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Friday was the start of an important 10-game stretch for the Philadelphia Phillies. With the fourth-oldest roster in the majors, and a so-so first-half of the season at best, decision-makers have to evaluate the Phillies postseason chances before making any decisions ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
Are they buyers or sellers?
With just over week before the All-Star break, this stretch of games will go a long way toward answering that question.
Behind the strong arm of Cliff Lee -- one of the best starting pitchers in the National League -- the Phillies got off on the right foot with a 5-4 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
Here are Three Cuts from the Braves' frustrating loss:
1. Cliff Lee rarely needs much help, but he got some anyway.
Lee is now 8-0 in his last 12 starts, his first 8-0 stretch since Aug. 2009. But he has had his way with the Braves for quite some time. After starting out 1-3 against Atlanta with a 6.15 ERA, Lee has now gone 5-1 in his last sev...
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Former Atlanta Braves legend Chipper Jones was so disgusted with the umpiring of Angel Hernandez on Friday night, he began telling fans to boycott Hernandez-umpired games. Jones first got upset when Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was called out on strikes to lead off the team’s 5-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Simmons was called out [...]
The Atlanta Braves have placed outfielder Jordan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list and called up outfielder Joey Terdoslavich from Triple-A Gwinnett. Schafer fouled a ball off his foot against Kansas City on June 29 and it has not responded to treatment. Schafer says that he can walk and jog okay but is unable to run. On the season, Schafer is hitting .312, with a .399 on-base...
I sat down with Double-A Reading manager Dusty Wathan on Thursday to chat about several key names in the Phillies’ developmental ranks. Among the topics of discussion were top Phils prospect lefty pitcher Jesse Biddle, fast rising third base prospect Maikel Franco, struggling left-handed starter Austin Wright and outfielder Tyson Gillies, who earned a promotion from Reading to...
Considering he's dealing with an oblique injury, the Atlanta Braves are expected to play it safe with Evan Gattis' recovery. While there's not currently a set timeframe for his return, Gattis took a big step back yesterday as he completed roughly 20 pain-free swings in the indoor batting cage of Turner Field, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
The pain-free cuts...
The Atlanta Braves dropped their 3rd straight game on Friday night. A late inning comeback bid fell one run short as the Braves were beaten by the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-4. The Phillies got the game’s scoring started in the 1st inning of Friday’s game. Ryan Howard grounded into fielder’s choice to Freddie Freeman. Freeman’s throw to 2nd went into left field allowing...
The results are in: the Phillies will be represented in the National League All-Star team by pitcher Cliff Lee and Domonic Brown. Full roster posted shortly.
Twitter is a wonderful tool for getting news, chatting with people who have similar interests, and finding out the thoughts of some of your favorite celebrities. But all too often, Twitter becomes a blazing fire of unsubstantiated rumors that can cause major rifts in the accuracy of news reporting...especially in sports.
This was never more evident than Friday afternoon when a rather
The Atlanta Braves placed outfielder Jordan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list Thursday morning with a right knee contusion.
As reported by Mark Bowman of MLB.com,
"Schafer has had limited mobility since fouling a pitch off his ankle
last week on June 26 in Kansas City. The versatile outfielder favored
his right leg while running to first base during the two pinch...
The Atlanta Braves dropped their second straight game in soggy conditions with a 4-3 loss to the Miami Marlins on Independence Day. Here are three observations from the game:
1. A rare Craig Kimbrel loss sealed the deal for the Braves
The Braves bullpen held on as long as it could, but the Marlins eventually found a way to push the game-winning run across -- a bloop single to...
Tim Hudson won't go through many winless droughts if he is backed by the kind of run support his Atlanta Braves teammates gave him on Saturday night.
Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer to lead the Braves' offense that scored in all but two innings, Hudson pitched seven strong innings, and Atlanta set season highs for runs and hits in a 13-4 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies...
Tonight the Phillies will take on the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park for a 7:15 first pitch. The reason that the start is delayed is that beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Fox, the All-Star selection show will air prior to all games broadcast regionally on Fox. The Phillies-Braves matchup...
The Braves routed the Phillies 13-4 Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak. Here are three observations from the game:
1. Kyle Kendrick's success against the Braves came to screeching halt
The Phillies' 28-year-old righty entered Saturday night's game boasting excellent career numbers against his division rivals. He was 7-1 with a 2.86 ERA versus the Braves...
Amaro is taking this home stand to figure out if the Phillies should be sellers or buyers at the trade deadline. The answer is simple- sell! Trade chips: Chooch, Papelbon, Lee, both Youngs, and Utley. Personally, I keep Utley unless the package is ridiculous and Lee, because they need an ace. Chooch is old and worn down. Michael nor Delmon can field their position. Papelbon is...