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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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Phillies score six in the first to fuel win

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, September 12, 2013 11:28 PM Comments: 12

Richie Ashburn Award: Carlos Ruiz

After scoring 6 runs in the first inning, the Phillies held on tonight to beat the Padres 10-5.  The Phils won their second straight series and are 5-1 in their last six games.

Tonight’s match started after a rain delay and Will Venable led off the game with a home run off Roy Halladay.  Undoubtedly fans worried that we, especially Doc, were going to be in for a long night.  It turned into a long first inning for sure, but it was all good news after that.  With 6 runs on 5 hits, the Phillies jumped all over Padres starter Tyson Ross.

Halladay settled down and pitched well throughout the second, third and fourth innings.  But then he got into serious trouble in the fifth and allowed 4 Padres runs.  Their rally was fueled by 4 straight walks to start the inning then a throwing error Roy himself.  He didn’t make it out of the fifth which means Justin DeFratus left with the win.  DeFratus, along with Cesar Jimenez, Ethan Martin, B.J. Rosenberg and Jake Diekman held San Diego hitless over the final four innings.   Despite the win, concern for Halladay remains.

The Phillies offensive output was led by Carlos Ruiz who finished the game 3-3 with a double and 3 RBI out of the cleanup spot.  Chase Utley also drove in two runs and Jimmy Rollins was constantly on base with 2 hits and 2 walks.

The Phils head to Washington for a weekend series against the Nationals.  Kendrick, Hamels and Cloyd will start against Strasberg, Gonzalez and Zimmerman.

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The Ultimate Season-Ending Phillies Polls — Part I

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, September 11, 2013 11:38 AM Comments: 40

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We want your opinion, it’s important to us at Phillies Nation. Just fill out the polls below, telling us what you think about several topics pertaining to the future of the Phillies. Many of these will be featured in an upcoming episode of Phillies Nation TV.

And if you leave some half-decent comments in the section below, they too could make the program. Tell us what you think!

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Will Ryne Sandberg be the Phillies Manager in 2014?

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Will Ruben Amaro be with the Phillies beyond 2014?

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Will Maikel Franco be with the Phillies at the start of 2014?

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How many games will Ryan Howard play in 2014?

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Will Jimmy Rollins be with the Phillies to start 2014?

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Will Cody Asche be the everyday 3B in 2014?

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Which free agent pitcher will be in the Phillies rotation in 2014?

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Will Kyle Kendrick be in the Phillies starting rotation in 2014?

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Do you think Jonathan Papelbon will be the Phillies closer Opening Day 2014?

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Will Darin Ruf be a starting outfielder on Opening Day 2014?

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What will Dom Brown's average be in 2014?

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Freddy Galvis Walks It Off

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, September 08, 2013 12:27 AM Comments: 1

Freddy Galvis, who homered to give the Phillies the victory, is interviewed after receiving a shaving cream pie. (Photo Credit: AP)

Freddy Galvis had a night to remember.  With Jimmy Rollins having the night off, Galvis had a chance to prove his worth.  He did just that as he went 4-for-5, including a walk-off home run.

Kyle Kendrick pitched well for the Phillies, lasting six innings.  He gave up three runs on four hits and three walks.  He struck out eight.

Along with Galvis, Carlos Ruiz had himself a good night.  The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the third, but Chooch responded with a two-run single to tie the game.  Ruiz would later give the Phillies the lead in the fifth inning, smashing a double.  Galvis added an RBI single, giving the Phillies a 4-2 lead in the fifth.

Kevin Frandsen put the Phillies up 5-3 with a run batted in during the eighth inning.  With Jonathan Papelbon in to close, it looked as if it would be another victory for the Phillies.

In the ninth, Chris Johnson, who doubled earlier in the game, hit a soft liner to center field.  It could be argued that Roger Bernadina should have made the catch, but didn’t.  It could have been a 1-2-3 inning, but wasn’t.  With a man on, Andrelton Simmons tied the game with a homer just over the left field fence.  Papelbon completely missed his spot as he left the pitch middle-in.  The game was suddenly tied at five.

Every time the Braves scored on Saturday, the Phillies quickly responded with some runs.  The trend continued into the ninth inning.  Freddy Galvis, the second batter of the inning, smashed the 1-0 offering into the right field seats.  There wasn’t a doubt about it, as he got under it and lifted it.  The dugout emptied onto the field, and the Phillies had themselves another walk-off victory.

With the 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies could complete the sweep over the first place team on Sunday.

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Phils Snatch Victory From Braves

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, September 06, 2013 09:22 PM Comments: 12

Richie Ashburn Award: Cody Asche
Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Cliff Lee was brilliant tonight. (Photo: AP)

For a long time, it seemed like the Phillies were going to lose tonight, and then, just like that, they didn’t.

A quick swing of Cody Asche’s bat, and a great effort from Cliff Lee, and the Phils found themselves a 2-1 victory over the first place Braves.

OUR HERO, CODY ASCHE

- For a long time, it looked bleak tonight. Not much happened. Mike Minor was in control, and the Phils were his obeyers, looking like they’d go quietly into the night. they didn’t even get a hit until the fourth inning. And when that first came off the bat of Jimmy Rollins, he got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. They’d get just one hit in four innings after that. And then a hero came along. A brash youngster, full of talent and expectations. It took Cody Asche to turn things around.

- Asche came to the plate in the seventh with two outs and a runner on first. Darin Ruf had singled before him to keep the inning alive, but it still appeared like Minor, facing the left-handed Asche, could see his way out of the inning with the lead intact. But Asche had other ideas. He came to the plate looking for a fastball, and when Minor gave him one on the first pitch of the at-bat, he didn’t miss it. The home run gave the Phillies the lead, and a cruising Cliff Lee didn’t waste it. Lee wouldn’t waste it. Continue reading Phils Snatch Victory From Braves

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Phils Blow Lead, Lose Series

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, September 04, 2013 10:09 PM Comments: 6

Doc struggled with command yet again, but gave up just one run over six innings. (PHOTO: AP)

Doc struggled with command yet again, but gave up just one run over six innings. (PHOTO: AP)

The Phillies had a 2-1 lead going into the 7th inning, after Roy Halladay had gutted out six innings of one-run baseball on the mound. But two batters later, the game was tied 2-2 after a home run by Ryan Zimmerman off Zach Miner. Then, in the 8th inning, a leadoff walk by Jake Diekman resulted in a manufactured run for the Nationals, and that’s all they would need to beat the Phils.

BAD START, GOOD FINISH FOR HALLADAY

Roy Halladay began the game in a…sub-optimal way. His first two innings included four walks and a HBP. However, he only gave up one run. He then seemed to settle in, and cruised four more innings without giving up a run before he was taken out after the sixth inning. His fastball sat in the 86-88 range, which was slightly better than his last outing. He also seemed to make real-time adjustments on his command, which was actually fascinating to watch. I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on him the rest of the year. Maybe he can learn to pitch like a Jamie Moyer type guy, as he suggested a couple weeks ago.

NEW LEADOFF HITTER?

This might be nothing, but I’ve noticed that Jimmy Rollins hasn’t been hitting leadoff lately. Tonight, Cesar Hernandez got the call at the top of the lineup, and delivered with a two-run double in the second inning along with a single and a walk. He was caught stealing in the fifth.

UP NEXT

The Phils are off tomorrow, but welcome the Atlanta Braves on Friday for a three game set. Friday is also the cool hat giveaway at Citizens Bank Park. Cliff Lee will take the mound for the Phillies and Mike Minor will get the ball for the Braves.

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Rally in Eighth Backs Dominant Hamels

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, September 02, 2013 10:31 PM Comments: 4

B.J. Rosenberg stood on the mound surrounded by Nationals, bases loaded with the team from Washington up 2-1. On three straight sliders, Rosenberg struck out Ryan Zimmerman and the Phillies went to the eight down 2-1. With two outs, center fielder Cesar Hernandez walked and Jimmy Rollins smacked the eighth pitch he saw for an RBI double off of Tyler Clippard. After an intentional walk to Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz drove in Rollins from second to put the Phillies ahead 3-2. Jonathan Papelbon struck out Wilson Ramos and Anthony Rendon with runners on first and third to earn his 24th save of the year.

Positioned to Win

The Phillies would have never been in a position to win tonight’s game had it not been for yet another quality start from Cole Hamels. It was Hamels 21st quality start of 2013, tying him for third in the Majors, behind only Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright. Hamels went seven, giving up just two hits, including a first inning solo homer from Zimmerman, striking out eight and walking none. Hamels and opposing starter Stephen Strasburg (6 IP, 1 ER, 10 Ks, 2 BB) earned no decisions despite great outings.

Bullpen Nearly Lets it Slip Away

Justin De Fratus gave up a single and a walk before handing the ball to Cesar Jimenez. Jimenez walked Bryce Harper to load the bases before allowing Scott Hairston to hit a sacrifice fly. With two outs and the bases loaded, Rosenberg limited the damage by striking out Zimmerman to end the threat with three straight sliders.

No Offense But the Phillies have No Offense

The Phillies went just 4 for 27 tonight with five walks and nine LOB. This is not a particularly encouraging sign considering the club hit just .202 on their most recent seven game road trip.

The Philies continue their set with the Nats tomorrow as Ethan Martin will pitch against Gio Gonzalez.

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Phillies Win Via Third Straight Walk-Off

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, August 23, 2013 10:23 PM Comments: 5

PHOTO: AP

PHOTO: AP

SHRIMP. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Phillies and Diamondbacks wearing throwback uniforms for retro night,  Chase Utley drew a walk to give the Phillies their third straight win–all via the walk-off. They’ve now won five of their last six.

The inning started off with two straight singles by Cody Asche and Jimmy Rollins, followed by an intentional walk to Michael Young. Kevin Frandsen struck out swinging, but Utley was able to draw the game-winning walk off a wild Eury De La Rosa.

Cole Hamels had a decent start, giving up three runs over seven innings. He gave up six hits, struck out four, and walked one. His ERA is now 3.62. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth, his sixth scoreless appearance in his last seven outings.

Darin Ruf homered again, his 10th of the year. Domonic Brown, Carlos Ruiz, and Ruf all had multiple hits.

UP NEXT

The Phillies and Diamondbacks are back at it again tomorrow, with Randall Delgado pitching for the D-Backs and Ethan Martin Pitching for the Phillies.

 

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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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Phils Come Back to Beat Rockies in Walkoff Fashion

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Wed, August 21, 2013 11:54 PM Comments: 18

PHOTO: AP

PHOTO: AP

A Phillies comeback win? Remember what that feels like? It seems like it’s been so long since we’ve seen one. Down a run going into the ninth inning, the game looked about over. But a leadoff double by Erik Kratz gave the Phillies life. Carlos Ruiz doubled in Kratz, and Michael Young finished the game with walkoff single.

Cliff Lee had his best outing in a while. It was the first time that he allowed less than three runs in a start since late June. After giving up two runs in the 2nd inning, he settled into a groove and the Rockies didn’t really even threaten him for the rest of the night.

Justin De Fratus relieved Lee, and gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the 8th. Jake Diekman pitched a flawless ninth and recorded the win. He’s quietly been very solid lately.

Three Phillies recorded multiple hits: Darin Ruf, Erik Kratz, and John Mayberry Jr. Jimmy Rollins walked twice, hopefully a sign of more patience at the plate from him.

UP NEXT: The series finale is tomorrow at 7:05 with Kyle Kendrick and Chad Bettis squaring off.

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