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Howard + Ruf = Good First Baseman

Ryan Howard vs. RHP 2015: .273/.839, 111 G, 41 R, 25 DBL, 18 HR, 62 RBIRyan Howard vs. RHP Career: .285./.944, 1320 G, 202 DBL, 14 TRPL, 265 HR, 813 RBIDarin Ruf vs. LHP 2015: .365/1.011, 36 G, 11 R, 4 DBL, 4 HR, 12 RBIDarin Ruf vs. LHP Career: .291/.897, 112 G, 32 R, 12 DBL, 12 HR, 32 RBI Ruf's OPS against LHP is .222 better than against RHP in his career.  Howard's OPS against...
Via We Should Be GM's
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Sweeney's early home run sets tone in Phillies' win

View image | Final: Phillies 4, Padres 3 WP: Adam Morgan (5-4, 4.03 ERA) LP: Colin Rea (2-2, 5.95 ERA) SV: Ken Giles (11) Philadelphia, PA - The first runs of the night were scored by the Philadelphia Phillies (52-78) in the bottom of the second inning. Behind timely...
Via Philliedelphia
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies team leaders - August 28

The new names topping the leader boards aren't so new anymore.
Via PhilsBaseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is Phillies' prospect J.P. Crawford a future All-Star?

The Philadelphia Phillies have quality depth in the farm system, but at the very top resides shortstop, J.P. Crawford. Crawford was drafted with the 16th pick in the 2013 MLB draft. Coming out, Crawford was said to be a true shortstop meaning he was projected to be drafted and remain a shortstop for his entire career. So far he has done nothing but live up to expectations and given...
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Injuries lead to roster moves, Ogando & Cozens promoted

Necessary roster moves were made on Friday following the placement on the disabled list for two injured players.  Phillies reliever Elvis Araujo will miss time with a groin strain while Reading outfielder Nick Williams is out with a concussion following a collision in the field on Wednesday. Replacing Araujo on the big league roster is righty Nefi Ogando.  The 26-year-old was acquired...
Via Phillies Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Phillies schedule hits the internet

If you are like me, you like to plan your life around Phillies road trips. So, I am always looking for the next season's schedule as soon as possible. The schedule has leaked and here it is: #Phillies 2016 schedule — Philly Sports News (@PhillyAlertNews) August 27, 2015 Here...
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Cornelius Randolph stays hot, Jorge Alfaro debuts for GCL Phillies; Double-A Reading wins again

View image | The season is winding down in the minor leagues and plenty of the Phillies minor league clubs are fighting for a spot in the playoffs, with Advanced 'A' Clearwater having already clinched. With a farm system filled with new prospects along with home grown talent, this...
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Phillies have finally escaped from payroll hell

By the time the 2015 season has concluded, the Philadelphia Phillies will have spent over $1.1 billion on their payroll from 2009 (the year after their 2008 World Championship) through 2015. The only teams to spend more over the same time period are the Yankees, Red Sox, and thanks to a surge over the last three seasons, the Dodgers. But those three teams, along with the Tigers...
Via Bloguin Best
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The best thing bout the Phillies is watching Eickhoff's WAG Morgan Lane watch him

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff's girlfriend Morgan Lane reacts to his pitching in the 1st inning vs. the NY Mets. And it is just too cute.To be honest, rooted for Mets scoring just to have more video of Morgan Lane reacting...Please follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Like us on Facebook, Or return home for award winning writing.
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Red Alert: 1 Rebuilding Phillie Short

In the second half, the view is of two different teams: The first squad of Philadelphia Phillies played before Maikel Franco‘s wrist injury, and the second is now toiling without their third baseman. But while the pessimist believed the winning would taper off more quickly than it did, the optimist thinks the Phils will be competitive again. Which camp are you in? Or do you have...
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MLB reviewing circumstances of Phillies coach Larry Bowa's ejection

Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa has drawn the attention of Major League Baseball after he was tossed from Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets. A league spokesman said MLB is "reviewing the circumstances surrounding Larry Bowa's ejection" - an outburst which included threatening actions toward Mets infielder Daniel Murphy. Bowa on Wednesday said he expected...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Larry Bowa gets ejected, threatens Mets player

    Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa went ballistic on Tuesday night, and it appears his frustration was at least two days in the making. During the seventh inning of a 6-5 loss to the New York Mets, Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur jumped out of the dugout to protest after Mets reliever Hansel Robles tried to quick-pitch Darin Ruf as Ruf was still getting settled...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Phillies Nation Episode 20: Amaro’s Future, Trade Evaluations & Knapp Feature

This week on Phillies Nation, Kevin Cooney of Calkins Media and the Bucks County Courier Times joins Rachel and Corey to evaluate the Phillies’ recent trades as well as discuss Ruben Amaro‘s future with the Phillies.  Plus, Jay Floyd has a special report on Andrew Knapp, Reading’s hot switch-hitting catcher. Check out this week’s episode in the media player below and look...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Jeff Francoeur incite bench clearing because Phillies batters are slow to bat

Hansel Robles put it simply: The batter was in the box, the umpire pointed at him to pitch, so he pitched.— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) August 26, 2015But...basically it now seems umpires have the power to say a pitch doesn't count. @AdamRubinESPN Umpires hand not raised, Ruf in the box. Don't blame Robles ... he did nothing wrong.— Michael Pruser (@ProspectCincy) August 26...
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Phillies' Howard bottoms out, tossed out by the seat of Flores' pants

Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin term his team's latest setback "embarrassing." That one of his veteran players turned in the most embarrassing moment of the game didn't make the loss any easier to digest.Veteran Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard failed to run out a scorching line drive and turned a sure hit into an out during a 16-7 beat-down by the New York Mets on...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The catching shift: Rupp earning a long look

Cameron Rupp, in a younger day. Image- Jay Floyd Since 1940, the Phillies have started six catchers for more than five seasons. Together, Andy Seminick, Clay Dalrymple, Bob Boone, Darren Daulton, Mike Lieberthal and Carlos Ruiz have a career average WAR of 20.8. Boone is a little higher than the others, while Lieberthal is a tad lower than the others. But nobody is near the threshold...
Via Phillies Nation
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Philadelphia Phillies Fall Victim to the Long Ball in Loss to New York Mets

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 24: Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets hits a three-run home run in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 24, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) If a team scores seven runs off of Jacob deGrom in just 2.2 innings, it’s safe to say they won that game right? Well in...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

David Wright surprises Mets with cookies upon return

The New York Mets laid a 16-7 beat down on the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, socking out a whopping eight home runs in the comeback win. The big victory marked the celebrated return of superstar David Wright, who was back in  the lineup after nearly four months away from the team and hit a homer himself. And he ingratiated himself to his teammates by surprising...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilmer Flores throws out Ryan Howard from his butt (VIDEO)

The Phillies may want to brief Ryan Howard on the fundamentals of baseball — namely running out every play.Watch as Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores throws out Howard from his butt Monday night when the Phillies' slugger runs towards the dugout instead of first base thinking Flores made the catch: Route efficiency: 0. — MLB GIFS...
Via The Other Paper
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chase Utley thanks fans in Philadelphia newspaper ad

Chase Utley, one of the most beloved, celebrated and admired Philadelphia Phillies players in some time, returned the love to the fans who passionately cheered for him during his stellar, 12-plus career with the team by taking out an ad in both the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News to thank them for all their support. Utley was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Love 4 Blanco & 2016 Roster

Let's celebrate Andres Blanco.  Over the past two years he's played all over the infield and hit extremely well for a utility guy.  In 96 games he's hit .295/.875 with a 1.8 WAR.  That's great production from someone signed to a minor league contract in each season. He remains under team control through 2016, so expect him to be back in the same capacity next year. Speaking of...
Via We Should Be GM's
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: Is Maikel Francos’ year done?

Maikel Franco has been one of the only beacons of hope in this lost season for the Philadelphia Phillies. Since being called up, Franco is batting .277 with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs. The 22-year old has been in the conversation for rookie of the year and appears to be a rising star for this Phillies team. However after recently being placed on the DL for a wrist injury, it is uncertain...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Chase Utley’s enduring Philadelphia Phillies legacy

In a time where more often than not, players are in passing more than in place, Chase Utley was Philadelphia’s constant. He was an identifiable presence, although from a much different place, but one who became synonymous with the greatest era of Phillies’ baseball, while naturally embodying everything that the city he made his baseball home embodied. Now a member of the Los...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Chase Utley appears unlikely to be traded

Fans of the Giants, Dodgers, Angels, and Cubs should probably temper their expectations for a new second baseman over the final two weeks of August. The four teams have all been tied to Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, but it’s looking less and less likely that Utley will be dealt. GM Ruben Amaro this morning @SportsRadioWIP "Chase Utley likely to be w #Phillies rest...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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