Let’s rip this bandaid off quickly. Bryce Harper did not make the All-Star team in 2019 and didn’t deserve to. At the time of the All-Star break, Harper was hitting an OK .253, a good OBP of .370, and a pretty good SLG of .470. That’s good for an OPS+ of 117, good, but not […]Read more "Can Phillies’ Bryce Harper repeat his 2018 post-All-Star success?"
The Philadelphia Phillies have been grossly underachieving from the point of view of their fans this season. I agree with that sentiment. There was no one thinking to themselves that the Phillies were going to be a team just two games over .500 this season after acquiring Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura, and JT […]Read more "Are “Curveball Machines” and Lineup Changes enough to save the Phillies season?"
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"
The Phillies were ready for the series. They went into Atlanta and jumped to a 7-2 lead, as hitters chased Braves starter Max Fried in the 5th. They carried a 4 run lead into the 8th inning, and lost. “A crushing loss, no way around it. We had a two-run lead in the ninth inning […]Read more "Will an inexcusable loss to Braves spark bullpen changes for Phillies?"
Jay Bruce has been on the Phillies for all of 2 days. In his first start, he loudly announced his presence in the National League with 3 extra base hits; a double, a two-run homer, and a grand slam. According to Paul Casella (@paul_casella), Bruce is the first player since Ryan Howard in 2011 to […]Read more "Phillies end 5-Game losing streak with help from ‘Bruce almighty’"
In the last couple of weeks, the debate has been constant. ‘Has Bryce Harper lived up to the $330 million dollar contract that he has been given?’ While it is absolutely too early to tell, just months into a 13-year deal, the fans in Philadelphia have seemed to grow a little restless. Harper was even […]Read more "Bryce Harper is firing up the Phillies in more ways than one"
Go on Twitter or any Facebook Phillies group and you will see fans on both sides of the fence. Some are already saying the Bryce Harper signing was a mistake. Others are being patient? Wait, that can’t be, patience is not the trait of a Philly Fan. ESPN and the like have told me so…. […]Read more "A slumping Bryce Harper is no reason for Phillies fans to be concerned"
The hype to the 2019 Phillies season escalated after the February 28th signing of Bryce Harper, but it has been the man batting in the spot behind him in the lineup that has been continuing the hype. On Tuesday night, Rhys Hoskins had the 1st 4-hit game of his career in an 11-1 trouncing of […]Read more "Should Phillies’ First Baseman Rhys Hoskins be in MVP conversation?"
The Phillies lost Monday night’s opener against the Mets in a really bad fashion. The Mets gave the Phillies every chance to win the game with poor pitching and walking in runs. It came down to extra innings and an infield error that allowed a runner on second to score the game-winning run. Aaron Nola […]Read more "Series recap: Phillies come back strong after dropping the opener vs. Mets."
The unwritten rules of baseball are such because baseball has long been thought of as a gentleman’s sport. They’re undefined, but simultaneously, blatantly apparent. You don’t bunt or steal aggressively with a big lead. You don’t walk across a pitcher’s mound. But perhaps the most well known, unwritten rule of baseball is one centered around […]Read more "Retaliation? Not This Time: Why Phillies should let their play do the talking"