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Four Reasons Why The Phillies Might Not Be That Bad In 2015

Sixty-eight. That is the number of wins that Las Vegas has projected the Phillies to win this season. That would make this the worst baseball club Philadelphia has seen in 15 years, when the 2000 Phillies finished the season 65-97. Combine that with the team losing its opening Spring Training game to Division II University of Tampa, and expectations and excitement for this ball club...
Via Phillies Nation
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies fall to Astros in first Grapefruit loss of Spring

Time for baseball. #PhilliesST pic.twitter.com/jd9s9rDbND — Phillies (@Phillies) March 5, 2015 The Phillies headed to Kissimmee, FL to face the Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Cliff Lee started the game for the Phillies. Lee had not pitched since July 31st, 2014 against the Washington Nationals. Lee pitched two strong innings...
Via Philliedelphia
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Got Better End of Revere Trade

On December 6th of 2012, the Philadelphia Phillies sent a package of pitchers Vance Worley and Trever May to the Minnesota Twins for center fielder Ben Revere.  Let's check up on each player, shall we... Revere with the Phils: 239 G, .306/.688, 108 R, 22 DBL, 10 TRPL, 2 HR, 45 RBI, 71 SB, 1.1 WAR (brought down by poor defense, his oWAR is 3.9).Worley in 2013 with Twinkies: 1-5,...
Via We Should Be GM's
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Prediction: Ryan Howard Will Have 30+ Home Runs and 100+ RBIs.

It is no secret that Ryan Howard in recent years has been a shell of what he was from 2006-2011, where he totaled 262 home runs and 769 RBIs. Since 2011, Howard has only 48 home runs and 194 RBIs. The drop-off in production can be directly linked to injuries, as Howard only played 151 total games between the 2012 and 2013 seasons. However, last season Howard had only 23 home runs...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Positive, Slim Ryan Howard flashes leather for Phillies at first base, new batting stance

Your browser does not support iframes. Two Grapefruit League games is a small sample size, but the early results are encouraging for embattled first baseman Ryan Howard. Howard made a nice diving play to his right today with Jerome Williams on the mound. In Tuesday's game, Howard went 2 for...
Via Philliedelphia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard goes 2 for 2 with RBI as Phillies and Yankees tie

The Phillies donned familiar red pinstripes for the first time since September today as the Yankees came over from Tampa to open Grapefruit League action Tuesday afternoon. With a lineup full of regulars (minus the ailing Chase Utley), the Phillies looked to do better than the game against Tampa's collegiate...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hamels trade talk motivating Red Sox pitching staff

  Cole Hamels this, Cole Hamels that. It’s impossible to bring up the Boston Red Sox in spring training without Hamels’ name coming up.   The Red Sox’s lack of a starting pitcher who is considered a true ace has been a major storyline in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Red Sox opened their exhibition schedule Tuesday. Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Wade...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Out of the Batter’s Box – Grapefruit League play is here for Phillies

Sunday was an exaggerated disaster but today the games that matter only slightly more begin. Grapefruit League play opens up today in Clearwater for the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees. 1. Phillies open Grapefruit League play today vs. Yankees Two days after losing to University of Tampa, the Phillies get started with the Grapefruit League schedule with a home game...
Via Macho Row
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dominic Brown will bounce back

Domonic Brown had an abysmal year in 2014. Brown only hit .235, only hit 10 dingers, and was ranked MLB’s worst everyday left fielder by Sporting News.   But, things are looking up for Brown in 2015. Here’s why: Moving back to RF Pay attention to what I am saying and what I am not saying here. There was a certain player who was shifted out of his natural defensive position and...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Lose To A Division II College Baseball Team

The Philadelphia Phillies lost to a Division II college baseball team to open up their spring training.
Via Gamedayr
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top 25 Phillies Prospects

Since 2009, each off-season we’ve compiled a detailed list of the top up-and-coming Phillies. Last week, our minor league expert Jay Floyd completed the latest installment of “Prospect Nation” by naming J.P. Crawford as the top Phillies prospect. His in-depth research combined with first-hand player interviews means you’re getting the complete picture of these aspiring talents...
Via Phillies Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Is Officially Underway And The Phillies Lose To University Team

Baseball exhibition games are finally upon us as the Philadelphia Phillies took to the diamond versus the Division II University of Tampa squad. The collegiate team reigned victorious beating the Phillies collection of prospects and non-roster invitees 6-2 to kick-off the pre-season. The contest was a decided off the bat of Giovanny Alfonzo who smashed a grand slam off Phillies...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies open spring by dropping exhibition to D2 University of Tampa

The Phillies gave up five runs in the seventh inning to University of Tampa Sunday. The exhibition was not a good start for reliever Phillippe Aumont, but for the most part there is not too much to be overreacting about with this loss. In the first dose of spring baseball Sunday afternoon, the Philadelphia Phillies blew a 2-0 lead to Division 2 University of Tampa.  Shortly after...
Via Macho Row
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball is back today

Sure, it may be just an exhibition game against the University of Tampa, but I’ll take it. The Philadelphia Phillies are back in action today. The team may not be very good this season, but this is still a warm thought on this chilly day in the Philadelphia area. #Phillies lineup for Sunday vs @UofTampa. 1:05 pm game time. Game coverage on http://t.co/lA5ILMGimH. #PhilliesSTpic...
Via Macho Row
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Storyline: Boomerang-Like Plan for the Phillies

During March’s games, Maikel Franco will begin his opportunity to help the Philadelphia Phillies. And even if he crushes the ball, he may have to start the campaign with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs to play regularly. Because of Ryan Howard at first base and Cody Asche on the opposite corner, Ruben Amaro Jr. might not want Franco to ride the pines if he struggles early...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Papelbon Wind Up Back In The AL East?

Papelbon (Top Left)There's something appealing about the idea of facing Jonathan Papelbon lots of times in 2015. That eventuality could come about if the latest rumors pan out and he's dealt to AL East rival Toronto. After a simmering deal with the Brewers fizzled, the Blue Jays have popped up as a landing spot for the 34-year old ex-Red Sox closer. Would he go to the Great White...
Via FenwayNation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels trade needs to happen soon

Cole Hamels – Photo Credit – Keith Allison The Philadelphia Phillies did not know that 2011 would be their final season as a “good” team. If you remember correctly, they won 102 games that year — easily the best record in the majors — but wound up losing in five games in the divisional series to the eventual World Series champs, the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s been all...
Via Hot Stove MLB
9 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Philadelphia Phillies

Six years after their last World Series appearance and seven years after they won it, the Phillies are now languishing in the basement of not just the NL East, but all of baseball. Bad contracts, a lack of minor league talent translating to the Majors and a cascade of injuries have combined to make the last few seasons in the City of Brotherly Love sad indeed. However, even with...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM apologizes to Ryan Howard for critical remarks

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro spoke with Ryan Howard recently to apologize for comments he made earlier in the offseason about the struggling first baseman. Back in December, Amaro, who was trying to trade Howard, said on the radio that he told Howard the team would be better off without him. “We’ve talked to Ryan. And...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM: Hamels' desire for trade 'totally understandable'

Cole Hamels has expressed his openness to joining another MLB team, and the Philadelphia Phillies aren’t mad about it. Well, not too mad.   The lefthanded pitcher raised some eyebrows in a recent USA TODAY Sports article in which he told Bob Nightengale he just wants to win and doesn’t think that will happen in Philly. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. responded...
Via NESN.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee uses Magic 8 Ball to answer reporters’ questions (VIDEO)

Wednesday marked the beginning of spring training for the Philadelphia Phillies as pitchers and catchers reported to Clearwater, Florida. The first workouts of the season will take place on Thursday, so players had some time to settle in and speak with the media. Cliff Lee participated in a brief media session and fielded questions from reporters. But he mixed things up a bit....
Via The Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee answered questions using a Magic 8-Ball

So, just how much of a circus is Phillies camp in Clearwater already? Today, Cliff Lee answered questions from reporters…and used a Magic 8-Ball to give his answers. Your browser does not support iframes. Cliff Lee used a Magic 8 Ball to answer the tough quesitons today. pic.twitter.com/EqqbQEqmMU — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) February 19, 2015 Cliff Lee, man. What a character...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels wants the Phillies to trade him

It’s not a secret that the Philadelphia Phillies are in the beginning stages of what appears to be a long-term rebuilding plan. A rebuilding plan that it seems staff ace Cole Hamels does not want to be a part of. I just want to win. That’s all. That’s all any competitor wants. And I know it’s not going to happen here.” Hamels told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale on Wednesday...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM: Team has received four 'real' offers for Cole Hamels

The Philadelphia Phillies have yet to trade left-hander Cole Hamels. It doesn’t mean there aren’t proposals floating around.     Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury on Wednesday that eight teams have “kicked the tires” on Hamels. Salisbury dug deeper to discover how many “real” offers the Phillies have received for the ace...
Via NESN.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee could be traded during spring training

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins this winter, have aggressively tried (and failed) to move both Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon, and are listening on Cole Hamels. The forgotten man in their rebuild is Cliff Lee, who made just three starts after mid-May because of an elbow strain. But according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Phillies could still...
Via The Outside Corner
27 days ago  |  Discuss
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