Teheran’s 3-hitter, Gattis homer give Braves 1-0 win

While Ryan Howard breaking up Julio Teheran’s no-hit bid with a fifth-inning infield single was highly improbable, Evan Gattis hitting a home run at Citizens Bank Park was, at this point, entirely predictable. Gattis’ career-high four hits included his fifth homer in his past three games at Philadelphia, a leadoff shot in the fourth inning that broke a scoreless tie and sent...
Via Pro Sports Daily
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

A commentary on character...and Ryan Howard

Now that Monday's loss to the Braves has mostly scabbed over, I wanted to look back at the game through a different lens. Monday could have been a harbinger of things to come and a loss that will send the Phillies down an inevitable losing path or it could be used as a character builder. Supposedly high character teams would view such a devastating loss as an opportunity...
Via PhilsBaseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Three Phillies Make the List of Highest Paid Athletes

The Philadelphia Phillies have a pretty big payroll; this much we know. Their $180,052,723 payroll is good for the third highest in baseball. So with a high payroll comes some pretty high individual salaries, of course. Some of those contracts are among the highest in all of sports. ESPN.com recently posted a list of the top 25 highest paid athletes in the world and three Phillies...
Via Phillies Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Phils use kids drawings of players on Jumbotron

via 700 Level The Philadelphia Phillies had a pretty cool idea for their home-opener at Citizens Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon – the team let the children of their Phillies Phundamentals programs draw their own versions of the starting lineup’s headshots, then used the kids’ work on the jumbotron during the game. Can you match the drawings above to the players they’re...
Via Next Impulse Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies let kids draw photos for players in starting lineup

Getty Image While the Philadelphia Phillies aren’t off to the best start in franchise history with a lousy 6-7 record, it’s certainly not as bad as most people expected for a team that has been perceived as over-the-hill. Perhaps in a move to liven things up and inject the team with a new youthful exuberance, the Phillies allowed some of the kids in the Phillies Phundamentals...
Via With Leather
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Howard with a Howard, Oh Yeah!

You know it's a good day when Ryan Howard notches a Howard.  That's right, the stat's namesake earned himself his first strikeout, error, homerun game of the season and naturally the Phillies won.  Not only did the Phillies win, they swept the series from the Marlins and are now 6-6 on the year.What else is good?*Chase Utley is batting .500, word.*Wil Nieves had more...
Via We Should Be GM's
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Utley Lifts Phils Over Fish

Chase Utley‘s eight inning home run lifted the Phillies over the Marlins on Sunday, 4-3. Kyle Kendrick threw a solid six innings, and the bullpen got the job done. This completes a three game sweep of the Marlins–something that was much needed after getting swept by the Brewers in the first series at Citizens Bank Park in 2014. More Issues on Defense Ryan Howard had another error...
Via Phillies Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels to return to Phillies April 22nd?

The Philadelphia Phillies have been waiting on Cole Hamels to return to the rotation from a biceps injury, and his return could be coming very close. According to reports, Hamels could rejoin the Phillies’ rotation on April 22nd. That return date hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it certainly is an encouraging sign to see dates beginning to pop up. Cole Hamels pitched 6 strong for...
Via Sports-Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Cold Starts - Time to Heat Up

Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint.  We have heard that time and time again.  One of the most important things to be in fantasy baseball is patient.  Your 1st round pick is hitting under .200?  That just means he is about to go on a tear and carry your fantasy team for the next few weeks. table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard: Phillies have played very well this year

The Philadelphia Phillies have started the season 3-6 and are in last place in the NL East. Considering they finished the 2013 season with a 73-89 record, very few people are surprised. One person isn’t discouraged by the slow start, however. A certain optimist actually thinks the Phillies are playing well. You know him as […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard thinks that the Phillies have played well this year

“In all actuality we’ve actually played very well this year. I disagree with everybody else. Our record doesn’t necessarily reflect that right now, but, you know, we’ve played well. We had three real bad games. So the only thing to do is go out there and try to win again.” -Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, just hours before the Brewers beat the Phillies 6-2 to sweep...
Via Bloguin Best
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard thinks that the Phillies have played well this year

“In all actuality we’ve actually played very well this year. I disagree with everybody else. Our record doesn’t necessarily reflect that right now, but, you know, we’ve played well. We had three real bad games. So the only thing to do is go out there and try to win again.” -Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, just hours before the Brewers beat the Phillies 6-2 to sweep...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard: Let’s Not Panic Yet

Ryan Howard has not had the most impressive start to the season. Through eight games, Howard is hitting just .212 with an NL leading 13 strikeouts. Although he says the leg is healthy, Howard has been able to muster just one home run heading into Thursday’s game. When being asked if he’s at all worried about how he has played, as well as the team, Howard shot back a bit: “Its...
Via Phillies Nation
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Phils Rocked by Brewers Again, Lose 9-4

Gomez is good. (MLB) Ryan Howard’s error in the eighth inning allowed Mark Reynolds to score the game winner and Ryan Braun iced the cake in the Brewers to a 9-4 win over the Phillies. Ugly -Ryan Howard made an awful error on a pretty routine play at first base that basically every first baseman should make. That cost the Phillies the game in the 8th inning Defensive miscues are...
Via Phillies Nation
8 days ago  |  Discuss

First Howard of the Season

You might think that we here at WSBGMs would be celebrating the Phillies first win of the season.  We are.  But, more importantly, we are celebrating the first Howard of the 2014.  Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt on belting a homerun, striking out, and committing an error all in the same game.  Doubtful he remains on top all season long, but for...
Via We Should Be GM's
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies move Ryan Howard out of the cleanup spot for the first time since 2008

Ryan Howard batted cleanup for the Phillies on Opening Day, going 2-for-5 with a walk (and three strikeouts) in a wild 14-10 win over the Rangers, but manager Ryne Sandberg is switching things up for Game 2 tonight. Sandberg has moved Marlon Byrd into the cleanup spot against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez, sliding Howard down into the fifth spot. And as Todd Zolecki of MLB.com...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Nation Roundtable: 2014 Predictions

A few of us agree that Utley will have a pretty good year. After that, we’re all over the place with where the Phillies will finish. It’s that time of year again – less than 24 hours from the first pitch of Phillies baseball, the staff at Phillies Nation has put together their Phillies’ predictions for the upcoming season. They range from the optimistic (Kenny) to the downright...
Via Phillies Nation
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Howard & Byrd Go Deep, Manship Pitches Well, & Abreu Moves Opt Out Date

The Phillies bats came alive as Ryan Howard and Marlon Byrd hit back to back homeruns Tuesday night in the Phillies 6-0 win against the Yankees in Grapefruit League action. Byrd, who went 2-3 on the night with a solo homerun and 2 runs scored, brought his average up to .340 for the spring. Howard, who has struggled this spring, has now gone deep twice in his last two games. One...
Via Phillies Nation
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies gearing up for 1 more run

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ryan Howard and his teammates have heard critics say the window has closed for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Via FOXSports.com
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins needs to lead or leave

There has been a fallout between the Phillies organization and Jimmy Rollins. Rollins was benched last week by first-year manager Ryne Sandberg.  The two have since made up, but the organization believes they should go in a different direction. The Phillies are wanting to establish a new shortstop, but there’s a problem.  Rollins has the right to veto any trade due to a clause...
Via Sports-Glory
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Spring Training Weekend Roundup 3/16/2014

Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg says he has been encouraged with Ryan Howard’s swing despite his dismal 7 for 34 start with only 1 homerun in his first 12 Grapefruit League games. Sandberg told the media that he believes Howard is healthy, his bat speed is good, and he is just working on things including […]
Via MyTeamRivals.com
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins wonders why he was benched

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has been benched by manager Ryne Sandberg for three straight games. Rollins, 35, is looking for an explanation on why he has been benched.  The 14-year veteran was going to start Tuesday’s game, but was scratched from that start. Rollins mentioned that former manager, Charlie Manuel, would talk to his players about why they were sitting...
Via Sports-Glory
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 MLB Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had a season to forget last year. With injuries, increasing age and lack of performance, the Phillies finished last season in 4th place in the NL East. If there are a few words the media would use to describe the Phillies, it would be “old” and “worn down.” While one cannot deny the fact that their core players are getting up in age, I would disagree...
Via Total Sports Blog
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Revisiting Ryan Howard

Source: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America Last week we took a look at how Jesus Montero’s career has seemingly disintegrated before our very eyes. It’s a unique situation, but it isn’t completely unheard of. In fact, it happens more often you think. So, in a somewhat regular feature, I’ve decided to take a look at each position to find players that suddenly have fallen...
Via The Fantasy Fix
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies Spring Training Roundup 2/25/2014

Ryan Howard singled and hit a monster homerun as the  Philadelphia Phillies played an intrasquad game today at Bright House Field. The team will begin their Grapefruit League season tomorrow against the Toronto Blue Jays. Roberto Hernandez will get his first start in a Phillies uniform. Spring Training Notes: Cole Hamels bullpen session was pushed […]
Via MyTeamRivals.com
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

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