Phillies, Velasquez vie for series win in finale against Pirates

The Philadelphia Phillies (45-54) will vie for their first series victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates (50-47) since July 2-4, 2013, as RHP Vince Velasquez opposes rookie RHP Jameson Taillon for his 17th start of the season Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.
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1 hour ago

The Pirates are hitting lots of Phillies batters, how should the Phillies respond?

How should teams respond when their players are getting hit by pitches at an alarming rate? The Pittsburgh Pirates are renowned for throwing inside to opposing hitters. This is a good thing. It’s important for pitchers to own both sides of the plate. But in the first two games of their series against the Phillies in Pittsburgh, more than a handful of those pitches have gotten...
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1 hour ago

Nothing is okay: Pirates 7, Phillies 4

Aaron Nola craps the duvet again and the Phillies help him out by forgetting how to hit with men on base. Oh god, this game. As so many do, it started so well. So positively. The Phillies and the Pirates traded runs in the first few innings, and it looked like Aaron Nola might be okay. Until the fifth inning when things started going horribly, horribly wrong. The Phillies had just...
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2 hours ago

Phillies swipe 5 early bases, but can't steal runs

The Phillies had the bases loaded in the third inning Saturday. They were stealing bases left and right off rookie pitcher Tyler Glasnow. It was a tie game. All that was left on the to-do list was to cross home plate a few times more.
13 hours ago

Five-run 5th inning proves to be downfall of Nola, Phillies

Embed from Getty Images By: Rebecca Serad, Sports Talk Philly Staff Final: Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Philadelphia Phillies 4 ❖ Attendance: 35,802 Pittsburgh, PA — At first, it was a back and forth battle on the offensive front, with frequent switches between the Philadelphia Phillies (45-54) having a one run lead...
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14 hours ago

Zach Eflin Shuts Down Pirates in Pittsburgh

After a lengthy home stand following the 2016 All-Star Break, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Friday at PNC Park thanks to a complete game shutout by Rookie Starting Pitcher Zach Eflin. Throughout the 2016 season, the Philadelphia Phillies pitching rotation has held its own against some of the top lineups in […] Philadelphia Phillies: Zach Eflin...
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15 hours ago

Phillies catcher Rupp leaves game after getting hit in ear

PITTSBURGH (AP) Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning Saturday after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pittsburgh Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow. Rupp was examined by doctors and found to have no concussion symptoms. Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for Rupp and stayed in the game at catcher.
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X-rays negative, Franco day to day with sore wrist

After taking a pitch off his left wrist in Friday's 4-0 win against the Pirates, Maikel Franco was not in the Phillies' lineup on Saturday and is day to day with a sore wrist.
19 hours ago

Storyline: Prospecting for the next Phillies’ Ace

Of the seven starters in the system, does one rise above the others on the depth chart of the Philadelphia Phillies since Aaron Nola‘s arrival in 2015? Did the trades of Cole Hamels or Ken Giles produce a stud to head the five-man staff? Has 2016’s MLB Draft pool left general manager Matt Klentak without a true number one? And when the smoke clears, will the red pinstripes...
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Is it a Good Idea to Trade Cameron Rupp?

The latest member of the Philadelphia Phillies to have their name pop up in trade rumblings is catcher Cameron Rupp. Rupp is in the midst of a career year behind the dish so it makes sense for his name to pop up in trade whispers with the only other starting option on the block being […] Philadelphia Phillies: Is it a Good Idea to Trade Cameron Rupp? - Section 215 - Section 215...
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23 hours ago

So Eflin Good

Zach Eflin tossed a complete game 3-hit shutout Friday night versus the Pirates, requiring just 100 pitches to go all the way and pick up the win. It was the rookie's first career shut out. That's what I'm Eflin talking about! I know what you're thinking, I loved him in those High School Musicals, I wish he was my Neighbors. Wrong Zach. Both are real good though. After a rocky...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies rebuild will go as quickly as Jake Thompson says it will

Jake Thompson might be the most important piece to this rebuild.
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1 day ago

Phillies team leaders - July 23

Your team leaders as the Phils hit the road.
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1 day ago

Wrist injury forces Phillies’ Maikel Franco out again

Maikel Franco felt another fastball collide with his left wrist, feeling pain in a similar spot compared to last season’s hit-by-pitch setback that cost the Phillies’ third baseman 45 games. But the similarities could end there. A 96-mph fastball from Gerrit Cole hit Franco on that left wrist, knocking him down during his first-inning at-bat […] The post Wrist injury forces...
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1 day ago

Eflin dominant in 3-hit shutout as Phillies beat Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Zach Eflin pitched his first major league shutout in his eighth start and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 Friday night. Eflin (3-3) had six strikeouts, allowed three hits and did not walk a batter as he threw 100 pitches for his second complete game this month. In the majors for just 39 days, the 22-year-old is one of only seven pitchers...
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Phillies DFA Daniel Stumpf

After five mostly forgettable innings, the Phillies have designated LHP Daniel Stumpf for assignment. In a corresponding move, Severino Gonzalez has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. As you may remember, the Phillies acquired Stumpf as a Rule 5 selection from the Royals this offseason. After pitching less than one inning over three appearances in April, Stumpf was suspended...
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1 day ago

Phillies Earn A Win For Bringing In Hellickson

Think back to last season, and the names that crowded the Phillies roster under the position “SP.” Sure we had Cole Hamels and, later, Aaron Nola, Adam Morgan and Jerad Eickhoff. Yes, “consistent” and “durable” Aaron Harang was there, too. But the other names: Jerome Williams, David Buchanan, Sean O’Sullivan, Chad Billingsley, Severino Gonzalez, Alec Asher, Dustin McGowan...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

Crash Landing: Fighting Pessimism, Looking Forward to Altherr’s Return

I have this habit of defaulting to extreme pessimism for injured players. It’s a deep-seated tendency due both to the innate pessimism derived from my upbringing in the world of Philadelphia sports as well as a learned habit from the recent pain of watching catastrophic injuries dramatically derail the careers of guys like Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard and, to a perhaps...
Via Crashburn Alley
2 days ago

Phillies fans will love catching prospect Alfaro’s warlike mentality

Jorge Alfaro, image- Jay Floyd For Phillies catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, his skills on the field are what have earned him consideration as one of the team’s most promising prospects, but his killer instinct and aggressive style of play are what fans will come to find as the most endearing things about him. When he went 3-for-3 in last week’s Eastern League All-Star Game,...
Via Phillies Nation
3 days ago

Hellickson, Goeddel lead Phillies to 4-1 win over Marlins

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jeremy Hellickson struck out eight in eight impressive innings, Tyler Goeddel hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 on Wednesday night. Hellickson (7-7) allowed one run and five hits, improving his value as the Aug. 1 trade deadline approaches. Miami's Wei-Yin Chen (5-4) gave up four runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Chris...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies are offering Frank Sinatra bobbleheads on Italian Heritage Night

The Philadelphia Phillies' promotions department is doing Italian Heritage Night their way.When the team plays host to the New York Mets on Friday, the first 2,000 fans to enter Citizens Bank Ballpark will receive a bobblehead.In a city deep in Italian roots, they Phillies' PR team came up with the perfect person to honor: Frank Sinatra.A perfect way to spend the day in tribute would...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Storyline: Winning Jobs on the Phillies

With the trading deadline on the immediate horizon, will Jeremy Hellickson be in the rotation of a contending team or the Philadelphia Phillies? Basically, when the dust settles on July 31, the openings on the 25-man roster will dictate the available spots for the five-man staff, the starting lineup, the bullpen or the bench. And any changes could be a chance for a youngster to...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Philadelphia Phillies finish the first half strong

The Philadelphia Phillies finished the first half of the season on a good note. In the last 11 games the Phillies had eight wins. Odubel Herrera has been named to the all-star team and rightly so. Herrera is playing very well. The lead-off hitter has a .380 on base percentage and has 10 home-runs. The center fielder also plays his position very well. Although Herrera made the all...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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