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Aug 15, 2022
Phillies Notebook: Phillies fall short in New York against Mets

Phillies Notebook: Phillies fall short in New York against Mets

The Phillies scored two runs this past weekend in Queens, dropping two-of-three contests to the NL East division-leading Mets. The Phils are now 4-11 on the year against New York and currently sit in the third Wild Card position, 1 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the final playoff spot. "We had some trouble scoring runs in this series, obviously," interim manager Rob Thomson said. "Part of it is due to good pitching, and part of it is due to the fact that when the runs are at a premium, sometimes you try to do too much, and I saw a lot of that today. We've just got to get back to basics,...
Aug 12, 2022
Two of baseball's hottest teams meet in Queens as the Phillies visit the Mets

Two of baseball's hottest teams meet in Queens as the Phillies visit the Mets

It's been a while since the Mets and Phillies were both legitimate forces in the National League, so that makes this weekend's series in Queens can't miss baseball. The Phillies enter the weekend riding a hot streak, having won eight of their last ten contests. The club carries a half-game lead into Friday over the Padres for the second National League wild-card spot.Unfortunately, the Phils' lineup was dealt a significant blow on Thursday as Kyle Schwarber left the contest early with a strained right calf muscle. The National League home run leader said he's not playing in Friday's series...
Aug 11, 2022
Phillies Notebook: The playoff feel continues as Phillies remain hot

Phillies Notebook: The playoff feel continues as Phillies remain hot

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard made his second start with the Phillies on Wednesday, surrendering two runs on six hits over six innings. It was his deepest outing since June 27 while with the Angels. Things didn't look too good for the Phils for the first seven innings as Sandy Alcantara limited the Phillies to just two hits, but the offense put up a four-spot in the eighth en route to a 4-3 victory at Citizens Bank Park. Kyle Schwarber drove in a pair of runs on three hits and stole a base, and J.T. Realmuto drove in the winning run with a single to left field in the eighth. It was the...
Aug 9, 2022
Phillies Minor League Report: Pitching takes the spotlight

Phillies Minor League Report: Pitching takes the spotlight

Phillies' top pitching prospects Andrew Painter and Mick Abel dazzled on Saturday for High-A Jersey Shore, tossing a combined 13 scoreless innings in a doubleheader sweep of Hudson Valley. Abel, 20, whiffed eight batters while surrendering just two hits in an 8-2 victory in Game 1. The right-hander didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning and scattered just three on the afternoon. Painter, 19, collected 11 strikeouts in the nightcap while surrendering just two hits in a 2-0 win. Abel is 7-7 on the year with a 3.64 ERA and is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the Phillies organization by...
Aug 2, 2022
Phillies add depth with additions of Robertson and Marsh

Phillies add depth with additions of Robertson and Marsh

The Phillies made a pair of trades on Tuesday, acquiring veteran closer David Robertson from the Cubs and outfielder Brandon Marsh from the Angels. In exchange, the Phillies sent pitching prospect Ben Brown to the Cubs and catcher Logan O'Hoppe to the Angels. The two moves are relatively small in stature, but give the Phillies some needed depth in the bullpen and in the outfield. Robertson, 37, appeared in 36 games for the Cubs this year and posted a 2.23 ERA (10 ER, 40.1 IP) with 51 strikeouts and 19 walks. Among all National League relievers this season, The right-hander ranks seventh...
Jul 25, 2022
Phillies Notes: Offensive struggles cause for serious concern

Phillies Notes: Offensive struggles cause for serious concern

The boos poured down from the upper deck on Sunday afternoon at a sweltering Citizens Bank Park. A lousy Cubs team collected a 4-3 win over the Phillies to earn a three-game sweep. It was the Cubs' first series sweep of the season, and the Phillies were outscored 25-7. The Phillies have fallen to 49-46 and trail the Cardinals by a game in the chase for the final National League wildcard position. "We have to keep working," Kyle Schwarber said following Sunday's loss. "It's a three-game narrative right now. We need to get on base and start producing runs." Nick Castellanos went 1-for-15 in...
Jul 22, 2022
Phillies midseason report card: Aiming to snap a drought

Phillies midseason report card: Aiming to snap a drought

It appeared in early June the Phillies were barreling toward another ho-hum summer with a defective roster destined for mediocrity. A managerial change seems to have rewritten the storyline though as the club enters the second half of the season in a position to snap the longest playoff drought in the National League. Starting Pitching Zack Wheeler performed like an All-Star over the first half of the season, and his absence from the midsummer classic was egregious. Wheeler's 2.46 ERA ranks fifth in the National League, plus he ranks second with 3.1 fWAR. Aaron Nola is also piecing together...
Jul 21, 2022
Plenty of Philadelphia talent selected in MLB Draft

Plenty of Philadelphia talent selected in MLB Draft

Multiple amateur players from around the Philadelphia region were selected earlier this week in the MLB Draft. Here's a breakdown of those that were drafted or have signed a free agent contract: Nate Furman, 2B, 4th round, 121st pick - Cleveland Guardians A product of Bonner-Prendergast, Furman hit .371 this past season with a pair of homers and 23 RBIs for UNC Charlotte. Furman led the Niners with 86 hits while batting in the leadoff spot in all but three games during the year on his way to a Second Team All-Conference USA selection. Furman compiled a .351 batting average over two seasons...
Jul 19, 2022
Shantz and Simmons did Philly proud in 1952 All-Star Game

Shantz and Simmons did Philly proud in 1952 All-Star Game

Philadelphia hosted the 1952 All-Star Game, marking the second midsummer classic played at Shibe Park. The contest remains the only All-Star Game shortened because of rain since the exhibition began in 1933.Jackie Robinson homered in the opening frame for the National League off American League starter Vic Raschi. The American League jumped ahead with a pair of runs in the fourth via back-to-back singles by Eddie Robinson and Bobby Avila off Bob Rush to give the AL a 2-1 lead. Hank Sauer answered for the NL in the fifth, drilling a two-run homer that proved to be the difference in a 3-2 NL...
Jul 18, 2022
A look at the Phillies history in the Home Run Derby

A look at the Phillies history in the Home Run Derby

Kyle Schwarber will represent the Phillies in Monday's Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium, marking just the eighth time since the inception of the Derby in 1985 that the Phils have a representative.Schwarber will face Albert Pujols in the first round. Schwarber entered Monday with the second best odds of the eight competitors (+330), ranking only behind reigning two-time champion Pete Alonzo. Here's a look at Philadelphia's history in the annual Home Run Derby: Jim Thome (2004): Thome was the first Phillie to participate in the HR Derby. He entered with high expectations, carrying 28 homers...
Jul 18, 2022
Phillies select Justin Crawford, son of former All-Star Carl Crawford, with 1st round pick

Phillies select Justin Crawford, son of former All-Star Carl Crawford, with 1st round pick

The Phillies used the 17th overall pick in the MLB draft on Sunday to select Justin Crawford, a speedy and athletic center fielder with an impressive family pedigree from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. The left-handed hitting 18-year-old is the son of former four-time All-Star outfielder Carl Crawford. At 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, scouts believe he has time to fill out a bit more as his body matures. For now, speed is considered his best tool. “I really don’t like to do comparisons because I don’t think they’re very fair to, obviously, the younger player,” said Brian...