Same old problems hurting the Philadelphia Phillies

It is time for a pop quiz!  When the Philadelphia Phillies were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers, what was the main reason they lost? A.) A lack of offense B.) Bullpen problems C.) All of the above D.) The Phanatic’s attempt to jinx the other team backfired. Anyone who has watched the Phillies the past few years knows that C is the obvious answer to this question.  The same thing...
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Did Papelbon annoyingly direct a fart at reporters?

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon has been known at times over his career for being something of a surly interview subject. Following Thursday’s 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in which the closer converted his fourth save of the season, Papelbon expressed extreme annoyance at a line of questioning regarding how his velocity is […] The post Did Jonathan Papelbon...
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Papelbon putting rocky start to season in past

Jonathan Papelbon had seven blown save opportunities last season. So when he couldn't nail down the lead at Texas on April 2, retiring only one of the seven batters he faced, it caused some understandable concern. Since then, though, he's had five straight scoreless appearances, including a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts to nail down Thursday afternoon's 1-0 win over...
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Jonathan Papelbon is Clearly a Ric Flair Fan ☆

Respect for Jonathan Papelbon…rising? You’ve seen thousands of videos like this.  And odds are, you’re going to see a thousand more.  But, my guess is you’re never going to witness anything as wonderful as this. Following his game Thursday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves, the Philadelphia Phillies closer was talking pitch velocity (or something) when…the most glorious...
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Papelbon Decries Velocity Concerns

MLB Photo After years and years of the abnormal act of throwing a baseball, eventually it takes a toll. For pitchers, it means velocity is decreased and numbers tend to suffer. But don’t tell Jonathan Papelbon that. He’s not buying it. Following a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Braves on Thursday afternoon in which he routinely hit 92-93 mph on the radar, Papelbon was asked about...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon's issues go beyond declining velocity

When writing about Jonathan Papelbon in the year 2014, there’s a few things that we can stipulate as fact, if only because you all already know about them and there’s not really much point in spending time rehashing them. We know that his velocity has been dropping steadily for years. We know that the four-year, […]
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Papelbon rebounds, says he has much to prove

Jonathan Papelbon was in a much better mood than the last time we saw him as he pulled on his cowboy boots late Saturday afternoon in the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field. It was good to get back in the saddle. It was good to rebound from Wednesday night’s Texas-sized disaster with a save. “Yeah, for sure,” Papelbon said after the Phillies’ 2-0 win over the Cubs. ...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Blame Amaro, not Papelbon for his declining performance

While it is easy to pile on the Phillies closer for his heinous blown save yesterday, let’s leave Jonathan Papelbon alone for a second and put the blame where it lies...with the general manager...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon Starts Off 2014 Season With Phillies On Wrong Foot

It could be a long season for Jonathan Papelbon and the Philadelphia Phillies. Papelbon surrendered three runs on four hits and two walks Wednesday while blowing his first save of 2014. Papelbon seemingly fell out of favor in Philadelphia last season, and the veteran closer didn’t do anything to help his cause Wednesday, as some in-game mannerisms and postgame comments only added...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Papelbon Blows Solid Kendrick Outing, Phils Lose 4-3

Implosion is the only word to describe Jonathan Papelbon‘s outing tonight. With the Phillies up 3-1 in the ninth inning, Papelbon surrendered three earned on four hits and two walks, including a walk-off walk issued to Shin-Soo Choo as he blew the lead, and the game, for the Phillies. The man affected most? Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick stared down the barrel of the loaded gun that is...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

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