The 2016 Seattle Mariners Bullpen Possibilities

Bullpen Biggest Question Mark For M’s The Seattle Mariners rotation and lineups are pretty well set headed into spring.  Sure, there could be a few surprises after spring training concludes but nothing seems as unsettled for the M’s as their bullpen. Unlike the possibilities for the 2016 Seattle Mariners lineups or the Mariners starting rotation, the M’s bullpen has to be...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies add free agent reliever Hernandez, Giles talks heating up

In their first move at the annual MLB Winter Meetings, the Phillies announced the signing of free agent right-hander David Hernandez to a one-year deal. The 30-year-old is a veteran of six big league seasons and was originally a 16th round draft selection by Baltimore in 2005.  In 40 appearances last season for Arizona, Hernandez sported a 1-5 record along with a 4.38 ERA. This...
Via Phillies Nation
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

M's bring De Fratus into bullpen mix with one-year deal

The retooling of the Seattle Mariners' roster continued on Wednesday as the M's signed reliever Justin De Fratus to a one-year contract for 2016. In the weeks since taking over for Jack Zduriencik, new GM Jerry Dipoto has quickly put his imprint on the team's roster through trades and free agent decisions. He dealt away relievers Danny Farquhar and Tom Wilhelmsen in packages that...
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December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Player Review: Justin De Fratus

De Fratus in 2013, happier times. (AP Photo/David Kohl) Ryne Sandberg checked out en medias res, realizing he was not built for his role. Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ben Revere, Jonathan Papelbon and Chase Utley were offered parachutes at trading time. And Ruben Amaro Jr. was given a pink slip, but his legacy isn’t as bad as you think, and he’ll land on both feet wearing designer...
Via Phillies Nation
October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Phils Outright De Fratus, Pettibone, Five Others

The Phillies announced today that they have outrighted seven total players off of their 40-man roster. For those unfamiliar, outrighting exposes the players to waiver claims but allows the team to keep players in their minor league system should they clear waivers. In the event the player is a veteran, read: has, at some point, exhausted arbitration or other circumstances, the player...
Via Phillies Nation
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Justin De Fratus, Erik Kratz among seven Phillies outrighted off 40-man roster

With the offseason officially in high gear for the Phillies, the team made some moves on Thursday afternoon, removing several players from the 40-man roster. According to Phillies.com beat writer Todd Zolecki, Justin De Fratus, Erik Kratz, Chase d'Arnaud, Jordan Danks, Adam Loewen and Ken Roberts were all removed. Meanwhile,...
Via Philliedelphia
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cespedes avoids serious injury despite being hit on hand

The New York Mets appear to have avoided disaster. Slugger Yoenis Cespedes was hit on the hand during the top of the third inning of the team’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday and left the affair. He went inside the clubhouse to be examined and undergo evaluation. Luckily the X-rays were negative, and the team says Cespedes just has a contusion on two fingers...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets slugger Cespedes hit in left hand by pitch, leaves game

PHILADELPHIA (AP) New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes has been hit in the left hand by a pitch and exited the game in Philadelphia. There was no immediate report on his injury Wednesday night. The Mets have already clinched the NL East. Cespedes was struck by an 89 mph fastball from Justin De Fratus of the Phillies. The Mets outfielder dropped the bat, shook his hand and fell...
Via AP on Fox
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Cespedes Leaves Game After Being Hit By Pitch

Everyone hold your breath… Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was removed from Wednesday night’s game against Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park, after he was hit in the left hand with a pitch in the third inning by Phillies pitcher Justin De Fratus. After getting hit, Cespedes dropped his bat and immediately crouched in pain grabbing his wrist […]
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees Hope Resting Players Pays Off In Long Run

Just when it seemed like the Yankees were over their slump, courtesy of a huge series win against the Toronto Blue Jays and a sweep against the Minnesota Twins, in came Cleveland to spoil the fun yet again. On Sunday afternoon, Cleveland wrapped up a series win, taking 3 of 4 from the Yankees and dropping the team from the Bronx back to second place.Things don’t get any easier...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

New Phils’ Financial Climate Allows For Greater Future Flexibility

Around the Twittersphere, there were some tweets floating about about the Phillies payroll now that Chase Utley has been traded. With high priced players like Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, and Utley traded, some Phillies fans are getting excited at the prospect of having a lower payroll and having some money to spend. I am here to tell you that yes, the Phillies will have a lower...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies fail to capitalize against Brewers, drop 24th series of season

View image | gettyimages.com Final: Brewers 4, Phillies 2 WP: Will Smith (6-2, 2.22 ERA) LP: Justin De Fratus (0-2, 5.60 ERA) SV: Francisco Rodriguez (28) Milwaukee, WI - The Philadelphia Phillies (46-71) have fallen for the sixth time against the Milwaukee Brewers (50-68) this season in six opportunities. Costly...
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August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitching Staff Woes and Whatnot

David Buchanan did a serviceable job as rookie last season, but has been dreadful in 2015. His ERA (9.00) and WHIP (1.96) are by far the worst in MLB for pitchers with 40+ innings pitched.  It's time to try another warm body in the rotation. I don't think Buchanan is nearly as bad as his stats make him out to be, and perhaps with some success at Triple-A he can surface again as...
Via We Should Be GM's
August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

The 2015 Phillies are Off the Hook

The bar was set low for the 2015 Phillies and last night they failed to clear it in Baltimore. This game tonight is the most 2015 Phillies game of the 2015 Phillies. — Macho Row (@Macho_Row) June 17, 2015 I honestly cannot remember the last time I watched a Phillies game quite that ugly from start to finish. If there is one single game that can be described as the low point...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies Bullpen Looking to Find Themselves During Recent Struggles

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Severino Gonzalez throws to the plate against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Before the season began, the Phillies assumed that if they could hit just enough and get enough quality starts from their starting rotation, that they would surprise the baseball...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Flores, Colon lead Mets over Phillies 6-3

NEW YORK (AP) Wilmer Flores hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Justin De Fratus in the sixth inning to help Bartolo Colon win a day after the pitcher's 42nd birthday, and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 Monday to stop a three-game losing streak. With the score 3-all, Daniel Murphy led off the sixth with a single off Elvis Araujo (1-1), De Fratus walked Michael...
Via AP on Fox
May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Hundley's homer lifts Rockies to 6-5 win over Phillies

DENVER (AP) Nick Hundley hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and the Colorado Rockies beat Philadelphia 6-5 on Tuesday night to snap the Phillies' six-game winning streak. Hundley lined a 1-2 pitch from reliever Justin De Fratus (0-1) into the seats in left-center. Hundley also had an RBI single in the first. Scott Oberg (2-1) earned the win by getting the Rockies out of a...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Franco drives in three runs, but late homer sinks Phillies

Final: Rockies 6, Phillies 5 WP: Scott Oberg (2-1, 6,00 ERA) LP: Justin De Fratus (0-1, 3.15 ERA) SV: John Axford (5) Denver, CO - The Phillies (17-24) and Rockies (14-22) battled back-and-forth through most of the game, but a late solo home run from Nick Hundley ended the Phillies...
Via Philliedelphia
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 35: Pirates vs. Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates (17-16) at Philadelphia Phillies (11-23)    Starting Pitchers:PHI: Cole Hamels, LHP (2-3, 3.68) vs.PIT: Francisco Liriano, LHP (1-2, 2.79) Time: 7:05 EST, Citizens Bank ParkTV: CSNWeather: Partly Cloudy, 68 degreesMedia: Twitter and Facebook Yesterday’s recap: The Phillies have dropped four games in a row after a loss to the Pirates last night,...
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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Gameday 22: Phillies vs. Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals (13-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (8-13) Starting Pitchers: PHI: Aaron Harang (2-1, 1.97) vs. STL: Carlos Martinez (2-0, 1.35) Time: 8:15 EST, Busch StadiumTV: ESPN, CSNWeather: Cloudy, 71 degreesMedia: Twitter and Facebook A note for today:  Aaron Harang looks to continue his success on the mound versus the St. Louis Cardinals after throwing eight...
Via Phillies Nation
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Bullpen, We Have a Problem

With not much to look forward to this offseason, fans clamored about the blossoming Phillies bullpen.  Nearly everyone called it a strength and many thought it would be one of the best in baseball.  There are plenty games remaining to be played, but in the early going, the Phils relief corps have been disastrous.  Just how bad?  I'll tell you...4 out of the 7 bullpen members...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Giancarlo Stanton’s Laser Beam Home Run Left Bat At 113.6 MPH (Video)

Giancarlo Stanton’s home run Thursday still hasn’t landed. The Miami Marlins slugger has hit some skyscraping moonshots in his young career, but he opted for a different flight pattern in Philadelphia when he hit an absolute laser beam of a two-run homer off Phillies pitcher Justin De Fratus in the sixth inning. That thing wouldn’t just hit Fenway Park’s Green Monster...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Phils Miss Out On Sweep, Drop Series Finale To Nats

The Phillies and Nationals needed extra innings to decide the winner for the second time in two days. This time, however, the Nats got the best of them, 4-3. They came into Sunday’s game with low expectations for a series sweep. They were set to face the Nats’ ace in Max Scherzer, while sending career minor-leaguer Sean O’Sullivan to the mound. However, O’Sullivan nearly...
Via Phillies Nation
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

End of the Opening Series Foreshadows the Phillies Season

The opening series versus the Boston Red Sox ended about as well as we all expected it to.  Losing 6-2 on a cold, blistery night, the Phillies seemed to return to form right before our eyes. David Buchanan got the start, but only made it to the 3rd inning, giving up 6 runs on 2 outs.  Luckily, the bullpen showed up for a long session and only gave up three hits the rest of the...
Via Phillies Nation
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Galvis homers, Eflin debuts, but Phillies dismantled by Pirates

The Phillies got another look at one of their top pitching prospects this afternoon, but shaky outings from Kevin Slowey, Justin De Fratus and Sean O'Sullivan led to an embarassing blow out in favor of the Pirates, 18-4. The Phillies have been outscored 50-11 in their last six games this...
Via Philliedelphia
March 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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