Cardinals break up 4-game losing streak last night

Embed from Getty Images Adam Wainwright owns a chapter in Jeremy Hellickson’s book last night with his long home run against him, that sailed into the 2nd deck at St. Louis The Cards looked like a team that needed a spark last night to re-energize their offense. They went into last night’s ballgame with a 4-game losing streak and we’re looking to end the drought that the team had been…

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What We Learned About the Phillies in April

The Phillies just wrapped up a 14-10 April which ties the ’01 (14-10) and ’03 (16-12) teams for the Phillies’ second best April record since 2000 and trails only the legendary 2011 squad’s 18-8 run. Baseball may be an extraordinarily long season rich with unpredictable twists and turns, but there is still meaningful information to be gleaned from the start of the 2016 season beyond “winning baseball is fun!” Here…

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A Bucket of Cold Water

Happy Monday! The Phillies are 15-10, remarkably, and the team’s .600 winning percentage is fifth-best in the National League. The Phils have won six games in a row and nine of the last ten. They just swept the Nationals and the Indians, beating Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark, Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, and Danny Salazar along the way. Ryan Howard hit an extra innings walk-off homer against Cody Allen, one…

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Crash Landing: Relief Pitchers Remain A Mystery

One of the oft-cited clichés in bullpen-building is that relievers are fungible. It’s a gross oversimplification that reduces pitchers to faceless commodities but, although it’s never wise to write-off the so-called “human element” entirely, there’s an undeniable undercurrent of truth to it. The performance variability relievers experience from year-to-year makes them maddeningly unpredictable. With the notable exception of the few truly elite relievers in the game – guys like Craig…

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Tough series to show Phillies real mettle

Embed from Getty Images The Phillies seem to have players that are developing well for them this season so far One of the toughest stretches of the Phillies season is about to happen as the Phils will pull into St. Louis for a 4-game series with the Cardinals. There has been a lot of winning lately with this Phillies teams, but they’ve played a weaker opponent in the Indians than…

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Phillies Win Sixth Straight

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon to sweep a weekend series at Citizens Bank Park. You would have to excuse former Phillies and current Indians manager Terry Francona if he were simply sitting in front of the Cleveland press right now with no answers. His team has now gone 1-5 over […] Phillies Win Sixth Straight – That Balls Outta Here – That Balls Outta Here…

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Phillies Streaking After Another Tight Win

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. For the Phillies and Indians, this is getting to be a regular thing. The Fightin’ Phils defeated the Tribe by a 4-3 score on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. It was the 7th one-run win for the Phillies (14-10), and the […] Phillies Streaking After Another Tight Win – That Balls Outta Here – That Balls…

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Phillies Walkoff Indians on Ryan Howard Blast

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cleveland Indians on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park in the opener of a weekend series. It was 2016, not their 2007-11 heyday. But for one night at least, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz turned back the clock. The Big Piece and Chooch gave fans a thrill and some new […] Phillies Walkoff Indians on Ryan Howard Blast – That Balls Outta Here – That…

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Phillies Updates

Stat Attack:The Phillies pitching staff leads Major League Baseball with 240 strikeouts in 207.1 innings pitched and their WHIP (1.17) is ranked 6th. The Phillies offense has posted an OPS of .661, which ranks 28th in baseball. That needs to improve, as they’ve only scored 76 runs, which ranks 27th. Odubel Herrera has now walked 23 times this season after only getting a free pass 28 times last year. The…

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Phils set eyes on the Indians at home

Embed from Getty Images Jason Kipnis is a tough player for this Indians team, managed by Terry Francona The Phillies pulled off a rare sweep of a series against Washington on the road. Even more rare for the Phillies (and this one, I didn’t even quite believe just how bad things have gone for the team in the past few years) rose two games above .500 baseball for the first…

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