Lee Injured As Phils Top Nats

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, July 31, 2014 10:50 PM Comments: 6

Cliff Lee exited Thursday’s game against the Nationals with the same injury that held him out for two months earlier this season. He threw a pitch to Denard Span and immediately pointed to his elbow and threw his hands up in acquiescence. Scott Sheridan came out and Lee’s night was over after just two and two-thirds innings. All of Philadelphia is crossing their fingers that he can bounce back.

The bullpen picked up him, however, and was able to hold the Nationals to four runs over the remaining six and one-thirds innings. For a bullpen, I don’t think that’s too bad. In fact, both Justin De Fratus and Ken Giles looked phenomenal. The offense did its job as well, as they put up ten runs.


The Phillies put up ten runs Thursday night. They scattered 17 hits, and stole three bases. Ben Revere collected four hits, Jimmy Rollins and Grady Sizemore had three, and Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz had two. They exploded in the fourth for five runs off Gio Gonzalez, and collected the remaining five in innings six and eight.

Twenty Steals For J-Roll

Jimmy Rollins notched his 20th and 21st steals on the season tonight, making it 13 out of the last 14 seasons that he’s had at least 20 steals.With 15 home runs so far in 2014, he could be on track for his fifth 20/20 season of his career. Both of his steals came in the same inning, as he swiped second and third.

Up Next:

The Phillies and Nationals are at it again tomorrow night, with Roberto Hernandez and Doug Fister taking the mound.


Gameday 109: Phillies at Nationals

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, July 31, 2014 06:54 PM Comments: 47

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Philadelphia Phillies (47-61) at Washington Nationals (58-47)

Starting Pitchers:
WAS: Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.56)
PHI: Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.78)

Time: 7:05, Nationals Park
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 88
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today: The Phillies stood pat at the trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean moves won’t be made into August. Every game is a showcase for players such as Antonio Bastardo, Marlon Byrd, and tonight’s starter Cliff Lee, who could end up on waivers.

Tonight, the Phillies will send Lee to the mound, who hasn’t been quite the same since his return from the disabled list.  It’s only a matter of time before Lee gets his command back.  Lee will be opposed by Gio Gonzalez, who has a 2.48 career ERA against the Phillies.

Lineup:  Revere CF /Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Byrd RF / Ruiz C/ Sizemore LF/ Ruf 1B/ Blanco 3B / Nieves C / Blanco SS / Lee P


Time to Say Goodbye: A Fan’s Perspective

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Thu, July 31, 2014 05:57 PM Comments: 11

You know the song “Never Say Goodbye” by Bon Jovi? It seems as if Ruben Amaro Jr. has been listening to that song on repeat for last couple of years. He probably had it playing on his iPod up until today’s 4pm trade deadline concluded.

By now, every Phillies fan knows that the Phillies did not make a single move today, the final day of the non-waiver trade deadline. At this point, a lot of Phillies fans are probably feeling a little bit of confusion and anger. Does RAJ really believe that this same team will have a shot at competing next season? Has he been watching the same team us fans have been watching all season? How about the last couple of seasons? It appears not. Sadly, this current Phillies team will likely be the team we watch again next season, with potentially a couple pieces missing.

Today was the day to make a move. Today was the day to start planning for the future. Today was the right time to start sayingWorld Series: Tampa Bay Rays v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 5 goodbye.

I love the Phillies, and I love their players especially. I basically grew up with this core group of players. I started religiously watching Phillies baseball back in 2004 when CBP first opened. Players like Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Cole Hamels and Ryan Howard are all I’ve ever known (with a little Abreu, Thome, and Burrell mixed in). These guys are my heros, and helped me find my love for the game of baseball by watching them play everyday. They have broken my heart many times, but they have also given me some of the happiest memories of my life. Memories like Ryan Howard’s ridiculous 2006 where he won both the home run derby and the NL MVP award. Memories like Shane Victorino hitting that dramatic grand slam against CC Sabathia in the 2008 NLDS. Memories like watching Roy Halladay throw a no-hitter in the playoffs against the Reds while I was bedridden with an ACL injury, and of course, memories like watching the entire team dog pile on each other after winning the World Series in 2008. Those memories can never be replaced.

However, there has been a lot of bad recently. The last two and a half seasons of mediocre baseball have been painfully hard to watch, especially considering that as recent as 2009 people around the sport were talking about a potential dynasty after the Phillies made their second consecutive World Series appearance. Despite all the bad, I have stuck with this team because I love them. When a sibling or a relative makes a mistake, do you stop loving them? Of course not. I will never stop loving them, but I can be angry with them.

The fact that not a single move was made today is unacceptable. Sure they can still make a move before the August 31st waiver deadline, but the time to make a big splash was today, and now that time is over. It is time to move on from this core group of players. RAJ and the front office needs to realize that this team’s winning days are over. Every fan realizes it, so why can’t they? There is no answer right now.

When this team finally decides to move on from the past, and start planning for the future, I’ll still be a fan. I’ll always be a fan of the fightins, but it needs to happen sooner than later.

It is truly time to say goodbye.


Deadline Rumor: Royals interested in Burnett

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, July 31, 2014 11:57 AM Comments: 46

Happy trade deadline day, Nation. Not much cooking on the Phillies front, on a day that began with a blockbuster announcement for a deal between Boston and Oakland.

Ken Rosenthal, of Fox Sports and MLB Network, tweeted this morning that Kansas City has been in touch with the Phils regarding righty hurler A.J. Burnett.


The 37-year-old Burnett sports a 6-10 record with a 4.15 ERA this season in 23 starts for the Phils.

Many thought the Phillies would be a big player today with several teams interested in the services of OF Marlon Byrd.

Byrd, who turns 37 next month, has been the Phillies’ top offensive producer, tallying 20 home runs with 60 RBI and a .270 average in 106 contests this season.

No deals to report yet. Stay tuned to PhilliesNation.com for updates as they happen.


Yankees In On Bastardo and Byrd

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, July 30, 2014 05:13 PM Comments: 21

According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Yankees have interest in both left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo and right fielder Marlon Byrd. Bastardo, 28, has struggled at seemingly just the wrong time for the Phillies,  seeing his ERA jump by nearly a point and a half since June 28 with opponents getting on base at a .390 clip since that date. Bastardo appeared to be headed toward another solid season but has certainly sputtered while on his way to the highest innings’ pitched total of his career.  Byrd, meanwhile, is one of just two National League outfielders with 20 or more homers and would immediately improve a Yankees’ right fielding corps that ranks 29th in fWAR with an AL-worst .281 OBP.


Sizemore, Giles Proving Their Worth to Phillies

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Wed, July 30, 2014 01:11 PM Comments: 9

The 2014 season has been a huge disappointment for Phillies fans. The Phillies find themselves 13 games under .500, and in last place in the NL East. The core group of players have not been productive enough to save this team, but some newcomers have found success since putting on a Phillies’ uniform. Those newcomers include Ken Giles and Grady Sizemore.


Since signing with the Phillies, Sizemore has shown flashes of the young, talented, all-start center fielder he used to be back in 2008 with the Indians where he hit 33 home runs and drove in 90. He played 157 games that season, his last full season.

In 14 games with the Phillies this season, Sizemore has a .314 batting average, a .352 OBP, and hit his first home run as a Phillie last night against the Mets. It’s a small sample size, but the Phillies have struggled in the outfield all season long (besides Marlon Byrd). If Sizemore can finish the year strong, he could play into the Phillies’ future plans. Albeit the Phillies will likely be in the beginnings of a rebuilding phase, it would still be nice to watch Sizemore try to find the player he used to be back in 2008. Hopefully his injury days are over.

Ken Giles has been absolutely lights out since coming up to the big leagues. Hitting 100 mph at times, his fastball has been blowing by Major League hitters, and just jumps out of his hand like a rocket. Down 0-2 against him? You better watch out for a nasty slider. Needless to say, Giles has been very impressive in his 18 games with the Phillies. In 19.1 innings pitched, Giles has a .93 ERA, has struck out 27 batters (wow!), and has only walked 4 batters. Like Sizemore, Giles will definitely play into the Phillies’ future plans, and is shaping up to be their closer of the future. We could be witnessing the making of a star in the bullpen for the Phillies.

As we enter into a rebuilding period for the Phillies, these players could make the transition a little less painful.


Gameday 108: Phillies vs. Mets

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, July 30, 2014 11:24 AM Comments: 39

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Philadelphia Phillies (47-60) at New York Mets (51-56)

Starting Pitchers:
NYM: Zach Wheeler (5-8, 3.64)
PHI: Kyle Kendrick (5-10, 4.87)

Time: 12:10, Citi Field
Weather: 78, Sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Today:

Following last night’s superb performance from Cole, Kyle Kendrick will have to try and do the same. And he’s always getting himself into trouble in the early innings. And at this point, how much does the game mean? We’re keeping an eye on the trade deadline.

Lineup:  Revere CF / Sizermore LF / Utley 2B / Howard 1B /  Byrd RF / Asche 3B / Nieves C / Blanco SS / Kendrick P


Don’t Expect Cole Hamels To Go Anywhere

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, July 29, 2014 11:53 PM Comments: 16

As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the buzz about who the Phillies might or might not trade gets louder and louder. And of the many trade pieces that the Phils possess, Cole Hamels might be the most appealing, and may produce the highest potential return. He is an ace, left-handed pitcher in his prime, and has plenty of playoff and World Series experience.

Jon Morosi reported that Hamels was officially on the trading block. However, Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. reportedly set the price tag very high for Hamels.

Because of that, it is looking more and more likely that Hamels, at least for now, will stay put in Philadelphia. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies have received no real offers for the lefty and cites a source claiming that Hamels is the least likely candidate to be traded.

The market for Hamels right now might not be strong with other top lefties David Price and Jon Lester on the trade market. And Hamels, more so than any other player on the Phillies, is a guy you absolutely need to sell high with, unlike some other players like Marlon Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, and A.J. Burnett, to name a few. The return for him needs to be outstanding. There will be more–and potentially better–opportunities to trade him in the future.


Phillies Nation TV – Episode 17: Trade Deadline Options

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, July 29, 2014 08:38 PM Comments: 1

The trade deadline is upon us and Pat and Corey discuss moves around the league and how they affect the Phillies chances to make some trades. The also breakdown the contract situations for potential movers like Marlon Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Ryan Howard and why they might hamper the Phillies options.

MLB hitting instructor Kevin Wilson joins Corey at Chandler Bats in Norristown to provide hitting tips for youngsters. And Tommy Greene returns to explain why legs and balance are crucial for effective pitching.


Gameday 107: Phillies at Mets

Posted by Amanda Orr, Tue, July 29, 2014 06:30 PM Comments: 43

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Philadelphia Phillies (46-60) at New York Mets (51-55)

Starting Pitchers:
NYM: Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49)
PHI: Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72)

Time: 7:10, Citi Field
Weather: 76, Mostly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight: Could this be Cole Hamels’ last start in a Phillies uniform?  Hamels’ name has been in trade rumors as of late, and it is possible that he could be dealt before the July 31st deadline. Tonight could be a showcase for Hamels as other teams may be looking to obtain him.

Hamels will be opposed by Dillon Gee, who spent some time this season on the disabled list.  Since he has returned from shoulder problems, Gee has a 5.82 ERA in 17 innings.

Lineup:  Revere CF / Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Howard 1B /  Ruiz C / Sizemore RF/ Brown LF/ Asche 3B / Hamels P

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