PHILLIES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Hamels Sharp in Debut, but Bats Silent as Phillies Fall 5-2

After outscoring the Dodgers 10-2 in the first two games of the series, the Phillies bats went silent on Wednesday night as they lost in Los Angeles 5-2. In a familiar sight, the Phillies weren’t able to give a returning Cole Hamels much run support. Hamels Sharp in Debut -Cole Hamels looked sharp in his 2014 debut. Hamels struck out Yasiel Puig in six pitches to start his season...
Via Phillies Nation
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies’ Cole Hamels comes off disabled list

The Philadelphia Phillies announced on Twitter today that their ace, Cole Hamels, has come off the disabled list. LHP @TheHamels has been reinstated from 15-day DL. RHP B.J. Rosenberg was optioned to @IronPigs. #Phillies — Phillies (@Phillies) April 23, 2014 Hamels missed part of spring training, and the entire 2014 season to this point, with what the Phillies called bicep tendonitis...
Via Sports-Glory
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Activate Hamels, Rosenberg Demoted

The Phillies made it official: LHP Cole Hamels has been activated from the 15-day DL. Hamels, 30, was battling bicep tendonitis and was behind in his Spring Training throwing program. Hamels is on track to return within the expected 2-3 week, post-Opening Day time line provided by the Phillies. RHP B.J. Rosenberg will be sent down to Lehigh Valley. Rosenberg, 28, was 1-0 with a 7...
Via Phillies Nation
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phils Activate Hamels, Option Rosenberg

As All-Star Cole Hamels comes back to the Phillies, things are looking up. The team is riding some great pitching, seeing some offensive production, and have a 3-game winning streak that has brought them to a 10-10 record. With a Hamels-Lee-Burnett head of the rotation, the Phils are formidable opponents in the NL East. Hamels has officially been taken off the 15-day DL, leading...
Via Fightin For Philly
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Riddle Me This- Playing Time for Freddy Galvis

Ryne Sandberg has gone on record as to wanting to keep his bench bats fresh.  Not sure why when the bench consists of perennial duds like Jayson Nix, Freddy Galvis, and John Mayberry. But hey, I'm not a MLB manager.  The one that baffles me the most is Galvis, who is batting a robust .056 (1-18).  Through parts of 3 seasons he's a career .223/.624 hitter with atrocious...
Via We Should Be GM's
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tracking Jonathan Papelbon’s Velocity

So far this season the main narrative surrounding Jonathan Papelbon,  particularly after his 4/2 blown save against Texas in which he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks while recording only one out, has been his declining velocity. It’s been well-documented that, since 2011, Papelbon’s average fastball velocity has dropped from 95.7MPH to under 93MPH. With that decline came...
Via Fightin For Philly
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee remains awesome

Last night, Cliff Lee dominated the Dodgers, throwing eight shutout innings, while striking out 10 batters without walking anyone. In other words, it was just your normal Cliff Lee start. For the season, Lee now has 38 strikeouts against two walks; this is just what he does. But just because we’re used to Cliff Lee’s […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Watching Cliff Lee is a emotional experience

Sara McGuire was a big Phillies fan, and Cliff Lee was probably her favorite Phillies player if I had to guess. Monday night’s game in Los Angeles is one I know my grandmother would have fallen asleep too early in the game, but it was one I know she would have enjoyed immensely if she got the chance to watch it. Lee was given a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning as the four-game...
Via Macho Row
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Injury Updates: Darin Ruf, Ethan Martin, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

The Philadelphia Phillies continue their west-coast road trip tonight with game two of a four-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Phillies blanked the Dodgers last night 7-0 on a strong performance from Cliff Lee on the mound & Carlos Ruiz at the plate.  Phillies GM Ruben Amaro provided some updates yesterday on a few role players will the club that are battling...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lee dazzles, Ruiz rewards Sandberg in Phils' win

Ryne Sandberg has displayed a little managerial wizardry, a little Ryno Magic, the last couple of days. On Sunday, he used John Mayberry Jr. as a late-game defensive replacement for hard-handed first baseman Ryan Howard. The move proved auspicious when Mayberry dug a ball out of the dirt to preserve a one-run victory in Denver. Monday night, Sandberg mixed up a lineup potion that...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cliff Lee high-fives Phillies fans from on-deck circle (VIDEO)

Cliff Lee looked as dominant as ever while tossing eight shutout innings and striking out 10 batters without a walk on his way to a 7-0 win over the Dodgers.The Phillies ace even added a single from the plate and looked so comfortable he took time out to high-five a couple of young fans through the netting near the on-deck circle.Yes sir, Cliff. You earned that high-ten. Your...
Via The Other Paper
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies Ride Lee, Homers to 7-0 Victory over Dodgers

The Phillies opened up their series with the Dodgers Monday night with a 7-0 win behind the strong left arm of Cliff Lee, and some much needed run support in the form of a couple of longballs from the heart of the order. Choooooooooooch So much for Carlos Ruiz not having a home run or an RBI this year. Ryne Sandberg moved him up to the cleanup spot Monday night, despite his .204...
Via Phillies Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Same old problems hurting the Philadelphia Phillies

It is time for a pop quiz!  When the Philadelphia Phillies were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers, what was the main reason they lost? A.) A lack of offense B.) Bullpen problems C.) All of the above D.) The Phanatic’s attempt to jinx the other team backfired. Anyone who has watched the Phillies the past few years knows that C is the obvious answer to this question.  The same thing...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cole Hamels Trade Likely?

Cole Hamels will give the Philadelphia Phillies a shot in the arm Wednesday when he makes his 2014 debut against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.  Will this be the beginning of Hamels’ last season in Philadelphia? Hamels could be physically available to pitch Tuesday, but will most likely be held back until Wednesday, so he and lefty Cliff Lee don’t pitch in consecutive games. ...
Via Sports Blog Talk
5 days 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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