Phillies manager benches team's best hitter after he jogged to first

The Philadelphia Phillies have been surprisingly good this season, having a 25-20 record and sitting just two games back of the first-place Washington Nationals in the NL East. Center fielder Odubel Herrera has played a big role in the team's success this season, slashing .335/.445/.456 with four home runs and six steals. He made his manager Pete Mackanin very angry against the Detroit...
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The Ryan Howard Problem

The Phillies have a Ryan Howard problem. What should they do with him? First, let’s look at how Howard stacks up on the Phils, and spoiler alert: it’s worse than you thought (all stats via Baseball-Reference): Rule 5er Tyler Goeddel has three more hits in 43 fewer at-bats. Howard has 14% of the entire team’s non-pitcher strikeouts at the plate. Of the seven players on the...
Via Crossing Broad
1 hour ago

to Trade or not to Trade

The season of the Philadelphia Phillies is currently at a crossroads. Should they trade to compete or stand pat and wait until next year when the prospects will arrive? This is a decision that the performance of the Philadelphia Phillies over the next few weeks will dictate but it’s a decision nonetheless. The Phillies weren’t […] Philadelphia Phillies: to Trade or not to Trade...
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2 hours ago

Nick Markakis Won’t Push Team Over The Top

The Philadelphia Phillies have been mentioned in trade rumors involving Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis, but he won’t be the guy to push them over the top to a serious championship contender. The Philadelphia Phillies are continuing to make their surprise run, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t looking for changes. The team is looking […] Philadelphia Phillies: Nick...
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3 hours ago

2016 Phillies Draft Preview: More Second Round Options

Today is all about High Schoolers in the Georgia-Alabama region. Georgia has been growing for well over a decade as a hotbed for Draft prospects, this year it's virtually bursting at the seams with High School prospects. At this point there are very few rumors of players slipping, so I'm looking at a lot of profiles the Phillies take often , the few guys with rather flimsy rumors...
Via The Good Phight
3 hours ago

Phillies Minor League Roundup - May 23, 2016

Today's Probables:LHV: Zach EflinREA: Ricardo PintoCLR: TBDLWD: Tyler GilbertErie 8, Reading 3Nick Pivetta - 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, WP, HBP, 8 GB, 3 FBReinier Roibal - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 KJoely Rodriguez - 1.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 KTom Windle - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, K, HRJesmuel Valentin - 1 for 4, HR, 3 KCody Asche - 0 for 3, BB, KJorge Alfaro - 2 for 4, HR, K...
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4 hours ago

My projection for the Phillies this year | Bob Shryock

Project this season's pace over 162 games and you get 100 or 99 wins. Bob ShryockTimes file photo  One season ago, the Phillies were the laughingstock of major league baseball. It required a stretch run in late September to avoid a 100-plus-loss season. And as it stood, the Phils' 99 losses were the most in either league. Their Hall of Famer...
4 hours ago

Is it time for Phillies to release Ryan Howard?

The former NL MVP has been one of the worst hitters in baseball in 2016. When the Phillies hired team president Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak to run the franchise, big decisions were imminent. From turning over a losing roster, to deciding upon a long-term manager, to (eventually) using gigantic revenue streams to spend big...
4 hours ago

The Phillies are making a living in close games and comebacks

The Philadelphia Phillies have almost resigned themselves to playing in one-run games. They lead the majors with 14 one-run wins (14-3) and are tied with San Diego (7-10) for most one-run games played (17) so far this season. It isn’t only one-run games the Phils are noted for this season; close games (not decided by one run) and comebacks have also filled the first two months...
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5 hours ago

Reading’s Serna eyeing big leagues despite less than ideal role

KC Serna, image- Jay Floyd Organizational depth is a common phrase used around baseball to describe older minor league players that help fill out Double-A and Triple-A rosters.  They could be players with a bit of big league service time or guys that may have been branded as having a ceiling that’s upper-levels-of-the-minors high, but not any higher.  Reading utility man KC...
Via Phillies Nation
5 hours ago

Eflin seeks third straight strong start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley

Phillies No. 13 Zach Eflin gets a chance at redemption against Pawtucket today as he starts for Triple-A Iron Valley against the Paw Sox at 7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV.
12 hours ago

Herrera delivers early, often, but benched late

Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera led off Monday's game against the Tigers with a 14-pitch at-bat against Mike Pelfrey, which ended with a base hit. He went on to get hits in his next two trips to the plate, starting his night 3-for-3. But Herrera's solid start to the night turned sour when he didn't hustle down the line on a ground ball hit back to the pitcher in the seventh inning.
13 hours ago

Joseph, Howard both able to start in Detroit

First baseman Tommy Joseph earned his first trip to the Major Leagues on May 13 after four years in the Phillies' system. But it's been difficult for manager Pete Mackanin to find playing time for him, even with Ryan Howard struggling at the plate. With the Phils at Comerica Park for an Interleague series, Joseph got the nod at first base Monday against the Tigers, while Howard started...
18 hours ago

In Search of Phillies Outfield Upgrades

The Phillies offensive woes were on display in embarrassing fashion this past weekend when they managed just one run in their first two games against a pitiful Atlanta Braves team. Even a 13-hit, 5-run “outburst” in Sunday’s series finale wasn’t enough to mask the undeniable truth that the Phillies offense is an absolute disaster. The corner outfield positions have been among...
Via Crashburn Alley
19 hours ago

Phillies mailbag: Ryan Howard, first base, Cam Perkins

Phillies mailbag discussing Ryan Howard, Tommy Joseph, Cam Perkins, and more.
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Why haven't the Phillies given Tyler Goeddel an All-Star campaign?

Unlike a lot of Phillies, Tyler Goeddel is actually hitting. Why is he being ignored by his own team? It's late May, and there's several weeks of baseball in the books. You know what that means - it's time to start generating an elite squad of talent from this limited sample size! Yes, the campaigns for the MLB All-Star Game feel like they begin earlier every year. We've only just...
Via The Good Phight
1 day ago

Eickhoff shuts down Braves over 7 innings, Phillies win 5-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jerad Eickhoff pitched five-hit ball over seven innings to help the Philadelphia Phillies avoid a three-game sweep and beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Sunday. Eickhoff (2-6) won for the first time since April 13, stopping a streak of five straight losses. Cameron Rupp homered for the Phillies, and Maikel Franco had two RBIs. Philadelphia, a surprise success this...
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Philadelphia Phillies: Crawford to Triple A

The Philadelphia Phillies have hit a rough patch in the last few days and will have to stave off the last-place Atlanta Braves today in order to avoid a three-game series sweep. While the Phillies have overachieved for much of this year (and even spent a few days in first place in the NL East this week) they have once again began a slide and now sit in third place, though they trail...
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Phillies outfielder Cody Asche continuing rehab with Double-A Reading

Phillies outfielder Cody Asche will continue his rehab assignment on Sunday with Double-A Reading.
Via Philliedelphia
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Phillies rumors: Club had been 'drawing trade inquiries' on Charlie Morton

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Charlie Morton had garnered trade interest before suffering a season-ending injury, per one report.
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Trio of arms leading the way for Phillies dominant bullpen

The Philadelphia Phillies picked up their 24th victory of the season on Wednesday night, putting them seven games over .500 (24-17) and in a first-place tie for the National League East lead with the Washington Nationals. At that point, the Chicago Cubs were the only team in Major League Baseball with more wins than the Fightin' Phils. That's pretty impressive for a team...
Via The Sports Quotient
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Let’s Talk About the Phillies’ Playoff Odds (!)

It’s May 19th, and the Phillies are in first place in the National League East. Yes, the Phillies. The team that generated a 1,000 “tanking is ruining the sport” articles this winter has, six weeks into the season, the third-best record in the National League. As Jeff Sullivan noted this morning, their remarkably excellent bullpen has been one of the primary drivers of the...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Phillies Have Had Baseball’s Best Bullpen

The Phillies won again on Wednesday. So this is already off to a silly start, but anyhow, here’s more or less how they did it. When you allow two runs, you don’t have to do much at the plate to win, and though the Phillies never do much at the plate, they did enough against Tom Koehler to make a winner out of Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson gave way to David Hernandez, who turned...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies fan saves wife from taking foul ball in the face (video)

Monday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins avoided disaster thanks to the keen reflexes of one Phillies fan. Freddy Galvis smashed a ball into the stands, and in hindsight, it could have done some pretty serious damage had a fan not been paying attention: Well done, right? According to’s Adrian Garro, the now-Internet famous duo are Dennis and...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies fan saves wife from getting drilled in face by foul ball (vid)

A quick-thinking Philadelphia Phillies fan with catlike reflexes narrowly saved his wife from getting drilled in the face with a ball hit into the stands during Monday’s Philadelphia Phillies-Miami Marlins game at Citizens Bank Park. The drama unfolded in the bottom of the 4th inning when Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis fouled a Adam Conley offering up into the stands. The...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

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