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Halladay Beats Marlins in Possible Last Start in Philly

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 17, 2013 09:54 PM Comments: 5

Weird to think, but it could be true. We could have witnessed the final start by Roy Halladay in Philadelphia as a member of the Phillies. Over six innings, Halladay gave up just one run on four hits as the Phils beat the Marlins, 6-4

Jonathan Papelbon made it extremely interesting in the ninth, allowing one run on three hits.

Halladay’s fastball was around 85-88 most of the evening and if the opposition were a little bit more apt to hit, it may have been a different outcome.  He’s just not as sharp as he needs to be if he wants to pitch consistently into the sixth, seventh, or even eighth inning. Halladay walked three and struck out just two.

Think about how weird it would be if Halladay never stepped on a mound as a member of the Phils again. Clearly, his skills are eroding, and have done so rapidly. There’s a chance that the Phillies see something in him this offseason that would move the team to bring him back. But he’ll have to show them that his velocity has increased and leveled off somewhere near 90, and that he can control his pitches well enough. It’s a tough road ahead.

However, we have the good times, too. The no-hitter, the perfect game, the overall awesomeness. So if this is his final start here, it’s been a hell of a run.

As an aside, people hit the ball tonight. Chase Utley went bonkers, going 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Jimmy Rollins also finished the night 3-for-4, while Cesar Hernandez and Darin Ruf each had two hits. Carlos Ruiz chipped in with two RBI.

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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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Phillies Nation TV: 2014 Rotation, Dom Brown Interview and Parking Lot Challenge

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, September 12, 2013 11:25 AM Comments: 2

Phillies Nation is back in full effect after a relaxing Labor Day hiatus.  Pat and Corey start off by giving their predictions for the 2014 Phillies roster – see what they think the future holds for guys like Roy Halladay, Kyle Kendrick, Miguel A. Gonzalez, Jonathan Pettibone and Jesse Biddle.

Ryann meets up with Domonic Brown at the Sports Vault in King of Prussia and talks to him about his breakout season this year.  She asks what made the difference this year compared to previous ones.  She also brings the guys viewer questions and comments including what to do with Ethan Martin and which former Phillies outfielder would have been best to keep.

Finally, Johnny Goodtimes returns for another hilarious edition of Parking Lot Challenge outside Citizens Bank Park.  Fun!

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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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Phillies Nation Fantasy Game: $1,000 NFL Contest on Draftstreet

Posted by Brian Michael, Tue, September 10, 2013 04:40 PM Comments: 0

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In our tradition of hosting fun fantasy sports games, we have a Week 2 Fantasy Football league exclusively for Phillies Nation readers. It’s free to enter and there is $1,000 in prize money to be won this week!

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The Continued Success of Cole Hamels

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, September 08, 2013 11:51 AM Comments: 4

Did you know: the man with the $100+ million arm, Hamels, has been one of the top 10 pitchers in the National League once again? Photo by Ian Riccaboni

Did you know: the man with the $100+ million arm, Hamels, has been one of the top 10 pitchers in the National League once again? Photo by Ian Riccaboni

Cole Hamels will take the hill today for the Phillies with an ugly 6-13 record and a 3.50 ERA, good for only 27th best in the NL. With a contract of at least $112.5 million remaining through the 2018 season, Hamels’ 2013 season has been talked about on some talk-radio outlets as an early indicator of a bad contract. Yet, his 2013 season puts him among the top-10 in the National League in FanGraphs’ version of WAR among starting pitchers and his second half has been down-right nasty.

It can be very tough to look beyond the ugly exterior numbers – with one win for every two losses and an ERA over 3.50, Hamels doesn’t exactly scream $20 million dollar pitcher. But Hamels has been nearly exactly the same pitcher he has always been and that pitcher has been worth $20 million. Continue reading The Continued Success of Cole Hamels

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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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Chooch and the Qualifying Offer

Posted by Eric Seidman, Fri, September 06, 2013 11:14 AM Comments: 20

The Phillies have a multitude of roster-related problems to solve this offseason, as Ian Riccaboni pointed out, but the catching situation is perhaps the most interesting. Carlos Ruiz is set to become a free agent, and while his early struggles rendered his return less likely, his .330/.375/.536 line since August 1 makes him an attractive option. While prospects Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle have disappointed, Cameron Rupp earned a September call-up, Gabriel Lino posted decent context-neutral numbers in Low-A as a 20-year old, and the Phils are very high on second-round pick Andrew Knapp.

It’s possible that Rupp or Knapp seizes the catching reins as soon as 2015 but that still leaves next year as a question mark. While the Phillies have been major players in free agency in recent years, the upcoming catching crop is fairly thin, and is loaded with career backups. Trades for starting catchers are also fairly rare.

Everything considered, the ideal situation is to retain Carlos Ruiz on a short-term basis.

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