PHILLIES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Tracking Jonathan Papelbon’s Velocity

So far this season the main narrative surrounding Jonathan Papelbon,  particularly after his 4/2 blown save against Texas in which he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks while recording only one out, has been his declining velocity. It’s been well-documented that, since 2011, Papelbon’s average fastball velocity has dropped from 95.7MPH to under 93MPH. With that decline came...
Via Fightin For Philly
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee remains awesome

Last night, Cliff Lee dominated the Dodgers, throwing eight shutout innings, while striking out 10 batters without walking anyone. In other words, it was just your normal Cliff Lee start. For the season, Lee now has 38 strikeouts against two walks; this is just what he does. But just because we’re used to Cliff Lee’s […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Watching Cliff Lee is a emotional experience

Sara McGuire was a big Phillies fan, and Cliff Lee was probably her favorite Phillies player if I had to guess. Monday night’s game in Los Angeles is one I know my grandmother would have fallen asleep too early in the game, but it was one I know she would have enjoyed immensely if she got the chance to watch it. Lee was given a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning as the four-game...
Via Macho Row
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Injury Updates: Darin Ruf, Ethan Martin, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

The Philadelphia Phillies continue their west-coast road trip tonight with game two of a four-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Phillies blanked the Dodgers last night 7-0 on a strong performance from Cliff Lee on the mound & Carlos Ruiz at the plate.  Phillies GM Ruben Amaro provided some updates yesterday on a few role players will the club that are battling...
Via Sports Injury Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lee dazzles, Ruiz rewards Sandberg in Phils' win

Ryne Sandberg has displayed a little managerial wizardry, a little Ryno Magic, the last couple of days. On Sunday, he used John Mayberry Jr. as a late-game defensive replacement for hard-handed first baseman Ryan Howard. The move proved auspicious when Mayberry dug a ball out of the dirt to preserve a one-run victory in Denver. Monday night, Sandberg mixed up a lineup potion that...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee high-fives Phillies fans from on-deck circle (VIDEO)

Cliff Lee looked as dominant as ever while tossing eight shutout innings and striking out 10 batters without a walk on his way to a 7-0 win over the Dodgers.The Phillies ace even added a single from the plate and looked so comfortable he took time out to high-five a couple of young fans through the netting near the on-deck circle.Yes sir, Cliff. You earned that high-ten. Your...
Via The Other Paper
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Ride Lee, Homers to 7-0 Victory over Dodgers

The Phillies opened up their series with the Dodgers Monday night with a 7-0 win behind the strong left arm of Cliff Lee, and some much needed run support in the form of a couple of longballs from the heart of the order. Choooooooooooch So much for Carlos Ruiz not having a home run or an RBI this year. Ryne Sandberg moved him up to the cleanup spot Monday night, despite his .204...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rollins, Howard lead Phillies to victory

Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard led the way out of the Philadelphia Phillies’ offensive slump. Rollins homered early, then hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning that sent the Phillies past the Colorado Rockies 10-9 Sunday. Rollins finished with three hits as the Phillies averted a series sweep. Ryan Howard added four hits, including a homer and triple while driving in three...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Avoid Sweep with Wild Win at Coors

The Phillies held on for a wild 10-9 win at Coors Field to avoid a sweep by the Rockies. -Ryan Howard went 4-for-5, coming thisclose to hitting for the cycle. His fourth hit was called a single and an error by rightfielder Brandon Barnes. Close call, but I think it was the right one. Good to see him get his stroke going, but will it last? -Marlon Byrd knocked in two runs, but also...
Via Phillies Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Same old problems hurting the Philadelphia Phillies

It is time for a pop quiz!  When the Philadelphia Phillies were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers, what was the main reason they lost? A.) A lack of offense B.) Bullpen problems C.) All of the above D.) The Phanatic’s attempt to jinx the other team backfired. Anyone who has watched the Phillies the past few years knows that C is the obvious answer to this question.  The same thing...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels Trade Likely?

Cole Hamels will give the Philadelphia Phillies a shot in the arm Wednesday when he makes his 2014 debut against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.  Will this be the beginning of Hamels’ last season in Philadelphia? Hamels could be physically available to pitch Tuesday, but will most likely be held back until Wednesday, so he and lefty Cliff Lee don’t pitch in consecutive games. ...
Via Sports Blog Talk
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Papelbon annoyingly direct a fart at reporters?

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon has been known at times over his career for being something of a surly interview subject. Following Thursday’s 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in which the closer converted his fourth save of the season, Papelbon expressed extreme annoyance at a line of questioning regarding how his velocity is […] The post Did Jonathan Papelbon...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A commentary on character...and Ryan Howard

Now that Monday's loss to the Braves has mostly scabbed over, I wanted to look back at the game through a different lens. Monday could have been a harbinger of things to come and a loss that will send the Phillies down an inevitable losing path or it could be used as a character builder. Supposedly high character teams would view such a devastating loss as an opportunity...
Via PhilsBaseball
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Adams to Return from DL, Torre Tells Amaro Call was Wrong

Phillies reliever Mike Adams told reporters on Monday that he will come off the disabled list on Tuesday. The 35-year old righty has yet to appear in a game with the Phillies after undergoing shoulder surgery this past off-season. Adams made a brief minor league rehab, stopping for three appearances in Clearwater, and one in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Between the two stops, he pitched...
Via Phillies Nation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Howard with a Howard, Oh Yeah!

You know it's a good day when Ryan Howard notches a Howard.  That's right, the stat's namesake earned himself his first strikeout, error, homerun game of the season and naturally the Phillies won.  Not only did the Phillies win, they swept the series from the Marlins and are now 6-6 on the year.What else is good?*Chase Utley is batting .500, word.*Wil Nieves had more...
Via We Should Be GM's
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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