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...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 5: Phillies vs. Cubs

Philadelphia Phillies (2-2) at Chicago Cubs (1-3) Starting Pitchers: PHI: LHP Cliff Lee (1-0, 14.40) vs. CHI: RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00) Time: 2:20, Wrigley Field TV: Comcast Sportsnet Weather: Mostly Sunny, 47 Media: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Tonight: Jimmy Rollins is back in the lineup after leaving to be with his wife and their new daughter; he’s hitting second...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Bench Still a Major Concern

Wil Nieves, Cesar Hernandez, Jayson Nix, Tony Gwynn Jr., John Mayberry Jr. It is this group of men that make up the Phillies opening day bench. And it’s an area of concern. Ruben Amaro stated Saturday that the Phillies no longer have a group of starters that can be called upon to play 162 games. Bench players will get many chances to fill in for the likes of Rollins, Utley, and...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Koyie Hill Acquired for No Reason

Carlos Ruiz- starting catcher.  Wil Nieves- MLB backup.  Cameron Rupp- waiting in Triple A.  Lou Marson- released.  Naturally, acquire a 35 year old catcher that can't hit, at all. Ruben Amaro, the mad genius that he is, got Koyie Hill from the Nationals for a player to be named later or cash considerations (basically, not too damn much).  Over 10 MLB seasons with the Cubs...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Yesterday, the Phils lose their third straight spring training game, as they lose to the Rays, 6-1.

Yesterday afternoon, the Phils get creamed for five runs in the bottom of the seven inning, before they lose to the Rays, 6-1. The Phils took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Wil Nieves hits an RBI single, knocking in Leandro Castro, […]
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Over/Under- Phillies Bench

The Phillies first Spring Training game was played today against the Blue Jays, meaning we're about a month away from Opening Day. To celebrate, WSBGMs is previewing most of the players expected to be on the Phillies 25-man roster, either as individuals (ex- starting position players) or as groups (ex- bullpen and bench). Today the we focus on the offensive reserves, the bench...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

What if it's Not All Amaro's Fault?

Ruben Amaro is getting killed for a lackluster off-season, and well, it's well deserved. A team that went 73-89 last year has signed Marlon Byrd and Wil Nieves, re-signed Carlos Ruiz, and traded for Brad Lincoln. It's nothing to get excited over. No one is mistaking these moves as the...
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryne Sandberg Says The Phillies Are Looking For Right-Handed Bench Bat Who Can Play Center Field

Photo: Philliedelphia/Steve Trapani The Phillies seemingly committed to at least three bench spots out of five this offseason with contracts to infielder Kevin Frandsen, catcher Wil Nieves, and tendering a contract to outfielder John Mayberry Jr. However, according to Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, the Phillies are looking for someone who...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies sign catcher Will Nieves to 1-year deal

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed catcher Wil Nieves to a $1,125,000, one-year contract. Nieves played in 71 games last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks and batted .297 with one home run and 22 RBIs. He hit .302 with runners in scoring position. Over the last two years, he hit .299 in 103 games. Nieves is a career .242 hitter, with eight home runs and 103 RBIs in 385 games...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies get Brad Lincoln from Toronto and add Wil Nieves

 The Philadelphia Phillies struggled with both injuries and performance from their pitching staff this past season.  In attempts to improve their staff in 2014, the Phillies added an arm Tuesday night when they traded catcher Erik Kratz to the Toronto Blue Jays for Brad Lincoln. As reported by Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Blue Jays had plenty of depth in their bullpen, which...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Goodbye Kratz, Hello Lincoln

With the addition of new backup catcher Wil Nieves, Amaro wasted no time in swapping the unneeded Erik Kratz for relief help.  That "help" comes in the form of ex-Pirate, Brad Lincoln. Lincoln was with the Toronto Blue Jays, but now becomes the newest Phucco (Phillies + Bucco = Phucco, for those of you not in the know).  He is a 28 year old righty that owns a 4.66 ERA...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Sign Catcher Nieves

Wil Nieves is headed to the phillies. solid backup catcher type. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 4, 2013 The Phillies have answered the Marlins signing of Jarrod Saltalamacchia by signing… back-up catcher Will Nieves. There is no news yet as to whether or not Nieves deal is a Major League deal. Nieves will turn 37 in September 2014 and has a career triple slash line of...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Add Another Catcher- Wil Nieves

Heading into the offseason, catching was a priority. Hence, Carlos Ruiz was re-upped for 3 years. Leaving Erik Kratz and Cameron Rupp in a battle for backup backstop. Nope, not so. Enter Wil Nieves, Amaro's lastest over-the-hill addition to the team.The 36 year old, right-handed hitting catcher has played for 10 seasons with the Padres, Yankess, Nationals, Brewers, Rockies...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Add Catcher Wil Nieves To Back Up Carlos Ruiz

What a busy 24 hours it has been in Major League Baseball. With free agent signings and trades, this was a busier day than last year's trade deadline. Like last year's trade deadline, it appeared that the Phillies were destined to do nothing. But alas, they have. According to Jon...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

D-backs bullpen steps up in 14-inning win over Orioles

PHOENIX -- To lead the major leagues in one-run victories, you need to finesse a few different formulas. And checking in second for comeback victories requires even more big-finish imagination. On Monday, the Diamondbacks went with home runs from Wil Nieves and Adam Eaton, two guys who hadnt gone yard all season. On Tuesday, Arizona trotted out the typical when Paul Goldschmidt...
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August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

D-backs show fighting spirit with another comeback win

PHOENIX The reasoning sounded pretty plausible. "Well, I think every team want their guys to always keep playing hard," said Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt -- responding to a question about his team's considerable pluck -- roughly six hours before giving Arizona its second walk-off home run in the first two nights of a series against the Orioles. Right...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks 7, Orioles 6

Adam Eaton hit the first pitch of the ninth inning for a game-ending homer and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-6 on Monday night. Arizona trailed 4-2 before stringing together three straight run-scoring singles in the seventh inning to take the lead. Chris Davis tied the game in the eighth inning with major league-leading 43rd homer. Wil Nieves then led off...
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August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

D-backs' Nieves happy, productive in his role

PHOENIX -- Wil Nieves could not get on the field in June, going 25 days between starts in one stretch. Things have been a little different recently, with Nieves making his fourth straight start Friday while the Diamondbacks remained cautious with Miguel Montero's sore lower back. Nieves, the D-backs' backup catcher, has handled the ins and outs this season with the professionalism...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

D-backs' Nieves happy, productive in his role

PHOENIX -- Wil Nieves could not get on the field in June, going 25 days between starts in one stretch. Things have been a little different recently, with Nieves making his fourth straight start Friday while the Diamondbacks remained cautious with Miguel Montero's sore lower back. Nieves, the D-backs' backup catcher, has handled the ins and outs this season with the professionalism...
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July 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Miguel Montero dealing with sore back

Many in this city have been clamoring for Wil Nieves to get more playing time over Miguel Montero, and it looks like many of us will get our wish. Montero is not in the lineup for the second straight night and now we know why. According to Jack Magruder, Montero tweaked his back on a swing in the cage before Tuesday’s game and will see a doctor.
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July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Rockies-Diamondbacks Preview

Jorge De La Rosa has pitched very well against the Arizona Diamondbacks this year, but the Colorado Rockies have never won when he's pitched at Chase Field. De La Rosa will face the first-place Diamondbacks for the fourth time in 2013 on Friday night for the second-place Rockies in the opener of this three-game set. Arizona (44-41) leads Colorado (42-44) by 2 1/2 games in the...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks Edge Mets in 15-inning Marathon

The Arizona Diamondbacks came out on top against the New York Mets on Thursday, coming away with a 5-4 victory after 15 innings of back-and-forth play. New York struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the fourth on a Marlon Byrd groundout that scored David Wright and gave the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Arizona would quickly respond in the top of the fifth, as Wil Nieves ripped...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks 8, Cubs 4

Patrick Corbin is finding ways to pile up victories without his best stuff. Corbin became the major leagues' first nine-game winner, laboring through six inning Sunday in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 8-4 win over the Chicago Cubs. Corbin (9-0) allowed four runs and six hits, tying the team record for consecutive wins at the start of the season, set by Brandon Webb in 2008...
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June 02, 2013  |  Discuss

D-Backs use big seventh to top Padres

The D-Backs five-run seventh inning was the difference in the series opener. (@DBacks, Twitter) For awhile, it appeared as if the struggles on offense in Colorado for the Arizona D-Backs had carried over into this game, but like a Phoenix, the Diamondbacks arose from the ashes. They defeated San Diego Padres 5-2 on Friday night. The streak of consecutive scoreless innings ended for...
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May 25, 2013  |  Discuss

D-backs release Barajas; Nieves wins job

The Diamondbacks released catcher Rod Barajas on Monday, making Wil Nieves the backup to starter Miguel Montero. Barajas, a member of Arizona's 2001 World Series championship team, was a nonroster invitee in Diamondbacks camp this spring. He hit .290 with two homers and five RBI in 31 Cactus League at-bats. The 37-year-old Barajas has a career .235 average with 136 home runs...
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March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

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