11:34 PM EDT, Fri August 23, 2019
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Game Thread 8/23: Phillies at Marlins

Game Thread 8/23: Phillies at Marlins

Photo by Eric Espada/ Here we are again, on the verge of a hot streak. Congrats to Bryce Harper and his family on the birth of their baby. Congrats to Maikel Franco on being back with the big club temporarily. Congrats to everyone! The Phillies just beat the Red Sox twice and their star player is having a child. Huzzah! Looks like we’re going to see Vince Velasquez and Zach Eflin make starts in this series! Again! Hey, I think I just figured out why this team doesn’t ever win too many games in a row. Anyway, I know the Phillies have wanged every chance they’ve had to get hot and...
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Let’s take care of business this time: Phillies vs. Marlins series preview

Let’s take care of business this time: Phillies vs. Marlins series preview

Hector Noesi has not been the savior for the Marlins rotation | Photo by Dustin Bradford/ The Phillies can’t afford many more losses to the last place Marlins It was nice to beat the defending champions in their own house. Those were the types of games that give you hope that maybe the 2019 Phillies can be a playoff team after all. But this being the Phillies, at least half the fan base is fully expecting for the Phillies to follow up by losing a series to the Marlins. Miami Marlins Record: 45-81, Fifth place in the National League East The last time they met The Phillies snapped a...
Aug 22, 2019
Phillies MLR: Enyel De Los Santos pitches well in loss, Ben Pelletier hits two homeruns

Phillies MLR: Enyel De Los Santos pitches well in loss, Ben Pelletier hits two homeruns

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Phillies Minor League Roundup for 8/21/19 Syracuse 2, Lehigh Valley 1 Enyel De Los Santos - 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 8 GB, 3 FBMaikel Franco - 1 for 3, 2B, RBI, BBDeivy Grullon - 2 for 3, K, HBPAustin Listi - 1 for 4, 2B, KMalquin Canelo - 0 for 3, BB Despite out-hitting Syracuse 8-5, LHV still falls. Tyler Gilbert gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the 7th inning. EDLS remains an intriguing arm that likely winds up with a bullpen role in the future. However, he still needs to figure out how to command his pitches if he is going to succeed at...
Aug 21, 2019
The pen is mightier: Phillies 5, Red Sox 2

The pen is mightier: Phillies 5, Red Sox 2

Hector Neris and the Phillies bullpen was superb on Wednesday | Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports Another strong night by the relievers led the Phillies to a sweep at Fenway Park One month ago, if I told you the Phillies would win both games at Fenway Park, you might have looked at me with skepticism. If I told you that the driving force behind the sweep would be the bullpen, you would have likely told me to shut my lying mouth. But it was indeed the relief corps that led the way as the Phillies prevailed 5-2 over the Red Sox on Wednesday night. In July, the Phillies’ bullpen was...
Aug 21, 2019
Game Thread 8/21: Phillies at Red Sox

Game Thread 8/21: Phillies at Red Sox

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Here comes game two (of two), and this one doesn’t have Aaron Nola! Anytime you can watch Aaron Nola pitch, you should. Unfortunately, that’s not happening tonight. Tonight at Fenway Park, it’ll be Drew Smyly, who is not Aaron Nola, taking on Rick Porcello, who also is not Aaron Nola, but in a far more intense way. Did you know Porcello has an ERA over 5.00 in Boston? Neat! The finale at Fenway. #RingTheBell : @NBCSPhilly : @SportsRadioWIP : https://t.co/lXJ1zoTgn9 or https://t.co/vgbMhIMsON pic.twitter.com/tIoDvlFWUm— Philadelphia Phillies...
Aug 21, 2019
SB Nation FanPulse Poll: Confidence in team climbs as faith in Gabe Kapler wilts

SB Nation FanPulse Poll: Confidence in team climbs as faith in Gabe Kapler wilts

Photo by Hunter Martin/ Still without a big win streak, the Phillies have yet to truly ensnare people’s confidence. Well, this week, the SB Nation FanPulse poll is showing us a graph of Gabe Kapler’s approval rating, which looks just about exactly as you’d think it would. A pretty deep downward spike there, given our recent wave of angry mumbling, with a little uptick of a tail at the end there following what I assume is the sweep of the Cubs. Numerically, that’s Kapler going from a 14% to 17% confidence rating among the fans signed up to take part in these...
Aug 21, 2019
Hey kids! That there bullpen is comin’ around!

Hey kids! That there bullpen is comin’ around!

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Don’t look now, but the Phillies’ relief corps hasn’t been that bad lately I love breaking a season into parts. It helps to show when a particular part of a team’s season turned around, or when a particular player made a mechanical change that led to more effective results. We all know about small sample size and the dangers of drawing conclusions from them so we look for a large enough set of innings or at bats to point to so we can sit back, arms folded, smiling and nodding approvingly. The bullpen this season has been an issue. Due to some...
Aug 21, 2019
Nola, again: Phillies 3, Red Sox 2

Nola, again: Phillies 3, Red Sox 2

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Aaron Nola was dominant as the Phillies held onto beat the Red Sox. It’s been a struggle for this Phillies team to maintain a string of success, but when Aaron Nola is in your rotation, at least you know you’ve got a good chance to start again every five days. That’s an extremely crucial component for the Phillies moving forward. Nola is one of the few reasons that this team is able to talk about the postseason without a studio audience bursting into laughter. He replicated his most recent outing on Tuesday night, striking out seven over seven frames with...
Aug 21, 2019
Phillies MLR: Erik Miller wins in Lakewood debut

Phillies MLR: Erik Miller wins in Lakewood debut

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ Phillies Minor League Roundup for 8/20/19 Syracuse 11, Lehigh Valley 8 Dan Straily - 2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR, 4 GB, 0 FBNick Williams - 2 for 5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBIMaikel Franco - 2 for 5, 2 R, 2B, RBIAustin Listi - 2 for 3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB (fielding error) Sad that 8 runs on 14 hits isn’t quite enough for a win. Aside from an awful Dan Straily start, Josh Tols and JD Hammer combined to give up the other 4 earned runs. Nick Williams keeps doing his thing, including his 9th AAA homer of the season. His slash line is up to .327/.395/.596 with 48...
Aug 20, 2019
Game Thread 8/20: Phillies at Red Sox

Game Thread 8/20: Phillies at Red Sox

Photo by Adam Glanzman/ You know what always makes me feel better? Interleague play. Last year, playing the Red Sox felt like a potential World Series match-up. The Phillies split some games at Fenway and we all felt a little better. This year, it’s going to take more than a couple of wins to improve the mood around here after another faulty series loss to the Padres. Tonight is Aaron Nola, the Phillies’ best shot at a W, so at least we’re starting off on the right foot. Or, arm, I guess. Thanks. Thank you. #GeauxPhils | #RingTheBell : @NBCSPhilly : @SportsRadioWIP :...
Aug 20, 2019
They’ll always have last year: Phillies vs. Red Sox preview

They’ll always have last year: Phillies vs. Red Sox preview

Mookie Betts will likely not repeat as MVP | Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Barring a strong finish, the Red Sox aren’t going to successfully defend their title The 2018 Red Sox won the World Series. What has that meant for 2019? Absolutely nothing. The 2019 edition of the Sox are in third place, and chances of a repeat title have dwindled. Boston Red Sox Record: 67-59, Third place in American League East The last time they met In 2018, the teams played two-game sets at each other’s stadium, splitting both series. Since the Phillies had the greater margin of victory in their wins, I’ll...
Aug 20, 2019
The Dirty Inning: Singles AF

The Dirty Inning: Singles AF

On June 9, 1967, the Phillies fell victim to baseball’s quietest menace: an onslaught of one-baggers.  It was June 1967. The city of Philadelphia was a city of the future, today. Bustling industry! Responsive emergency services! And the next generation of scholars, waiting to take us to the stars! But across the state in Pittsburgh, the Phillies would hand the ball to John Boozer, a man from a small town who ate grasshoppers and moths, to eat the last few innings of a 16-1 rout in which the Pirates would club 19 singles. Join Justin and Trev for their latest journey back in time, to an...
Aug 20, 2019
Phillies MLR: We are here for the Alec Bohm dingers

Phillies MLR: We are here for the Alec Bohm dingers

Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Phillies Minor League Roundup for 8/19/19 Syracuse 1, Lehigh Valley 0 Cole Irvin - 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, HR, 7 GB, 5 FBMaikel Franco - 0 for 4 (throwing error)Deivy Grullon - 0 for 4, 2 KNick Williams - 0 for 3, K (outfield assist, 1B)Austin Listi - 0 for 3Malquin Canelo - 1 for 3, K Somehow Cole Irvin pitches his best game of the season and also takes his first AAA. He also provided 1 of LHV’s 4 hits on the night. Maikel Franco returned from the IL. Reading 8, Portland 7 (10 innings) Julian Garcia - 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB, 6 K, 2...
Aug 19, 2019
The Dark Horse NL MVP Candidate

The Dark Horse NL MVP Candidate

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports J.T. Realmuto is the certified Best Catcher in Baseball. He’s also the Good Phil of the Week. In one of our biggest celebrations of the Philadelphia Phillies, every week the members of The Good Phight will be issuing one of baseball’s greatest achievements to date: The Good Phil of the Week Award. One MLB player and one MiLB player will receive the award each week and will be able to boast to their teammates that they are, in fact, a Good Phil. Major League Good Phil of the Week: J.T. Realmuto Calling J.T. a dark horse MVP candidate is definitely a bit...
Aug 19, 2019
Zach Eflin and Nick Pivetta’s struggles put the Phillies in a tough spot

Zach Eflin and Nick Pivetta’s struggles put the Phillies in a tough spot

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports When Saturday night’s game between the Phillies and Padres began, the team was riding higher than it had in what felt like months. They had just hired Charlie Manuel to take over as hitting coach, and everyone seemed energized. Bryce Harper’s walk-off grand slam became the signature moment of the 2019 season thus far, the Phils’ offense had awoken and the team was riding a four-game winning streak. For a little while on Saturday night, it seemed like the good times were going to roll. But after jumping ahead 3-0 after three innings, everything began...