Hamels probably a little less baffled by his early hook this time around

Cole Hamels couldn’t get it going in the cold and rain last night, allowing six runs in 4 2/3 innings as the Mets topped the Phils 6-1. He walked four the fourth inning, including the New York pitcher with the bases loaded. The Phillies had five hits in the game and scored their lone run on a Byrd homer in the fourth. On the good news front, the bullpen was…

April 30, 2014

The midday run of Ben Revere

Ben Revere drove home the game’s only run yesterday, plating Domonic Brown with a two-out single single in the eighth to help the Phils to a 1-0 win over the Braves. It was Revere’s third hit of the game. The Phils only needed one in the game thanks to a fantastic outing by Burnett — Burnett tossed seven scoreless frames in his best start of the young season. The Phillies…

April 18, 2014


The Phils came close to winning their fourth straight last night, but Rosenberg and Diekman combined to surrender seven runs in the eighth and ninth, all seven of which came on the four home runs they allowed. Rosenberg started the eighth with the Phils down 2-1, pitching for the third straight day, and allowed back-to-back-to-back home runs to the three right-handed hitters he faced to put the Phils in a…

April 15, 2014

Would the real bullpen please, please, please stop standing up?

The Phillie bullpen started the year looking miserable against the Rangers before a shockingly fantastic set of games in Chicago. They’re back looking not so hot against the Brewers and have allowed nine runs in eight innings over the first two games of the set. Last night Bastardo started the eighth with the score tied at 4-4 and allowed three runs in the frame, two of which were unearned due…

April 10, 2014

Ryan Braun hits like eight home runs, but there were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened

Brutal, ugly game yesterday as the Brewers bombed the Phils 10-4 in the Phillie home opener. Ryan Braun hit three home runs and drove in seven runs for Milwaukee. Kendrick and Lincoln were both awful. So was the defense, especially at third and in center field, as the Phillies made three errors in the game and another big misplay in center that went for a hit. The Phillies are 3-4…

April 9, 2014

Third time not quite so charming

The Phils fell 8-3 to the Cubs yesterday, dropping a game in which A.J. Burnett walked six in 5 2/3 innings and a huge error by Ben Revere in the sixth inning led to four unearned runs for Chicago. It was far from all bad for the Phils in the series, though, as they took two out of three. Revere, Utley and Brown combined to go 17-for-36 in the set…

April 7, 2014

The winny city

The Phillies got another lefty this afternoon and Roberto Hernandez got an early hook, but it all worked out as they topped the Cubs 7-2. Hernandez was pulled after allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings on three hits and a walk while throwing just 73 pitches. The bullpen, which had been atrocious in the first three games of the year, was fantastic after he left, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless…

April 4, 2014

At least he wasn’t making his Major League debut

Baby steps. Maybe soon they can get down to two errors a game and go from there. The Phillies got fantastic starting pitching for the second straight game last night, but Jonathan Papelbon allowed three in the bottom of the ninth and Texas topped the Phils 4-3. Kendrick and Burnett combined to allowed two runs in 13 innings over the last two games (1.38 ERA with a 1.15 ratio) and…

April 3, 2014

Dutch treat, but not for the Phillies

Mario Hollands made his major league debut last night in what seemed like a bit of a weird time, entering in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game to face Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus and Prince Fielder. Didn’t work out so well for the Phils as Choo and Fielder both walked. Choo scored from second on a walkoff single from Adrian Beltre off of B.J. Rosenberg to give…

April 2, 2014

The highway is alive tonight, but nobody’s kiddin’ nobody about where it goes

Sittin’ down here in the campfire light, searchin’ for the ghost of like six different people, including, surprisingly, Cliff Lee. The Phillies exploded for 14 Opening Day runs yesterday afternoon, topping the Rangers 14-10. The Phils jumped out to an early 6-0 lead with the help of a second-inning grand slam from Jimmy Rollins, but Texas stormed back with eight runs charged to Lee over his five innings. The Phillie…

April 1, 2014