Phillies Close Series by Opening Up on Twins

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the host Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Thursday afternoon. The Phillies offense finally opened up again, something they tend to do about once every week or so. As a result, the Phils downed the Twins by a 7-3 score to put an end to a nine game losing streak. Ryan Howard homered […] Phillies Close Series by Opening Up on Twins – That Balls Outta Here –…

June 23, 2016
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Phillies SP Vince Velasquez Dominates in Double-A Rehab Start

Help may be on the way for the Philadelphia Phillies in the form of a healthy Vincent Velasquez After another dreadful start by Adam Morgan Wednesday evening in Minnesota, the Phillies received some encouraging news regarding starting pitcher Vincent Velasquez. After being placed on the 15 day disabled list with a right biceps strain, Velasquez […] Phillies SP Vince Velasquez Dominates in Double-A Rehab Start – That Balls Outta Here…

June 23, 2016
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Crash Landing: The Familiarity of Losing Baseball

I don’t mean to brag, but I’m really good at watching bad baseball. Outside of Royals, Pirates, and maybe Padres fans, it’s hard to find baseball lovers my age who have watched more bad baseball in their lives than people like me who are afflicted with the disease of reflexive Phillies watching. I’ve watched the *insert your favorite mediocre 90s Phillie here* Phillies. And I’ve watched the *insert your favorite…

June 23, 2016
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In June, Eickhoff Increasing Slider Usage and Effectiveness

Much has been made of the importance of furnishing Jerad Eickhoff’s arsenal with an offering that complements his existing fastball-curveball combination. After Eickhoff’s initial success in April that featured his curveball nearly every third pitch (4-for-48, .098 batting average and .244 slugging), hitters began to lay off his deuce and do damage against his fastballs. Only 26 at-bats in May ended in a curve. With a heater and a hook…

June 22, 2016
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Phillies Week in Review 6/13 – 6/19

The Philadelphia Phillies suffered through perhaps their worst week of the 2016 season over this past week’s series of games. Abysmal might be too kind a word to describe the last week of Phillies baseball. The team is currently riding an eight-game losing streak, and everything from the hitting to the pitching to the defense […] Phillies Week in Review 6/13 – 6/19 – That Balls Outta Here – That…

June 22, 2016
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Odubel Herrera Isn’t Walking Anymore

Aside from a shockingly positive win-loss record, the most talked about development of the early Phillies’ 2016 season was the explosion of Odubel Herrera‘s walk rate. Herrera said that he was disappointed with his rookie season strike out, and merely worked in the offseason to improve on his discipline. Whatever he did, it certainly worked early on – through the end of April, his 22.1 percent walk rate was tied for the league…

June 22, 2016
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What happened to Aaron Nola?

Embed from Getty Images The Phillies are imploding again on pitching and hitting, but those coaches for each are still rock solid in their employment by the team?  The scouting reports must be very detailed and accurate on Aaron Nola now, as last night he gave up 7 H and 8 R in only 3.0 innings. The Twins took advantage of a few misplays, one an error by Freddie Galvis,…

June 22, 2016
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Phillies Losing Streak Reaches Eight

The Philadelphia Phillies lost the opener of a three game series at Target Field to the host Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. This is how bad it has gotten. Even when the Phillies score runs in double digits, they can’t win. Even when they play the team with the worst record in Major League Baseball, […] Phillies Losing Streak Reaches Eight – That Balls Outta Here – That Balls Outta…

June 22, 2016
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Phillies Former Pitcher Roy Oswalt Victim of Ponzi Scheme

A former Philadelphia Phillies starting pitching ace was among several athletes named as victims in an investment Ponzi-scheme The stirrup sock wearing Roy Oswalt appears to have been victimized in a Ponzi-scheme according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit that was unsealed in Dallas federal court. Among the athletes named in the report were former […] Phillies Former Pitcher Roy Oswalt Victim of Ponzi Scheme – That Balls Outta Here…

June 21, 2016
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Series Preview: Phillies at Twins

On May 18, the Phillies were 24-17. They are 6-24 since.That’s horrific.But let’s look at why.At that point, Pete Mackanin’s bunch was 14-3 in one-run games. Since then, they’re 1-3 in one run games. It’s actually not the record that concerns me. It’s that .414 percent of the Phillies games were 1-run games. Since then, only .13 percent of their games have been of that variety.They’ve basically been getting smoked.After a…

June 21, 2016
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