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Gameday: Phillies (50-59) vs Braves (65-45)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sun, August 04, 2013 07:00 PM Comments: 11

Philadelphia Phillies (50-59) vs Atlanta Braves (65-45) 

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Cliff Lee (10-4, 3.05 ERA) vs Alex Wood (1-2, 3.52 ERA)

Time: 8:05, Citizens Bank Park

TV: ESPN

Weather: 80, partly cloudy

Media: Twitter and Facebook

After losing 5-3 on Friday, the Phillies will look to salvage a game in their three game series against the Braves on Sunday night. With last night’s loss, the Phillies have now lost five straight series since the All-Star Break.

Left-hander Cliff Lee, who has missed a few starts with neck stiffness, will start for the Phillies in the finale. Lee has struggled a bit lately allowing at least four earned runs in each of his last three starts. In his las outing against the Mets, he allowed five runs in seven innings of work. The longball has been a problem for Lee of late, as he has surrendered seven homers in his last two starts. In his career against Atlanta, Lee is 6-4 with a 2.97 ERA

Lee will be opposed by lefty Alex Wood, who has pitched well in his rookie campaign for the Braves. Wood churned out a quality start his last time out against Colorado, allowing just three runs in seven innings. The seven innings was by far his longest outing of the year (previously 4 1/3 innings), and it came in only his third start of the year, as he was pitching out of the bullpen for the most part before Tim Hudson’s injury.

Only Jimmy Rollins, Darin Ruf, Kevin Frandsen and Carlos Ruiz have had an at bat against Wood (Rollins is the only one with two at bats), and Ruf owns the only base hit against the lefty.

Lineup: M. Young 3B, Utley 2B, Rollins SS, Ruf LF, D. Young RF, Frandsen 1B, Mayberry CF, Ruiz C, Lee P

Gameday Beer: Smithwicks Irish Red Ale3498868847_cdfdc0e2ed

Smithwicks has been around forever yet it never gets old. This red ale is one of the most common Irish brews and is perfect if you are in that Irish mood and want something lighter than a Guinness and a bit more than a Harp lager. It might not jump out at you, but you know that you are going to get a consistently solid beer, and a lot of times, that is enough.

 

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Gameday: Phillies (50-58) vs Braves (64-45)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, August 02, 2013 06:00 PM Comments: 1

Philadelphia Phillies (50-58) vs Atlanta Braves (64-45) 

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Ethan Martin (11-5, 4.12 ERA in AAA) vs Kris Medlen (7-10, 3.74 ERA)

Time: 7:05 Citizens Bank Park

Tv: Comcast SportsNet

Weather: 85, sunny

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies open a three game series with the first place Atlanta Braves on Friday night, still looking for their first series win since before the All-Star break. After a tough loss last night, the Phillies have now dropped 10 of their last 11 games.

Right-hander Ethan Martin will be making his major league debut tonight for the Phils, coming off several strong starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In his last three starts (18 innings) he has allowed only one earned run and ten hits, and is currently on a 13 inning scoreless streak. He is coming off the best month of his season, in which he went 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA.

Opposing Martin will be Kris Medlen, who does not have much success in his career against the Phillies. This season he faced them twice, going 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA. Over his entire career he is 1-2 with a 5.92 ERA (22 earned runs on 46 hits) in 34 innings against the Phillies.

Several Phillies players have hit Medlen hard through their careers. Jimmy Rollins is 4-for-13 with three doubles, two walks and a RBI, Chase Utley is hitting .375 in eight at bats against Medlen with two RBI, and Delmon Young has a home run and four RBI off Medlen.

Lineup: Rollins SS, M. Young 1B, Utley 2B, Ruf LF, D. Young RF, Asche 3B, Mayberry CF, Kratz C, Martin P

bagpipers-scotch-ale-posterGameday Beer: Fegley’s Brewworks Bagpiper’s Scotch Ale

Brewed locally in the Lehigh Valley, perhaps this malty, smoky ale will bring former IronPig Ethan Martin some success today in his debut with the big club. This ale, which is brewed with a bit of scotch, features some caramel, roasted barley and earthy tones, and at 8.5% ABV, if the Phillies do have a bad game you might not even remember it.

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Papelbon blows sixth save, spoils Hamels’ best outing of the year

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Thu, August 01, 2013 10:13 PM Comments: 74

The Phillies lost their fourth straight series Thursday 2-1, despite a stellar outing from Cole Hamels. The Phillies held a 1-0 lead entering the ninth, but Jonathan Papelbon blew the save, allowing two runs in the inning en route to his sixth blown save of the season.

Hamels brilliant start wasted

Hamels is staying. (AP)

Cole Hamels tossed eight shutout innings, but received a no decision in the game. (AP)

Cole Hamels churned out his best start of the season on Thursday night. The lefty held his opponent scoreless for the first time this year, tossing eight strong innings in which he scattered seven hits and struck out five. It was the third time in his last five starts that he has gone eight innings, after accomplishing that feat just twice in his first 18 starts.

Hamels also delivered the only run for the Phillies in the game in the fifth when his two out single off Matt Cain drove home Laynce Nix to put the Phillies ahead.

But Hamels started was wasted on just three batters into the ninth inning. Papelbon allowed singles to Hunter Pence, Brett Pill and Roger Kieschnick, promptly blowing his sixth save of the year. Those six blown saves are the second most in all of baseball. He then allowed another run, which put the Phillies behind by one.

Offense slow yet again

The Phillies managed just the lone run on seven hits, and squandered several chances to score. They were just 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the game, and one of those hits did not even translate to a run.

Perhaps the most frustrating blown scoring opportunity came in the ninth, when the Phillies had the bases loaded with nobody out. It would not have even taken a hit to tie the game or even to win it. But Nix and Carlos Ruiz flied out and could not get the run home, and Erik Kratz grounded into a fielders choice to end the game.

Up next…

The Phillies will play host to the Atlanta Braves tomorrow looking to win their first series since before the All-Star break. Right-hander Ethan Martin (11-5, 4.12 ERA in AAA) will make his major league debut, and he will be opposed by Kris Medlen, who is 7-10 with a 3.74 ERA. First pitch is at 7:05.

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Did Amaro Balk At Offers for Young, Ruiz?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, August 01, 2013 02:58 PM Comments: 49

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says that the Yankees offered a decent deal for Michael Young, but Ruben Amaro shot it down.

From Heyman:

Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro spoke on the phone around 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, an hour before the trade deadline, at which time Amaro confirmed what the Yankees had been reading in the media: Michael Young was willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Yankees.

So Cashman offered to send a prospect — believed to be righthanded pitcher Tommy Kahnle — to Philly and pay the $5 million to go on Young’s deal. Amaro rejected the offer.

If that’s the case, it’s hard to understand the reasoning behind the non-move. Does Amaro think he can get more out of a desperate team before the waiver deadline? Is Michael Young likely to come back to Philadelphia next season?

Heyman goes on to say that Amaro didn’t believe it was enough in return. Cashman is also believed to have inquired about Carlos Ruiz, to which he was turned down completely, being told he was unavailable.

If that is the case, it’s borderline unacceptable. Michael Young, as great a player as he has been in his career, plus being a consumate professional, is not part of the future of this club. Carlos Ruiz is about to be a 35-year-old catcher that has one home run and will be a free agent. That says it all.

It’s hard to get a read on what Amaro is going for these days.

 

 

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Deadline Day Open Thread

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, July 31, 2013 11:36 AM Comments: 71

amaro-phoneThis is your open thread for all things having to do with the trade deadline. 4 PM is the cutoff. There’s lots of rumors and conflicting reports. Post will be updated periodically as news and rumors come in.

- The Yankees want M. Young, but it doesn’t sound like he’d approve a trade there. UPDATE: A source tells a NY Daily News reporter that Young WILL accept a trade to the Yankees. Big, if true. Confirmed by Ken Rosenthal. There are no reports of any talks between the teams at this time, though. Rosenthal says it is certainly plausible that this is simply a posturing move. UPDATE: Rosenthal now says that Young is indeed interested in going to the Yankees.

- There may be no trade today at all.

- 4 PM is here and M Young is still a Phillie.

- A Red Sox reporter says it is doubtful that the Red Sox will trade for Young. UPDATE: Another is reporting that there are NO talks between Philadelphia and Boston regarding Young. UPDATE #2: According to Joel Sherman, league executives believe that there are talks.

- Young to the Rangers is dead. It’s Yankees or bust.

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Quintero Elects Free Agency, Phils in on Gregerson

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, July 26, 2013 05:50 PM Comments: 3

http://l.yimg.com/iu/api/res/1.2/94lW.NF9zuJwfTO3cZBpLg--/YXBwaWQ9eXZpZGVvO2NoPTg2MDtjcj0xO2N3PTY1NztkeD0yO2R5PTE7Zmk9dWxjcm9wO2g9ODU7cT0xMDA7dz02NQ--/http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/i/us/sp/v/mlb/players_l/20130405/7235.1.jpgA quick update on some of the latest Phillies news and trade rumors:

The Phillies announced that catcher Humberto Quintero has cleared waivers and has elected free agency. Quintero appeared in just 24 games with the Phillies, beginning the year with the club while Carlos Ruiz was suspended and returning from a trip to Triple-A during Ruiz’s absence due to injury. Quintero hit .250/.294/.406 with 2 HR for the Phillies in 68 PA.

Jayson Stark reported today that the Phillies are among the many teams interested in Padres reliever Luke Gregerson. Gregerson is 29 years old and has one more year of arbitration left. The Padres are seeking young, controllable pitching according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, but according to Stark, the Phillies are not interested in trading their upper-level Minor Leaguers in exchange for Gregerson.

Finally, was he or wasn’t he traded? That was the question last night on Twitter in reference to Orioles’ outfielder Chris Dickerson. Rumors were afloat that Dickerson was traded to the Phillies last night but today, an official end was put on that speculation. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported that the Orioles have placed Dickerson on outright waivers after failing to find a trade partner. Dickerson, 31, has played parts of the last six seasons with the Reds, Brewers, Yankees, and Orioles, hitting .263/.340/.408, playing 115 games in LF, 76 games in RF, and 61 games in CF.

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Phillies score early and often, take opener 13-8

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Fri, July 19, 2013 10:59 PM Comments: 33

Richie Ashburn Award: Chase Utley

The Phillies bashed their way to a huge win on Friday, clubbing out 13 runs on 15 hits en route to a 13-8 win in their series opener against the Marlins. The Phillies are now over .500 for the first time since early June.

Offense roughs up Hefner 

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Domonic Brown hit his 24th homer in the game and drove in two runs. AP Photo.

Jeremy Hefner entered the game with a 1.67 ERA in his last four starts. After two innings and eight earned runs tonight his ERA over his last five starts sits at 4.03.

Just about everyone got in on the fun. An RBI triple from Chase Utley and run-scoring singles from Domonic Brown, Delmon Young and John Mayberry Jr. gave the Phillies a 4-0 lead in the first. Two innings later the Phillies put the finishing touches on Hefner’s outing, who was ousted in the third without recording an out.

Domonic Brown led off the third with a solo homer, his 24th of the season, on an 0-2 pitch. It started a string of extra base hits that propelled the Phillies to a seven run inning. Darin Ruf doubled, and was driven home by a Delmon Young single one batter later. Back-to-back doubles from Mayberry and Carlos Ruiz scored two more runs and the inning was capped with a three-run homer from Michael Young, who at that point was the only Phillies without a hit.

Kendrick strong early, faltered later on

Kendrick had come off a strong outing his last time out, and looked good through the first three innings tonight. He allowed just one baserunner in the first three frames and struck out six batters. But things did not go so well for the righty in his next three innings. In the fourth he allowed five straight hits to start the inning, including a three-run homer from Marlon Byrd. He escaped further damage, but allowed another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. His final line was 5 2/3 innings, six runs on nine hits and seven strikeouts, and he earned his ninth win of the year. His ERA is now 3.94.

DeFratus not sharp again

Justin Defratus allowed two runs, including a home run in one inning of work. DeFratus had been pitching well enough in his last few outings, but has trouble stringing more than a couple good outings together. He has not had more than two scoreless innings in a row since June 11-14, and since then he has allowed 10 earned runs in 8 1/13 innings.

Up Next…

Tomorrow the Phillies will send Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.05 ERA) to the mound in hopes he can continue his strong pitching and give the Phillies an early series win. His opponent will be Mets prospect Zach Wheeler (3-1, 3.54 ERA), who has allowed just two runs in his last two starts. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.

 

 

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If the Phillies buy, several relievers stand out as possible targets

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Wed, July 17, 2013 03:00 PM Comments: 59

As the trade deadline approaches, the Phillies find themselves in need of one of the hardest positions to shop for. Relief pitchers are a dime a dozen, but solid, dependable relievers are hard to come by, and almost every team in the race is looking to improve the bullpen.

The addition of the second wild card makes it tough too, as there are quite a few teams that find themselves in a position where they are unlikely to sell assets. Teams like the Blue Jays and Angels put a lot into their payrolls this offseason and would be unlikely to start selling while they hover around .500. The Royals and Giants, who both have some good pieces in the bullpen, also fall into a similar category should they remain where they are in the standings.

If the Phillies want to add a proven bullpen piece, they do not have too many teams who would be realistic trade partners. The Twins, Brewers, Marlins, White Sox, Mariners and Astros—all teams out of the race—are ones that could be viable trade partners with the Phillies. As these teams look to the future, they would surely require minor league talent for a reliever. The higher quality the reliever, the more the Phillies would have to sacrifice on the farm.

The other option would be for the Phillies to part with position players at the major league roster that might help another team, in exchange for a reliever. Selling to fill a need. Carlos Ruiz has been getting looks from the Yankees, and Michael Young from the Red Sox. Young has been solid for the Phillies, but they could probably live with Kevin Frandsen at third with Freddy Galvis as a backup, and Erik Kratz is a sufficient replacement for Ruiz if he continues to lack production.

All that being said, here are some quick numbers and info on relievers that could work for the Phillies. There are relievers from teams likely to sell as well as a few from teams that might sacrifice a bullpen piece to fill another need.

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Morosi, Olney, Amaro (!): Phillies Are Buyers

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, July 10, 2013 06:10 PM Comments: 5

Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports says that the Phillies should be looking to add, not subtract, a reliever by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Morosi notes that the Phillies, whose 4.65 bullpen ERA ranks second last in baseball, is their weakest spot in the midst of a hot streak headed into the All-Star break. Morosi uses some interesting logic defending his opinion: the Phillies could trade for a player like John Axford or Jim Henderson of the Brewers, Addison Reed of the White Sox, or Steve Cishek to be a set-up-like reliever now while holding on to a trade chip like Jonathan Papelbon for the actual trade deadline.

From Morosi:

But even if the Phillies slip in the standings and sell at the deadline, it makes sense for them to add a reliever. One of the aforementioned pitchers could close for the Phillies in 2014, if not this year. And that’s a significant statement because Papelbon — the current closer, with a contract through at least 2015 — may become available if Amaro decides to sell.

The Phillies would save money by trading Papelbon and acquiring a cheaper replacement. And the decision on Papelbon may wait until August, since his $13 million salary in each of the next two years could help him clear trade waivers after the July 31 deadline.

And if wild speculation isn’t good enough for you, how about this Ruben Amaro quote from Todd Zolecki when asked about trading for a piece before the deadline: “Yeah, I think we’ll try to do that.” This is perfectly in line with the Buster Olney tweet from early this morning, who has heard that the Phillies are buyers.

One player we learned that the Phillies are not pursuing, however, is reliever Joba Chamberalin. Chamberlain was rumored to be a moving piece in any potential deal that would send Michael Young and/or Carlos Ruiz to the Yankees. Ken Rosenthal, however, says that the Phillies are not among the teams pursuing Chamberlain at this time.

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Hamels Escapes Late Jam, Phils Hang On For 4-2 Win

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, July 09, 2013 09:55 PM Comments: 33

Hamels was the Hamels that earned the nine-figure deal last year in tonight’s 4-2 victory over the Nationals. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Jayson Werth hit a solo home run in the second inning with one out to begin what looked like a long night for former teammate Cole Hamels. The two met again in an epic bases loaded, two-out encounter in the eighth inning. Hamels had given up two singles followed by a walk to Bryce Harper. Hamels got Ryan Zimmerman to chase high heat for the second out. Werth had a chance to put the Nats ahead with a second inning repeat.

On his 110th pitch of the evening, shortly after Charlie Manuel left Hamels laughing after a mound visit, Hamels got Werth to fly out to Ben Revere and effectively end the only Washington Nationals threat of the night. Antonio Bastardo closed out the Nats in the ninth after giving up a run to pick up his second save.

Hamels was every bit the ace he is advertised to be against the division rival Nats, allowing only earned run, six hits, striking out four, and walking only one.

The Bats Stay Hot

Aside from Carlos Ruiz, every Phillies starter had at least one hit tonight. Chase Utley hit his 14th double of the year and was knocked in via a Domonic Brown single in the bottom of the fourth. Michael Young hit the go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the sixth.

Darin Ruf has extended his hitting streak to four games while Revere’s two hits put him at .302 and firmly sixteenth in the NL in batting average as of press time. The trade for Revere continues to look like a major steal for the Phillies.

Winning Ways Continue

The Phillies win was their third in a row and improves their record to 4-1 on the present homestand. The Phillies have won 6 of their last 8, all against teams with records above .500 and look to take their fourth in a row tomorrow as Cliff Lee takes the hill against former Phils prospect Gio Gonzalez.

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