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Efficient Hamels Outing Wasted, Phils Fall 3-2

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, September 25, 2013 10:11 PM Comments: 9

Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria broke an eighth inning 2-2 tie off reliever Ethan Martin after a costly Jimmy Rollins throwing error to lead the Marlins to a 3-2 victory and a series win.

Hamels Keeps It Close

Hamels pitched at least five innings for his 74th consecutive start, the longest active streak in Major League Baseball. Hamels threw 103 pitches, 70 for strikes, across six innings, striking out six while give up two runs, both earned. Hechavarria hit a two-run triple in the second inning off Hamels, scoring Justin Ruggiano and Placido Polanco. This was Hamels 25th quality start, ending the year just one behind NL leaders Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright and two ahead of teammate Cliff Lee.

Phillies Out-Hit Marlins, Can’t Piece it Together

The Phillies bats were pretty active Wednesday night but they struggled to string it together to score any runs. The Fightins outhit the Fish 10-6, including three hits from third baseman Freddy Galvis, two from Chase Utley, and two from Domonic Brown but left 15 men on. In a statistical oddity, the Phillies were 3 for 8 with runners in scoring position but only scored two runs. Weird.

Pair of Questionable Calls Don’t Decide Outcome

Umpire Dale Scott blew what could have been a pivotal call in the seventh on an Ed Lucas fielder’s choice. This blown call was immediately followed up by CB Bucknor calling Christian Yelich out when Cesar Jimenez tug Yelich out with his bare hand. Very werid.

The Phillies start their final series of the 2013 campaign tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves. The Braves sit just one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the number one seed in the National League. The Phillies will send Tyler Cloyd to the mound against righty David Hale.

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Homers, missed opportunities hurt Phils in extras

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Wed, September 18, 2013 10:59 PM Comments: 0

The Phillies put together a three run fifth, but it was not enough to put an exclamation point on their series with the Miami Marlins as they dropped the finale 4-3 in ten innings.

The Phillies had chances to score, including a prime chance to win in the tenth but failed to make the comeback as they fall to 71-81 on the season.

Phillies blow prime chances to score

Carlos Ruiz reached on an error in the tenth, and Domonic Brown promptly doubled to put runners on second and third with nobody out, but the Phillies failed to score even just one run to tie the game. It was a sloppy game offensively from the Phillies, who were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base in addition to two base running blunders that led to chances ending prematurely.

Longball hurts Phils

UTLEY

With his two run single tonight, Chase Utley has driven in 10 runs in the last three games. AP Photo

It was a pair of home runs (very long home runs) that came back to haunt the Phillies tonight, as Giancarlo Stanton’s sixth inning bomb tied the game and Ed Lucas’ solo shot in the tenth gave the Fish the lead for good.

Stanton’s home run was among the longest in the history of the park. Just about a week after Evan Gattis crushed a home run into Ashburn Alley against the Phillies, Stanton did the same, depositing his majestic shot in the Planet Hoagie in left center field. It was calculated at 463 feet, his longest of the season.

Utley driving in runs at torrid pace

Chase Utley gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead in the fifth with a two-RBI single into right field to break a 1-1 tie. Utley has been off the charts hot over the last five games, going 7-for-22 (.318) with two homers and 12 RBI. If you want to know the last time Utley has driven in multiple runs in three straight games, you have to return to July 15-17, 2005, against these same Marlins.

Up Next…

The Phillies welcome the Mets into town tomorrow night for the final home series of the 2013 season. Lefty Cole Hamels (8-13, 3.48 ERA) will take the hill for the Phillies opposite right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12 ERA). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

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Should the Phillies Consider Selling High On Brown?

Posted by Eric Seidman, Wed, September 18, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 31

Domonic Brown entered the season with the promise of regular playing time and promptly delivered all-star caliber production. He hit a robust .290/.326/.613, with 18 homers, during May and June and had a .274/.321/.545 batting line at the end of that stretch. He was finally delivering on his potential and showing why he was untouchable in past deals.

He took major strides forward offensively this season and could have approached 35 home runs if not for a couple nagging injuries. He sacrificed some patience for power, walking just 6.4% of the time, compared to 11.9% in 2011 and 9.9% last season. However, that trade-off was very much necessary, as injuries depleted the Phillies lineup and left him the only serious power threat for much of the year.

Despite his offensive improvement, Brown has only produced 1.7 WAR this year. He has never rated positively in the field and his -7 fielding mark eats away at his bat’s value. Switching positions and lacking consistent playing time in the majors from 2010-12 plays a role, but it’s hard to attribute all of his fielding woes to those circumstances.

He figures to play 140 games this season at 2 WAR. That equates to league average performance over almost a full season, which has value, especially considering his meager salary. He’ll be 27 years old next year, which is the point that players typically begin their peak, so he’s no longer a young prospect finding his way. Aside from that torrid stretch in May and June, he has hit similarly to his batting lines in 2011-12. That isn’t bad, in and of itself, but it invites the question of Brown’s true talent level.

As the Phillies look to retool their roster, it’s interesting to wonder whether Brown might benefit them more as a trade chip than as a building block. He is young and cheap enough to attract suitors and is major league ready. Retooling teams don’t often trade talented and cost-controlled assets, but in Brown’s case it’s worth asking whether the team would be selling high by pursuing a trade this offseason. If the answer is yes, should the Phillies consider unloading Brown while the iron is hot?

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Revisiting Our Offseason Plans

Posted by Eric Seidman, Fri, September 13, 2013 09:00 AM Comments: 9

Last November, Pat Gallen, Corey Seidman, Ian Riccaboni and I separately presented our roster plans for the 2013 Phillies. None of us truly believed the Phillies were a contender, but with our suggested acquisitions and some positive breaks, they might have a shot. With only a few weeks left in the season it seems as good a time as any to review our plans.

It’s interesting to note that the four of us agreed on an awful lot – we collectively selected 17 of the 25 roster spots. This was indicative of the few areas the Phillies could toy with. On one hand, agreement on 68% of the roster could suggest that the Phillies didn’t need to alter chunks of the roster or dole out even more lucrative deals. On the other hand, several of those 17 players were already signed to lucrative deals that could have prevented the team from properly filling the remaining spots.

Our starting rotations were identical across the board: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley. These plans were published prior to Worley’s trade to Minnesota, but, at that time, we all felt the Phillies rotation was set. They didn’t need to go out and sign a Dan Haren or Ryan Dempster. If the big three were healthy, and Kendrick continued improving, the rotation was solid.

We also agreed on Carlos Ruiz as the primary catcher with Erik Kratz backing him up. Chooch was coming off of his best season and it was a no-brainer to exercise his meager club option. Kratz, while not that solid of a defender, had hit for enough power to merit the backup role. It didn’t make sense to have one of the prospects back Ruiz up since consistent playing time is integral to their development.

Though there were question marks surrounding the infield triumvirate’s ability to remain both healthy and effective, we all agreed on Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins at their respective positions. Freddy Galvis, Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf and John Mayberry all made our teams as well, with Brown as a clear starter and Ruf getting more playing time than Galvis and Mayberry. It was also abundantly clear that Jonathan Papelbon wasn’t going anywhere, and our bullpens all included Antonio Bastardo and Jeremy Horst.

Third base, however, was the first area in which we really presented different plans.

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Phils Drop Middle Game To Cubs

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, August 31, 2013 07:29 PM Comments: 1

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

Cliff Lee wasn’t on his game today. (Photo: AP)

Well, you can’t win ‘em all. Or even most of them if you’re the 2013 Phillies. They dropped another game today, losing to the Cubs 4-3. It’s the 74th time they’ve lost this season. Methinks they’ll be finishing below .500.

In a game where neither starting pitcher was able to make it beyond the fifth inning, the two teams traded runs back and forth through the first six innings before shutting it down completely. An incredibly sloppy ballgame (seriously, it looked like little league at points), neither team was very sharp, and the Cubs simply outlasted the Phils.

CLIFTON STRUGGLES

- Cliff Lee just didn’t look himself today. His usual pinpoint control was slightly off, and it cost him. And while he didn’t pitch terribly, he just didn’t dominate the Cubs lineup the way he probably should have. In fact, he failed to even record a single 1-2-3 inning. By the time the end of the fifth inning rolled around, Lee had thrown 113 pitches and was finished, allowing three runs. He struck out four and walked three. Continue reading Phils Drop Middle Game To Cubs

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Phils Walk Off For Second Straight Night

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, August 22, 2013 10:37 PM Comments: 26

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

Domonic Brown had plenty of reason to celebrate tonight. (Photo: AP)

Uh… what just happened?

I’m looking at the scoreboard here, and it appears the Phillies have defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-4 on a walk-off single by Domonic Brown. This, after they looked dead in the water with two outs and nobody on in the ninth. Somehow, someway, the Phils have won a series. It’s the just the second time that’s happened since the All Star break, the first win coming against the hapless Cubs.

The Philles have now won four of their last five games, three by walk-off.

CIRCUMSTANCE LETS THE PHILS TIE IT

- The Phils would get the tying run in scoring position in the ninth on a two-out double by Jimmy Rollins. With Young at the plate, Rollins was able to steal third, and put himself 90 feet away from knotting the game at 4. With two outs, the extra base didn’t seem like it would matter much. That is, until Young hit a little dribbler past the mound on the left side. A swinging bunt, the Rockies would have no play on Young at first and Rollins would score. It was fluky, but Young atoned for failing to come through earlier in the game. Chase Utley would follow the single with a walk, and suddenly the Phillies had a shot. Up to the plate strolled Brown. Continue reading Phils Walk Off For Second Straight Night

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Gameday: Phillies (53-69) vs Dodgers (72-50)

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sun, August 18, 2013 12:35 PM Comments: 27

Philadelphia Phillies (53-69) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (72-50)dodgers_logo

Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.65 ERA) vs Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 3.62 ERA)

Time: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park

TV: PHL 17

Weather: 84, rain possible

Media: Twitter and Facebook

The Phillies have yet to score a run under new manager Ryne Sandberg as the Dodgers have shut them out in consecutive games and won another series to continue their torrid play. The Dodgers have now won 42 of their last 50 games, which has been done just twice since 1900.

Cole Hamels will be pitch for the Phillies looking to continue his recent stretch of quality starts. In his last four starts (31 innings) Hamels has allowed just five earned runs (1.45 ERA) and has gone eight or more innings twice. In that stretch he has lowered his season ERA from 4.16 to 3.65.

Lifetime, Hamels is 3-1 with a miniscule 1.64 ERA against the Dodgers. His last time facing them was in 2012, when he tossed six innings and allowed three earned runs.

Hanley Ramirez, who is having an MVP caliber season, has had the most success against Hamels. In 65 career at bats he is hitting .296 with two homers, six RBI and 10 doubles. Adrian Gonzalez also has two solo homers in 27 at bats against the Phillies’ lefty.

After seeing Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in games one and two, the Phillies will get little relief in the third game of the series when Ricky Nolasco takes the hill for the Dodgers. Since coming over to L.A. from Miami, Nolasco has earned a win in four of his seven starts, and in his last three starts he is 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA.

As a member of the Marlins, Nolasco has seen the Phillies many times with varied success. In 21 starts he is 8-6 with a 3.78 ERA. In three starts this year against the Phillies he is 0-1 and the Marlins lost all three games, but he allowed just seven earned runs in 18 2/3 innings (3.38 ERA).

Chase Utley has seen Nolasco well in 35 career at bats, posting a .293 average, two home runs and a team leading seven RBI,  and Domonic Brown has a homer, double, triple and three singles in 15 at bats against him.

Lineup: Martinez SS, Frandsen 1B, Utley 2B, Brown LF, Ruf RF, Asche 3B, Wells CF, Ruiz C, Hamels 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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Can Dom Brown Win Home Run Crown?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, August 15, 2013 11:00 AM Comments: 10

http://l.yimg.com/iu/api/res/1.2/kCGKm60NjGSfpkwDxu9kjA--/YXBwaWQ9eXZpZGVvO2NoPTg2MDtjcj0xO2N3PTY1NztkeD0yO2R5PTE7Zmk9dWxjcm9wO2g9ODU7cT0xMDA7dz02NQ--/http://l.yimg.com/j/assets/i/us/sp/v/mlb/players_l/20130405/8644.1.jpgWhen Domonic Brown was sidelined with a concussion after a diving catch attempt on July 23, a lot of the Phillies hopes went with down with him. The Fightins went 1-10 in the stretch without Brown, being outscored 67 to 24. Brown probably would not have been able to erase the 43 run differential all by himself but may have been able to help in the five one or two run games the Phillies lost in that run.

Amazingly, Brown lost almost no ground in the NL Home Run race during his injury. With his 27th homer last night, Brown sits just two homers behind the suddenly-smoking Paul Goldschmidt (8 HR in his last 19 games) and the Pirates’ consistent power threat Pedro Alvarez for the NL crown. In a season full of disappointments, Brown’s performance has not been one of them.

If Brown can make up the two homer deficit, he would be the first Phillie since Ryan Howard in 2008 to win the National League home run title. Brown would join eight other Phillies who have won the NL Home Run crown if he could achieve the feat. Can Brown join the ranks of Mike Schmidt, Chuck Klein, and Jim Thome?

According to my projections, the winner would require about 40 homers to win it, meaning Brown would need to hit 13 in the final 42 games, or one every three games which is certainly a doable pace. Thoughts?

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Braves Drop Phils For Series Victory

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Wed, August 14, 2013 11:48 PM Comments: 28

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

Domonic Brown was the lone highlight tonight. (Photo: AP)

Following an hour and 48 minute rain delay, the Phillies took the field and got to doing what they do best–losing baseball games. This time, it was 6-3, but the score hardly matters. Another notch in the loss column, making it 19 losses in their last 24 games.

In a game that also featured a stoppage for bats and an injury delay within the first two innings, the only unremarkable thing on the field was the Phillies effort. They’ve been flat-lining for weeks, and a revival doesn’t seem to be coming. Hapless and uninspired, your 2013 Philadelphia Phillies delivered once again tonight.

LANNAN EXITS EARLY

- John Lannan has seen better starts to a month. In his first two starts since the calendar flipped to August, he’s surrendered 10 earned runs in 9.1 innings pitched. Perhaps it was pitching on three day’s rest, which he did last week, that has thrown Lannan off, but he has quickly lost it after having a very productive July (3.38 ERA over 32 IP). Though he did struggle in his two starts before that as well. Continue reading Braves Drop Phils For Series Victory

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Braves Get to Martin Early, Hold On to Win

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, August 13, 2013 09:41 PM Comments: 3

Rookie righty Ethan Martin got his second crack at the Braves Tuesday night and improved upon his first showing against his favorite team from his childhood. Martin threw five innings, giving up three runs, all earned, while striking out six and walking just two. Yet, the three runs Martin gave up early, one from a second inning Kris Medlen double and two more via a NL batting leader Chris Johnson homer were all the Braves needed to put away the Phils 3-1.

Medlen Crafty

Medlen went seven strong for the Braves, giving up just one run, earned, while scattering five hits and one walk. David Carpenter pitched a perfect eighth as a bridge to Craig Kimbrel in the ninth. Kimbrel earned his 37th save of the year.

Utley Earning Keep

Chase Utley had another three-hit game, his 24th multi-hit game of the season, to raise his average to .286, just one point off his career average. As Pat pointed out when Utley signed his extension, Utley is still a very good player. Utley now only trails Cardinals late-bloomer Matt Carpenter among NL second baseman in FanGraph’s calculation of the advanced stat WAR and currently ranks as the 37th best hitter in all of baseball by the same measure.

Small-Sample Silver Linings

Darin Ruf reached base twice with a single and a hit by pitch. In 125 PA, Ruf is hitting a respectable .274 with a slugging percentage of .515, which is second on the team, behind Domonic Brown. Bill Baer of ESPN’s Sweet Spot blog recently cautioned that Ruf likely isn’t a .300 hitter and that some of his success has been do to random chance and small sample. While I tend to agree with those sentiments, Ruf continues to be one of the lone bright spots on the Phillies offense and, despite never playing there, looks comfortable in right field. At least to the standards that Delmon Young set.

Phillies relievers Luis Garcia and Jake Diekman pitched the sixth and seventh and appear to be two of the salvageable pieces from the 2013 bullpen in small samples as well. Garcia continues to flirt with 95 and 96 MPH pitches, enough gas to let him challenge hitters. Garcia pitched a perfect sixth before getting into trouble in the seventh. Diekman bailed out Garcia with a double play. Both have struggled with keeping runners off base, particularly Garcia who, in 14.1 innings pitched, has a 1.40 WHIP, which would put him around 79th out of 103 if he had enough innings to qualify. Meanwhile, Diekman’s WHIP sits at 1.76, which would put him about 103rd. If either can control their walks, but have effective enough stuff to be contributing arms in the 2014 bullpen.

The Phils look to win the series tomorrow as John Lannan squares off against Brandon Beachy.

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