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Monday, September 17, 2018

Phillies GM Matt Klentak will continue to push new-school approach he was hired to

The Phillies this season have challenged many old-school baseball ideas. They’ve made frequent lineup changes and used players in new positions. They’ve employed pinch-hitters in the early innings. They’ve rejected the notion that relievers must have assigned roles and some nights make five or six pitching changes.

Buckle up, folks. It’s going to continue.

“When I was brought in here three years ago, I wasn’t brought in here to do things the way they’d always been done,” general manager Matt Klentak said Sunday. “You guys remember that there was a narrative surrounding the Phillies that they were slow to adjust. So our job is to move the needle, to stay current and win baseball games.”

The lineup changes and the creative use of position players I see the appeal of- all the pitching changes, not so much….

QLE Posted: September 17, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: making ruben amaro jr. cry, matt klentak, phillies

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Phillies stuck in the mud, figuratively and literally

Probably for the best that the game was called- I’d hate to imagine what the Philadelphia sports fans would do if they got their hands on all that mud, to say nothing about the blowtorches…..

There have been times in recent days when it has looked like the Phillies’ season was stuck in the mud. So the unexpected, and probably avoidable, events of Monday night served as an apt metaphor for what has happened to the team lately.

The Phillies’ scheduled game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park was postponed because of poor field conditions. The grounds crew worked feverishly for several hours – even using blowtorches in an effort to dry the soggy infield dirt – before the decision to postpone was made about 7:15 p.m.

The two teams will play a traditional doubleheader Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. Monday’s scheduled starter Jake Arrieta will get the ball in one of the games and Nick Pivetta in the other. The Phillies, who entered Monday trailing Atlanta by 4½ games in the NL East, are coming off a 2-4 road trip to Miami and New York and they are 6-14 since August 18.

QLE Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: groundskeeping, phillies, rain delay

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Phillies reliever Austin Davis has cheat sheet confiscated by Joe West

Veteran umpire Joe West confiscated a card from Phillies reliever Austin Davis in the eighth inning of Philadelphia’s 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

Davis and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he was using the card merely for information on the Cubs hitters. West said that was illegal under Rule 6.02(c)(7), which states that the pitcher shall not have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance.

You don’t see this every day…..

Posada Posse Posted: September 02, 2018 at 08:07 AM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: cheating, joe west, phillies

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Sheinin - A Lifelong Dream Washed Away

I feel privileged to be able to tell the story of Brian Mazone, big league pitcher who watched his debut get rained out. - Dave Sheinin, Washington Post

Bote Man the walk-off king Posted: August 30, 2018 at 12:16 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: cup o coffee, debuts, phillies

Monday, August 20, 2018

How are the Diamondbacks 200 runs better than the Phillies on defense? | The BIS Blog

I received a tweet recently that asked if I could demonstrate the difference between the team with the most Defensive Runs Saved (the Diamondbacks with 120) and the team with the fewest (the Phillies with -102).

It seemed a reasonable question to wonder – can the difference between the two be more than 200 runs? We wouldn’t question the best and worst teams being that far apart in terms of their offense or their pitching. But for defense, we don’t have as good a feel for the value of certain statistics.

It’s important to note that when we give a team’s DRS total, that represents the sum of their players’ DRS. It’s not a value solely assigned to the team, but rather the accumulation of many values.

With that in mind, let’s go through a few notable positions around the diamond.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2018 at 02:08 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, drs, fielding, phillies

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

No hits? No problems!

The good, the bad, and the ugly: Winning a game when you get no-hit, getting no hits, and the extra inning free runner rule.

stevegamer Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, no hitter, phillies, yankees

Friday, July 27, 2018

The Phillies tied a homer record that hasn’t been seen in 15 years

After years of bad baseball and general futility, the Philadelphia Phillies are on the rise. They have the youngest team in the majors, excellent starting pitching, and a lineup full of power threats. On Thursday night in Cincinnati, the Phillies delivered on those power threats with a historic outburst of home runs that gave the Phillies the win, and their biggest National League East lead of the season.

The hot and humid Cincinnati weather was perfect for hitting home runs. Rhys Hoskins got it started in the first with a two-out solo shot, and was followed by Carlos Santana hitting the only multi-run homer of the night, a two-run jack to right field. Nick Williams hit his first homer of the night in the third inning, and Maikel Franco hit his first in the fifth inning. Then everyone but Santana did it all again. Hoskins hit his second dinger of the night in the sixth inning, Franco got his second in the seventh inning, and Williams put a button on it with his homer in the ninth.

It’s a rare thing for three players to hit two homers each in the same game. So rare that it hasn’t been done in 15 years, since the Boston Red Sox did it in 2003.

QLE Posted: July 27, 2018 at 08:18 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: homers, phillies

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Phillies beat Dodgers in 16-inning game lasting nearly six hours [Daily News - Breen]

It was past 1 a.m. on Wednesday when Trevor Plouffe stood on the steps of the Phillies dugout and realized the Dodgers were turning to an infielder to pitch the 16th inning.

Plouffe, a 32-year-old journeyman who signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies in April to keep his career alive, asked manager Gabe Kapler whether he ever faced a position-player pitcher. Kapler told him he embarrassingly struck out nine years ago against Nick Swisher.

Perhaps that memory was enough for Plouffe to make sure he would not have a similar fate. He crushed Enrique Hernandez’s fifth pitch for a walk-off homer to right, and after 5 hours and 50 minutes, the Phillies finally had a 7-4 win.

You know how lots of position players have been pitching recently, and usually don’t get knocked around because they’re pitching in blowouts? That was not what happened when Kiké Hernandez started serving up meatballs in the 16th inning at 1 AM this morning.

Oh, and they play again at 12:35 this afternoon.

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 25, 2018 at 09:06 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kike hernandez, phillies

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Orioles have deal in place for Manny Machado, working through trade specifics

It is not yet known which team Machado will be traded to, but the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies have been invested in their pursuit of the All-Star shortstop.

Fancred reported earlier Tuesday that the Dodgers had emerged as the leading contender to acquire Machado but also noted that the talks were fluid and identified the Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks as contenders with an “outside chance” to land the four-time All-Star.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Phillies Reportedly Increase Offer For Manny Machado

The Phillies have improved their offer to the Orioles for star infielder Manny Machado, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter links). In recent days, the Brewers, Dodgers and Yankees have been categorized as the favorites to land Machado. However, Rosenthal suggests that while the Dodgers and Yankees have the strongest offers on the table, the Brewers are beginning to fade from the mix, while the Diamondbacks are, at this point, “on [the] periphery” of the market.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 12:10 AM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: manny machado, orioles, phillies

Dodgers’ Chase Utley, citing family, says he’ll retire at end of 2018

LOS ANGELES—Chase Utley will retire from baseball at the end of this season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with Philadelphia Phillies and an elder-statesman role with the Dodgers.

“I’m no spring chicken. My hair is going gray. There’s a lot of things letting me know it’s time,’’ Utley said.

The 39-year-old second baseman made his name with the Phillies, earning five All-Star berths and winning four Silver Slugger awards. He helped the team to a World Series title in 2008, combining with shortstop Jimmy Rollins as a standout double-play duo.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 12:05 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dodgers, phillies

Friday, June 01, 2018

With Rhys Hoskins out, not too soon for Phillies to think about trading for a hitter

Trading for Machado now wouldn’t guarantee the Phillies could re-sign him in the offseason. It can’t hurt, though. If he feels comfortable here — and he’s already acquainted with several team officials, including general manager Matt Klentak and farm director Joe Jordan — he might be more inclined to stay. And there’s no doubt Machado would boost the Phillies’ chances of reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Other hitters will be available, too. Third basemen Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays) and Mike Moustakas (Royals) could be on the move. And if the Orioles really do blow it up, they could trade face-of-the-franchise center fielder Adam Jones, who will be eligible for free agency at season’s end.

Hoskins has a broken face.

Nasty Nate Posted: June 01, 2018 at 08:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Monday, May 21, 2018

VHS via Leitch: Phillie broadcast commenting on impending rain delay

Leitch:

This clip explains Midwestern weather to East Coasters better than anything I’ve ever seen.

Best fans thunderstorms in baseball.

Stormy JE Posted: May 21, 2018 at 08:21 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, broadcasts, cardinals, phillies, rain delay

Friday, May 04, 2018

The history of MLB rocking the blues

Powder blues picked up steam throughout the rest of the 1970s and hit their high-water mark in 1980 and ‘81, when there were 11 blue-clad teams. Two of them—the Phillies and the Royals—faced each other in the 1980 World Series, marking the first time powder blues had appeared in the Fall Classic.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Today’s Phillies-Diamondbacks game available only on Facebook

The league’s first Facebook game, a rain-delayed April 4th matchup between the Phillies and the New York Mets, earned mixed reviews from viewers and sports media observers due to the interface’s laughably-large graphics, a comments bar that often obscured the action on the field and issues relating to the livestream.

But MLB has been tinkering with its Facebook broadcast in recent weeks, reducing the size of the score bug and shifting it to the right side of the screen, which has improved the game’s presentation not only on desktop, but on tablets and mobile devices as well.

Are sports bars allowed to show the game through a Smart TV?

Nasty Nate Posted: April 26, 2018 at 09:26 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies

Monday, April 09, 2018

Jake Arrieta makes Phillies debut | MLB.com

The 32-year-old right-hander allowed three runs and threw 31 pitches in the first. He found a rhythm after that, needing just 43 pitches the rest of the way and retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. He threw 49 sinkers, which averaged 91.7 mph. He got five swings-and-misses on the pitch and 15 called strikes overall.

“Was just maybe a little too giddy, pulling a lot of stuff out of the zone,” Arrieta said about his first-inning struggles.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2018 at 09:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: jake arrieta, phillies

Friday, April 06, 2018

Defensive shifts and alignments a gamble Phillies willing to take — no matter the optics

“Sometimes if you’re looking at it in a small sample in a very specific time, you can go, ‘That’s not going to work, that’s not going to work, that’s not going to work,’” Kapler said after Wednesday’s game. “We have to be patient and trust that we’re trying to look at a very large sample size to evaluate if our strategies are working effectively. I can’t express enough confidence that our strategies will pay dividends, but I understand in the short term they haven’t and that can be disappointing. I get it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, phillies, the athletic

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Facebook Broadcast of Mets Game Runs Into Glitches and Complaints

The Mets-Phillies game was the first of the 25 games set to be aired on Facebook — one per week — and the early feedback was largely negative. Fans quickly voiced their displeasure with the newfangled broadcast and its glitches, and not just because they couldn’t watch their teams as they normally would: the Mets on SportsNet New York and the Phillies on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

Bored Posted: April 05, 2018 at 11:21 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: facebook, mets, phillies

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

This 10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Chase Utley Met in 2006 Is Now His Teammate

Must have gotten some dust in my eye.

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eddieot Posted: April 03, 2018 at 10:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer sucks, chase utley, dodgers, phillies

Monday, April 02, 2018

MLB to warn Phillies regarding pitching change

THEY HAVE BEEN WARNED!!

The Phillies will receive a formal warning from Major League Baseball for making a pitching change in the third inning Saturday night in Atlanta without having left-hander Hoby Milner warmed up and ready to enter the game, a source said Sunday.

MLB is still reviewing the incident, but it believes umpire Jerry Layne handled the situation appropriately given the circumstances.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2018 at 12:11 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: gabe kapler, phillies

Friday, March 30, 2018

Top 26 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies | FanGraphs Baseball

Fangraph’s prospect gurus really dropped the ball this year. The season has started and only 14 teams are done. They either have to get all teams done or just focus on the top 300 or so prospects. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a huge task. They need to involve more people if the goal is to be an alternative to Baseball America and MLB.com.

Kudos to Keith Law for doing such a great job by himself.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2018 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, prospects

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Flukiest Games Ever Pitched

They caught lightning in a bottle (and brought it with them on the mound)

gehrig97 Posted: March 27, 2018 at 02:49 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: lucky games, mets, phillies, pirates, pitching

Monday, March 26, 2018

A baseball scout and his hotel room: A love story spanning four decades

The more things change the more they stay the same.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 05:59 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, scouts

Scott Kingery and the Problem of the Prisoner’s Dilemma | FanGraphs Baseball

Never listen to the people.

There are two things in baseball that really pique my interest: rules and things that have never happened before. The Kingery extension is an example of the latter. This is something new, and that makes it interesting. What makes it doubly interesting is how my Twitter feed populated immediately after news of this deal had percolated through the interwebs for a time. People seemed to have one of two reactions:

1) Kingery signed a below-market deal just to avoid starting in the minors and having his service time manipulated, and therefore this contract is a joke.
2) The Phillies paid too much money to a guy who hasn’t shown anything (literally) at the big-league level yet, and therefore this contract is a joke.

The People seem to agree that the contract is a joke, but can’t quite agree on why. And both points can’t be true: if the contract is a joke because it’s a gross overpay, then it can’t also be a joke because it pays too little. And this got me thinking about the prisoner’s dilemma.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 02:38 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, scott kingery

Scott Kingery signs 6-year deal with Phillies | MLB.com

The Phillies and Kingery signed a six-year, $24 million contract Sunday that will carry him through the 2023 season and includes club options for ‘24-‘26 that could make the deal worth $65 million, a source told MLB.com. If Kingery becomes a superstar like the Phillies believe he will, it will be a marvelous, club-friendly deal. Kingery, meanwhile, just became set for life. Kingery’s teammates? They believe they just got a whole lot closer to their postseason dreams.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2018 at 05:49 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: phillies, scott kingery

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