Mission Possible? Build A Contender For 2016

As it’s late January, and there isn’t a ton of Phillies news to report (okay, we hired a Google guy; also, mediocre spring training duds), we’re in the hot zone for half-baked thought experiments. Tuesday I gave you one: Please help me predict the 2019 Phillies major league roster. Please read it, then send me an email or comment in it. I’d greatly appreciate it. When I get...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Help Me Predict The 2019 Phillies

Short of some unexpected signing or trade that would shake the core of the Philadelphia Phillies current payroll, the 2016 brand of ballplayers hitting the field this year in South Philadelphia will be what we see today. As you see with the prospect countdowns, and if you follow Twitter enough, you’d see that most of us are looking ahead. Way ahead. 2017, sure. But more like 2018...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies manager Mackanin calls it 'a hairy situation' with Ryan Howard

With the Philadelphia Phillies in full rebuild mode, they're likely counting down the minutes until Ryan Howard -- and his enormous contract -- are finally off the payroll.That, of course, won't happen until after the 2016 season. The 36-year-old first baseman is owed $25 million this season with a $10 million buyout for 2017.On top of all that money is the fact his performance has...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Who’s on First for the Philadelphia Phillies?

2015 was a rebuilding season for the Philadelphia Phillies. The team lost 99 games, the most of any team in Major League Baseball. Citizens Bank Park was often half full, and the fans that were there – myself included – were frustrated by what they saw on the field. The glory years of 2007-2011 — which included making the playoffs every year, NL East Division titles, back-to...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Offseason 2015 Deep Dive: 3B, 1B

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: Third base and first base. Third Base Past – Since the Phillies traded Scott...
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November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Phillies Review: Darin Ruf

View image | gettyimages.com To steal the famous line from former NFL head coach Dennis Green, “we are who they say we are”, 2015 proved Darin Ruf is what the Phillies have long said he was. On the surface, Darin Ruf’s 2015 season looks like a guy who was deserving...
Via Philliedelphia
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies sweep Mets, hurting their home-field chances; Cespedes sits

  Jerad Eickhoff struck out 10 in seven dominant innings, Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the NL East champion New York Mets 3-0 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep. The Mets have a half-game lead over the Dodgers for home-field advantage in the division series, which begins next Friday. Los Angeles plays at San Francisco on Thursday afternoon...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Alec Asher, fresh off best career start, looks to end season strong against Mets

Coming into Tuesday night's game against the Mets, the Phillies were 2-14 against them and 0-4 against their 42-year-old starting pitcher, Bartolo Colon. Thanks to a three-run blast from Darin Ruf, the Phils defeated Colon for the first time this season, finishing off the game with a 4-3 win. Aaron...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Gut Reaction: Phillies 4 Mets 3 (9/29/15)

This is the least upsetting loss in Philly in September I can ever remember. Lucas Duda’s two home runs aren’t enough to overcome Darin Ruf’s power, Odubel Heerera’s pesky consistency and the Philadelphia bullpen’s stinginess. For all the Mets’ bluster — six hits and two walks off starter David Buchanan — the only run they could boast was Duda’s solo shot in...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Phillies 4, Mets 3

The New York Mets were edged out by the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Pitching: Bartolo Colon started for the Mets and failed to notch his 15th win after Darin Ruf connected on a three-run homer in the first inning. Colon settled in after that, but […]
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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Ruf, Herrera lead Phillies over Mets 4-3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Darin Ruf hit a three-run homer, Odubel Herrera had four hits and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Mets 4-3 on Tuesday night to snap New York's franchise-record 11-game road winning streak. Lucas Duda hit two homers for the NL East champion Mets, who hadn't lost away from home since Sept. 6, at Miami. Duda hit a two-run shot off Ken Giles on an 0-2 pitch in the...
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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts On Stellar Catch: I Take Great Pride In Playing Defense (Video)

Mookie Betts showed off his defensive prowess once again. The Boston Red Sox center fielder made a terrific catch over the team’s bullpen Sunday to rob Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf of what could have ended up being a home run. And when he was asked after Boston’s 6-2 win whether he’d rather make a great catch over hitting a ninth-inning home run, Betts revealed...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Ruf has 6 RBIs, Phils win 14-8 to end 10-game skid vs Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Darin Ruf homered and had a career-high six RBIs, powering the Philadelphia Phillies to a 14-8 blowout Tuesday night that emphatically ended their 10-game losing streak to the New York Mets. Leadoff batter Darnell Sweeney drove in three runs for the last-place Phillies, who won for the second time in 15 meetings with the NL East leaders this season. Andres Blanco hit...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Ruf's career night leads Phillies to victory, snaps 10-game skid against Mets

View image | gettyimages.com Final: Phillies 14, Mets 8 WP: Jeanmar Gomez (2-3, 3.00 ERA) LP: Jon Niese (8-10, 4.17 ERA) New York, NY - A career-high, six-RBI performance by first baseman Darin Ruf Tuesday evening helped lead the Philadelphia Phillies (53-80) to victory over the New York Mets (73-59)....
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Howard + Ruf = Good First Baseman

Ryan Howard vs. RHP 2015: .273/.839, 111 G, 41 R, 25 DBL, 18 HR, 62 RBIRyan Howard vs. RHP Career: .285./.944, 1320 G, 202 DBL, 14 TRPL, 265 HR, 813 RBIDarin Ruf vs. LHP 2015: .365/1.011, 36 G, 11 R, 4 DBL, 4 HR, 12 RBIDarin Ruf vs. LHP Career: .291/.897, 112 G, 32 R, 12 DBL, 12 HR, 32 RBI Ruf's OPS against LHP is .222 better than against RHP in his career.  Howard's OPS against...
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August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Benches Clear After Robles Quick-Pitches Ruf

During the bottom of the seventh inning in Tuesday night’s game at Citizens Bank Park, benches cleared after Mets relief pitcher Hansel Robles quick-pitched the Phillies’ Darin Ruf while his head was turned away and down. Jeff Francoeur began hurling f-bombs towards Robles  as Larry Bowa charged out of the dugout to give home plate umpire […]
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Altherr, Ruf homer in 9th to lift Phillies to 4-2 win

MIAMI (AP) Aaron Altherr and Darin Ruf hit back-to-back solo home runs in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The Phillies scored two runs in the top of the eighth, sparked by Darnell Sweeney's first major league hit, a solo homer that tied the game. Altherr broke the tie with a homer off A.J. Ramos...
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August 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Marlins come undone in 9th, drop second straight to Phillies

MIAMI (AP) -- Aaron Altherr and Darin Ruf hit back-to-back solo home runs in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The Phillies scored two runs in the top of the eighth, sparked by Darnell Sweeney's first major league hit, a solo homer that tied the game. Altherr broke the tie with a homer off A.J...
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August 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies fan drenched as foul ball spills his beer (Video)

A Philadelphia Phillies fan lost some of his beer when a sharp foul ball was hit in his direction and hit the side of his beer bottle during the second inning of Monday night's game against Tampa Bay. Darin Ruf hit the 3-1 pitch into the stands on the third-base side and hit the fan in the finger as he held his bottle. Fortunately, the fan was OK, and most of his beer stayed in...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Utley To DL, Ruf Called Up

After Tuesday night’s 11-8 victory over the Yankees, the Phillies announced that Chase Utley would be heading to the DL with right ankle inflammation. Darin Ruf will be called up to fill the roster spot. Utley sprained his ankle back in January, and it took him a long time to resume baseball activities following the injury. Maybe some time off will be good for Utley–both physically...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies call up Domonic Brown, demote Darin Ruf

After today’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Philadelphia Phillies made a roster move. According to Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal, the Phillies sent down first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and called up outfielder Domonic Brown. This move was not a surprise as Ruf has been struggling this season in limited at-bats. The 28-year-old has...
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June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies shuffle Darin Ruf to AAA Lehigh Valley in favor of Domonic Brown

Darin Ruf has been on the Phillies roster the entire 2015 so far and the team has not had to use their final contract option for Ruf. But, the team did today in favor of outfielder Domonic Brown. The move stunned some Phillies fans. For those keeping track, Brown was...
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June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies recall Brown, send Ruf to Triple-A

The Phillies recalled outfielder Domonic Brown after optioning Darin Ruf to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, manager Ryne Sandberg announced after Saturday's 4-3 loss.
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June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Phillies snap 7-game losing streak with pinch-hit walkoff

After piling up an unsightly losing streak over the past two weeks, the Philadelphia Phillies couldn't have returned to winning in more dramatic fashion. The Phillies have been searching for their 20th win of the season since May 24, when they set off on a seven-game losing streak that included series sweeps by both the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies. It appeared as though the...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Ruf's walkoff single leads Phillies past Reds, 5-4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Darin Ruf hit a walkoff single with one out in the ninth inning after Maikel Franco tied it in the eighth with a two-run homer to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a rare late-inning comeback victory, 5-4 over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Odubel Herrera led off the ninth against Tony Cingrani (0-2) with an opposite-field double to left. Herrera went to...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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