Season High 18 Hits Propels Phillies to Sweep in Atlanta

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, June 18, 2014 04:10 PM Comments: 12

Veteran righty Aaron Harang was roughed up by the Phillies, allowing nine runs over five innings, as the Phillies won 10-5 over the Braves. It’s their first sweep in Atlanta since 2011.

-The Phillies offense was the story in this one, possibly for the first time since they opened the season in Texas. How about 18 hits and 10 runs? Marlon Byrd hit a homer and the Phillies posted five doubles on the day, trashing Aaron Harang.

-Roberto Hernandez stuck it through six innings, although he probably should have been pulled before that. He got lucky on a handful of double-plays and was generally average, allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out two.

-Ken Giles pitched the 8th and 9th innings and looked great doing it. He struck out three, allowing one hit and one walk, needing 38 pitches to finish the frames. The slider looked nasty at times and his fastball, while not registering 100, was humming. Antonio Bastardo also pitched well, striking out two in his inning of work. Mama, who is that man? This bullpen has been solid lately.

-It was the Phillies first road sweep of any kind since April 2013. Are you now believing? This division is a winnable disaster, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility. But I can’t help but think the longer they keep it closer in the race, the longer the wait will be for some sort of move to the future. You’re looking at maybe being a buyer and not a seller next month.

-Wil Nieves went 3-for-6 with two doubles, but was hurt late in the game, pulling up lame as he ran to second base. Carlos Ruiz relieved him for the final frame. Look for Koyie Hill to join the club as the travel to St. Louis.


Howard, Kendrick Lead Phillies to Win Over Braves

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, June 17, 2014 10:22 PM Comments: 26

Kyle Kendrick allowed two runs over seven innings and Ryan Howard struck early with a first inning homer as the Phillies beat the Braves, 5-2. The Phillies are 4.5 games behind the Braves and Nationals (as of this writing) in the NL East.

-Ryan Howard hit his 13th homer of the season in the first inning to put the Phillies up quickly. He also walked twice. Howard is on pace for 31 homers and 106 RBI. I know that’s not everything, but it’s also not that bad, I think.

-The offense had some more balance to it, walking seven times and managing five hits.

-Kendrick was badgering the zone all night, throwing 61 of his 90 pitches for strikes. This Braves lineup, known to strike out a bunch, fanned six times.

-Jonathan Papelbon saved his 16th game of the season after blowing it last night. He sports an impressive 1.59 ERA.

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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.


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.


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.



Phillies Sign First Round Pick Aaron Nola

Posted by Pat Egan, Tue, June 10, 2014 03:04 PM Comments: 3

The Phillies have come to terms with their first round pick, Aaron Nola. The Phillies took Nola seventh overall in last Thursday’s draft as he became the first of many college draft picks by the Phillies. Nola’s father A.J. Nola has said that the contract includes a $3.3 million dollar signing bonus, which is slot value for the seventh overall pick.

Nola, who was the LSU ace, compiled impressive numbers this past season with the Tigers. In 16 games this season Nola went 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA (16th in NCAA). He struck out 134 batters (2nd in NCAA) in 116.1 innings pitched. Hitters batted just .172 off of him this season, and his .83 WHIP was good for fourth among NCAA pitchers.

Scouts believe that Nola will be the first player from the 2014 draft class to reach the majors. Because of this I wouldn’t be surprised to see him thrust right into the struggling High A Clearwater Threshers rotation. The Threshers have struggled mightily this season with a record of 14-49 and the worst team ERA in the Florida State League (4.89).

With AJ Burnett, Kyle Kendrick, and Roberto Hernández on the last years of their contracts, and Cliff Lee the topic of impending trade talk, the Phillies will probably look to fast track Nola to the majors as they will likely have a pressing need for starting pitching come next season.


The Hopeless Phillies of 2014 and Beyond

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, June 09, 2014 02:30 PM Comments: 56

Recently, I was fortunate enough to take a wonderful vacation with my wife to Orlando, FL and New Orleans, LA to visit family. On the trip, I met my newest nephew for the first time and played golf at a level not unlike Sinbad in House Guest. My wife and I did the trip by car, going, by our estimation, over 3,200 miles round trip, seeing parts of the country we had never seen before.

With rest and relaxation on my mind, I had almost quite literally forgotten about the Phillies. When we left, they were just a few games out of the race and, even though I pegged them as a 64-win team in the offseason, I did not think they would fall into a tailspin this season or at least this early in it. When we returned to Glenside, PA, I started to think that maybe forgetting about them was the best thing that could have happened.

It has been difficult to write or think about the Phillies and I wanted to hold off writing something extremely negative until they won a few games. Seeing as they have lost eight of nine, I am not sure that day will come soon. Still in a vacation haze, Buster Olney successfully snapped me out of it with one sentence uttered during ESPN’s draft coverage. I am unable to find the footage and do not want to misquote Olney but it was to the effect of:

The Phillies are in trouble and not just in trouble this year but for a long, long time.

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