Three Needs: Philadelphia Phillies

This is the latest edition in MLBTR’s Three Needs series. Click to read entries on the Braves, Tigers, Reds, Pirates, Giants, Mets, Blue Jays, Athletics and White Sox. It’s been another tough year on the field for the Phillies, and though the team looks to have added some very notable building blocks in their rebuild, there are still plenty of holes to fill.  The Phils...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 hour ago

Lively ready for final audition after rough start

One start is unlikely to change anybody's mind, but Ben Lively wants his final outing of 2017 to be better than the one he had Friday night at SunTrust Park.
15 hours ago

Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies (61-92) at Atlanta Braves (68-83), Sept. 22-24

Well, that was fun. The Phillies just won three out of four games against baseball’s best to finish off the homestand at 7-3. It was probably the three best games this team has played in the last four seasons. They beat one of the best pitchers to play the game in Clayton Kershaw, held their own against Yu Darvish and quieted the Dodgers’ powerful lineup. Even in the series...
Via Phillies Nation
23 hours ago

Race to the Bottom update: Phillies are losing ground

After a hot stretch, the Phillies are now in second place in the Race to the Bottom and could fall as far as fourth (or even further) by year’s end. There was a time about a month ago, when it seemed like the most exciting part of the run-out of the season for the Phillies would be watching where the team would fall in the standings. In mid-August, the Phillies had a somewhat comfortable...
Via The Good Phight
1 day ago

Playing the Rube: A Baseball Experiment – Chapter 9: The Big Trade

The Phillies won a world championship in 2008. Then Ruben Amaro Jr. was named general manager. The Phillies didn’t win another world championship. Tim Malcolm and Dan Walsh wonder if they can do better. So, we continue “Playing the Rube,” a weekly series with accompanying podcast in which Tim and Dan attempt to steer the Phillies to more victories, starting in 2009, through...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

Galvis vs Crawford is the wrong question for the Phillies

The right question is Galvis or Franco. The answer is less clear than you might think. The Phillies have two plausible, long-term defensive shortstops: J.P. Crawford and Freddy Galvis. The conventional wisdom, passed down to us through cultural devices such as Highlander, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and the Gladiator goes something like this: “There can only be one after two men...
Via The Good Phight
1 day ago

How many “on base machines” do the Phillies have?

The Phillies have some players who can walk. Some of them can hit. Is that allowed? During the gamethread for the final Phillies/Dodgers game of the year, an embryonic conversation started to develop around how nice it is that the Phillies may have an “on base machine” on their hands, or maybe even more than one. The first question I had was, “What is an ‘on-base machine’...
Via The Good Phight
1 day ago

Phillies’ Jesen Therrien Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

Phillies right-hander Jesen Therrien underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week and could miss the entire 2018 campaign as a result, as Jeremy Filosa of 98.5 FM Sports in Montreal (Therrien’s hometown) first reported, on Twitter. [Related: Philadelphia Phillies depth chart] The 24-year-old Therrien made his Major League debut this season, appearing in in 15 games and totaling...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Phils youth movement on full display vs. LA

Rhys Hoskins delivered the Phillies' biggest hit, Nick Williams launched his 11th homer of the season and J.P. Crawford showed a keen eye at the plate and a smooth glove at third base.
1 day ago

Phillies, Braves set for final meeting of 2017

A pair of rookie starters will make their penultimate starts of 2017 when the Phillies and Braves open a three-game weekend series Friday night at SunTrust Park, as Philly righty Ben Lively will face off against southpaw Sean Newcomb as the teams begin their final head-to-head series of the season.
1 day ago

J.P. Crawford’s talents coming to fruition

J.P. Crawford, the Phillies top draft choice in 2013, was mired in a .175 hole at the end of the May in his fourth full season as a professional. He was as advertised all the way through the system – a staple at the top of an order who gets on base and runs – until he reached triple-A. Though he was hitting .175, Crawford was getting on base at a .291 clip, which isn’t bad...
Via Phillies Nation
2 days ago

The Phillies, Pirates and 1978: A night to remember

Growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1970s, Pirates fans were spoiled much like they were with the Steelers—a team that began a long trend of winning that started in 1972. Winning was common with the Pirates, with World Series triumphs in 1971 and again eight years later with the “We Are Family” team led by the late, great Willie Stargell. “Pops” was also a member of that 1971...
Via The Sports Post
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies fan honors chicken nuggets promise

A Philadelphia Phillies fan honored a promise made on Twitter last week and was at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night to hand out free chicken nuggets to his fellow fans. Damon Miller Jr. on Thursday took to Twitter in response to a Phillies tweet and guaranteed chicken nuggets for all — relatively speaking — should something specific occur during the day’s tilt against the Miami...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Fan Loses Wager, Hands Out Chicken Nuggets

The only thing better than a chicken nugget is a free chicken nugget. And the only thing better than a free chicken nugget is eating it while watching the Phillies beat up on the Dodgers for a second-straight game. A bunch of kids had that pleasure Tuesday night, thanks to a Phils fan who lost an online wager: Damon Miller Jr. made his bet last Thursday, which held up for all of...
Via Crossing Broad
3 days ago

Aaron Altherr leads Phillies past Dodgers 7-5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Altherr hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth after launching a tying, two-run homer an inning earlier and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 Wednesday night. The Dodgers have lost four straight and 20 of 25. Their magic number to clinch a fifth straight NL West title remained at two, pending the result of Arizona’s...
3 days ago

Neshek roasts Greinke for turning down autograph request

Colorado Rockies pitcher Pat Neshek is an avid collector of autographs, and his status as an MLB player gives him access to a number of opportunities the common collector doesn’t have. Except, of course, when it comes to Zack Greinke.Neshek, who was then with the Philadelphia Phillies, was the team's lone representative at the All-Star Game, said back in July that Greinke was going...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies fan follows through on promise to buy everyone free chicken nuggets

For all of the hate Philadelphia sports fans get, this Phillies fan seems like a pretty good guy. Damon Miller Jr. tweeted last Thursday that he’d buy everyone chicken nuggets if Rhys Hoskins homered. Well, the red-hot Hoskins indeed homered in the second inning of that game. And on Tuesday, the Phillies tweeted that Miller was living up to his promise: Miller stood at the first...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago

What Do the Phillies Have in Aaron Altherr?

Last night, Aaron Altherr finally got going after his trip to the disabled list. Altherr smashed an upper-deck go-ahead grand slam off Clayton Kershaw, the best pitcher in baseball. As it stands now, Altherr has been worth 1.3 fWAR in about a half a season of plate appearances, bashing 17 home runs and producing a 125 wRC+. It’s been a good bounce-back season for the Phillies...
Via Crashburn Alley
4 days ago

Job Postings: Philadelphia Phillies Software Engineers & Quantitative Analysts

To be clear, there are four positions here. There are two distinct jobs, and the Phillies are hiring both a full-time employee and an intern for each. Position: Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Research & Development Software Engineers — Full-time & Intern Location: Philadelphia Description: The work of a Software Engineer (SWE) or SWE intern at the Phillies extends well...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rhys Hoskins Looks All Kinds Of Awesome

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about why Rhys Hoskins‘ early process should give Phillies fans a reason for real excitement. His combination of frequently hitting the ball in the air while still making above-average contact is the foundation for high-level offensive production. At that point, though, Hoskins had just 47 plate appearances in the Majors. Anyone can have a good...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Philadelphia Phillies should not trade Rhys Hoskins

Finally, the 2017 season is almost over for the Philadelphia Phillies. This season has been a huge disappointment from top to bottom.  From under preforming play on the field to the infamous Pete Rose story, this franchise desperately needs this season to end so they can regroup and concentrate on getting this franchise back to being an elite organization. This past month though...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting J.P. Crawford

With September call-up season upon us, the Phillies have summoned top prospect J.P. Crawford from the minor leagues. He made his debut last night, starting at third base and notching his first career hit. Prior to his call up, Crawford hit .243/.351/.405 in Triple-A this year, including a powerful .284/.385/.517 since July 8th. Crawford is an extremely talented player who can provide...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Kate Upton supports Justin Verlander at first Astros game

Justin Verlander does not have to make the transition to his new team alone. Thankfully his fiancee is supporting him.Verlander on Tuesday pitched his first ever MLB game for a team other than the Detroit Tigers. He made his Houston Astros debut while facing the Mariners in Seattle. And guess who was there to watch him? Kate Upton was all decked out in new Astros gear: Houston acquired...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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