thursday evening for his 11th, 12th, and 13th run batted in of the season...
Philadelphia Phillies (30-34) vs. Minnesota Twins (25-36)
Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.40) vs. Scott Diamond (5-1, 1.61)
Time: 8:10, Target Field
TV: WB 17
Weather: Thunderstorms, 80
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since May 30 and June 1. Overall they have lost nine of their last 11 games. Before last night, the...
It wasn’t the debut Colby Shreve wanted to make at the Double-A level. On Thursday, fresh off the excitement of his second promotion of the season, the 24-year-old surrendered three hits and walked three batters, while letting up six runs (five of those earned) in two-thirds of an inning, in relief for the Reading Phillies. The disappointment was far greater than he had felt at...
Here's a running list with injury updates around the Major Leagues:
– According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, doctors found a a pars fracture in Freddy Galvis' lower back and he will be in a brace for the next three weeks. “Then we're going to reexamine him and see where we're at,” said the Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan. “Based on his symptoms...