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Could Phils Bullpen be Tops in NL?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, January 14, 2013 03:10 PM Comments: 19

Can Aumont be a deadly third option? (Delcotimes.com)

With the addition of Mike Adams, a solid, veteran relief pitcher who has been one of the best in the game for a few years, at the back end of the bullpen, things are looking up for the Phillies.

In the first half of last season, Charlie Manuel was doing all he could to find the best bridge to Papelbon, and it wasn’t working. Now, adding Adams to the mix of talented, youthful arms, and the steady force of Papelbon, could make this one of the best bullpens in the National League.

Could it be THE best?

It’s unlikely to be, but they have a shot. Of course, so much hinges on the youngsters. However, more hinges on the fact that the Braves have strengthened their pen. They added Jordan Walden in a deal with the LA Angels, dealing starter Tommy Hanson. Walden will join the already loaded back-end that features Eric O’Flaherty, Johnny Venters, and the unhittable Craig Kimbrel.

Washington has their own group of decent RP’s like Henry Rodriguez, Tyler Clippard, Craig Stammen, and Drew Storen.

Depending on what they do with Aroldis Chapman, the Reds bullpen could still be one of the finest.

Last year, after that ugly first half, the Phillies relief pitchers settled down and finished 10th in the NL in ERA at 3.94, but a very respectable 5th in batting average against at .231.

A lot of pressure will weigh on guys like Aumont and De Fratus to continue their maturation. But with guys like Adams and Papelbon anchoring the ship, it should absolutely be a more fruitful 2013 in the late innings.

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Minor League Notes: A Return and Promotions

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, August 01, 2012 07:00 AM Comments: 70

Outfielder Tyson Gillies (pictured), who was suspended from the Double A Reading Phillies recently, following an altercation with the team bus driver, is expected to return to action as early as this Friday, August 3rd.  Gillies confirmed exclusively for PhoulBallz.com that he will initially  play for the Gulf Coast League Phillies, prior to a return to the upper levels.

The 23-year-old lefty batter, who was acquired from Seattle in the 2009 Cliff Lee trade, posted a .294 batting average with 2 homers and 16 RBI in 46 games prior to the suspension in what has turned into another injury plagued season. Gillies missed a lengthy stretch with a concussion this year following a pair of seasons when he had been shelved with hamstring and foot problems.

Outfielder Domonic Brown, who spent time with the big league club in each of the past two seasons, finally made his return to the Phillies roster on Tuesday. Following the departures of Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino, the Phils had voids that the 24-year-old will happily attempt to fill.

Brown, a left-handed hitter, had posted a .310 average with 5 home runs and 32 RBI in 65 minor league contests this season. In his first MLB at bat of 2012, Brown laced a pinch single against Nationals reliever Henry Rodriguez on Tuesday. Continue reading Minor League Notes: A Return and Promotions

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Free Baseball Not Friendly To Phils

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Fri, May 04, 2012 11:35 PM Comments: 20

The Phillies took Strasburg deep twice, it just wasn't enough.

There is indeed something special about these Washington Nationals. They remind me a lot of the Phillies when they finally gave into the call for the youngsters.  The Phillies fought back all night but ultimately fell short 4-3 in the 11th inning.

Strasburg’ed – Hunter Pence homered off Stephen Strasburg in the fourth inning to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.  It was the first home run given up by Strasburg since August 2010.  Carlos Ruiz, who has been on an absolute tear, also took the righty deep in the fifth inning.  Ruiz’s fifth home run of the year gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead.

KKKyle Kendrick, making another start in place of injured Cliff Lee, pitched very efficiently for five innings of work.  He allowed only one run on seven hits and struck out two.  The radar gun had him topping our at 94 tonight.  But then again it says Nats reliever Henry Rodriguez was hitting triple digits, so who knows.

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