Hector Neris Sure Looks Like An Elite Reliever

Entering the season, Hector Neris was in possession of one of those beautiful back-of-the-bullpen starter kits. He had the requisite devastating, whiff-inducing secondary pitch as well as a solid fastball off of which to work. However, as we have seen time and again, possession of a promising pitch arsenal does not an elite reliever make. The proof is in the pudding or whatever your preferred cliché is. At the start of the…

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St. Louis has it's way with the Phils- we fall to 9 GB in Wild Card

Embed from Getty Images Freddie Galvis tries, but he has the lowest OBP of any every day player in the MLB – he needs to get on base more and stop thinking he is a home run hitter. On the flip side he does have 12 HR and 50 RBI for the team There is a saying that you can always dream. Well, Phillies fans have been dreaming a little…

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Phillies Blasted Again by Dodgers Power

The Philadelphia Phillies dropped a second straight at home to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night. The Phillies were overpowered by the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers, who blasted three homers after drilling four home runs the previous night in taking a 7-2 decision at Citizens Bank Park. Victimized this time around was rookie pitcher Jake Thompson, […] Phillies Blasted Again by Dodgers Power – That Balls Outta Here – That Balls…

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Crash Landing: Braves Celebrate the Future as Phillies Celebrate the Past

Last night, fans of the two teams at the bottom of the NL East had occasion to partake in standing ovations. In Philadelphia, fans got to their feet for the fourth time in two nights in order to welcome back an icon of the past. After all the joy he brought to the city, Chase Utley was extraordinarily deserving of the warm welcome he received, but the atmosphere at Citizens…

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Dodgers stomping Phils at home

Embed from Getty Images Fans showered Utley with respect and applause on his return to CBP, he may not want to sell his condo he has for sale here in Center City, and run for Mayor instead! It was great to welcome Chase Utley back to Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park for the first time in a Dodger uniform the other night. The fans showed him a lot of love with…

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Phillies Roster Moves Officially End Nola’s 2016 Season

Aaron Nola‘s 2016 season is officially over. #Phillies have transferred Aaron Nola to 60-day DL, optioned Elvis Araujo to Lehigh Valley, & selected the contract of RHP Frank Herrmann. — Phillies (@Phillies) August 17, 2016 It’s important to remember that moving players to the 60-day disabled list at this point in the season is more procedural than anything else. This doesn’t necessarily mean Aaron Nola’s prognosis is any worse or…

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Phillies Reunion With Chase Utley is Not So Grand

The Philadelphia Phillies opened a three game series by getting pummelled by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. It is very seldom that an actual Major League Baseball game takes a backseat to some event unfolding within the context of that game, but such was the case on Tuesday night […] Phillies Reunion With Chase Utley is Not So Grand – That Balls Outta Here…

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Once The Man; Always The Man

I’m in the business of words, but sometimes words simply aren’t necessary, so I’ll keep this short. When Chase Utley was traded a year ago, we ran a series paying tribute to our fondest memories of his Phillies career. You can find that series here — Utley Retrospective — if you want to read about Harry Kalas giving him his legendary nickname or one of the greatest plays in World…

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Series Preview – Chase Utley at Phillies

Let’s keep this simple.All you need to know about this series is two things.1. The Phillies are playing very well of late. Winners of four straight, they’ve also gone 26-20 since June 23. Thanks to this recent run and their hot start to the season, the Phillies have a legitimate shot at .500 – they’re 7 games off that pace – and a not so legitimate shot at finishing with…

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Phillies Opposition Roadblock: Chase Utley (aka The Man)

It is August 16th.  The date we have been waiting for since August 19th of last season.  Tonight is the return of Chase Utley. Normally, my Opposition Roadblocks track the career, numbers, and scouting reports of another team’s hottest or most talented player.  On a very talented Dodger team, Utley serves as the experienced veteran […] Phillies Opposition Roadblock: Chase Utley (aka The Man) – That Balls Outta Here –…

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