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Prediction: Ryan Howard Will Have 30+ Home Runs and 100+ RBIs.

It is no secret that Ryan Howard in recent years has been a shell of what he was from 2006-2011, where he totaled 262 home runs and 769 RBIs. Since 2011, Howard has only 48 home runs and 194 RBIs. The drop-off in production can be directly linked to injuries, as Howard only played 151 total games between the 2012 and 2013 seasons. However, last season Howard had only 23 home runs...
Via Phillies Nation
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Howard goes 2 for 2 with RBI as Phillies and Yankees tie

The Phillies donned familiar red pinstripes for the first time since September today as the Yankees came over from Tampa to open Grapefruit League action Tuesday afternoon. With a lineup full of regulars (minus the ailing Chase Utley), the Phillies looked to do better than the game against Tampa's collegiate...
Via Philliedelphia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hamels trade talk motivating Red Sox pitching staff

  Cole Hamels this, Cole Hamels that. It’s impossible to bring up the Boston Red Sox in spring training without Hamels’ name coming up.   The Red Sox’s lack of a starting pitcher who is considered a true ace has been a major storyline in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Red Sox opened their exhibition schedule Tuesday. Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Wade...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Out of the Batter’s Box – Grapefruit League play is here for Phillies

Sunday was an exaggerated disaster but today the games that matter only slightly more begin. Grapefruit League play opens up today in Clearwater for the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees. 1. Phillies open Grapefruit League play today vs. Yankees Two days after losing to University of Tampa, the Phillies get started with the Grapefruit League schedule with a home game...
Via Macho Row
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dominic Brown will bounce back

Domonic Brown had an abysmal year in 2014. Brown only hit .235, only hit 10 dingers, and was ranked MLB’s worst everyday left fielder by Sporting News.   But, things are looking up for Brown in 2015. Here’s why: Moving back to RF Pay attention to what I am saying and what I am not saying here. There was a certain player who was shifted out of his natural defensive position and...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Lose To A Division II College Baseball Team

The Philadelphia Phillies lost to a Division II college baseball team to open up their spring training.
Via Gamedayr
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley cannot run, will not play Spring Training games anytime soon

While we were aware that second baseman Chase Utley sprained an ankle during the offseason, we learned today that Utley is not yet close to taking the field. Utley is in Phillies Spring Training and working on drills. But games will not happen. Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Updated 2015 Phillies Projections

After yesterday's embarrassing loss to the Division II University of Tampa, baseball gurus around the globe went back to their trusty computer programs and rehashed the Phillies 2015 projections.  Many were already picking them to be the worst team in baseball, but it appears they'll be even worse than originally believed. Updated 2015 Philadelphia Phillies record: 2-160.   The...
Via We Should Be GM's
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top 25 Phillies Prospects

Since 2009, each off-season we’ve compiled a detailed list of the top up-and-coming Phillies. Last week, our minor league expert Jay Floyd completed the latest installment of “Prospect Nation” by naming J.P. Crawford as the top Phillies prospect. His in-depth research combined with first-hand player interviews means you’re getting the complete picture of these aspiring talents...
Via Phillies Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Is Officially Underway And The Phillies Lose To University Team

Baseball exhibition games are finally upon us as the Philadelphia Phillies took to the diamond versus the Division II University of Tampa squad. The collegiate team reigned victorious beating the Phillies collection of prospects and non-roster invitees 6-2 to kick-off the pre-season. The contest was a decided off the bat of Giovanny Alfonzo who smashed a grand slam off Phillies...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies fall to college team in 1st spring training game

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Phillies starter Paul Clemens pitched two perfect innings, but Philadelphia lost to the University of Tampa 6-2 Sunday in the first spring training game for a major league team this year. Detroit and Miami play college teams Monday, then the regular slate of Grapefruit and Cactus League exhibitions begins Tuesday. Russ Canzler, Aaron Altherr and Tommy Joseph...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies open spring by dropping exhibition to D2 University of Tampa

The Phillies gave up five runs in the seventh inning to University of Tampa Sunday. The exhibition was not a good start for reliever Phillippe Aumont, but for the most part there is not too much to be overreacting about with this loss. In the first dose of spring baseball Sunday afternoon, the Philadelphia Phillies blew a 2-0 lead to Division 2 University of Tampa.  Shortly after...
Via Macho Row
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball is back today

Sure, it may be just an exhibition game against the University of Tampa, but I’ll take it. The Philadelphia Phillies are back in action today. The team may not be very good this season, but this is still a warm thought on this chilly day in the Philadelphia area. #Phillies lineup for Sunday vs @UofTampa. 1:05 pm game time. Game coverage on http://t.co/lA5ILMGimH. #PhilliesSTpic...
Via Macho Row
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. 'Sincerely Doubts' Hamels Getting Traded

After being asked by Comcast SportsNet's Michael Barkann if he thinks he will ever utter the words 'we've just traded Cole Hamels', Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. replied, "I would sincerely doubt it." Amaro Jr. followed by saying, "I know there's a lot of speculation coming from a lot...
Via Philliedelphia
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Storyline: Boomerang-Like Plan for the Phillies

During March’s games, Maikel Franco will begin his opportunity to help the Philadelphia Phillies. And even if he crushes the ball, he may have to start the campaign with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs to play regularly. Because of Ryan Howard at first base and Cody Asche on the opposite corner, Ruben Amaro Jr. might not want Franco to ride the pines if he struggles early...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Papelbon Wind Up Back In The AL East?

Papelbon (Top Left)There's something appealing about the idea of facing Jonathan Papelbon lots of times in 2015. That eventuality could come about if the latest rumors pan out and he's dealt to AL East rival Toronto. After a simmering deal with the Brewers fizzled, the Blue Jays have popped up as a landing spot for the 34-year old ex-Red Sox closer. Would he go to the Great White...
Via FenwayNation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Howard Looking Fit; Lee Looking Like Lee

-According to many reports in Clearwater, Ryan Howard has come into camp looking as fit as he has in many years. That line is rather customary this time of year, and can often mean nothing down the line. However, if there’s anyone who needs to be in pristine shape, it’s Ryan Howard. Hopefully his svelte appearance and somewhat-nimble feet translate into something that is a positive...
Via Phillies Nation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels trade needs to happen soon

Cole Hamels – Photo Credit – Keith Allison The Philadelphia Phillies did not know that 2011 would be their final season as a “good” team. If you remember correctly, they won 102 games that year — easily the best record in the majors — but wound up losing in five games in the divisional series to the eventual World Series champs, the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s been all...
Via Hot Stove MLB
7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Philadelphia Phillies

Six years after their last World Series appearance and seven years after they won it, the Phillies are now languishing in the basement of not just the NL East, but all of baseball. Bad contracts, a lack of minor league talent translating to the Majors and a cascade of injuries have combined to make the last few seasons in the City of Brotherly Love sad indeed. However, even with...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM apologizes to Ryan Howard for critical remarks

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro spoke with Ryan Howard recently to apologize for comments he made earlier in the offseason about the struggling first baseman. Back in December, Amaro, who was trying to trade Howard, said on the radio that he told Howard the team would be better off without him. “We’ve talked to Ryan. And...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies GM: Hamels' desire for trade 'totally understandable'

Cole Hamels has expressed his openness to joining another MLB team, and the Philadelphia Phillies aren’t mad about it. Well, not too mad.   The lefthanded pitcher raised some eyebrows in a recent USA TODAY Sports article in which he told Bob Nightengale he just wants to win and doesn’t think that will happen in Philly. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. responded...
Via NESN.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee uses Magic 8 Ball to answer reporters’ questions (VIDEO)

Wednesday marked the beginning of spring training for the Philadelphia Phillies as pitchers and catchers reported to Clearwater, Florida. The first workouts of the season will take place on Thursday, so players had some time to settle in and speak with the media. Cliff Lee participated in a brief media session and fielded questions from reporters. But he mixed things up a bit....
Via The Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee answered questions using a Magic 8-Ball

So, just how much of a circus is Phillies camp in Clearwater already? Today, Cliff Lee answered questions from reporters…and used a Magic 8-Ball to give his answers. Your browser does not support iframes. Cliff Lee used a Magic 8 Ball to answer the tough quesitons today. pic.twitter.com/EqqbQEqmMU — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) February 19, 2015 Cliff Lee, man. What a character...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels wants the Phillies to trade him

It’s not a secret that the Philadelphia Phillies are in the beginning stages of what appears to be a long-term rebuilding plan. A rebuilding plan that it seems staff ace Cole Hamels does not want to be a part of. I just want to win. That’s all. That’s all any competitor wants. And I know it’s not going to happen here.” Hamels told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale on Wednesday...
Via Sportsnaut
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee could be traded during spring training

The Philadelphia Phillies have traded Marlon Byrd and Jimmy Rollins this winter, have aggressively tried (and failed) to move both Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon, and are listening on Cole Hamels. The forgotten man in their rebuild is Cliff Lee, who made just three starts after mid-May because of an elbow strain. But according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Phillies could still...
Via The Outside Corner
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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