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The Recliner GM:
The Phillies season, despite what you may think, has gone about as expected…
Without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, the offense has been inconsistent (yet, still 7th in the NL in R/G).
The starters, for the most part, have been excellent, with a combined 2.90 ERA in 260.2 IP.
The bullpen, which was a question mark after Papelbon, has been flat out bad. With non-Papelbon relievers sporting a whopping 5.97 ERA with 8 losses. For all the focus on the offense, it’s the bullpen that has us where we are today.
Since I’ve not posted on the Phillies since the season started, I’m going to do a full rundown of the team, ranked by WAR, and any comments I have on the player…
1. Carlos Ruiz, C, 1.9 WAR
Ruiz has been MVP-worthy through the first quarter of the year. There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the way he is playing. His 1.024 OPS is outrageous, his 7 HR are already 2 away from a career high and the only players in the NL with higher WAR’s at the moment are David Wright, Joey Votto ...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Carlos Ruiz after stealing second base on Friday night.
Carlos Ruiz has been the heart and soul of the Phillies' revival over the last week. The Phillies have won now six games in a row and seem to be carrying plenty of momentum going forward. While the Phillies remain in last place, the gap is closing. The Phillies are four games out of first place and only a half-game...
The Philadelphia Phillies have struggled out of the gate this season and it was a big story when the team finally went a game over .500 last night. For a team accustomed to the post season, it has been a bit of an inglorious start. Lost in that story of age and injuries is the superb season that Carlos Ruiz is putting up both behind the plate and beside it. With a quarter of the...
Jonathan Papelbon loves to talk and when asked about it being weird to face his old club, he admitted it would be. But not for Cinco Ocho. He ain't afraid of nothin'!
"It won't be weird. It might be a little weird for Pap, but it won't be weird for Cinco," Papelbon told Boston's WEEI radio. "Cinco is like a great white, when he smells blood...
Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings, and Hunter Pence and Freddy Galvis homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to their sixth straight victory with a 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
Hamels (6-1) gave up three runs on six hits while striking out nine and walking one. It was the sixth straight win for Hamels, who improved to 4-0 in five career starts against...
Well, the curse words were so loud that we could hear them during the 8th inning Phillies' 1:00 Tuesday game against the Houston Astros.
The issue was, to Charlie Manuel, umpire Bob Davidson got in the way of catcher Brian Schneider on a dropped third strike. Batter Jason Castro advanced to first base.
Suspending a manager is pretty common. The public suspension...
Kyle Kendrick has certainly had rough spots during his time with the Phillies, but he has also played an important role. In his latest outing, Kendrick came to the rescue when the Phillies needed an emergency starter.
Roy Oswalt auditioned for the Phillies last week in Mississippi. Photo (AP)Ken Rosenthal of Fox Spots is reporting that the Phils watched Roy Oswalt throw a bullpen session last week near his Mississippi home while the Boston Red Sox took a look at him this week. Rosenthal Tweeted: “One source said Oswalt appeared in good shape, but not surprisingly, more in spring-training mode...
The Phillies took down the Red Sox in the first game of their 3 game series, 6 - 4, with Jonathan Papelbon shutting the door. As if it would have ended any other way.
This one looked like a disaster from the jump, as Bard was just awful in the first. He gave up 3 walks and 2 hits leading to 4 runs in the inning. He settled down after that, only allowing one more hit the rest...
Today is the anniversary of one of the all-time games in Phillies history, the 23-22 10-inning game in Wrigley Field. The Phillies got off to a fast start by scoring seven runs in the top of the first inning, only to give up six runs in the bottom of the inning. And we were off.
Mike Schmidt hit two home runs in the game and starting pitcher Randy Lerch also hit a home run, while...
Roy Oswalt, a free-agent right-hander, threw bullpen sessions for
the Philadelphia Phillies last week and the Boston Red Sox this
week, according to major-league sources.
Red Sox (18-20) at Phillies (20-19)Daniel Bard (3-4, 4.30) vs. Cole Hamels (5-1, 2.28)Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park TV: CSN Weather: Sunny, 66 Media: Twitter and FacebookThe Phillies will be without Charlie Manuel, who is serving a one-game suspension (explained here), tonight when they take the field against the AL-rival Boston Red Sox in search of their sixth consecutive win...
The Philadelphia Phillies will be without their skipper, Charlie Manuel as they try to extend their season high winning streak to 6 tonight.
Charlie Manuel will be sitting out tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox because he has been suspended by MLB for an altercation with umpire Bob Davidson on Tuesday night.
Manuel took exception to Davidson interfering with catcher Brian...
Ah, interleague baseball. Some hate it, some love it, and some don't care who the Phillies are playing, as long as they keep this hot streak going. They did just that tonight against the Boston Red Sox with Cole Hamels on the mound for the Phils. Carlos Ruiz would provide multiple RBI's once more in the Phillies' sixth straight win.
Reliever turned starter Daniel Bard...
Both the Red Sox and the Celtics were in town Friday night, which is something that does not happen very often. Also a rare occurrence, both home teams came out on top…the Phillies beat the Sox, 6-4 and the 76ers took down the Celtics, 92-83 in playoff action. The stars aligned in Philly for what was a special night.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had a great view of the game...
Red Sox (18-20)