The Phillies Bullpen is Really Good

The 2014 Phillies season is nearing its end, and barring a disastrous September, the Phils should end up with more wins than 2013. Part of the reason is due to the offense scoring slightly more runs per game–3.96 in 2014, 3.77 in 2013–but the pitching staff as a whole has done much better, as well. They are allowing 4.34 runs per game, compared to 4.62 in 2013, and their ERA...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Grady’s Maladies

I opined yesterday: “And in this series which will be decided by the team that decides to suck just a little bit less than the other one …” If ever there was a game which epitomized that statement, it happened on Friday night. The Mets offense sucked as once again they couldn’t support a Jacob deGrom gem and pretty much doomed him to a no-decision as he left for a pinch hitter...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

PhoulBallz Podcast Episode 69: Justin De Fratus In Studio

It’s the landmark 69th edition of the PhoulBallz Minor League Podcast hosted by Phillies Nation’s minor league expert Jay Floyd.  On the latest edition of the show, Jay and his co-host Tug Haines are joined by Phillies pitcher Justin De Fratus. Justin was in studio for an extensive interview talking about his time in the minors, his past “controversial” Twitter comments...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Bullpen Bad 3 Years Running

The Phillies bullpen's ERA of 3.95 is currently ranked 24th out of 30 MLB teams.  I'm not blaming the team's losing ways solely on the relievers, as it's clearly a team effort with equally crappy offensive production and efforts from the starting rotation.  I argue that in today's game it's easier to build a decent bullpen through a mixture of talent evaluation...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Justin De Fratus makes great pitch then makes error

The Philadelphia Phillies were already down 6-2 to the New York Mets before Chris Young cued this Justin De Fratus curveball between the pitcher’s mound and first base. The awkwardness understandably threw off De Fratus, who made a great pitch and he couldn’t throw out the speedy Young at first. Lucas Duda scored and Travis d’Arnaud went to third (mlb.com). The Mets wound...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

De Fratus’s Hobby Lobby Comments Cause Controversy on Twitter

Phillies relief pitcher Justin De Fratus took to Twitter to share his opinion on the ground breaking Burwell v. Hobby-Lobby ruling on Tuesday.   I have this crazy idea for people that think Hobby Lobby is wrong. Don’t apply there. Problem solved. — Justin De Fratus (@JustinDeFratus) July 1, 2014   De Fratus continues his discourse in the exchange below and received some spirited...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Headlined by Ed Lucas, Marlins' 'Goon Squad' comes up clutch in victory

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins utility player Ed Lucas endearingly refers to the club's bench as the Goon Squad. Guys in their 30s are scattered among inexperienced 20-somethings, around to provide a lift in pinch-hit situations, defensive substitutions and clubhouse morale. It came through in the clutch Tuesday night, as the Marlins snapped a four-game losing skid with a 5-4 walk-off...
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July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Bullpen ERAs & Minor League Signings

Bullpen ERAs:1. Ken Giles - 1.29 ERA, 7 G, 7 IP, 12 K, 0.71 WHIP2. Jonathan Papelbon - 1.44 ERA, 32 G, 31.1 IP, 27 K, 0.96 WHIP3. Justin DeFratus - 1.71 ERA, 19 G, 21 IP, 19 K, 1.00 WHIP4. Mike Adams - 2.12 ERA, 19 G, 17 IP, 20 K, 1.18 WHIP5. Mario Hollands - 2.20 ERA, 31 G, 28.2 IP, 23 K, 1.05 WHIP6. Antonio Bastardo - 2.68 ERA, 35 G, 37 IP, 45 K, 1.08 WHIP7. Jake Diekman - 4.25...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Suddenly (Very?) Good Phillies Bullpen

A look at full season numbers reveals the Phillies’ bullpen has been pretty average for the 2014 season thus far. Considering the bullpen once featured Jeff Manship, Luis Garcia, and B.J. Rosenberg, that in itself is a pretty celebratory accomplishment. On the season, the Phillies 3.73 bullpen ERA ranks 11th in the National League and last among their NL East division rivals. The...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Phils beat Braves in 13, improbably still in NL East race

Hard to believe that the Phillies could go 10 straight innings without scoring a run and still come out with a victory Monday night, but that’s the way it was at Turner Field. Ryan Howard homered in the second inning and drove in his team’s second run of the game in the top of the 13th inning. Howard’s RBI in the 13th -- on a ground ball through first baseman Freddie Freeman’s...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Injury Update: Cody Asche (hamstring) hits DL

After holding third basemen Cody Asche out of the lineup for two days with tendinitis in his hamstring, the Philadelphia Phillies placed him on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 23 and recalled reliever Justin De Fratus from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, per MLBdepthcharts. Asche hit .258/.346/.425 (OPS+ 113) with nine homers and 40 RBI. In his place, the Phillies are using utilityman...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cody Asche Hits The Disabled List; Justin De Fratus Returns But Maikel Franco Could Be Up

Phillies third baseman Cody Asche has been out of the lineup the last few days with a sore hamstring. Asche will be out of more than lineup. According to numerous reports, including this one from Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, Asche will hit the 15-day disabled list. For now, Asche's...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Asche hits DL, De Fratus Returns

Bad news for the Phillies as 3B Cody Asche has hit the DL with a left hammy strain. Justin De Fratus takes his spot on the Phillies roster. Asche has had a bright May, hitting .317 with 5 doubles and 3 homers. His defense has been suspect, but he’s definitely picked it up with the bat. Cesar Hernandez and Reid Brignac look to pick up the slack with Asche down. Doesn’t look like...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Gillies Suspended, De Fratus Offers Positive Impression

Tyson Gillies with Reading in 2013, Image- Jay Floyd Bad luck continued for troubled outfielder Tyson Gillies on Friday, as the Phillies announced that the 25-year-old was suspended for three games. Confirming the rumor that he had taken his frustration out on some equipment after a tough loss for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday night, a game in which Gillies went 0-for-5 and...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Pitcher Justin De Fratus Is Heading To AAA: "You Guys Deserve Better"

Last night Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus' fastball connected with Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton's bat. While that alone may not be too shameful or enough to warrant a demotion to the minor leagues, but the Phillies found themselves with a tired bullpen and with Mike Adams set to be activated...
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Gameday 12: Phillies vs Marlins

Philadelphia Phillies (5-6) vs Miami Marlins (5-7)  Starting Pitchers: PHI: RHP Kyle Kendrick vs. FLA: RHP Henderson Alvarez Time: 1:35 TV: TCN Weather: Clear skies, low 70′s Media: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Today: Prior to the game, relief pitcher Justin De Fratus was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and Luis Garcia was called up. Garcia could just be up for today...
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

More Phillies Moves: Brad Lincoln Out, Jon Pettibone In For Tonight's Game

The Phillies announced yesterday that Jonathan Pettibone would start tonight's game at home against the Miami Marlins. The Phillies had to make room on the roster, and of the Phillies relievers, Mario Hollands, B.J. Rosenberg, Justin De Fratus, and Jake Diekman had minor league options remaining. However, the did so...
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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Announce Opening Day Roster

(Hollands makes the roster. Photo: Jay Floyd) Here is a look at the Phillies Opening Day roster, complete with a few surprises: Pitchers: -Cliff Lee -Kyle Kendrick -A.J. Burnett -Roberto Hernandez -Jeff Manship -Jonathan Papelbon -Justin De Fratus -Brad Lincoln -B.J. Rosenberg -Antonio Bastardo -Jake Diekman -Mario Hollands Catchers: -Carlos Ruiz -Wil Nieves Infielders: -Cody Asche...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Spring Updates

The 2014 season has officially begun, over in Australia with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.  Meanwhile, stateside the other 28 teams remain in Spring Training.  Here's a quick update on the Phillies.Team Ranks:AVG - .223 (30th)OPS - .632 (30th)R - 82 (tied 28th)HR - 14 (26th)SB - 9 (tied 25th)ERA - 4.75 (20th)WHIP - 1.42 (tied 19th)W - 6 (tied 29th)In the bullpen, Mario Hollands...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Over/Under- the Bullpen

Last of the 2014 preseason previews is the Phillies bullpen. Look for it to include 6th starter types like Jonathan Pettibone, Jeff Manship, Ethan Martin, and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. As well as, Jonathan Papelbon, Antonio Bastardo, Jake Diekman, BJ Rosenberg, Shawn Camp, Brad Lincoln, Mike Adams, Justin DeFratus, among others.Pros: High K's per 9, young with upside, not much...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Cuban rookie is mystery man in camp

As a chilly wind blew across the Carpenter Complex on Thursday, five pitchers trotted over to the bullpen for their first throwing session of camp. There were four familiar faces: Justin De Fratus, who should have a bullpen spot locked up; Jake Diekman, also a top candidate to land a bullpen job; Jonathan Papelbon, the very expensive closer; and Kyle Kendrick, the likely No. 4 starter...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies looking for starting pitching at winter meetings

The Philadelphia Phillies are taking a conservative approach to building their 2014 roster, despite finishing at 73-89 this past season.  They are gambling on an aging nucleus of players and in fact made their core older with the signing of outfielder Marlon Byrd.  They are hoping for a final run by the core that helped the Phillies be one of the most dominant teams in baseball...
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December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

2014 Minor League Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2013 (24) | 2012 (27) | 2011 (11) | 2010 (18) | 2009 (12)2013 Affiliate Records MLB:  [73-89] NL East AAA:  [72-72] International League — Lehigh Valley AA:  [62-80] Eastern League — Reading A+:  [67-68] Florida State League — Clearwater A:  [56-80] South Atlantic League — Lakewood A(ss):  [37-38] New York-Penn League...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Miguel Gonzalez Assigned Uniform Number; Justin De Fratus Switches

The Phillies updated their roster today on their website to reflect some uniform numbers. I suppose the team wanted to give fans a jump on their Christmas shopping. Order your Miguel Gonzalez jersey now! Justin De Fratus will take number 30, worn by Rich Dubee the last nine seasons. No...
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November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies look to improve the bullpen during the off season

The Philadelphia Phillies held their organizational meetings in Clearwater, Florida where they continued to look for a pitching coach and try to come up with a plan for upcoming free agency, which opens in five days.  An area of glaring weakness in 2013 was the bullpen, which ranked 14th in the National League with a 4.13 ERA. As reported by Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, general manager...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss
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