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If they hit, they don't pitch. If they pitch, they don't hit. If they do those things, they probably don't play defense. This is why the Phillies are 31-35 with 96 games to go, and nine games back of first, in last place. Everything's going wrong this year- bad play, bad luck, and injuries. Can the Phillies come back from it? Should they bust the team up? These are not easy questions to answer. The Nationals are 38-24 with 100 games to go, meaning that a .500 record gets them 88 wins. If they continue at .600 pace, they win 98 games, and at .614, 99. That's pretty tough for the Phillies to catch any of in 96 games, though not impossible, yet. I would guess the Nats are heading for about 91-93 wins if they don't fall off the cliff that I keep expecting them to. Atlanta is at a more manageable 35-29, with 98 games to go. A .500 finish nets them 84 wins, continuing at .550 nets them 89 wins, and a .6...
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The Philadelphia Phillies recalled catcher Erik Kratz from Triple-A Lehigh Valley Saturday and optioned right-hander B.J. Rosenberg to Triple-A.
Kratz was promoted to fill in for catcher Carlos Ruiz, who left in the seventh inning of Friday's loss to the Blue Jays with a sore muscle in his left side.
Brian Schneider, who replaced Ruiz Friday, started for the Phillies on Saturday...
Yesterday the Phillies lost to the Toronto Blue Jays for the second straight day. The Phils blew a three run lead in the eight inning, and Cliff Lee remains winless. Rather than posting stats about yesterday's loss, I will save you the trouble of getting aggravated.
After the game, Charlie Manuel ripped into the team:
“We don’t get it done. We can’t play in the moment...
The Phillies' first day in Toronto started about as well as they could have hoped. Former longtime Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay was the first player on the field. Halladay, on the disabled list with a right lat strain, played catch before batting practice. It was the first time Halladay had thrown a ball in nearly three weeks. At the Phillies' spring training facilities...
Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo was unavailable to pitch on Friday night, and he has a bizarre reason why.
Bastardo apparently was ticked off after allowing three runs (two charged to starter Cole Hamels) in relief against the Twins on Wednesday. The reliever took out his frustration on a squat machine, and Philly.com’s Matt Gelb says the squat machine “returned the favor...
It's June 16, and Cliff Lee is still without a win. (AP)
For the third time in a row, the Phillies were able to get a lead with Cliff Lee on the mound, and for the third time in a row, they’d end up losing the game. This time, it was a painful loss in extra innings, as the Blue Jays prevailed 6-5 in ten innings. Defense was the coup de grace today for a Phillies team that can’t...
MINNEAPOLIS — Philadelphia’s starting rotation has been stuck in a bit of a tailspin since ace Roy Halladay went down with a shoulder injury late last month.
With studs Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels still hurling, who would have thought Fat Joe Blanton would be the one to step up and deliver a sterling performance? Not Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, that’s for sure.
Philadelphia Phillies (31-35) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (32-32)
Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.18) vs. Ricky Romero (7-1, 4.15 ERA)
Time: 1:07, Rogers Centre
TV: CSN, MLB Network
Weather: Mostly Sunny, low 80′s
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Injury update: The Phillies received a bit of good news today when it was reported that Carlos Ruiz exited last night’s game with cramps, rather than...
- I think that Cliff Lee doesn't have a win because 1) the team has generally played like garbage this year and especially during Lee's starts and that has cost him wins 2) Lee hasn't pitched well enough in some games to get the win.The reason I felt the need to make the above statement is due to the recent increased intensity of the argument between those who feel that...
Billy the Philly Fan and Steve from My Two Cents rant about the Philadelphia Phillies losing ways.
TORONTO -- The challenges facing two injury-ravaged teams just got even greater Friday night as both the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies saw players go down with injuries. The Jays lost their third starting pitcher in five days after Drew Hutchison could only last nine pitches in the first inning before calling for a trainer after throwing an awkward-looking slider...
In my opinion, the Philadelphia Phillies were the favorites to win the NL East this year, but a series of injuries and bad results on the field have left them 9.5 games behind first place in the NL East and four games under .500. This doesn't mean that they will be sellers at the July 31 Trade Deadline, but they're sure preparing for that in case they can't turn this...
TORONTO - With just four wins thus far in June, the next few weeks could determine whether the Philadelphia Phillies are buyers or sellers as the trade deadline at the end of July approaches. Colby Rasmus hit a home run and had three RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays (34-32) completed a sweep of the visiting Phillies with a 6-2 win on Sunday. The Phillies are heading home for a...
Final: Phillies 0, Blue Jays 3.
WP: Carlos Villanueva (2-0, 3.48 ERA)
LP: Vance Worley (3-3, 2.80 ERA)
SV: Casey Janssen (6)
Despite leading the league in many offensive categories, the Phillies were shut down tonight in Toronto. The offense was able to produce just five hits, as they left a total of 18 men on base.
Carlos Ruiz, the man who has been the center-piece of the 2012...