Following the Phillies’ strong 39-21 season, the Phils find themselves in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 in our Out Of The Park Baseball 21 simulation. Nine seasons later, the Phillies also have the chance to seek retribution against the team that delivered the finishing blow to their playoff hopes that year: the […]Read more "How the Phillies reached the World Series in simulated season"
A couple of weeks ago, MLB.com ran separate pieces discussing who each team’s “Cult Hero” was. MLB.com’s Phillies writer Todd Zolecki put forth Chris Coste as the team’s all-time cult hero. Zolecki’s choice is completely warranted. It’s not every day that you see a 33-year-old rookie catcher in baseball. Coste would go on to hit […]Read more "Phillies’ ‘Bamboo’ Brad Miller deserves cult hero status"
Typical of the 2019 Phillies season, they sweep the defending world champions in Fenway Park only to lose the next game to the lowly Maimi Marlins. However, the way the Phillies lost the game was even more typical of their season. The bats were popping as the Phillies scored 7 runs in the first three […]Read more "Who is to blame for Phillies’ catastrophic collapse against Miami?"
Two weeks ago I wrote about the Phillies sending Adam Haseley down to Lehigh Valley and how I thought it was the wrong move. Haseley never got on the plane from San Francisco to Allentown before he was back in the line-up, being re-called just two days later. Prior to sending him down, Manager Gabe […]Read more "Is Adam Haseley becoming the Phillies’ odd man out?"
Phillies announce that they activated Jay Bruce from the 10-day injured list. To make room on the roster, Matt Klentak sent Adam Haseley down to Lehigh Valley. This move is a headscratcher for me as Haseley is one of the bright spots for the Phillies this season. At the trade deadline, Klentak bolstered the Phillies […]Read more "Did the Phillies send down the wrong guy when activating Jay Bruce?"
We’ve all seen Maikel Franco’s struggles and yesterday afternoon, the Phillies announced a couple of rather surprising roster transactions: The headline here, of course, is third baseman Maikel Franco being demoted to Triple-AAA after spending six consecutive seasons in the senior circuit. Franco has been apart of the Phils big league roster since he was […]Read more "The Maikel Franco third base era is over, but what does that mean for the Phillies?"
Coming off a split against the best team in the National League, the Dodgers, Phillies fans had high hopes as steaming hot Bryce Harper and the crew rolled into Pittsburgh. Rumors swelled as the Phillies seemed to be adding a new veteran starter to the rotation. Then the excitement stopped when fans realized it was […]Read more "Series Wrap: Phillies Sink the Pirates and keep the dream alive"
Heading into the All-Star break, the Phillies are not where they would like to be. They’re behind the Braves by a considerable amount and battling the Nationals for second place and a wild card, for now. Criticisms have shifted from Gabe Kapler to General Manager Matt Klentak for not improving the starting rotation. Starters outside […]Read more "How the Phillies quietly improved the bench ahead of the All-Star Break"
No one thought we’d ever see it again. A win for the Phillies had been rarer than an Aaron Nola hit. Thanks to bamboo, there is winning in Philadelphia again. The Phillies won big over the Mets 13-7. It all started with one plant. Brad Miller, the recently acquired infielder, brought a little luck to […]Read more "Brad’s Bamboo Boom helped lift the Phillies to a much-needed win"