Crashburn Roundtable: Hernandez, Gomez, and Surprising Bats

It’s the second week of the rejuvenated Crashburn Roundtable feature, and today, we focus on the future of Phillies’ second baseman Cesar Hernandez, current (maybe former?) closer Jeanmar Gomez, and two young players who have been surprisingly productive offensive contributors in 2016. Included here are contributors Michael Schickling, Brad Engler, Dave Tomar, and Timothy Guenther. Second base is seen as something of black hole on the Phillies, but advanced metrics actually…

September 30, 2016
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Remembering Jose Fernandez

I rolled over Sunday morning to the gut-wrenching news. Like many, I’m sure, I thought it had to be a mistake. Jose Fernandez could not be dead. The news landed a swift body blow, lodging an ache deep in the recesses of my stomach. I flipped open my computer. Fernandez gazed back at me, his Baseball Reference page open and a Twitter search of his name sat on my screen from…

September 28, 2016
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If Sandberg was still managing Phils, there would be calls to run him out of town

Embed from Getty Images Jake Thompson raises his hands in the air, yesterday as the Phils lost 17-0Somewhere Ryne Sandberg is sitting back and reading these Phillies headlines and quietly shaking his head. The Phils haven’t really improved all that much, despite a slightly higher win total this season, and suddenly my thoughts have changed to why we are all giving Pete Mackanin a free pass at every turn in…

September 26, 2016
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I Hate This Bullpen

After starter Jake Thompson was chased from the game today, the Phillies ran out a quintet of relievers that were nothing short of disastrous. The score ended 17-0 in favor of the Mets and the Phils are left wondering just how bad can this bullpen be. Today’s 5 Relievers:ERA/WHIPPhil Klein – 11.81/2.44Colton Murray – 6.43/1.43Frank Hermann – 8.78/1.65Patrick Schuster – 48.60/5.40Luis Garcia – 5.93/1.83 If that doesn’t paint the picture…

September 25, 2016
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Reflections on a bad loss.

My god, that was brutal. Thursday night’s loss to the New York Mets occurred during the final month of a season in which the Phillies never had any legitimate hope for a postseason berth. That didn’t stop that 9-8 fiasco from stinging a lot. The Phillies have shown a marked improvement over last season. With nine games to play, they’ve already won six more games than last season. And we’ve…

September 23, 2016
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New Phillies Talk Podcast: 2016 Phillies Down to last 10 games, 7 with the Mets

It’s time for another edition of Phillies Talk Podcast, we’re talking about the end of the season already? Wow, that was another fast baseball season. The Phils are down to their last 10 games and 7 out of those 10 games are against the Mets. I am on my good friend’s podcast called Mets Musings, the great Gary Mack. Gary is interviewing me, and I am asking him some questions…

September 22, 2016
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The High Hill Left To Climb: When Will The Phillies Contend?

The 2016 season is wrapping up, and as I write now, the Phillies are 68-83, a 73-win pace. It’s been five full seasons since the last competitive Phillies team, and as the offseason begins, it’s fair to expect improvement of some form or another next season. However, what should expectations be? Should we expect the team use their financial muscle to immediately sign the few large agents this season? Trade…

September 22, 2016
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Phillies hold the key to Mets Wild Card dreams

Phillies collar Sale at CPB The Phillies whipped up on the Chicago White Sox last night, and their best pitcher, Chris Sale, who gave up 7 H and 6 R on the night against the Phils. Sale hit many Phillies with pitches on the night, in fact, a new record was set with 4 Phillies who were HBP during this game. Sale, who is considered to still be a front…

September 22, 2016
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Crashburn Roundtable: Hellickson, Herrera, and Expiring Contracts

Welcome to the first edition of the rebooted Crashburn Roundtable, where I ask the staff a few questions about current state of the Phillies, and get the group’s perspective on a variety of issues. This week, we actually have all six writers on board with responses, covering a potential Jeremy Hellickson qualifying offer, trade rumors surrounding Odubel Herrera, and the expiring contracts of four veteran role players. The three major variations…

September 20, 2016
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2 More Weeks, 12 More Games

The 2016 Philadelphia Phillies season in winding down. Two weeks and twelve games remain. At 67-83 a winning record or even .500 is unattainable. However, there is still reason to care about the waning moments… Saying farewell to one of the best sluggers in Phillies history, Ryan Howard. Getting a further look at Alec Asher and Jake Thompson in the rotation. Seeing more out of Michael Mariot and Joely Rodriguez…

September 19, 2016
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