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Phillies best first place Pirates with 3-1 win

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, July 02, 2013 10:25 PM Comments: 9

Richie Ashburn Award: Jonathan Pettibone

The Phillies ended the Pirates nine game winning streak on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over the Bucs in the opener of their three game series.

A three run sixth and a strong combined effort from the starting pitching and relief helped the Phils to the win after a rough weekend in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Pettibone has been a revelation for the Phils.  How long can it continue? (AP Photo).

Jonathan Pettibone allowed just one run in 5 1/3 innings against Pittsburgh on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Another stellar outing for Pettibone

The young right-hander dazzled again on Tuesday, this time against the top team in baseball. Pettibone lasted 5 2/3 innings, and held Pittsburgh scoreless until a solo home run from Garrett Jones put the Pirates on the board. He allowed just the one run on three hits and struck out six in the game. Three walks contributed to a higher pitch count, which is why he was ousted in the sixth, but nonetheless he still dominated Pirates hitters.

This is Pettibone’s third straight outing of three or fewer runs, and his tenth such start of 14 this year. His ERA is once again under four, sitting at 3.99 after today’s start.

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Amaro: No Mandate to Shed Payroll

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, July 02, 2013 11:30 AM Comments: 0

From Matt Gelb’s piece in the Inquirer today comes some uncharacteristically earnest quotes from Ruben Amaro Jr. and an unusually candid series of quotations from the GM.

Here are some of the highlights from the piece:

  • “Amaro does not need to trade anyone. He said there is no mandate from ownership to shed payroll, even as the team has experienced an average decrease of 5,871 fans per game this season at Citizens Bank Park.”
  • Amaro believes he will get a significant return for either Cliff Lee or Jonathan Papelbon without having to take on salary while cautioning “I don’t anticipate (trading Lee or Papelbon)”
  • Amaro is open, however, to taking on salary for the right deal, citing the decision making process in the 2005 Jim Thome trade when the Phillies assumed $24 million of the traded slugger’s contract.
  • Most importantly to Phillies fans, Amaro says he has not been ordered to shed payroll: “It’s about making baseball deals, not monetary deals. I haven’t been mandated to go and shed payroll. I’ve never had that mandate.”

The piece from Gelb is a good read and considers the possible effects of trading marquee names like Chase Utley, Lee, and Papelbon on the estimated $4-5 billion TV deal that will arrive after the 2015 season.

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Phillies Take Series From Padres in 13 Innings

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, June 27, 2013 02:23 AM Comments: 4

PHOTO: AP

PHOTO: AP

The Phillies jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but that was quickly erased and they found themselves looking at a series loss with the game 5-2 in the 7th. But Kevin Frandsen hit an RBI single and Delmon Young hit a two-run home run to send the game to extras. It took until the 13th for them to score, when heads up baserunning by Chase Utley and Domonic Brown put the Phillies ahead 7-5. Jonathan Papelbon shut the door in the bottom half of the inning and the Phillies took two of three in San Diego.

ANOTHER POOR START FOR HAMELS

Cole Hamels went six innings, giving up five runs (four earned) and allowing seven hits. He walked two and struck out five. This is now the fifth time that he’s given up four or more earned runs and the eighth in which he’s given up three or more. He raised his ERA by eight points up to 4.58. Luckily, he did not take the loss thanks to Delmon Young‘s eighth inning home run. Hamels has struggled mightily this year and tonight wasn’t the usual start where he pitched better than the box score suggested–he just plain pitched poorly.

SOLID BULLPEN

After Hamels gave up five runs, the bullpen absolutely shut the Padres offense down. Starting with J.C. Ramirez, then Phillippe Aumont, Jake Diekman, Joe Savery, and finally Jonathan Papelbon, the bullpen collectively threw seven scoreless innings while allowing just one hit. Ramirez and Aumont threw two, and Diekman, Savery, and Papelbon threw one each. Papelbon bounced back with a solid outing and recorded his 15th save on the season after blowing four in the last ten days. Savery recorded the win.

BIG NIGHT FOR DELMON

Delmon Young, who has been criticized a ton lately, had a double and a home run Wednesday night. He scored twice and drove in two in the top of the eight inning to tie the game at 5-5. However, he wasn’t so good in the field, as he had an error that allowed a run to score. This may mean that we might have to put up with him in the starting lineup for a little longer.

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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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Halladay Throwing, Red Sox/Tigers Interested in Papelbon?

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, June 25, 2013 05:44 PM Comments: 2

Roy Halladay - Philadelphia PhilliesTwo big news items from this afternoon – the first comes from Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki who says that Roy Halladay is feeling “good”. Zolecki notes that Halladay has been throwing from 60 ft. The Phillies are hoping Halladay will return in late August at the earliest.

Rich Dubee had this to say about watching Halladay in Zolecki’s piece:

“It looks very, very good,” Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. “The arm action, he’s able to get his arm back up very easily. No effort at all. Whereas before, because of the stuff that he had going on in his shoulder, he couldn’t get it up on a consistent basis. But now his arm slot is fantastic and he’s doing very, very well so far. He’s a long ways from pitching, but everything so far is going according to plan.”

Jonathan Papelbon - Philadelphia PhilliesAnd the other big news item today was Jayson Stark reporting that the Phillies are talking to both the Red Sox and Tigers about closer Jonathan Papelbon even if the club themselves denies it. An unnamed exec had this to say in the Stark piece:

“Don’t be surprised if you see Papelbon end up in Detroit. If the Tigers have a chance to get the closer they need, they won’t let [a big asking price] stand in the way. So if you’re Ruben, how can you not do that if the Tigers step up the way I think they’re about to step up?”

The Red Sox and Tigers both have several top prospects but it may be a stretch to expect one as a return considering Papelbon’s high contract value. The Red Sox entered the year with Baseball America’s #8th, 31st, 40th, 49th, and 91st-ranked prospects while the Tigers have the 21st, 74th, and 95th-ranked prospects in the game.

Stark also noted that Chase Utley may be able to fetch the club a decent return should the team decide to retool. Stark believes that Utley is the player most likely to be traded should the Phillies become sellers. The Orioles have been noted to be in need of a second baseman and Utley could fit on just about any American League team in a DH role.

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Phillies blow three run lead in ninth, lose in extras

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, June 25, 2013 01:42 AM Comments: 32

With an ailing bullpen and struggling closer, the Phillies needed Cliff Lee to go deep into Monday’s opener against San Diego. Lee went eight plus innings, but the Phillies imploded once again, blowing a three run lead in the ninth before allowing the Padres to walk off with the 4-3 win in the tenth.

Jonathan Papelbon blew his fourth save in his last five chances, and the Phillies offense failed again to get the key hit, going 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position including 0-for-2 with the go-ahead run on third in the tenth.

The Padres won on a Kyle Blanks walk-off single after Justin De Fratus loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batsmen.

It’s just the way this whole season has been going.

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Cafardo on Papelbon: Not Available? Don’t Believe It

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, June 23, 2013 12:57 PM Comments: 0

Jonathan Papelbon - Philadelphia PhilliesNick Cafardo weighed in on the availability of Jonathan Papelbon in his Sunday column for the Boston Globe today. He had the following to say:

The Phillies declared last week that Jonathan Papelbon was not available. Don’t believe it. Papelbon didn’t do himself any favors when he scolded teammates, saying, “To be able to win and be in the forefront of the playoff race, you have to play good fundamental baseball and do the little things, and the little things are before the pitches are thrown. There’s 150 pitches thrown by our pitchers, and before every one of those we have to make sure we’re putting ourselves in a position to be the best we can before each pitch. I’m seeing some of the same mistakes. I think for us we have to make the fundamental plays we’re supposed to make.”

Cafardo’s beliefs are in direct conflict with what Ruben Amaro Jr. said just two days ago; Amaro, at that time, declared that both Papelbon and Cliff Lee were not available.

With his third blown save of the season, and week for that matter, yesterday, you have to wonder if some of the trade talk is wearing on Papelbon. At the same time, it is refreshing to know that outside the Phillies’ bubble, others believe that Papelbon would be available should the Phillies fall out of contention. Entering today, the Phillies are 6.5 games out, the closest they have been since May 29 when they were 5.5 games out after a win at home against Boston.

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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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Phillies Blow Lead, But Win in Walk-Off Fashion

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, June 22, 2013 07:36 PM Comments: 14

The Big Piece hit two home runs Saturday afternoon. (PHOTO: AP)

The Big Piece hit two home runs Saturday afternoon. (PHOTO: AP)

The Phillies were sitting pretty with a 7-1 lead in the sixth inning, thanks in part to two home runs by Ryan Howard, but an injury forced Jonathan Pettibone to be relieved and the bullpen nearly imploded in the 7th inning. The bleeding was stopped by Jake Diekman after four runs crossed the plate. But then in the ninth, Jonathan Papelbon gave up the lead with the help of some shoddy defense behind him, and the game went to the bottom of the ninth where Kevin Frandsen led off the inning with a walk-off home run.

HEART OF THE LINEUP DELIVERS

The Phillies went with a lineup that had Michael Young batting third, followed by Ryan Howard and then Domonic Brown. Young was 2-4 with 2 runs and an RBI, Howard was 3-4 with four RBI thanks to two home runs, and Brown was 2-4 with two doubles. Those three were involved in six of the the eight scoring plays. Brown is now slugging .550, and Howard .496.

PETTIBONE INJURED

Jonathan Pettibone pitched six great innings, giving up just one run and scattering five hits. However, he left the game with what was later called “lower back tightness on the right side”. There is no more information at this time. Michael Stutes came in for relief for him, which brings me to my next point…

STRUGGLING STUTES

Mike Stutes did not look good today. He ended up giving up four runs, and nearly threw as many balls as strikes. When he was pulled, he showed some discomfort in the dugout of his right shoulder, however nothing was formally announced yet.

He hasn’t looked all that good recently, and a shoulder injury could be an explanation. It would be a huge loss for the already diminished Phils bullpen, which looks like the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs bullpen right now.

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Does Papelbon Call Out Players, Coaches?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, June 20, 2013 07:29 AM Comments: 16

After last night’s blown save in the Phillies 6-2, 11 inning loss to the Nationals, Jonathan Papelbon had interesting things to say. Do you think he calls out the team here?

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