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Charlie Manuel Reportedly Out, Press Conference at 2:30

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, August 16, 2013 01:47 PM Comments: 30

UPDATE: It is official. Charlie Manuel is no longer manager of the Phillies, and Ryne Sandberg has been named interim manager. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. informed Manuel that he will not renew his contract at the end of the season.

The Phillies called a surprise press conference for today at 2:30 PM, and were very tight-lipped about the details. Jim Salisbury then broke the news via his source that Charlie Manuel will no longer be manager of the Phillies. Logical speculation would say that Ryne Sandberg will take over Manuel’s duties as manager, but nothing is official.

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The press conference will be shown on CSN at 2:30 PM and live streamed below. The Phillies official website will also carry the press conference.

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Losses Keep Piling Up For Phils

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, August 10, 2013 09:57 PM Comments: 46

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Cliff Lee gave the Phillies a quality start tonight. Why would that be enough? (Photo: AP)

All the best metaphors and similes to describe a Phillies loss in which they blow an early lead have been exhausted over the course of this dreadful season. At this stage, you can only come out and say it: The Phillies were up 4-0 to start the third inning of tonight’s game. They’d end up down 8-5 by the time the ninth inning was over. It’s an outcome as predictable as the sunset at the end of a long summer’s day (Turns out there was one simile left). Charlie Manuel’s 1,000th win celebration will be delayed for another day, as his squad is not much in the business of winning presently.

THE OFFENSE GOES ONE AND DONE

- They’ve done it all year, so why should tonight have been any different? After putting up some runs early, the Phils shut it down, and the inability to tack on resulted in a loss.

- Darin Ruf stayed hot with a two-run homer in the second. The home run would spark a four-run inning for the Phils, with Lee and Jimmy Rollins accounting for the other RBIs. Ruf now has four home runs in the month of August and is posting a .984 OPS. He’s been a bright spot, for sure. The Phils were helped a bit by some sloppy Nats D, but they had done the necessary damage. Unfortunately, they would go cold after that. And that is understating it. Continue reading Losses Keep Piling Up For Phils

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Replacing Dubee Could Help the Phils

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, July 12, 2013 09:57 PM Comments: 0

Rich+Dubee+Philadelphia+Phillies+Photo+Day+WQYnievRTD9lThursday night, former Phillies pitcher Scott Mathieson and current Phillies writer Mandy Housenick had a very interesting exchange on Twitter. Mathieson suggested that bullpen coach Rod Nichols take over Rich Dubee’s job as pitching coach, and Housenick added that Ryan Madson and Brett Myers had similar opinions on Nichols. Earlier this season, MLB Network’s Mitch Williams also suggested that Dubee get replaced. Roy Halladay, among others, defended Dubee.

But maybe Mathieson and Williams are on to something. Dubee has been in the Phillies organization for 12 years, and nine with the major league team. It could be time to replace him, as Williams said, if only to get a new voice in the ears of the Phils’ pitchers. The starters are doing exceptionally well, and the emergence of Kyle Kendrick as a solid part of the rotation is outstanding, considering where he came from.

But the bullpen is another story. It ranks last in the NL in ERA (4.58) and walk rate. Many young arms have struggled lately–Phillippe Aumont, Michael Stutes (possibly due to injury), and Justin De Fratus come to mind. Maybe Dubee just isn’t reaching the young guys like he wants to. And if (Rod) Nichols is beloved as much as Mathieson suggested, replacing Dubee with him seems like a no-brainer. The younger arms–the ones that need coaching the most–would have a new coach and a chance at a fresh start. The benefits would be great.

What would the cons be? In my eyes–nothing. Charlie Manuel‘s contract is up at the end of the year, and I think that, barring something unexpected, he won’t be re-signed by the club. Manuel and Dubee are good friends, and it would be hard to imagine Manuel leaving without Dubee. I think it would be the right move to let go of most, if not all of Manuel’s coaching staff at the end of the year.

I’m not saying that the Phillies should do a mid-season coaching move like they did with Milt Thompson. There is no need for a “shock” move to light a fire under the players with a playoff berth unlikely. But a change could be what benefits the Phillies most in the coming years, and the end of this season is the perfect time to do it.

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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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Saturday’s Goofs Lead to Phillies Closed-Door Meeting

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, July 07, 2013 09:20 PM Comments: 62

CliffLeeApparently so. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Phillies management was not happy with some of the goings-on during Saturday’s 13-4 blowout loss on National TV. So much so, they closed the doors and had a meeting about it.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday the team needs to play well before the All-Star break or there could be changes to the 25-man roster. So when the front office watched players giddily shower Jonathan Pettibone with sunflower seeds and place a batting helmet and paper cup (with gum as an adhesive) atop his head Saturday during a FOX in-game interview in a 13-4 loss to Atlanta, it did not sit well.

It sparked Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel to call a team meeting before Sunday’s game.

It sounded like they had a tough audience waiting for them.

“I’m not doing the in-game interview today,” Cliff Lee barked at a Phillies media relations staff member beforehand in front of a MLB.com reporter. “If they’re going to get mad about that, we’re not doing them anymore.”

Asked about the meeting, Amaro said, “I have nothing to say.”

Did it go well?

“Nothing to say,” he repeated.

“I’m not going to comment at all about that,” Lee echoed.

Interesting. It appears some of the powers-that-be were none too happy with smiling and laughing during a rout.

Are you all about keeping it loose during a long season, or are you too upset with how they handled things during the in-game interview?

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Braves Hammer Phillies

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, July 06, 2013 10:38 PM Comments: 17

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

The Braves had plenty to celebrate tonight. (Photo: AP)

The Phillies are the most unpredictable team game-to-game. Sometimes they come out and play well, like last night, and sometimes, well, they look like they don’t belong anywhere near a Major League baseball diamond.

Tonight’s game was an example of the latter. The Phillies combined a bad start with absolutely no offense, a bad effort from the bullpen, and a laughable performance in the field to put together a ghastly 13-4  defeat at the hands of the Braves.

LYLE KENDRICK REARS HIS AWKWARDISH HEAD

- During tonight’s broadcast, they showed a graphic indicating that the Braves are just 5-36 when they fail to homer in a game. I thought to myself, “Huh. If Kendrick can keep these guys from going deep, we have a pretty good shot here.” Easier said than done. Like clockwork, Chris Johnson, leading off the game, sent the next pitch into the left field seats to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead. It was an early indication that it was the dreaded Lyle Kendrick–the ill-equipped doppelganger of Kyle Kendrick who throws a flat sinker and makes getting outs about as difficult as landing a human being on Mars–that was pitching for the Phils. The Braves would tack on two more with a two-run dinger in the second from (Guess who?!) Dan Uggla.

- Kendrick was being tagged early and often. Even the hits that weren’t home runs were well struck. As good as he’s been against Atlanta in his career, he just didn’t seem to have it tonight. Not only was the ball hit hard consistently off him, he struggled to get guys out quickly. Runners reached base in every inning. Through two innings, he had thrown 44 pitches. Through four, he’d thrown 81. By the time the end of the fifth came around, he had fired 100 pitches and allowed 6 runs, 11 hits and 2 walks. It was then that Charlie Manuel mercifully removed the ailing pitcher from the ballgame.

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Phillies Leave L.A. After Ugly Weekend

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, June 30, 2013 07:59 PM Comments: 46

The Phillies saw Puig up close (AP)

The Phillies saw Puig up close (AP)

This weekend was mostly unfortunate for the Phillies outside of their 16-run barrage on Friday night, which happened to be the only time this season the team has eclipsed 10 runs in game.

Few things:

-Yaisel Puig certainly looks like the real deal. And it’s a damn shame he ripped on the Phils all weekend, although we’re seeing history in the making. With four hits on Sunday, Puig finished June with 44 hits, surpassing the 42 by Pittsburgh’s Bob Elliott in September 1939 for the second-most in a player’s first full calendar month in the major leagues. Joe DiMaggio had 48 in May 1936. Puig also eclipsed the Los Angeles Dodgers ‘ record for most hits in a month by a rookie, set by Steve Sax in August 1982.

-The news of Cole Hamels being pushed back is disheartening, but necessary. The guy needs to clear his head and come back against the Pirates with a strong outing.

-It’s nice to see Ben Revere hitting. His average is up to .289, so if you ripped on the guy, time to apologize.

-Ryan Howard is now 0-for-20 on this current slump, including 11 strikeouts. Do they DL him? Do they bench him? You know it’s ugly when Charlie Manuel is swapping him out in a big hitting situation for Kevin Frandsen.

 

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Galvis Demoted to Clear Room for McDonald

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, June 28, 2013 03:35 PM Comments: 22

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Galvis with Reading in 2011, image- Jay Floyd

Following Thursday’s acquisition of infielder John McDonald from Cleveland, the Phillies made room on their active big league roster by demoting infielder Freddy Galvis to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

McDonald, a veteran of 15 major league seasons, has a career .235 batting average and a .605 career OPS mark.  The 38-year-old posted a .053 batting average in 24 games in the bigs this year.  Primarily a shortstop, with 568 games played there, McDonald has also spent considerable time at second base (209 games) and third base (135 games) while dabbling just a tad in the outfield (six games).

Galvis  is a career .218 hitter with a .626 OPS in 112 major league contests.  The move will allow the 23-year-old Venezuelan to get more playing time with the IronPigs.

Philly.com featured the following quote from Phils manager Charlie Manuel regarding the youngster’s need for game action.

“When we evaluate him, we think he has a good chance of being a hell of a player,” Manuel said. “If he’s going to stay here and only play once a week or something like that, that ain’t enough. That’s definitely not enough.”

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Led by Kendrick, Phillies rebound from tough loss

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Wed, June 26, 2013 01:20 AM Comments: 15

Richie Ashburn Award: Kyle Kendrick

One night after perhaps the most devastating loss of their sub-par season, the Phillies were clicking on all cylinders as timely hitting, lights-out starting pitching, and crisp fielding led the Phils to a 6-2 win over the Padres.

The Phillies have now won 22 of their last 29 games against the Padres, and have won 13 of their last 16 at Petco Park.

Brown crushes 20th homer, drives in four

Since his last home run on June 8, Brown had been hitting just .189 and had driven in only three runs over those 14 games. He matched those numbers with one swing of the bat on Tuesday, as he took Jason Marquis deep for a three-run shot in the fourth that helped the Phillies to a 3-2 lead.

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Gameday: Mets (29-42) vs. Phillies (36-39)

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, June 23, 2013 12:45 PM Comments: 5

New York Mets (29-42) at Philadelphia Phillies (36-39)

Matt Harvey (6-1, 2.16) vs. John Lannan (0-1, 5.49)

TIME: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park
TV: PHL17
WEATHER: 84, chance of rain
MEDIA: Facebook or Twitter

Kevin Fransden saved the day yesterday after the Phillies blew a 6 run lead.  The bullpen really needs to step up as they have the worst ERA in all of baseball at 4.67.  Even Jonathan Papelbon is struggling.

After Charlie Manuel’s rant, the Phillies offense did step it up by scoring 8 runs yesterday.  Today it will be tougher to score runs with Matt Harvey on the mound. The 24-year old is one of the brightest spots the Mets have.  He’s been lights out and has had previous success against Philadelphia.

Harvey will be opposed by John Lannan, who will be making his second start since coming off the disabled list.

Lineup: SS Rollins, 2B Utley, 3B M.Young, 1B Howard, LF Brown, RF D. Young, CF Revere, C Quintero, P Lannan.

GO PHILLIES!

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