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In four seasons from 2008-2011, Roy Halladay‘s worst FIP was 3.06 (2009). In 2011 it was an astounding 2.20 on the strength of a career-best 8.47 K/9 and just a 5.1% HR/FB rate. While the homer rate was fueled by a bit of luck, the strikeouts were completely the result of skill. Honestly, 2011 was probably Halladay’s best professional season.So you want to write him off just because he had a bad season (bad by Halladay’s standards, that is)? It’s true that his velocity was down last year, but it’s also true that he dealt with a strained right shoulder at the end of May. Even though the injury caused him to miss about seven or eight starts, it’s possible that the injury impacted him for the remainder of the season.Halladay’s strikeout rate was still his usual mid-7.00s, but his walk rate rose all the way to 2.07 BB/9! Considering he’d been under 2.00 every year since 2004, that’s a pretty noticeable rise. Still, the down overall walk numbers can almost entirely be attributed to a dis...
BEST OF MAXIM
The lineup is initiated by the offensive catalyst of the Philadelphia Phillies, who, until now, has been Jimmy Rollins. Is there a changing of the guard on the immediate horizon?
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My articles are designed to represent a baseball man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box. Most fans do not consider the budget, prospects...
GETS NO RELIEF
Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon openly questioned the composition of the team, saying, "Since I've been here I haven't seen any leadership."
February is here, and you know what that means – Spring Training! Fortunately for fans, that journey always begins in sunny Clearwater, Florida. The Phillies have been coming to the area just off the Gulf of Mexico since 1915 and it has provided fans a warm haven from the final weeks of winter.
Phillies Nation has gone to Spring Training the past 7 years and after all the games...
I Love the Phillies, especially the 2012 team.
I grew up a Phillies fan having gone to my first game back in 1983 at Veterans Stadium. I got a patch that night in celebration of 100 years of baseball with different “P’s” on each base. It’s one of my most cherished baseball possessions; but even more important to me are the memories of my dad taking me to the ballpark and...
Jonathan Papelbon is again raising some eyebrows.
Papelbon, who is generally outspoken when asked his opinion, may have just ruffled a few feathers in the Philadelphia locker room, as he called the Phillies’ leadership into question while discussing the state of the team.
“Since I’ve been here I haven’t seen any leadership,” Papelbon said, according to the Allentown Morning...
Waves crash on a sandy beach as the palm trees sway in the
cool gulf breeze. You get up from your spot on the beach just in time to hear someone
ordering a grouper sandwich and a bloody mary as a band plays some reggae
tunes. You hop in the car, light up a
cigar you bought in Ybor City, Tampa the night before and head on your way. It’s
about noon, and your beach day is already...
No, the Phils did not sign the balding man who smashes watermelons. The Phillies did, however, sign Austin Gallagher, a 24-year old Lancaster, PA native formerly of the Dodgers organization. Gallagher is a former 2007 Third Round pick who was at one point fast-tracked to High-A as a 19-year old in 2008 but has had issues staying on the field and has not progressed past High-A. Gallagher...
Who is ready for some baseball?
The Phillies first competitive exhibition of the Spring is upon us – a five inning intrasquad game starting at noon. Team One, led by Jonathan Pettibone, will do battle with Team Two, led by Adam Morgan.
Here are the line-ups, first reported by Ryan Lawrence and Chris Branch:
Hot News for RP Michael Schwimer
Hot News for 2B Andres Blanco
Shortly after the Phillies dropped their spring training opener to the Houston Astros, 8-3, word broke that the first roster change of the year had been executed. The Phillies traded relief pitcher Michael Schwimer to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for first base prospect Art Charles. Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly was the first to officially report the move on Twitter.
The Phillies opened up Grapefruit League play Saturday against the Houston Astros at Brighthouse Field. The ‘Stros make their American League debut this season and will sport retro uniforms akin to their 1980s teams. The Phils fell to the Astros by a score of 8-3. Cole Hamels started on the bump for the Fightins and…
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Since I have been here, I haven’t seen any leadership
Jonathan Papelbon, February 22, 2013
I wish I could have written about this quote sooner. But, to be honest, I don’t think there is much to say; I believe Papelbon’s misspoke during a period of quick reflection. A reflection on a season’s worth of disappointments that are understandable when compared to the high expectations...
(Philliedelphia/Danielle Wilson) Per multiple sources, it has been confirmed that relief pitcher Michael Schwimer has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league first baseman Art Charles. Schwimer, scheduled to pitch in today's spring training game against the Astros, packed his bag after the game upon hearing the...