Phillies eliminated from division contention with loss to Braves

The Phillies were officially eliminated from the division title and virtually eliminated from the wild-card after their loss Saturday to the Braves. The Braves clinched the National League East Saturday afternoon with their 5-3 win over the Phillies. Obviously, this knocked Philadelphia out of contention for the division and virtually eliminated them from making the […] Phillies eliminated from division contention with loss to Braves – That Balls Outta Here…

September 22, 2018
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Poor defense costs Phillies in crucial series opener with Braves

Lucas Duda delivered the fatal blow in the seventh with a pinch-hit driving in the go-ahead run as the Braves defeated the Phillies 8-3 on Thursday night at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. The loss leaves the Phillies 6 1/2 behind the Braves in the NL East pennant race, a nearly unconquerable ask with ten games remaining on the schedule. Thursday’s defeat seemed to be a microcosm of the 2018 season….

September 21, 2018
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Phillies set for biggest series of the season down in Atlanta

For the first time in more than half a decade, the Phillies have something to play for in mid-September. The club opens a crucial four-game set in Atlanta on Thursday, trailing the NL East-leading Braves by 5 1/2 games with 11 left to play. As the baseball gods would have it, seven of those 11 games are against the Braves. It’ll take a strong showing in Atlanta for the Phillies…

September 20, 2018
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The World Series Favorites In Mid-September

Unfortunately it’s looking as if the Phillies will miss out on the playoffs. A late surge isn’t out of the question, but there are a few too many games to make up for a wild card berth for anyone to be particularly comfortable, which means a fairly strong season may come up short. Progress is progress though, and the Phillies are on their way back to being a contending team….

September 20, 2018
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Phillies: Rhys Hoskins signs with super-agent Scott Boras

Rhys Hoskins appears to be setting up for a new deal with the Phillies Phillies left fielder Rhys Hoskins is quickly becoming a household name across baseball, and it appears he wants to be paid like one. NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury reports that Hoskins has signed with “super-agent” Scott Boras. Many fans will recognize […] Phillies: Rhys Hoskins signs with super-agent Scott Boras – That Balls Outta Here –…

September 18, 2018
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Clearwater Happenings

Carpenter Complex (Steve Potter) Florida Instructional League program underway (Steve Potter, a longtime Phillies fan now living in Clearwater, is a baseball enthusiast who files news and notes from time to time for the Phillies Insider blog). Baseball in Clearwater continues for another month with the Florida Instructional League program that is underway at Carpenter Complex. Today was day two of workouts. Over 70 players are on the FIL roster, which can change…

September 18, 2018
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Phillies fall to the Mets … again, postseason hopes continue to fade

A contending playoff team usually excels against subpar competition, particularly within the division. The Phillies, however, faltered against lackluster foes in the NL East and that’s a significant reason why their postseason aspirations now seem so far fetched. Michael Conforto crushed a three-run homer in the ninth inning on Monday, sealing a Mets 9-4 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. With the win, the Mets have beaten the…

September 18, 2018
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Changes in Baseball

Aaron Nola (Miles Kennedy photo) Concerning innings by starters, batting orders (Steve Potter, a longtime Phillies fan now living in Clearwater, is a baseball enthusiast who has supplied news and notes from time to time for the Phillies Insider blog. Today’s notes). Using Baseball-Reference.com as a source, here is some interesting data relating to the 2018 season through Wednesday’s games. Innings Pitched The major league average for innings pitched by starters is 5.4…

September 13, 2018
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Phillies playoff hopes all but dead after doubleheader sweep

The Phillies’ playoff odds have crashed in the last month, falling all the way into the single-digits after being swept in Tuesday’s doubleheader. On its own, Tuesday night’s loss to the Nationals was gut-wrenching. The Phillies rallied back from a three-run deficit with a five-run fifth inning, taking a 6-3 lead with a Jose Bautista […] Phillies playoff hopes all but dead after doubleheader sweep – That Balls Outta Here…

September 12, 2018
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Phillies Opinion: Take Kapler out of the crosshairs, this collapse is on the players

It’s been an exciting ride, but it’s becoming more apparent by the day that the Phillies will be bystanders when the baseball postseason rolls around later this month as the Braves appear to now have a stranglehold on the NL East. You can surely pin some blame on manager Gabe Kapler, but to argue this team would have performed better under someone else is ludicrous. The fan-rants on Twitter about…

September 12, 2018
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