Found May 23, 2012 on Philliedelphia:
This is interesting.   The latest power rankings of MLB teams on lists the Phillies a stunning FIFTH in major league baseball.   Granted, they do not factor in the last two losses to the Washington Nationals, but if the Nationals really are that high - ranked second - , maybe it won't matter. Also surprising - the Atlanta Braves with a .619 winning percentage are ranked three spots below the .500 Phillies.   The Braves dropped from fifth to eighth, and the only note given was high praise for Martin Prado who is having a great year. Last week the Phillies were ranked eighth.  Apparently, the winning streak was enough to change their minds.  Of course, the Phillies are in the process of undoing what they gained with this putrid losing streak. Check out the whole list here.

Martin Prado comfortable in Braves lineup

Martin Prado is in the perfect place. The guy in front of him is hitting .323 and knows what to do when he reaches first. Michael Bourns 13 steals are tied for second in the NL. And the guy behind him is becoming one of the leagues top run producers. Freddie Freeman has taken over the No. 3 spot in the Braves order, and his 32 RBIs are tied for third in the league. In between...

So, Tyler Clippard wants Drew Storen's job.

"I want it bad. I’ve been fighting for the opportunity for three years now. I feel like I’ve been over-stepped a few times along the way for the opportunity to get those saves, for whatever reason. I don’t really know. But they have a plan and I trust their plan. We’ve had a good year this year and we’ve been winning. You can’t really go against the grain as...

Committee replaces Rodriguez as Nationals' closer

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Henry Rodriguez Demoted From Closer Role

Davey Johnson told reporters today that Henry Rodriguez would no longer be used in the closer role for the Nationals. According to a report in the Washington Post, Johnson stated that Rodriguez will be used in a less demanding role in the Nationals bullpen. Look for Johnson to use a closer by committee approach until Drew Storen returns from injury in July, with Tyler Clippard, Sean...

Nationals "World Series Contender" According to Power Rankings

The Washington Nationals are off to the best start in team history at 25-17 and are a half-game out of first place in the National League East behind the Atlanta Braves. Despite that, the Nats are ranked second in's MLB Power Rankings, and they're the highest ranked team in the NL. But that's not even the exciting news. The folks over at like what they...

Braves bullpen taunts Rays ballboy for booting grounder

For all you New York fans wondering what ever happened former-Mets starter Livan Hernandez— well, he's throwing balls for the Atlanta Braves bullpen and picking on opposing team's ballboys for fun. During Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the 37-year old Hernandez tossed what looked like a couple of handfuls of sunflower seeds at a ballboy after the youngster...

Braves bullpen throws sunflower seeds at ball boy after he boots grounder (video)

Your browser does not support iframes. A couple days late on this video, but it’s far too amusing to pass up briefly mentioning it. One of the more important responsibilities of a ball boy at work in a major league ballpark is to ensure the safety of members of both teams’ bullpens if those bullpens [...]

Minor allows four solo homers in Braves' loss

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Right-hander Mike Leake hit his first career homer -- part of three solo shots in a row by the Cincinnati Reds -- and allowed only two hits over eight innings Monday night for a 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Drew Stubbs hit two of the career-high four homers allowed by Atlanta starter Mike Minor (2-4). All the runs scored on solo homers at one of the majors...

Bottom of the Ninth: National Emergency

Washington Nationals: Another turn on the closerousel for the Nationals, as Henry Rodriguez is no longer taking the ball in the 9th. BiBi showed the world on Wednesday that Davey Johnson was wrong for demoting him by allowing a homerun and walking a batter without recording a K. Tyler Clippard locked the door Tuesday with a clean outing and a K, picking up the save. He’s in the...

Can the Dodgers Rebuild Farm Under New CBA?

Stan Kasten has spoken about building through scouting and player development since new ownership has taken over the Dodgers. With the draft looming and a press released detailing LA's renewed interest in the international market, how much will the Dodgers be able to expand their minor league system under new rules imposed by the latest collective bargaining agreement?

John Smoltz: Baseball legend, TV Analyst and attempted weather dude

Yeah, it's as goofy as you'd think that it would be. But it is an athlete, albeit a now former one trying to do what people at the Weather Channel do for a living; forecast the weather. Smoltz was a guest on the Your Weather Today morning show shot in the metro Atlanta area. In this video, the former ace pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and current game analyst for TBS...

Phillies lose second straight to Washington Nationals, 5-2

The at-bat that summed up the season came in the bottom of the third, after Shane Victorino hit a one-out double to put runners on second and third with the Phillies trailing by three runs. Last year, that would have meant Ryan Howard batting cleanup with Hunter Pence on deck, perhaps followed by Raul Ibanez. Last night, it was back-up catcher Brian Schneider and journeyman Hector...

Nats avoid another sweep

(A Phillies fan threw back Adam LaRoche's too little, too late HR ball in the 9th inning. Screengrab via MASN/TV) Phillies 4, Nationals 1: Old School chicken [bleep] Cole Hamels dominates. Nats win a series, blow yet another chance to sweep a series (we've lost count at this point). Braves lose; Nats remain in first place for at least another day. Harper...

Injury updates: Wang, Mattheus, Morel, Getz and Cespedes

Here's a running list of injury updates around the Major Leagues: – Right handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was activated today from the Disabled List according to a source close to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington. To make room on the roster the Nationals placed Ryan Mattheus on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot adds Zuckerman. – The Chicago White...
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