1:04 PM EDT, Fri April 19, 2019
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Phillies MLR 4/18/19: Is Simon Muzziotti this organization’s next Carlos Tocci?

Phillies MLR 4/18/19: Is Simon Muzziotti this organization’s next Carlos Tocci?

Phillies Minor League Roundup for 4/18/19 Weekend Probables: LHV: Ranger Suarez, TBDREA: Ramon Rosso, Adonis MedinaCLR: TBD, Andrew BrownLWD: Ethan Lindow, Tyler McKay Lehigh Valley 6, Rochester 5 Enyel De Los Santos - 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 3 HR, 4 GB, 3 FBJan Hernandez - 0 for 3, R, BB, KDylan Cozens - 1 for 3, HR, BB, KDeivy Grullon - 1 for 3, R, BB, KMitch Walding - 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 2B, RBIMalquin Canelo - 0 for 3, BB, 2 K After cruising through his first two starts, Enyel De Los Santos hit a bit of a speed bump. The balls were flying out of the park yesterday, with five...
5 hours ago
Baseball 101: The Anatomy of Scorekeeping

Baseball 101: The Anatomy of Scorekeeping

6+4+3=2. The math checks out. Baseball 101 is an ongoing series from The Good Phight’s Allie Foster that breaks down some of the multifaceted aspects of baseball for those fans who might not be as familiar with the ins and outs of the game. In this fourth edition, she explains how scorekeeping works. You can read other entries here. When I was a really little kid, one of my favorite things about going to Phillies games was getting a scorecard and keeping track of everything that happened. Mostly I liked it because I could get a prize from guest services if I kept score through the seventh...
12 hours ago
Rocky Mountain Ry: Rockies 6 - Phillies 2

Rocky Mountain Ry: Rockies 6 - Phillies 2

So the Sixers had to go without Embid on the road against the Nets who gave them fits with Embid in Game 1. It didn’t seem like a good fit. It also reminded me how much I dislike Greg Monroe as a basketball Center. He’s late on pretty much every single defensive rotation, then when he does get there he maybe half-heartedly throws up a hand feebly, but there’s no jumping. I almost yearn for Okafor to be back standing there disinterestedly instead. Still the Sixers steamrolled the Nets, regaining home court advantage in the series. Oh yeah, the Phillies also played. It’s just I so...
17 hours ago
Game Thread 4/18: Phillies at Rockies

Game Thread 4/18: Phillies at Rockies

In their first trip out west, the 2019 Phillies get to spend four games at Coors Field. Did you know that Bryce Harper is a .387 lifetime hitter at Coors Field? With a 1.116 OPS in 75 AB? Neat!
21 hours ago
Scott Kingery comes out swinging

Scott Kingery comes out swinging

As an injury bug tests Phillies depth, the young infielder is unintimidated. The 2019 Phillies season started on March 28, and until April 6, Gabe Kapler walked the same lineup card out to the umpires before every game. The Phillies had a shiny new lineup with a lot of interesting new parts, and it worked pretty well. The new Gabe Kapler is less inclined (but I suspect no less interested in) flipping and flopping his lineup based on statistical spasms he finds in the numbers, and he showed that, giving us the longest stretch of regularity we’ve seen in a calendar year. But, there was...
22 hours ago
Phillies Stat Notes: Rocky Mountain High

Phillies Stat Notes: Rocky Mountain High

Despite their various faults, the Phils have the best record in the NL The season is only three weeks old, but it’s been a roller coaster already. There was the euphoria of the quick start, pounding the Braves with an impressive offense, followed by some jarring, even humiliating losses, and now a rare series win against the Mets. The offense has been very good but sporadic, the starting pitching has taken a couple of major hits in Aaron Nola and Nick Pivetta, and the bullpen has had its ups and downs. The team’s $330 million investment started about as impressively as one could, but...
23 hours ago
Rocky mountain payback: Phillies vs. Rockies series preview

Rocky mountain payback: Phillies vs. Rockies series preview

The Phillies likely haven’t forgotten what happened in September 2018 If you recall, the 2018 season didn’t end on a high note for the Phillies. The team that was leading the National League East as late as August 12th suffered an epic collapse in the last month and a half of the season. The nadir may have come in late September when the Phillies traveled to Colorado for a four-game set and were utterly demolished. The Phillies lost all four games by a combined score of 39-7, and it was about as pleasant to watch as it sounds. But 2018 is over. The 2019 Phillies are not the same...
Apr 18, 2019
2019 Phillies draft preview: Alek Manoah, RHP

2019 Phillies draft preview: Alek Manoah, RHP

Draft rankings are all over the place this year, so I’m just throwing my hands up and previewing whoever the hell I want. I might miss our pick this year, but we’ll all learn a lot about players we’ll probably never see play a game. Alek Manoah is a 21 year old 6’7” 270 lb Defensive En... whoops, Right Handed Pitcher from University of West Virginia (or he may be a 6’6” 260 or 280 lb Pitcher. Even Baseball America lists him with a few different measurements, but I’m going with what was in the most recent report I found. That said 6’6”, 260 lbs seems to be the most...
Apr 18, 2019
Phillies MLR 4/17/19: Deivy Grullon homers as LHV sweeps their doubleheader

Phillies MLR 4/17/19: Deivy Grullon homers as LHV sweeps their doubleheader

Phillies Minor League Roundup for 4/17/19 Today’s Probables: LHV: Enyel De Los SantosREA: Tom EshelmanCLR: Anthony RequenaLWD: Kevin Gowdy Lehigh Valley 5, Scranton/WB 3 (GM1 of DH, 7 innings)Lehigh Valley 5, Scranton/WB 3 (GM2 of DH, 7 innings, makeup of 4/16 ppd) Cole Irvin - 6 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 1 ER, K, 5 GB, 9 FBTyler Viza - 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, K, HR, HBP, 2 GB, 4 FBJan Hernandez - 1 for 8, HR, 3 RBI, 4 KDylan Cozens - 1 for 5, R, 2B, 3 BB, 3 KMitch Walding - 1 for 4, R, 3B, 2 BB, 2 KDeivy Grullon - 2 for 3, HR, 3 RBIMalquin Canelo - 0 for 5, BB, 2 K, SB That...certainly was a start by...
Apr 17, 2019
Going shopping: Phillies way-too-early deadline targets

Going shopping: Phillies way-too-early deadline targets

Not looking to spend money on a Kimbrel or Keuchel? These 5 premature deadline targets could satisfy your every need... It’s no secret that Phillie fans have been, in a word, disappointed, by the performance of the team’s pitching thus far in the season (sans the likes of Jake Arrieta.) With the pinnacle of their rotation in Aaron Nola off to a slow start, the fan base is clamoring for a solution — and, while we likely won’t see any real transactions for many months to come, there’s always room for speculation. Madison Bumgarner, LHP, San Francisco Giants I’m pretty sure we all...
Apr 17, 2019
Arrieta, gentille Arrieta: Phillies 3, Mets 2

Arrieta, gentille Arrieta: Phillies 3, Mets 2

Eight strong innings by Jake Arrieta leads the Phillies to a series victory over the Mets On Tuesday night, the Phillies’ pitchers received all the run support they could have ever hoped for. On Wednesday afternoon, runs were harder to come by, but thankfully for the Phillies, Jake Arrieta was on top of his game. Arrieta pitched eight-plus innings, allowing only two earned runs, and led the Phillies to a series victory over the Mets. Unlike so many of his starts in 2018, on Wednesday, Arrieta was aided by his defense. The Phillies’ infielders turned three double plays, and Rhys Hoskins...
Apr 17, 2019
The Phillies aren’t messing around anymore

The Phillies aren’t messing around anymore

The demotion of Pivetta lets everyone know this team is all about winning right now. No more waiting. No more rationalizing. No more wait and see. In the wake of the demotion of Nick Pivetta to Lehigh Valley and the promotion of Jerad Eickhoff to the big league rotation once again, the Phillies are making one thing perfectly clear. This baseball team is not messing around anymore. Pivetta entered the 2019 season with monstrous expectations. Perhaps they were too high. Virtually everyone predicted a breakout season for the right-hander, but this season has been an unmitigated disaster....
Apr 17, 2019
Game Thread 4/17: Mets at Phillies

Game Thread 4/17: Mets at Phillies

It’s an afternoon rubber match in South Philly with Jake Arrieta on the mound. The Mets fell hard last night in a Phillies win with so many fun little subplots, it was enough to make you forget the 9-8 extra-inning slog they lost the night before: Scott Kingery, productive and powerful hitter; Jerad Eickhoff, four-inning out machine; J.T. Realmuto, eliminator of Jorge Alfaro memories; and all the tomfoolery and jackassery that defined the Mets defense. It’s a new day, and those 14 runs they scored last night have turned back to zero. With Jake Arrieta on the mound, the Phillies look to...
Apr 17, 2019
A short leash: Nick Pivetta optioned out of rotation

A short leash: Nick Pivetta optioned out of rotation

The struggling Phillies starter is the target of the team’s first dramatic move of the season. Surprising only because of how swift the move is, the Phillies have optioned Nick Pivetta after his start last night against the Mets. His spot in the rotation will be taken by Jerad Eickhoff. The Phillies are in the process of making a roster move. Nick Pivetta will be optioned. Jerad Eickhoff is in the rotation.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) April 17, 2019 Pivetta continued his downward trend last night, despite the Phillies’ 14-3 victory over the Mets. Through four starts this season,...
Apr 17, 2019
Phillies MLR 4/15 - 4/16/19: Alec Bohm is settling in, JoJo Romero struggles and are we all sleeping on Malquin Canelo?

Phillies MLR 4/15 - 4/16/19: Alec Bohm is settling in, JoJo Romero struggles and are we all sleeping on Malquin Canelo?

Phillies Minor League Roundup for 4/15 - 4/16/19 Today’s Probables: LHV: Cole Irvin (GM1), TBD (GM2)REA: Mauricio LloveraCLR: Damon JonesLWD: Francisco Morales Scranton/WB 6, Lehigh Valley 5 (April 15, 10 innings)Lehigh Valley, Scranton/WB (April 16, ppd due to rain, makeup on 4/17) JoJo Romero - 4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, K, 2 HR, HBP, 5 GB, 2 FBRoman Quinn - 0 for 3, R, BB, 3 KDylan Cozens - 0 for 5, 2 KJan Hernandez - 3 for 5Mitch Walding - 1 for 5, RBI, 2 KDeivy Grullon - 1 for 5Malquin Canelo - 2 for 5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K (throwing error) It has not been a great start in AAA for JoJo...