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Rise and Phight: 7/1/2022

Rise and Phight: 7/1/2022

Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports Does June really have to end? Believe it or not, this was the best month of June the Phillies have had in a very, very long time. The Phillies finish June at 19-8, their best month of June in 129 years.@Stathead @baseball_ref pic.twitter.com/afxbX9GuHp— schmenkman (@tgpschmenk) July 1, 2022 That’s impressive. Let’s hope July is the same way. On to the links. Phillies news: Turns out, Kevin Long was pretty prescient when he predicted Nick Castellanos would have a big game last night. Those Andrew Benintendi rumors are starting...
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Goodbye June, let’s do it again sometime: Phillies 14, Braves 4

Goodbye June, let’s do it again sometime: Phillies 14, Braves 4

Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports Capping off one of their best months in a while June has been very kind to the Phillies. Coming into tonight, they had won 18 games in the month, one of their best showings in quite a while and with one of their better pitchers on the mound to start the game, they had a chance to make it 19, which would be excellent. The last two nights were frustrating games where the offense didn’t show, so they also had that extra motivation for the game, needing a win to salvage something out of the series with Atlanta. Boy did they come through. It...
17 hours ago
Gamethread 6/30: Braves at Phillies (6:05)

Gamethread 6/30: Braves at Phillies (6:05)

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Please win. The Phillies look to avoid the series sweep behind Aaron Nola. Darick Hall is batting cleanup and DH-ing again, but Matt Vierling takes over in center field and bats 9th. Nola Day. #RingTheBell : @NBCSPhilly // @MLBNetwork : @SportsRadioWIP : https://t.co/HhDxScbmEV // https://t.co/vgbMhIMsON pic.twitter.com/MAWhfVDZVY— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) June 30, 2022 Ian Anderson takes the mound for the Braves: First pitch at 6:05 in Philadelphia.#ForTheA pic.twitter.com/FFMBagcN96— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 30, 2022
Jun 30, 2022
Rise and Phight: 6/30/2022

Rise and Phight: 6/30/2022

Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports Another month in the books The decision to put Darick Hall in the cleanup spot looks a little strange at first, but the more you think about it, the more sense it makes. I wrote yesterday about how little power this lineup has had this year, so bringing someone up who has had oodles of it in the minors makes some sense. There’s the “lightning in a bottle” idea, but as we think about the cleanup guy as a power bat, they might as well try someone who has been as consistent as Hall has been in Lehigh Valley. Add that to the fact that he was...
Jun 29, 2022
You know, some offense would be nice: Braves 4, Phillies 1

You know, some offense would be nice: Braves 4, Phillies 1

Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports It’s getting nervous around these parts A new cleanup hitter! A fresh start for this offense, facing a pitcher who has struggled a bit of late! All the things coming together to get this offense in gear! Welp. Facing Kyle Wright, who has given up nine runs in his last eleven innings, the Phillies should have been better equipped to have their offense step up in the post-Harper part of the season. Instead, they were shut down once again and face even more questions about how they can win games without their MVP in the lineup. They’ve got...
Jun 29, 2022
Gamethread 6/29: Braves at Phillies

Gamethread 6/29: Braves at Phillies

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports A surprise in the cleanup spot Tonight, the Phillies debut one of the few power bats in their system to try and compensate for the loss of Bryce Harper. Darick Hall has been recalled as an option for the team as a bench bat and occasional 1B/DH option against right-handed pitching. Don’t mistake that last part; it’s highly doubtful that he’ll ever see a left-handed pitcher, but at this point, lean straight into the chaos, baby. Here are the lineups. For the Phillies: Game ✌️ #RingTheBell : @NBCPhiladelphia // @MLBNetwork :...
Jun 29, 2022
Harper’s injury has exposed the team’s lineup

Harper’s injury has exposed the team’s lineup

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports It was supposed to be a strength. Now, it has none. Having the National League MVP in the lineup can paper over a lot of a team’s issues. When Bryce Harper is present and accounted for, there is that big threat in the middle of the lineup that opponents must be careful with. We’ve seen time and again how pitchers will act carefully when he is at the plate, preferring at time to face someone else rather than Harper’s ability to put a baseball deep into the night. Harper is not in the lineup anymore and will not be for at least six...
Jun 29, 2022
Phillies MLR 6/28/22: We are having a bad time

Phillies MLR 6/28/22: We are having a bad time

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Darick Hall dinger number 20, that's it. Syracuse 5, Lehigh Valley 4 Cristopher Sanchez - 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 GB, 1 FBDonny Sands - 4 for 5, R, KDarick Hall - 1 for 5, HR, 3 KRafael Marchan - 1 for 5, RBIScott Kingery - 0 for 4, BB, K Lehigh Valley had a 3-2 lead entering the bottom of the 7th before Ofreidy Gomez gave up two runs. The offense out-hit Syracuse 15 to 10, but were 4 for 13 with RISP and leaving a staggering 13 runners on base. Darick Hall launched his 20th HR of the season, doing his best Kyle...
Jun 29, 2022
Rise and Phight: 6/29/2022

Rise and Phight: 6/29/2022

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Moving right along... Last night, with men on first and third in the sixth inning, Mickey Moniak was left in to face a left handed reliever. This is probably one of the biggest mistakes Rob Thomson has made thus far in his early career as manager. Moniak absolutely cannot be left in that spot; Oscar Mercado or Matt Vierling have to be brought in there to face the reliever. On to the links. Phillies news: The big news of the day was of course Bryce Harper confirming surgery on his thumb, possibly keeping him out 6-8 weeks. File this...
Jun 28, 2022
Bad way to start a series: Braves 5, Phillies 3

Bad way to start a series: Braves 5, Phillies 3

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ The ‘Phils drop game one to the Braves despite Wheeler’s quality start. The Phillies entered this three-game series with the Braves three games behind them for second in the NL East. Sad to say the Phillies are now four games behind Atlanta after the 5-3 loss to the defending world series champions. The ‘Phils sent ace Zack Wheeler to the mound with the Braves throwing Charlie Morton. Unfortunately, Wheeler did not have his best stuff to start this game. The fireworks began in the first inning when the Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks...
Jun 28, 2022
Gamethread 6/28: Braves at Phillies

Gamethread 6/28: Braves at Phillies

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports This one is a biggie tonight Atlanta is in town for an important three game set with the Phillies that already has some playoff implications. Here are the lineups. For the Phillies: Happy Pride Night! #RingTheBell : @NBCSPhilly : @SportsRadioWIP : https://t.co/HhDxScbmEV // https://t.co/vgbMhIMsON pic.twitter.com/969LyrMdMV— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) June 28, 2022 For the Braves: A six-game road trip starts tonight in Philly!#ForTheA pic.twitter.com/dIXdo1ghMI— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 28, 2022 Let’s talk...
Jun 28, 2022
Leveled out: Phillies vs. Braves series preview

Leveled out: Phillies vs. Braves series preview

Adam Duvall, watching a ball that was likely a routine out | Photo by Jamie Sabau/ The Braves have merely been a .500 team since their winning streak ended The Braves were THE story of baseball in the early part of June. While the Phillies went on an impressive tear after firing their manager, the Braves somehow gained ground on them in the standings, thanks to a 14-game winning streak. But it’s now been ten games since the winning streak ended, and in those ten games, the Braves are a very unspectacular 5-5. Does this mean that the Braves have leveled out to their...
Jun 28, 2022
We’re partnering with Homage!

We’re partnering with Homage!

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports We’re excited about this opportunity In the past, we’ve shown you some great merchandise, but now we’re also partnering up with Homage to bring you some more! Homage does have some of the nicest stuff to wear as it’s really soft and really cool. You can click here to see some of the items they have to offer. Personally, I’m a big fan of the maroon retro P, found here. It’s just one of the many things they have available. By now, you’re probably wondering where to get it. Simply click on this link and you’ll...
Jun 28, 2022
Rise and Phight: 6/28/2022

Rise and Phight: 6/28/2022

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Big series starting tonight Tonight begins a big series against Atlanta. Both teams have been hot this month and neither wants to lose ground on either the Mets or the playoff positions they’re in. It promises to be a good series, but one can’t help but feel sad that two of the better players in the game are unlikely to play. Bryce Harper, you already know about, but it’s possible that Ronald Acuna, Jr. will miss the series as well. Baseball is always better when the best players are playing, so even if the two teams end up playing...
Jun 27, 2022
The Young and The Phiery: Rafael Marchan

The Young and The Phiery: Rafael Marchan

Phillies Catching Prospect Rafael Marchan during a game against the Washington Nationals in August 2021 | Photo by Mitchell Layton/ The Overlooked and Underrated Phillies Catching Prospect that is not named Logan O’Hoppe Setting the Scene Before the rise of Logan O'Hoppe took the Phillies Organization and Major League Baseball by storm, there was Rafael Marchan. Marchan has not gone anywhere by any overdramatic opening statement. The Venezuelan backstop made his MLB debut during the shortened 2020 Pandemic season. Former Phillies manager Joe Girardi, a former catcher,...