The 22-year-old made 13 starts for the Phillies after making his big league debut back on July 21. In those starts, Nola posted a 6-2 record with a 3.59 ERA, 68 strikeouts, and just 19 walks in 77.2 innings-pitched. In Saturday’s start against the Nationals, the rookie struck out five batters and walked none over five scoreless frames.
Nola compiled 186.3 total innings in 31 starts between the minor and major leagues. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, there should be no innings limit for the right-hander in 2016–a season where he will likely assume the role as the Phillies’ ace.
Since the trade, the Nationals have completely derailed. They have coughed up the NL East to the New York Mets; so much so that they find themselves 6.5 games back with just 11 games left in the regular season. And as Peter Gammons pointed out early Thursday morning, they sport a losing record since acquiring Papelbon.
The Nationals still have a steep hill to climb despite the Mets’ recent struggles. Over their last eight games, the Mets have stumbled to a 2-6 record. The Nationals were able to cut the deficit a tad, but back-to-back losses to the Orioles while the Mets have lost two straight to the Braves have killed the Nationals’ momentum.
Wednesday night’s contest against the Orioles was the latest chance for the Nationals to gain ground on the struggling Mets, but the club failed to win despite entering the seventh inning with a one-run lead with ace Max Scherzer on the mound. The thorn in the Nats’ side was Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who hit a two-run home run off Scherzer with two outs in the seventh inning to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead.
Then enters Papelbon, who with two outs in the ninth appeared to purposefully plunk Machado near the head with a fastball.
Clearly, Machado was displeased with what appeared to be a deliberate attempt by Papelbon to hit him two innings removed from his key home run. In a post game interview with CSNmidatlantic.com’s Rich Dubroff, Machado took a shot at Papelbon by calling the move “cowardly.”
Manny on Papelbon: “I mean a 10-year vet, with more than 10 years in the game and he’s going to go out there and throw at somebody’s head.”
Home plate umpire Mark Ripperger ejected Papelbon following the pitch, and rightfully so. A pitch earlier in the at-bat was dangerously close to Machado’s head, and while Machado crushed a home run to give the Orioles the lead two innings prior, he didn’t showboat or emphatically flip his bat in triumph.
Papelbon didn’t agree with the umpire’s decision to eject him from the game.
“I was pretty surprised,” Papelbon said, via The Washington Post. “I thought Mark let the crowd get into it a little bit there. I think he allowed that to dictate his decision to toss me there. As players, as umpires, man, we gotta keep our cool out there and let the game play out for itself.”
After the game, Papelbon, predictably, wouldn’t admit whether or not the pitch was intentional. Instead, he gave a painfully ambiguous response to a Washington Post reporter.
In regards to the ejection, Papelbon said it doesn’t matter if he hit Machado or not because “perception is reality.”
Another player who wasn’t too pleased with the situation was star outfielder Bryce Harper, who despite his team’s struggles has maintained his MVP-caliber pace at the plate.
“I mean, Manny freaking hit a homer and walked it off and somebody drilled him,” Harper said, via The Washington Post. “It’s pretty tired. It’s one of those situations where it happens. I don’t know. I’ll probably get drilled tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.”
Way to go, Pap.
Regardless, Papelbon hasn’t been the reason for the Nationals’ collapse, although he hasn’t been as sharp since moving to Washington. In 21.2 innings-pitched, he has given up six earned runs after giving up just seven in almost 16 innings more with the Phillies, and has blown two saves after blowing none with the Phillies.
While the closer has been the least of the Nationals’ problems, instances like last night could stricken fans and the organization with a case of buyer’s remorse, especially if they fail to make the postseason.
Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, March 17, 2014 05:33 PM Comments: 6
According to Washington Nationals’ beat writer William Ladson, the Phillies have acquired catcher Koyie Hill from the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later or cash. Hill has spent parts of ten seasons in the Major Leagues, making his MLB debut with the Dodgers in 2003 and spending time with the Diamondbacks, the Cubs, and Marlins. Hill is a career .206/.266/.287 hitter with 8 HR in 1027 PA and is anticipated to take the place of the recently-released Lou Marson as the veteran back-up catcher in Lehigh Valley with Cameron Rupp serving as the expected starter.
Time: 7:05 ET, Nationals Park
TV: CSN Weather: Partly cloudy, 70′s Media: Twitter and Facebook
It was already a foregone conclusion, but the Phillies were officially eliminated from playoff contention today when the Reds won. Obviously, that means nothing, because this team has been expecting elimination since shortly after the All Star Break.
Cole Hamels will get the ball tonight for the Phillies, and Gio Gonzalez will start for the Nats.
I’ve said it before, monks know how to brew beers and this Belgian Pale Ale is no exception. First it hits you with a apple/pear scent then a complex taste of citrus, caramel, and earthy yeast – all in a creamy buttery consistency. Wow. I hear it goes well with Thai food, but this is certainly one you can drink alone. - By Brian
Time: 7:05 ET, Nationals Park
TV: CSN Weather: Partly cloudy, 70′s Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies head to DC tonight as they start a three-game set with the Nationals. Stephen Strasburg was scheduled to start tonight, but he’s been scratched with arm issues. For the Phillies, Kyle Kendrick will take the mound.
A special top-fermenting ale yeast is used during fermentation and is responsible for many of Liberty Ale’s subtle flavors and characteristics. Carbonation is produced by an entirely natural process called “bunging,” which produces champagne-like bubbles. Enjoy with some steaks on the grill for today’s game.
Time: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: Comcast SportsNet Weather: 72, clear Media: Twitter and Facebook
With 84 wins, the Atlanta Braves have the best record in baseball. First place is safe for the Braves, as they have a significant 14-game lead over the Washington Nationals. Their magic number to clinch the National League East is set at ten, which is the lowest in the majors. Atlanta is getting ready for a postseason push, but first they have seven games left against Philadelphia.
September Phillies baseball might not be as meaningful as it has been in recent years, but it gives us a chance to see what the younger players can bring. Fans also get to enjoy Cliff Lee, as he rarely disappoints. Lee hit a little bit of a rough patch in the middle of the summer, but he has improved over his last five starts, posting a 2.91 ERA.
TIME: 7:05 ET, Citizens Bank Park
TV: Comcast SportsNet Weather: 80, Clear Media: Twitter and Facebook
The red-hot Washington Nationals, winners of nine of 12, including a come-from-behind win against the Mets last night, square off against the Fightin’ Phils, who are now 9-8 after appointing Ryne Sandberg interim manager. The Nats send ace Stephen Strasburg to the hill in an attempt to stay just 6.5 back of second Wild Card leader Cincinnati, who defeated St. Louis earlier.
The line-up tonight features Cesar Hernandez starting in center in his first game back with the Phillies after his recall and a nights off for Darin Ruf and Cody Asche. Pete Orr is at third base. None of the September call-ups are in tonight’s line-up.
In support of organized labor on this Labor Day, we present a union-made beer: Miller High Life. High Life is a cost-effective alternative to higher-priced brews that goes down easy, made for the everyman. And for this Phillies line-up, composed almost entirely of everyman-level players, it is very much appropriate.
Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, August 29, 2013 04:24 PM Comments: 20
The Phillies were absolutely crushed by the Mets Thursday afternoon. Ethan Martin lasted four innings while giving up three runs, but the bullpen lost control of the game in the later innings. The offense was only able to scrape one run across in the first seven innings (on a sac fly by Darin Ruf), and the Phillies lost 11-3.
Ethan Martin is struggling. In his last start, he did not make it out of the first inning. Today, he allowed three runs in four innings. And it only got worse from there. He was relieved by Cesar Jimenez, who allowed three more runs in less than two innings. Justin De Fratus then relieved Jimenez, and he proceeded to allow four runs in one inning of work. And just for kicks, J.C. Ramirez gave up a run, too. It was tough to watch. The lone bright spot is that Martin looks like he can really rack up the strikeouts. He had nine today in four innings, which brings his total to 32 in 25.1 IP this year.
With the exclusion of the Roger Bernadina home run in the eighth inning, the Phillies offense was REALLY quiet today. Doubles by Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz were the only other extra base hits. The team had seven hits total. They were facing a guy that, in his last appearance as a starter, was annihilated by the Washington Nationals. I would’ve expected more from the Phillies offense today.
Bernandina is a lefty but does not have particularly strong platoon splits for his career, hitting righties at just a .244/.313/.367 clip. Berandina would provide versatility as a back-up outfielder and has been of a net-positive value in left and right field for the Nationals in the defensive metric Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR).
Analysis: Signing “The Shark” would be like signing a left-handed version of Casper Wells. Bernadina makes the plays in left and right and can fake it in center while Wells plays a touch better defense and has more potential to run into a fastball every once in a while. Bernadina has two years of arbitration eligibility remaining so adding him this year could have some value but I would much rather see a player like Leandro Castro added to the 40-man roster for September or Tyson Gillies have a cup of coffee with his improved swing that has led him to a .314/.364/.451 line in August.
Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, August 18, 2013 09:02 PM Comments: 0
Ryne Sandberg won his first game today as Phillies manager on a pretty forgettable error by the shortstop with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. Here is how some of the other recent Phils managers picked up their first wins.
Charlie won the first game he managed, an 8-4 romp over the Washington Nationals on April 4, 2005 behind Jon Lieber. Lieber gave up ten hits and one walk in five and two thirds pitched but bested Livan Hernandez for the win, who got chased after four and two thirds after he gave up seven earned. Manuel finished with a 780-638 mark as the Phillies skipper, guiding the club to their first postseason since 1993 in 2007. Manuel finished his run with the Phils as the all-time winningest manager in club history and one of two to win a World Series title.
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