Despite struggles, Herrera staying put in bigs

Odubel Herrera struck out five times in five plate appearances Thursday in an 11-inning victory over the Rockies.
16 hours ago

Minor league online food fight results in taco ban by Phillies affiliate

Minor league teams are the absolute best at promotions and gimmicks, and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Fresno Grizzlies have been capitalizing on a bit of a food fight on Twitter for a while now.The stakes have been raised this season as the two teams are going head-to-head to determine what gameday food item is the absolute best; bacon or tacos? In the latest development in the...
Via The Comeback
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Phillies trade talk: gauging the market for Tommy Joseph

If the Phils decide to try and deal Joseph, finding him a new home might be tricky. Coming up at some point in the next couple months, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak is going to have to make a decision about first base. Rhys Hoskins just will not stop tearing up AAA pitching, batting .333/.432/.686 with a OPS of 1.118 that is far and away the best in the International League...
Via The Good Phight
20 hours ago

2017 Phillies Draft Preview: Less Likely First Round Options

The First Round this year is very, very fluid. There’s a no doubt Top 2 (Greene and McKay) followed by a group of 3 prospects (Wright, Lewis and Gore) who have separated themselves. Then there’s a group of 10 prospects who I have seen in various orders, with 3 additional prospects behind them who have climbed in recent mock drafts. I have done profiles of 11 of the top 15 prospects...
Via The Good Phight
20 hours ago

Crash Bag Vol. 21: Can the Phillies Develop Pitchers

The Phillies won a game! For now the best place to ask questions is on Twitter, either @ me (@Matt_Winkelman or @CrashburnAlley). But you can also reply in the comments here and I will will have some sort of better way for future mailbags. @babsell_champ: Do the Phillies have a pitching dev issue in the minors? Their top young starters Nola and Eickhoff came into the org fairly...
Via Crashburn Alley
21 hours ago

The curious case of Aaron Nola

Since his debut in 2015 Aaron Nola has shown flashes of being a true ace. Over the last season and a half he has had a mixture of bright spots and slumps, but one thing remains the same, if Nola can become more consistent he has the ability to lead the Phillies rotation for several […] Philadelphia Phillies: The curious case of Aaron Nola - Section 215 - Section 215 - A Philadelphia...
Via Section215
23 hours ago

We want your mailbag questions for the Phillies Nation Podcast

Have a question about the Phillies? I’m looking to do a mailbag for the Phillies Nation Podcast, and want to get your questions on the air. To do this, we have a number you can call — give your name and question, and I’ll answer it on the podcast! The number is 267-702-0097. Again, call, wait for the beep, then give your name and question.
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

Phillies home attendance is up from 2016, for now …

While the Phillies are in the middle of one of their worst slumps in recent memory, including losing 20 of their last 24 games, home attendance so far is higher than it was in 2016. Citizens Bank Park is averaging 27,896 fans per game, an increase of 2,728. The biggest surprise is how the attendance stacks up against the attendance of other teams. It makes sense that teams would...
Via Phillies Nation
1 day ago

Phillies news & links — Odubel Herrera’s platinum sombrero

The Phillies won yesterday, but there are still things to talk about. Good morning, and happy Friday! The air smells a little sweeter, the sun is shining a little brighter, and I’m only moderately afraid of watching the Phillies tonight. Why? Because the Phillies won yesterday! YAY! Let’s talk about Odubel Herrera Doobie (okay, that’s a terrible nickname, I’ll just...
Via The Good Phight
1 day ago

Herrera stays positive after striking out 5 times

Odubel Herrera stuffed a couple Tastykakes into his backpack before he rolled out of Citizens Bank Park on Thursday.
1 day ago

Joseph homers, hits walk-off single to lift Phils

Tommy Joseph continues to be one of the hottest hitters on the planet. The Phillies first baseman ripped a single to center field in the bottom of the 11th inning to score Michael Saunders from second base in a 2-1 victory over the Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
1 day ago

Phillie Phanatic scares baby, fails in bid to calm her down

The Phillie Phanatic, try as it might, could not console nor comfort a baby who appeared to be frightened by his immediate presence.During Wednesday’s game between the hometown Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park, the Phanatic was up to his usual madcap antics while doing his thing atop one of the ballpark’s dugouts. In close proximity to the mascot...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Roundtable: The Phillies are the worst, literally

It’s time for a Phillies Nation writers’ roundtable. Strap on in … We’re just past the quarter pole of the season, and at 15-29, the Phillies have the worst record in baseball. Are you surprised their record is this poor? DANIEL WALSH: I was never in the group expecting a .500 record or wild card run, but the record does have me surprised. I predicted something like 73 wins...
Via Phillies Nation
2 days ago

Howie Kendrick to Begin Rehab Assignment

The Phillies have been really bad. This has moved most discussions about the team to focus on how to fix the Phillies. In the wake of Daniel Nava’s injury and Michael Saudners’ poor start the focus has shifted to calling up Roman Quinn. It does appear the Phillies have some outfield help on the way, just not in the form of the 24 year old speedster. Instead this happened today...
Via Crashburn Alley
2 days ago

Philadelphia Phillies: Prospect Watch

As we’re now a quarter of the way through with the MLB season, it’s a good time to check into Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading to see how the Philadelphia Phillies prospects are performing with their seasons. While the Phillies have been playing atrocious baseball and have lost their last eight series in a row, it wouldn’t be surprising if they decided to shake...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Nola’s Return Upgrades the Phillies Rotation

The Philadelphia Phillies have had terrible pitching this year. I have already addressed how there isn’t any immediate help on the way for the bullpen (though with speculation that Ricardo Pinto is moving to the bullpen that could change). Where there is immediate help for the Phillies is in the starting rotation. The Phillies did not win Aaron Nola’s first start back from injury...
Via Crashburn Alley
3 days ago

Pirates give away a bobblehead of broadcaster Bob Walk falling out of his chair

The Pittsburgh Pirates are the latest MLB team to offer a broadcaster-themed giveaway, but this has got to be the coolest one yet.Last season, radio announcer and former pitcher Bob Walk fell out of his chair during a game and it was all caught on video. The hilarious moment was turned into a bobblehead and given to fans prior to Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies...
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: When should Jeremy Hellickson be traded?

Ever since the Philadelphia Phillies traded for Jeremy Hellickson in 2015, Hellickson has certainly exceeded expectations and pitched some of his best baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies. The last two seasons he’s thrown a joint 3.71 ERA for the team, and consistently placed the Phillies in a position to win. At 30 years old, it’s no secret that his window as an effective...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper is back to his 2015 self — or maybe even better

On Sunday, the Washington Nationals played a double-header against the Philadelphia Phillies. In the first game, Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 and launched his 12th home run of the year. In the second game, he went 3-for-4 with a single, a double and two RBIs. That performance came a day after he whacked his second walk-off long ball of the season.It was just another weekend for the...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Phillies listening to trade offers for Hellickson

The MLB trade deadline may still be two-and-a-half months away, but the Philadelphia Phillies seem to already be open for business.Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports on Saturday that the Phillies “have made it known” that they will be listening to trade offers for veteran right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.The 30-year-old Hellickson will be a free agent after the season. He’s...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Philadelphia Phillies: Breaking down Pete Mackanin’s extension

While the team has struggled to gather wins in recent games, the Philadelphia Phillies have announced they’ve decided to extend manager Pete Mackanin’s contract through the 2018 season. After originally being deemed the interim manager during the 2015 season, it’s now Mackanin’s turn to show if he can turn the Phillies into a playoff competing baseball team. His deal also...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Altherr Is Breaking Out

Back in March, Jeff wrote a post entitled “Could Aaron Altherr Be Part of the Core?” Let’s start by just lifting a few paragraphs from that piece. Aaron Altherr has had a good spring. As should always go without saying, it’s a lot easier to have a good spring than to have a good summer. Worse players have posted better numbers, and we can seldom learn that much from these...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies' Benoit criticizes manager over handling of bullpen

Joaquin Benoit is off to a rough start in his first season with the Philadelphia Phillies, and he thinks his skipper’s management of the bullpen may have something to do with it.The veteran reliever entered Wednesday’s game against Seattle in the seventh inning and recorded just one out, giving up five earned runs in an 11-6 loss for the Phillies. Afterwards, he took full responsibility...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Ruiz gave Phillie Phanatic a hug before Mariners-Phillies game

Long-time Philadelphia Phillies catcher made his return to Citizens Bank Park this week following a trade last August to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now a member of the Seattle Mariners, Ruiz returned as a visitor for the first time in his career, and received a rousing reception from the fans before his pinch hitting appearance on Tuesday night.Before Wednesday’s game, which Ruiz...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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