Phillies drop opener to Mets; Harper tossed and Arrieta speaks his mind

April 23, 2019

The Phillies stumbled out of the gate in Queens last night, falling to the Mets 5-1 at Citi Field in a game delayed by nearly two hours at the outset due to rain. Bryce Harper was ejected in the fourth inning for comments regarding balls and strikes. Manager Gabe Kapler then stormed out of the dugout and made inadvertent contact with home-plate Mark Carlson attempting to restrain Harper. and could…

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Phillies aim to put some distance between themselves and the Mets in the NL East

April 22, 2019

The Phillies had a tough go of things out in Colorado and return to the east coast tonight to open a three-game set with the division rival New York Mets at Citi Field in Queens. Jake Arrieta will start the series opener aiming to piece together another solid performance in line with last week’s performance – also against the Mets – when he lasted eight-plus innings in a 3-2 win…

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Phillies fall in series opener vs. Rockies

April 19, 2019

Zach Eflin looked solid through five innings, but the Rockies offense broke out the long ball in the later innings and beat the Phillies in the series opener last night at Coors Field, 6-2. Eflin finished the night after six innings, surrendering two earned runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out a pair. The Phillies collected just five hits in the contest with Cesar Hernandez accounting for…

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Phillies head west to visit Rockies for four-game set

April 18, 2019

The Phillies head out west for the first time this season and open a set with the Rockies tonight in Colorado. Jake Arrieta pieced together a stellar outing on Wednesday, pitching into the ninth inning in the Phillies 3-2 victory over the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. With Aaron Nola struggling and the back end of the rotation still a question mark, Arrieta has been clutch for the Phils. “It…

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Phillies put up historic showing in opening frame, beat up on Mets

April 17, 2019

The Phillies offense, buoyed by a scrching hot Scott Kingery and his three-run blast, put up a ten-spot in the first innings on Tuesday night en route to a 14-3 win over the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies sent 14 hitters to the plate and collected six extra-base hits in the opening frame, including two home runs. Kingery drove in five wins in the winning effort. He finished…

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It's official: Philadelphia to host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2026

April 16, 2019

It didn’t come as a surprise as it’s been years already in the making, but it became official on Tuesday. Philadelphia will play host to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in 2026 as part of the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The announcement came as MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf, and Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney had Independence Hall as a backdrop. Other…

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A look at what's going wrong for Aaron Nola through his first four starts

April 16, 2019

According to pitch f/x data from BrooksBaseball.net, opponents are hitting a combined .414 against Aaron Nola’s sinker and curve over his four starts to open the season. In comparison, opponents hit just .171 against those same two pitches over his first four appearances last year. Hitters are also being more selective against Nola, swinging at nearly 12% fewer fastballs than a year ago and nearly 7% fewer off-speed pitches. It’s…

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Phillies open series with Mets riding best start since 2011

April 15, 2019

Having won nine of their first 14 contests this season, the Phillies are off to their best start since 2011. It’s important to note that 2011 club went on to win a franchise record 102 games. Tonight marks Aaron Nola’s 31st start at Citizens Bank Park. Since June 22, 2017, he’s allowed three runs or fewer in 26 of 30 starts in Philly and is 19-5 with a 2.35 ERA…

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Phillies set to entertain Mets at Citizens Bank Park

April 15, 2019

Aaron Nola will be on the mound tonight as the Phillies welcome the New York Mets to Philadelphia to open a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park. It’ll be the fourth start of the season for Nola who finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting a year ago. Thus far though, he’s not looked like the same pitcher he was a year ago. It’s not been a velocity…

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Phillies fall to Marlins in lackluster fashion

April 14, 2019

This is why baseball games are played on a field and not on paper. The Miami Marlins delivered a hefty punch to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night in Miami, walloping on the visitors in a 10-3 win. Zach Eflin pitched poorly for the Phillies, surrendering three homers and six runs over four innings of work. The start was a bit of a let down considering how solid he was…

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