Aaron Nola’s Master Class vs. Miguel Cabrera

With the surprising performance of the 2016 Phillies to date, members of their starting rotation have been getting a little more attention than was expected to start the year. Vincent Velasquez grabbed headlines with his 16-strikeout shutout in April, but Aaron Nola‘s rise to national prominence has been much more gradual. His numbers don’t immediately jump off a FanGraphs or Baseball-Reference page. After yielding four runs in six innings to Detroit yesterday,…

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Phillies Maikel Franco Sprains Ankle

The Philadelphia Phillies star 3rd baseman suffered an injury during Wednesday afternoon’s series finale in Detroit, and his status is questionable for the weekend. In Wednesday’s win over the Tigers, Maikel Franco sprained his ankle sliding into second in the seventh inning. When the Phillies came out to play defense in the bottom of the […] Phillies Maikel Franco Sprains Ankle – That Balls Outta Here – That Balls Outta…

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Phillies Tame Tigers to Take Finale

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the host Detroit Tigers in the afternoon finale of a three game series at Comerica Park. This was the perfect opportunity for the Phillies, who many continue to view as overachieving in this 2016 season, to fold up the tent and begin a slide down the MLB standings. The club had dropped […] Phillies Tame Tigers to Take Finale – That Balls Outta Here – That Balls…

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Phillies May Be Starting Down Road to Nowhere

The Philadelphia Phillies lost a second straight game to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Tuesday night. Is this it? Is the clock about to strike midnight on the Phillies’ Cinderella 2016 season? It’s sure starting to feel like it. The host Detroit Tigers defeated the Phillies by a 3-1 score on Tuesday night […] Phillies May Be Starting Down Road to Nowhere – That Balls Outta Here –…

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Phillies Hellickson Gets Thumbs Up From Miguel Cabrera After Striking Him Out

Despite a tough back-to-back loss handed over by the Detroit Tigers, Phillies fans saw something you rarely see from an opposing player. After a tough battle between Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson and Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Hellickson threw a change-up in the dirt that got Cabrera fooled and swinging for the third out […] Phillies Hellickson Gets Thumbs Up From Miguel Cabrera After Striking Him Out – That…

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Phillies Out-Muscled in Motown

The Philadelphia Phillies dropped the opener of an Interleague series to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Monday night. If there was one thing that the low-scoring Phillies could not afford to do in their second Interleague series of the 2016 season, it was get into a slugfest with the powerful Detroit Tigers. Unfortunately […] Phillies Out-Muscled in Motown – That Balls Outta Here – That Balls Outta Here…

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Phillies Out-Muscled in Detroit

The Philadelphia Phillies dropped the opener of an Interleague series to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Monday night. If there was one thing that the low-scoring Phillies could not afford to do in their second Interleague series of the 2016 season, it was get into a slugfest with the powerful Detroit Tigers. Unfortunately […] Phillies Out-Muscled in Detroit – That Balls Outta Here – That Balls Outta Here…

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Howard’s Swing Is (Unsurprisingly) Out Of Whack

It’s hard to watch Ryan Howard play baseball right now. He’s in the midst of an atrocious 0-for-18 stretch which is part of a larger 4-for-52 run since April 30th. Entering play on April 30th, Howard was batting .214/.278/.443 which is a far cry from reasonable expectations for a productive first baseman but seemed about right for a 36-year-old who has been playing with a barely functional lower half ever since…

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Ryan Howard is the Worst

Enough is enough. The Ryan Howard Golden Era has long past and now the Phillies are stuck with a slug that can’t slug anymore. A $25M slug (not to mention a $10M buyout of his 2017 option). Yuck. I wasn’t for releasing him before the season began, because I held out hope that he could still handle right-handed pitching. Boy, have I been wrong (.159/.614 in 107 at bats). Now…

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Momentary lapse of judgement from Herrera, Phils drop first game to Tigers

Embed from Getty Images Obudel Herrera does a lot of things right. He occasionally shows a few things that he doesn’t do right and last night we saw both sides of that spectrum. There was a very slow roller hit to the pitcher who fielded it and wasn’t in a hurry to get the ball to first, and the score was tied 4-4 in the top of the 7th.  At…

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