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Gameday 39: Diamondbacks vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Sun, May 17, 2015 12:57 PM Comments: 34

Arizona Diamondbacks (15-20) at Philadelphia Phillies (15-23)

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Starting Pitchers:

PHI: Sean O’Sullivan, RHP (0-2, 5.06)
vs.
ARI: Josh Collmenter, RHP (3-4, 5.27)

Time: 1:35 EST, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 77 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

A Note for Tonight:

The Phillies will try to ride the hot streak without any of their core stars from the 2008 World Series season for the first time today.  No Howard, No Utley, No Ruiz.  The decision of sitting the bat of Freddy Galvis during such a turning point for the Phillies is questionable, as Freddy has been the biggest surprise of the year, hitting .347 for the season thus far.

Sean O’Sullivan will look to get on the right track with the Phillies against a Diamondbacks team who has logged 10 hits in each of the games in the series so far.

Final game of the series and home stretch starts at 1:35 EST.

Lineup:

Revere LF, Blanco 2B, Sizemore RF, Ruf 1B, Franco 3B, Hernandez SS, Herrera CF, Rupp C, O’Sullivan RHP

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Gameday 38: Diamondbacks vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Sat, May 16, 2015 06:33 PM Comments: 12

Arizona Diamondbacks (15-19) at Philadelphia Phillies (14-23)

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Starting Pitchers:

PHI: Jerome Williams, RHP (2-3, 5.21)
vs.
ARI: Archie Bradley, RHP (2-0, 1.80)

Time: 7:05 EST, Citizens Bank Park
TV: NBC 10
Weather: Mostly Cloudy with a Chance of Rain, 85 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Yesterday’s recap:

The Phillies have won three games in a row for the first time since August 2014, beating the Diamondbacks in the first game of the series, 4-3.

The Phillies bats came alive in the 7th after going down 3-1 in the top of the inning, stringing together hits efficiently for the first time this season. Luis Garcia got his first save after coming in to pitch the 8th and 9th innings, only giving up 1 hit with 2 strikeouts.

A Note for Tonight:

Odubel Herrera will get the start back at the top of the lineup tonight while Chase Utley will find him self batting 6th again tonight. Jerome Williams will get the start on the mound looking for his 3rd win of the year against a tough Archie Bradley pitching for the Diamondbacks.

First pitch at 7:05 EST.

Lineup:

Herrera CF, Galvis SS, Sizemore LF, Howard 1B, Franco 3B, Utley 2B, Francoeur RF, Ruiz C, Williams RHP

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Gameday 37: Diamondbacks vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Fri, May 15, 2015 06:08 PM Comments: 8

Arizona Diamondbacks (15-18) at Philadelphia Phillies (13-23)

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Starting Pitchers:

PHI: Chad Billingsley, RHP (0-2, 9.00)
vs.
ARI: Chase Anderson, RHP (0-1, 2.97)

Time: 7:05 EST, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Clear, 68 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Yesterday’s recap:

After stringing two wins together, the Phillies took the split in stride as they beat the Pirates in the final game, 4-2.  Aaron Harang went 8.0 innings with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts, giving up no earned runs.

Ken Giles pitched .1 innings in the 9th, and after giving up 2 runs the Phillies went with the Phillies all-time save leader, Jonathan Papelbon, to close out the game and leave the final score 4-2 in favor of the Phillies.

A Note for Tonight:

Maikel Franco will get his first start for the year at third base tonight after being called up from Triple-A.

Chad Billingsley will make his third start of the year after posting a 9.00 ERA to start the season.  Billingsley has given up 16 hits, allowing 10 earned runs over 10.0 innings.

The bats looked alive last night as the Phillies posted 11 hits, with Ryan Howard hitting his 7th home run of the season, as they look to continue that success against Chase Anderson for the Diamondbacks.

The Phillies are 6-0-1 over the last 7 series’ against the Diamondbacks.

The Phillies kick off the series against the Diamondbacks at 7:05 EST.

Lineup:

Revere CF, Galvis SS, Sizemore RF,  Howard 1B, Franco 3B, Utley 2B, Herrera CF, Ruiz C, Billingsley RHP

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Welcome back, Maikel Franco

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, May 15, 2015 10:52 AM Comments: 0

The Phillies announced on Friday that 3B prospect Maikel Franco has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The promotion will see the 22-year-old go from the team with the worst record in the International League to the team with the second worst record (tie) in the National League.

Last September with the Phillies, the righty-batting slugger batted .179 with two doubles and five RBI in 16 games.

Prior to this season, six-foot-one 215-pounder has been somewhat of a notoriously slow starter during the regular season. However, this year with the IronPigs, a more mature Franco seems to have a far better idea at the plate, is guessing less and has been putting forth great output.

In his last nine games for Lehigh Valley, Franco has gone 18-for-37 (.486 average) with three home runs and 13 RBI.  The Dominican native, has tallied a .355/384/.539 slash line in 33 overall games.

To watch a feature on Franco from an episode of Phillies Nation, check out the media player below.

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Phils trade for minor league catcher Forsythe, release RHP Nesseth

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, May 14, 2015 04:22 PM Comments: 4

The Phillies have acquired minor league backstop Blake Forsythe from the Athletics in a trade announced on Wednesday.  Oakland received cash considerations in the deal.

Forsythe, 25, was originally a 3rd round draft selection of the Mets in 2010.  The righty batting Tennessee product was batting .267 through five games with Triple-A Nashville this season.

In 391 career games, Forsythe, who has played five games at first base and five in the outfield as a pro, sports a .226/.314/.377 slash line.  He’ll reportedly be assigned to Double-A Reading.

The deal was necessary following an injury to Lehigh Valley catcher Tommy Joseph this week.

In a corresponding move, the Phillies announced the release of righty reliever Mike Nesseth.   The 27-year-old had a 0-2 record with a 5.02 ERA in eight appearances with Reading this season.  Nesseth was a 17th round draft selection in 2010.

 

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Gameday 36: Pirates vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Thu, May 14, 2015 12:05 PM Comments: 8

Pittsburgh Pirates (17-17) at Philadelphia Phillies (12-23)

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Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Aaron Harang, RHP (3-3, 2.38)
vs.
PIT: Vance Worley, RHP (2-2, 4.63)

Time: 1:05 EST, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Clear, 68 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Yesterday’s recap:

Jonathan Papelbon became the all-time Phillies leader in saves last night as the Phillies claimed victory, 3-2.  Jeff Francoeur was able to end the game on an assisted double play to help Papelbon claim the reigns, after he gave up a walk and threw a wild pick-off which put pinch-runner, Steve Lombardozzi, on third base with one out in the 9th inning.

A Note for Tonight:

Aaron Harang will look to continue his success on the mound for the Phillies, as our old friend, Vance ‘The Vanimal’ Worley gets the start for Pittsburgh. Herrera finds his way back into the lineup tonight after a second day off for the season, and Cesar Hernandez gets the start at third again, holding the spot for the expected Maikel Franco to be called up from triple-A.

Freddy Galvis is still proving to be one of the hottest bats in the Major League shortstop position, leading the league in AVG (.336) and OBP (.781).

The Phillies will look to split the series in the final game against the Pirates, first pitch is at 1:05 EST.

Lineup:

Revere CF, Galvis SS, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Hernandez 3B, Sizemore RF,  Herrera CF, Rupp C, Harang RHP

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Jonathan Papelbon, And Why You Should Appreciate Him

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, May 14, 2015 09:45 AM Comments: 4

PHOTO: AP

PHOTO: AP

Last night, Jonathan Papelbon recorded his 113th save for the Phillies, passing Jose Mesa for the franchise record. It wasn’t any ordinary save, though. After walking Francisco Cervelli to begin the inning, a throwing error on a pickoff attempt allowed pinch runner Steve Lombardozzi to reach third with just one out. Two pitches later, Jordy Mercer hit a fly ball in foul territory that looked like it could be a game-tying sacrifice fly. Jeff Francoeur had other ideas, as his monster of a throw home ended the game with a double play. It was an incredible way to get the record. Papelbon even said in his post game interview “what just happened?”

Now, 113 saves with one team is a lot. Brad Lidge had 100 with the Phils. Tug McGraw had 98, Ricky Bottalico had 78. Ryan Madson had 52. As far as Phillies closers go, Lidge, Tug, and Papelbon are all at the top. But only one of those guys makes Phillies fans blood boil. Continue reading Jonathan Papelbon, And Why You Should Appreciate Him

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Could a Move Back to the Infield for Odubel Herrera Help Ease the Outfield Situation?

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Thu, May 14, 2015 09:10 AM Comments: 6

After getting his first days off in the season this week, and as Ryne Sandberg begins to get a little more experimental with the outfield on a daily basis, let’s take a look at this season’s outfield star, Odubel Herrera, and another option Sandberg could have for him.

Odubel came to Philadelphia in the Rule 5 draft this offseason, and has proven to be one of Ruben Amaro’s best pickups of the year, thus far.  Herrera was a prospect out of Venezuela in 2008, signed when he was just 16 years old by the Texas Rangers.  An infielder to start his career, Herrera mostly spent his time at second base and shortstop, and only in 2014 did he start to find himself playing the outfield.  He began to see the bulk of his playing time in 2011 with the Hickory Crawdads, playing 119 games and getting 464 at bats while posting a .306 batting average.  That year he won awards for the MiLB.com Organization All-Star for Texas, while also winning the Post-Season All-Star award for the South Atlantic League.

In 2012, Herrera moved his way up the ladder to the Single-A Carolina League, and had 500 at bats in 126 games, posting a .284 batting average on the year.  He won the Mid-Season All-Star award with Texas in 2013 after making his way to Double-A Frisco, hitting .257 with 7 triples and 100 hits over 389 at bats.

Herrera once again found himself with Single-A Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League to start the 2014 season.  There, he would play 29 games before moving back to the Frisco RoughRiders for the rest of the season; this time as the outfielder he would eventually become.  Herrera, in a new position, won the Mid-Season All-Star award for 2014, while also picking up the Post-Season All-Star award for Texas.  He’d finish the season with a batting average of .315, and had proven himself to be the hitter he was striving to be, gathering a career high 73 runs and 59 RBIs. Continue reading Could a Move Back to the Infield for Odubel Herrera Help Ease the Outfield Situation?

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Gameday 35: Pirates vs. Phillies

Posted by Matthew Gephart, Wed, May 13, 2015 05:54 PM Comments: 17

Pittsburgh Pirates (17-16) at Philadelphia Phillies (11-23)

  

Starting Pitchers:
PHI: Cole Hamels, LHP (2-3, 3.68)
vs.
PIT: Francisco Liriano, LHP (1-2, 2.79)

Time: 7:05 EST, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 68 degrees
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Yesterday’s recap:

The Phillies have dropped four games in a row after a loss to the Pirates last night, 7-2.  Luis Garcia came in to give up 4 runs in the 7th inning after the Phillies offense pulled within one run in the bottom of the 6th.  Justin De Fratus, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon combined for 3 scoreless innings of relief.

A Note for Tonight:

Cole Hamels gets the start on the mound today in a lefty duel of aces, opposite Francisco Liriano.  The Phillies offense has struggled to score runs this year, and is still 4 runs away from getting to 100, putting them last in runs scored in the entire Major League.  Odubel Herrera gets another game off as Ben Revere gets the start back in center field. Darin Ruf, who is batting .188 will get the start in the clean up position tonight.

The third game of a four-game series against the Pirates begins at 7:05 EST.

Lineup:

Revere CF, Galvis SS, Utley 2B, Ruf LF, Howard 1B, Francoeur RF, Hernandez 3B, Ruiz C, Hamels LHP

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Phillies Nation: Episode 8 – Ryan Lawrence and Kevin Cooney

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, May 13, 2015 12:37 PM Comments: 0

This week the guys are joined by Ryan Lawrence from the Philadelphia Daily News and Kevin Cooney from the Bucks County Courier Times.  They discuss the future of Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon with the Phillies.  They also break down potential trades that Ruben Amaro should explore this season as well as the chances for young prospects seeing time in the majors.


Phillies Nation is presented by BQ Basement Systems.

You can also check out the show on TV at the following times: Thursday at 4:30pm on CSN, Thursday at 11pm on CSN, and Friday at 12:30am on TCN

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