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Listen to the Jayson Stark Show with Pat Gallen on 97.5 the Fanatic!

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, June 16, 2014 05:40 PM Comments: 0

irOur very own Pat Gallen is hosting a radio show with ESPN’s Jayson Stark every Monday from 6-7pm on 97.5 the Fanatic. It comes to you live from the Green Parrot Pub & Patio in Newtown, PA.

Jayson, of course, is the preeminent baseball writer in the world. He’ll be giving his insights on the Phillies and the world of baseball. Plus, he’ll always have his awesome trivia question ready to go.

Our friend, Pat can be seen on Phillies Nation TV on TCN & CSN and heard on 97.5 the Fanatic on Sundays also. Plus, he’s the Phillies Nation Editor-in-Chief!

Should make for an insanely informative and fun hour of baseball talk! Click below to LISTEN LIVE!

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Gameday 67: Cubs vs. Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, June 15, 2014 12:58 PM Comments: 35



Chicago Cubs (26-39) at Philadelphia Phillies (29-37)

Starting Pitchers:
CHI: Travis Wood (6-5, 4.95)
PHI: AJ Burnett (4-5, 4.24)

Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Sunny, 81
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Jimmy Rollins is now the all-time hit king for the Phillies. So now what? Well, now they try and win back to back series with a win over the Cubs. They can do so if AJ Burnett can pitch much the same way he did against the Padres earlier in the week.

Lineup: Revere CF / Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Byrd RF/ Ruiz C / Brown LF / Mayberry 1B / Cedeno 3B / Burnett P


Jimmy Rollins, Phillies All-Time Hit Leader

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sat, June 14, 2014 05:26 PM Comments: 12

Jimmy Rollins passed Mike Schmidt on the Phillies all-time hit list with no. 2,235 in the fifth inning. Congrats to the Phillies new hit king.


Rollins Ties Record, Phillies Lose to Cubs

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, June 13, 2014 09:59 PM Comments: 8

Jimmy Rollins tied Mike Schmidt on the Phillies all-time hit list, but the effort was not enough as the Cubs shut down the Phillies, 2-1. It is already the 9th time the Phillies have been shutout this season.

-Roberto Hernandez was hanging in there, as he usually tries to do every fifth day. His evening was cut short by home plate umpire Mark Ripperger after plunking Starlin Castro in the sixth inning. Castro homered earlier in the evening, so Ripperger decided it was time for a quick hook. From Hernandez’s reaction, it certainly didn’t seem intentional. Ryne Sandberg took exception, he too was shown the door.

-Hernandez went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs while striking out five. However, the Cubs aren’t very good.

-Antonio Bastardo was outstanding in two innings of work. For much of this season, walks have killed Bastardo, but recently he’s curbed that issue. Tonight he allowed no walks, no hits, and struck out three Cubs on just 21 pitches.

-Offensively, nothing really to celebrate other than Jimmy Rollins. He tied Mike Schmidt on the Phillies all-time list hit list, doubling down the right field line in the ninth inning.

The fans gave J-Roll a roaring round of applause when the big screen showed the accomplishment. Deservedly so.

-Dom Brown knocked in the only run in the game, in the ninth, his 32nd RBI of the season.



Injury News: Ruf, MAG, Adams, Lee

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, June 13, 2014 09:16 PM Comments: 0

-Darin Ruf has a hairline fracture in his left wrist, Ruben Amaro said Friday. He should be able to resume playing in games in about three weeks. “When it heals, it’ll be playable,’ said the GM. I’d like to see Ruf get another look at the majors, but we probably won’t see that for at least a few weeks.

-Amaro said that Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez threw a bullpen on Thursday and registered 93-94 on the radar. MAG had been shut down with a sore shoulder. We won’t be seeing the $12 million Cuban any time soon.

-Mike Adams was slated to have a cortisone shot in his ailing right arm today, according to Amaro. He’s been dealing with inflammation in his surgically repaired shoulder, but Amaro said that if all goes well they could have him back in early July.

-Freddy Galvis could be playing in games next month after breaking his collarbone.

-Cliff Lee threw again on Friday, the third time in four days he was able to do so. Amaro, however, did not elaborate on a timeline for Lee.



Notes: Rollins, Lee, Giles

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, June 12, 2014 05:23 PM Comments: 21

-Soon, Jimmy Rollins will hold the Phillies all-time hits record. It should be within a day or two, barring a slump. With that, he’ll pass Mike Schmidt, the greatest Phillie of all-time, in a fairly important statistical category. And how does that make everyone feel?

I’ve gotten some interesting responses on twitter as to the feelings people will have and it seems mixed. It’s not like he’s shocking anyone by doing this, we’ve been tracking it for some time. Yet, some still play the hater role when it comes to Rollins. Will you be happy, sad, indifferent, when he breaks the record? Does it matter?

-Cliff Lee tossed again on Thursday and could throw again tomorrow. He told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he felt good after 40-45 tosses on flat ground. Lee went on the DL on May 20 and picked up a ball for the first time on Tuesday. But it’s likely we won’t see him for at least the next three weeks. That gets us into July before he makes another major league start, and  you know what that does to a mans trade value.

-Ken Giles was about as nervous as any major leaguer I’ve ever seen after his first appearance. A few things: he seems like a shy kid, not that it mattes one way or another. But he doesn’t have the nutty closer in him, at least not yet. Giles also isn’t very big. Just looks like a normal dude who can somehow throw 100. He also seems to understand what it’s going to take. When asked about how important his slider is to becoming a full-time major leaguer, he agreed it was paramount. As you saw on the home run by Grandal, having a good fastball is not nearly enough. With a wipeout slider, as he called it, Giles becomes a force. But only if he can harness it.


Mayberry Homers, Giles Appears as Phillies Sweep Padres

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, June 12, 2014 04:17 PM Comments: 3

Ken Giles made his major league debut and John Mayberry Jr. hit a home run in a rain soaked, 7-3 win over the Padres. It was just the Phillies second sweep of the season.

Kendrick Settles In

-It hasn’t been pretty for Kyle Kendrick in the first inning and today was no different as he allowed the Padres to open up with two runs. Heading into the game, KK had allowed 13 first inning runs this season.

-Overall, he calmed down and got through six innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out five.

Rollins Nears Record

-With his first inning RBI single, Jimmy Rollins moved to within one of Mike Schimdt’s franchise hit record. If I’m doing the math correctly, with two hits he’ll pass him for all-time lead.

-Dom Brown also slapped an RBI single, knocking in the Phillies second run of the day.

-The bigger blow came in the sixth when, you guessed it, Reid Brignac, doubled to left-center knocking in two runs to put the Phillies ahead 4-2. Earlier in the inning, the leading run could have scored but John Mayberry was called out on a bang-bang play at the plate. Upon review, Mayberry’s front leg never touched home, although he beat the throw to the plate.

-Mayberry made up for it later, hitting a monster three-run home run in the seventh inning.

Ken Giles Appears

-Giles made his first career appearance with two outs in the ninth inning and hit 100 mph on the stadium gun in with his first pitch. However, Yasmani Grandal went yard in the at-bat, making it a 7-3 game. He’d finish off with a strikeout. One to remember I suppose.


Gameday 64: Padres vs. Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, June 12, 2014 12:18 PM Comments: 17



San Diego Padres (28-37) at Philadelphia Phillies (27-36)

Starting Pitchers:
SD: Eric Stults (2-7, 5.68)
PHI: Kyle Kendrick (1-6, 4.30)

Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Chance of Rain, 77
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight: 

How much will it rain? That is the question as the Phillies go for a sweep of the Padres in an afternoon tilt. Kyle Kendrick, looking at you, dude. Kendrick needs to shut it down early and often and the Phillies could have their first 3-game winning streak since 1987. Kidding. Kinda.

Lineup: Revere CF / Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Byrd RF / Mayberry 1B / Brown LF / Nieves C / Hernandez 3B / Kendrick P


Efficient Burnett Helps Phillies to Win Over Padres

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 10, 2014 10:37 PM Comments: 16

AJ Burnett shook off a few ugly starts to pitch 7+ innings, leading the Phillies to a 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Good Burnett

-All year it has been Jekyll and Hyde with AJ Burnett. Tonight, we got the proper version. Burnett needed just 89 pitches to throw 7 1/3 innings, a breeze by his standards. He allowed just two runs while striking out three and walking two. I’d caution, however; the Padres aren’t good.

-Jake Diekman came in and lit up the gun. He hit 100 mph once, much to the delight of the crowd. Ken Giles who?

-Jonathan Papelbon closed it out, but not before loading the bases and throwing 28 pitches. Jayson Stark said on our Monday show that execs around the league have no idea how he’s getting by with his stuff. Wonder if there will be a market for him?

It was also career save No. 300 for Paps.

Byrd Flies

-Marlon Byrd hit his 10th home run of the year, a three-run blast in a four-run fourth inning. Consider me shocked that Marlon has become a bit of a power hitter.

-Three other Phillies (Revere, Utley, and Howard) posted two hits a piece.

Clever Jimmy

-Great play by Jimmy Rollins in the 8th inning to dodge a tag by Evereth Cabrera, which allowed Chase Utley to make it to first base. The Phillies didn’t score, but I was very much a fan of that heads up play. Jimmy doesn’t get enough credit for things like that. If that were Chase, it would have been the smartest, bestest play ever.



Gameday 62: Padres vs. Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 10, 2014 06:55 PM Comments: 9



San Diego Padres (28-35) at Philadelphia Phillies (25-36)

Starting Pitchers:
SD: Ian Kennedy (5-6, 3.39)
PHI: AJ Burnett (3-5, 4.41)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Cloudy, Showers, 82
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight: 

The number one thing to watch for tonight is to see if Ken Giles makes his highly-anticipate debut. Most else is secondary. Sure, some good baseball, and a good start by AJ Burnett, would be nice. But lets face it; seeing Giles hit triple-digits would fire some people up.

Lineup: Revere CF / Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Howard 1B / Byrd RF / Brown LF / Ruiz C / Hernandez 3B / Burnett P

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