The Most Surprising Hitter of the Season

There’s no perfect way to do this, because surprises are always relative to expectations, and I can’t speak to general, across-the-board expectations. You might personally expect more from Player X than the next guy, and I can’t quantify that. Given this caveat, it should be obvious the best thing to do is consider the preseason projections. Projections should always be around...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Offseason 2015 Deep Dive: Middle Infield

Until the beginning of the Winter Meetings (Dec. 7-10 in Nashville, Tenn.), I’ll be doing a deep dive on the Phillies with particular focus on their offseason plans. What may happen? What’s the future hold? Seriously, how excited should you be? We’ll try to answer all the questions here. Today: Second Base, Shortstop. Second Base Past – Well, we had a guy. He was the best...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies avoid arbitration with Blanco and Bourjos

CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies have avoided arbitration with infielder Andres Blanco and new outfielder Peter Bourjos. Blanco agreed to a one year contract worth $1.45 million. He thrived last season in his first full season with the big league club hitting .292/.360/.502 on top of his...
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December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Player Review: Andres Blanco

I remember my 20th birthday very clearly. My family was living in the Ocala National Forrest at the time in a small town called Fort McCoy and I was on winter break, getting ready to fly back to New York. I remember how adult I felt remembering to return the library book I took out from the Ocala Library before I boarded my flight. School was going well and I was finally starting...
Via Phillies Nation
October 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Celebrating Andres Blanco’s career season

“I don’t care if they can’t understand what I’m saying … I want to talk!” Andres Blanco told that to Leslie Gudel after Sunday’s Phillies’ win over the Nationals. Born on April 11, 1984, in Venezuela, Blanco was signed as an amateur free agent by the Kansas City Royals at age 16. He debuted four years later but couldn’t stick in the major leagues for a full season...
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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Freeman's 2-run double pushes Braves past Phillies 2-1

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves rallied past the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Saturday night. In a matchup of the two worst teams in the majors, the Braves have consecutive victories for the first time since winning three straight over Miami from Aug. 6-8. The Phillies have dropped five straight and 13 of 16. Arodys Vizcaino...
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September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Middle infield stable until Crawford arrives

Something amazing happened this week. That amazing happened in game three of the 2015 Eastern League Division Series between the Reading Fightin’ Phils and Binghamton Mets. That amazing was this play. Just watch it. Over and over again. That’s J.P. Crawford, your top prospect and potential future in Philadelphia. But before “Jesus, Please!” Crawford comes leaping into our...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Nation Notes: Natinals vs. Phillies

Washington Nationals (73-70) at Philadelphia Phillies (56-89) Starting Pitchers:PHI: David Buchanan, RHP (2-8, 9.11) vs.WAS: Stephen Strasburg, RHP (8-7, 4.30) Time: 7:05 ESTTV: CSN, MASNWeather: Sunny, 82 degreesMedia: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Today: The Phillies had their chance last night to capitalize on the Nationals after Jonathan Papelbon gave up the lead...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Gut Reaction: Mets 3, Phillies 1 (8/31/15)

The Mets completed a 20-win August with a 3-1 win over the Phillies Monday night. With the victory, the Mets are 13-1 against the Phillies so far this season. Bartolo Colon won his 12th game of the year with eight shutout innings. He now has 16 consecutive scoreless frames. New York hit two more homers, bringing its franchise-best mark for a month to 45, matching its total for June...
August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Love 4 Blanco & 2016 Roster

Let's celebrate Andres Blanco.  Over the past two years he's played all over the infield and hit extremely well for a utility guy.  In 96 games he's hit .295/.875 with a 1.8 WAR.  That's great production from someone signed to a minor league contract in each season. He remains under team control through 2016, so expect him to be back in the same capacity next year. Speaking of...
Via We Should Be GM's
August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

July Was Kind To The Phillies

Ryan Howard had more RBI (23) than hits (20). The Big Piece is a big piece of why the Phillies are winning of late.Cody Asche had a bit of a bounce back month - .250/.711 with 10 R and 10 RBI.Andres Blanco has been a great bench player for the Phillies over the past two seasons, and it continued - .304/.820.Domonic Brown is attempting to salvage his career - .293/.730 and his first...
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August 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Nation Notes: #NolaNight – Rays vs. Phillies

Tampa Bay Rays (47-48) at Philadelphia Phillies (33-62) Starting Pitchers:PHI: Aaron Nola, RHP (0-0, 0.00) vs.TB: Nathan Karns, RHP (4-5, 3.63) Time: 7:05 EST, Citizens Bank ParkTV: CSNWeather: Cloudy, 86 degreesMedia: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Today: The day hath come, as thy great leader hath spoketh, Aaron Nola will get the start for the Philadelphia Phillies...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Giants

Philadelphia Phillies (29-59, 5th) @ San Francisco Giants (43-43, 2nd tied) Game Times:Friday - 10:15Saturday - 10:05Sunday - 4:05Batting & Fielding:C - Carlos Ruiz vs. Buster Posey1B - Ryan Howard vs. Brandon Belt2B - Cesar Hernandez vs. Joe PanikSS - Freddy Galvis vs. Brandon Crawford3B - Maikel Franco vs. Matt DuffyLF - Cody Asche vs. Gregor BlancoCF - Ben Revere vs. Angel...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Bumgarner strikes out 11 as Giants hold off Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Madison Bumgarner struck out 11, overcoming a grand slam by Jeff Francoeur to pitch the San Francisco Giants past the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 Saturday. Bumgarner (7-2) gave up the slam and a solo homer by Andres Blanco. The reigning World Series MVP gave up six hits and walked none in eight innings. Bumgarner hit two singles and drove in a run as the Giants posted...
Via AP on Fox
June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

We're Going Streaking!

The Philadelphia Phillies are winners of 4 straight games.  It's quite the accomplishment and should be celebrated.  We're going streaking! Sunday Share:*Andres Blanco should be recognized for being a decent bench player for the Phillies over the past two season.  In 45 games, he's hit .284/.766, providing 0.5 WAR, while playing quality defense at 2nd, 3rd, and SS.*Joe Blanton...
Via We Should Be GM's
May 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 31: Mets vs. Phillies

New York Mets (18-11) at Philadelphia Phillies (11-19)                             Starting Pitchers:PHI: Aaron Harang, RHP (3-2, 2.35) vs.NYM: Jon Niese, LHP (2-2, 2.40) Time: 7:05 EST, Citizens Bank ParkTV: CSNWeather: Partly Cloudy, 78 degreesMedia: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Tonight: Aaron Harang has been able to find success with the Phillies...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Phils Down Nationals, 4-1

Things didn’t look too good for the Phillies for the first six innings of Friday night’s game against the Nationals. The Phils were only down 1-0 thanks to a great performance by Jerome Williams, but the offense simply couldn’t get anything going against Gio Gonzalez. But then, with one out in the seventh inning, Gonzalez lost it. He walked Grady Sizemore and Cameron Rupp,...
Via Phillies Nation
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 4: Nationals vs Phillies

Washington Nationals (1-2) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) Starting Pitchers:PHI: Jerome Williams vs.WAS: Gio Gonzalez Time: 7:05 EST, Citizens Bank ParkTV: CSNWeather: Cloudy, low 60′sMedia: Twitter and Facebook A note for today: Gio Gonzalez will get the start for the Nationals, and that’s bad news for the Phillies. That is, if Gonzalez can return to form after a bumpy 2014...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Francoeur, Blanco make Phillies opening day roster

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies selected the contracts of outfielder Jeff Francoeur and infielder Andres Blanco and optioned outfielder Jordan Danks to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to complete the 25-man roster. Right-handers Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Pettibone were placed on the 15-day disabled list and left-hander Mario Hollands was placed on the 60-day DL. Righty Dustin...
Via AP on Fox
April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Francoeur, Andres Blanco named to Phillies roster; no fifth starter yet

Jeff Francoeur did not show the Phillies all that much in Spring Training. The veteran outfielder hit .227 with no home runs and two RBI in 44 Spring at bats. Francoeur did not walk at all. But yet, the Phillies named Francoeur and infielder Andres Blanco to their final Spring...
Via Philliedelphia
April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Buchanan looks sharp in win as Phils down Tigers

On Thursday in Lakeland, the Phillies notched their fifth win on the preseason, led on the mound by righty hurler David Buchanan and on offense by infielder Andres Blanco. Buchanan posted three scoreless frames to collect his first win of the Grapefruit League season.  In relief of starter Jerome Williams, the 25-year-old Buchanan allowed just one hit and struck out one batter while...
Via Phillies Nation
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Andres Blanco is entire offense as Phillies down Orioles 1-0

It was a quiet day with the bats in Sarasota today as the Phillies and Orioles met for the first time this Spring. While many regulars stayed back in Clearwater, the Phillies lineup featured just Ryan Howard, Cody Asche of the regulars. On the offensive side, Howard had two hits....
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

12 Days of Christmas- Phillies Styles Volume IX

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the Phillies gave to me...  12 Months of misery (Screw you Amaro!) 11 Hit batsmen by Kyle Kendrick (KK!) 10 RBI from Reid Brignac9 Wins from Cole Hamels (despite a sparkling 2.46 ERA) 8 Ball Girls a milking 7 Wild pitches uncorked by Jake Diekman 6 Triples from Chase Utley 5 Intentional walks in a mere 23 innings from Jeff Manship 4 The...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Elvis, Frenchy, and 3 Others Walk Into a Bar

Amaro is up to his usual business (aka- signing players that likely have no barring on success for the 2015 season, unless you're referring to the Iron Pigs' season).  Nevertheless, WSBGMs will do our due diligence and give you the rundown of each player signed.First up, the only one of the 5 that got a MLB deal, Elvis Araujo.  Never heard of him?  Yeah, me either, and for good...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Francoeur agrees to minor league deal with Phillies

  Former Gold Glove outfielder Jeff Francoeur has agreed to a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. The club announced the deal Thursday along with minor league agreements for seven other players, including outfielder Xavier Paul and infielder Andres Blanco. Left-hander Elvis Araujo agreed to a one-year contract Thursday. Araujo had a 3.42 ERA and 11 saves for two...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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