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Revere’s 8th Inning Single Helps Phillies Avoid Sweep

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, April 17, 2014 03:38 PM Comments: 5

Ben Revere singled home Domonic Brown in the eighth inning for the only run of the afternoon, giving the Phillies a 1-0 win to narrowly avoid a sweep by the Atlanta Braves.

Burnett Solid Despite Hernia 

-Burnett began the outing looking a bit rusty, yet still induced five groundball outs over the first two innings. That’s exactly what the Phillies paid for when they brought Burnett to Philadelphia. Last season with Pittsburgh, Burnett was third in the majors with a 2.33 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio. All told, Burnett got 13 groundball outs to just one flyball out on the day. A fine outing.

-His line: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K.

-Phillies starters in the series allowed just three earned runs over 22 innings and did not pick up a victory. Not sure I have to go into much more detail than that. Bullpen blows the first game, the offense disappears in games two and three.

Offense, Where Art Thou? 

-Alex Wood looks like a player, eh? He did lose his shutout in the eighth inning, but certainly looks like a hell of an arm. In eight innings, he allowed one run on eight hits, striking out seven while walking just one.

Bowa don’t know. (Crashburn Alley)

-The offense was non-existent again. Yes, they won the game. No, it wasn’t pretty. Is the weather playing a role? Perhaps. Dom Brown hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning on Monday and the Phillies managed to go 17 innings without crossing the plate. They’ll need to be more consistent on what will be a tough road swing upcoming.

-Revere had three hits to lead the Phillies. He also grounded into a double play on a well-hit one-hop smash to shortstop. Revere’s average is now up to .288.

Other Stuff

-Jonathan Papelbon looked great in a 1-2-3 ninth innings, saving his fourth game in a row after blowing his first chance in Texas.

Replay was used in the fifth inning after an Andrelton Simmons stolen base. After Simmons slid past the bag he was called safe by second base umpire Bill Welke, even with Jimmy Rollins’ lunging tag attempt. Replays showed that Rollins got him on the torso before Simmons hand reached the back-side of the bag. I’m glad they got it right, but the .GIF above tells you all you need to know about replay right now.

-Maybe a road trip is just what the doctor ordered. After all, they played pretty well in Texas and Chicago, so the warm weather of L.A. and Phoenix could do them good. Hopefully it’s not crappy in Denver for the weekend series beginning tomorrow.

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$100,000 up for grabs in Fantasy Baseball

Posted by Brian Michael, Thu, April 17, 2014 01:15 PM Comments: 0

300_MLB_Big_ScoreOn Friday, April 25th our friends at DraftStreet.com are running a $100,000 Fantasy Baseball league. The entry fee is $22 and it is a 5,000 person league.  The 1st place winner gets $20,000, 2nd place $12,000 and 3rd place $7,500.

You can join with direct buy-in of $22 once the league is posted on April 22 or you can enter today by joining a satellite league for as little as $1. Satellite leagues have a lower entry fee and the top winners will receive free entry into the $100,000 league.

Join a satellite league now! (Click on the link, sign up, and you’ll be taken to the exclusive Phillies Nation $1 leagues.)

Also, first time depositors at DraftStreet.com will receive a 100% bonus up to $200, so you double your money just for playing!

Plus, Phillies Nation readers have the added bonus of being able to watch the DraftStreet Fantasy Baseball segment on Phillies Nation TV for tips on the hottest fantasy players!

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Gameday 15: Braves vs. Phillies

Posted by Pat Gallen, Thu, April 17, 2014 01:11 PM Comments: 6

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Atlanta Braves (10-4) at Philadelphia Phillies (6-8)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: AJ Burnett
vs.
ATL: Alex Wood

Time: 1:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Sunny, 52
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

Plain and simple, the Phillies need a win today on getaway day. They’ve had some brutal losses recently.

Keep an eye on AJ Burnett in the later innings to see how that groin responds.

Lineup: Revere CF / Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Byrd RF / Mayberry 1B / Brown LF / Nieves C / Nix 3B / Burnett P

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Lee Tough Luck Loser as Teheran Shuts Out Phillies

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Wed, April 16, 2014 10:08 PM Comments: 20

Cliff Lee scattered 11 hits, and allowed just one run to the Braves on Wednesday night, but was the victim of no run support as Julio Teheran and the Braves shut out the Phillies in the second game of their three-game set.

Cliff Lee pitched a complete game with 13 Ks, but the Phillies were shut out by the young right-hander Julio Teheran on Wednesday. PHOTO: AP

Cliff Lee pitched a complete game with 13 Ks, but the Phillies were shut out by the young right-hander Julio Teheran on Wednesday. PHOTO: AP

“Historic-Lee” Incredible, Strange Outing

-Lee pitched all nine innings Wednesday, yielding just a solo homer to Evan Gattis that barely cleared the left-field wall. He scattered 11 hits, walked just one, and struck out 13. It was the ninth time since 2011 Lee has had a dozen or more strikeouts in a game, which is the most in the majors over that span, and it is the third straight game against Atlanta that he has recorded at least 10 strikeouts.

He now has 21 double-digit strikeout games as a Phillie, which in just 108 games already puts him at fifth on the Phillies’ all time list in that category, behind Steve Carlton, Curt Schilling, Jim Bunning, Cole Hamels. Nine of those games have yielded a dozen or more strikeouts, and in those nine games his K/BB ratio is 23/1.

But, despite the valiant performance, Lee lost suffered the loss- his fourth complete game loss of his career. He is the first pitcher to lose a game with at least 128 pitches (new career high for Lee, previously 126 ) and 13 Ks since Pedro Martinez accomplished that on May 6, 2000. According to our own Corey Seidman, Lee is also the only pitcher in MLB history to lose 2 games in which he’s allowed 1 run and struck out 13+ batters.

Hitless Against Julio

-Well, nearly hitless. Teheran allowed just three hits in the game to the Phillies, all of them singles. They did not get their first hit until the fifth, when Ryan Howard beat out an infield dribbler to second (yes, you read correctly). Carlos Ruiz and Jimmy Rollins also singled in the game. Rollins’ hit brought the winning run to the plate with two outs in the ninth in the form of Chase Utley, but he grounded out hard to second to end the game.

Teheran is now an owner of a 1.93 ERA and two wins, as he continues to impress in the early part of his sophomore campaign. Wednesday’s shutout was the first of his career.

Up Next

-The Phillies will try to salvage a game against the Braves Thursday afternoon, when they send A.J. Burnett (0-1, 3.94 ERA) to the hill against the southpaw Alex Wood (2-1, 1.89 ERA). Game time is at 1:05.

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Phillies Nation TV – Chase Utley’s Start, Phils Home Opener and Tommy Greene

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, April 16, 2014 08:20 PM Comments: 0

Phillies Nation TV Episode 3In this week’s episode, Pat and Corey discuss Chase Utley‘s torrid start as well as the Brewers series that was painful to watch. Ian and Natalie report from the parking lots outside the Phillies home opener. And Tommy Greene returns for another pitching lesson, this time on the conditioning differences between starters and relievers.

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Injury Updates: Hamels, Ruf, MAG

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, April 16, 2014 05:44 PM Comments: 3

ethan-martin2Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock gave a few health updates on Phillies players Wednesday afternoon.

-Cole Hamels appears to be nearly a lock to return to the Phillies during the west coast road trip, specifically when they’re in Los Angeles. He’ll pitch Thursday in Clearwater and if all goes well, it’s likely he’ll be with the team next week. Proefrock would not definitively state that, but did say it is a “distinct possibility.” Man do they need that. They need starters to go longer than the 5 1/3 innings they’re currently averaging. It’s taxing a bullpen that is already thin on consistent arms. It’s tough to expect eight innings every start from Hamels – at least initially – but they’ll need some great outings from him.

-Darin Ruf has resumed baseball activities. Sidelined with an oblique injury, Proefrock said they will proceed with caution on Ruf, although the original 4-6 week timetable is still holding true.

-Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is nearing a return to the mound. Proefrock said he’s been progressing well and when he gets himself stretched out, they’ll get him to a rehab assignment.

-Ethan Martin is also progressing well. He has been throwing bullpen sessions recently and could be ready for a rehab assignment in the near future. Look for Martin to be a possibility for the bullpen when completely healthy. Ryne Sandberg said that he thought of him as someone who was definitely in the mix for a sizable role before his injury.

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Gameday 14: Phillies vs. Braves

Posted by Pat Egan, Wed, April 16, 2014 05:24 PM Comments: 18

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Atlanta Braves (9-4) at Philadelphia Phillies (6-7)

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Cliff Lee (2-1, 5.50)
vs.
ATL: Julio Teheran (1-1, 2.84)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Sunny, 50
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

On Monday night, the Phillies ripped a defeat from the jaws of victory. The Phillies bullpen once again imploded as BJ Rosenberg, pitching in his third straight game, gave up back, to back, to back homeruns. The Phillies were able to come back and take the lead, but it was quickly squandered as Jake Diekman surrendered a grand slam to Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. The Phillies bullpen has now given up seven homeruns which is more homeruns than the entire Tigers & Padres pitching staffs.

Luckily for the Phillies Cliff Lee has really good numbers against the Braves. In 15 career games he has posted a 2.80 ERA. His 113 K’s & 7 BB is the best K/BB ratio in MLB history by a starting pitcher against 1 team with a minimum of 15 starts.

Lineup: Revere CF / Rollins SS / Utley 2B / Howard 1B / Byrd RF / Brown LF / Ruiz C / Galvis 3B / Lee P

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Writers Roundtable: Can Adams, Hamels, Ruf Help?

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, April 16, 2014 07:29 AM Comments: 15

mike-adamsQuestion: The Phillies are currently 6-7, do you think they’ll stay around the .500-mark all season or will the return of guys like Mike Adams, Cole Hamels, and Darin Ruf make a real difference?

Don McGettigan (@DonM409): The Phillies have done some unexpected things in the first two weeks of the season: leading the NL in On-Base Percentage, 2nd in the NL in Batting Average, 3rd in Hits, but they’re among the worst teams in many Pitching and Fielding stats. It all balances out in the end and the Phillies will find ways to beat themselves easier than they’ll find ways to beat their opponents. They’re lucky to play in the NL East with the equally sorry Mets and Marlins, but I still think this team has too difficult a road ahead to finish above .500.

Jon Nisula (@JNisula): Baseball is a funny game. A couple years ago, a 6-7 start would’ve been a disappointment. But this year, with the expectations significantly lower, 6-7 is causing some optimism in Philadelphia–especially after a sweep of the Marlins that included a win over José Fernández. The Phillies will get some more help, too, with some important players coming off the DL. However, Chase Utley is going to cool off, and I still don’t trust the guys in this lineup to continue to get on base as much as they have. I think the Phils will struggle to stay at .500 as the season progresses, but I won’t rule it out. Tommy Lasorda once said, “No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are, you’re going to win one-third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.” Taking that wisdom, and remembering that it is a long season, I’ll keep an open mind with this team. Because, hey, baseball is a funny game.

Eric Seidman (@EricSeidman): I’m sticking to my guns on this one – the Phillies will hover around the .500 mark for most of the season, but a key injury or two will cause them to lose a lot of games late in the year. They’ll finish with 74-78 wins even though, for most of the season, they looked like they could potentially compete for a playoff spot.

Continue reading Writers Roundtable: Can Adams, Hamels, Ruf Help?

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Three Phillies Make the List of Highest Paid Athletes

Posted by Pat Egan, Tue, April 15, 2014 07:21 PM Comments: 7

CliffLeehowardhamelsThe Philadelphia Phillies have a pretty big payroll; this much we know. Their $180,052,723 payroll is good for the third highest in baseball. So with a high payroll comes some pretty high individual salaries, of course. Some of those contracts are among the highest in all of sports.

ESPN.com recently posted a list of the top 25 highest paid athletes in the world and three Phillies are on that list. Cliff Lee and Ryan Howard‘s $25 million dollar 2014 salaries are tied for 16th on the list. Cole Hamels 2014 salary comes in at #23 with the lefty getting a hefty $23.5 million dollars this year.

Among MLB players Lee & Howard are both tied for the second highest salary, trailing only Dodgers starter Zach Greinke who is slated to make $28 million this year. Hamels $23.5 million is good for sixth place among MLB players. And while he is not on the list, the Phillies Jonathan Papelbon is MLB’s highest paid reliever with a 2014 salary of $13 million.

So far its looking like Cliff Lee is the only one who is worth the money. Since signing with the Phillies during the 2010 offseason Lee has posted a 39-26 record with a 2.87 ERA while averaging just under a strikeout an inning.

Cole Hamels has stayed true to his career numbers. Since signing his mega deal before the 2012 trade deadline, Hamels has posted a 3.44 ERA. Ryan Howard has battled injuries, and because of that, is a shell of the player the Phillies thought they were getting when he signed his contract extension back in 2010.

To see the full list, click here. 

 

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Tonights Game has been Postponed

Posted by Pat Egan, Tue, April 15, 2014 04:36 PM Comments: 2

Tonight’s game between the Phillies and Braves has been postponed due to rain. No makeup game has been announced yet. The Phillies are scheduled to take on the Braves tomorrow at 7:05. Cliff Lee, who was scheduled to pitch today, will pitch tomorrow. A.J. Burnett will now pitch Thursday.

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