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Just for Fun!

10 Aug

Good morning gang!  I’m so totally excited to present a little collaboration with a great artist and Phillies fan, Dan Boyer!

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Dan Boyer of Wild Kingdumb.com is the West Coast’s biggest Phillies fan.  He specializes in pop-culture art and nerd-tastic illustrations, and has been a huge Phillies fan since Joe Carter broke his heart in ’93.  Dan takes requests and special orders so go visit him at WildKingdumb.com.

Dan was awesome enough to hand draw these great pictures of the Phanatic just or this limited release.  Each shirt design is limited to a run of 50, so get yours before they are gone!

Check out Dan’s art, and grab one of his shirts!  Limited Edition = Cool.

I’m so totally excited that this got done.

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Same Here Shane

2 Aug

Classy move by Shane Victorino.  Full page ad taken out in the Philadelphia Daily News.

By the way, Shane went 0-4 in his Dodger debut, and Hunter Pence went 0-4 in his debut with the Giants.

The new era of Phillies baseball has begun.  2-0, huh?

Being the spoiler might just be fun.

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Downward Spiral Continues

29 Jul

With their second straight loss to the Braves yesterday the Phillies have almost certainly sealed the fate of some of their teammates. They have had their chances, but yesterday’s game was filled with poor at-bats, and uninspired play from a team that needs to be giving it their all.

The Phillies only mustered up 4 hits, and are now 0-10 with runners in scoring position in this series.  They also committed two more errors in the field.

The Phillies are 11 1/2 games back from the second Wildcard spot.  No, not the Division, the Wildcard.

Yesterday’s pitching performance bodes well for Joe Blanton.  As you probably remember the Phillies acquired Joe from the A’s in 2008 and he was instrumental in their championship run.  He would certainly help solidify a contenders starting rotation, and in his last three starts has proven to be as durable and reliable as ever.  Joe allowed just four hits and two runs over seven innings. He walked just one and struck out seven.

At this point I’m starting to think that Blanton, Victorino, and possibly Juan Pierre are as good as gone. With the amount of speculation surrounding these three, and how poorly the Phillies have played this weekend, it’s almost a forgone conclusion.

What else should Ruben Amaro Jr. do?  It would be irresponsible of him to let the opportunity to trade and try to re-tool this team pass him by.  The current Phillies have done little to tell him that he should keep them together.

There are three days left until the deadline… Such a shame.

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Off Night for Hamels Costs Phils

28 Jul

The Phillies came up pretty short in a series that is said to have serious implications for their season.

The series with the Brewers, and their terrible bullpen is over, and once the Braves went up 5-1 it was hard to believe that the Phillies could come back.  The Phils were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position, and left nine on base.

Defensively they committed two costly errors.

The $144 million dollar man didn’t quite have it either.   Cole Hamels threw more balls than strikes when throwing 100 or more pitches for first time in his career.  It was also the shortest outing of the season for Hamels, who only went five innings. Hamels surrounded a career high six walks to the Braves.

“Obviously, I didn’t do my job,” Hamels said. “We’ll find it. We hit some rough patches. With the caliber of players we have, I know we’ll be able to find it. I know it’s a little more urgent to do right now, but I have the confidence all five of us will work hard and get the job done.”

Some were saying that the humidity was having an effect on Cole’s grip.  Hamels didn’t deny it, but said it was no excuse despite having to change his undershirt and jersey, twice.

“It’s not going to be the last time it’s ever going to be humid” Hamels said.

Yep, six homers, in six games. The story of the night might just be Brian McCann, who just KILLS the Philles. McCann is 9 for 25, with six homeruns, and 16 RBI against the Phillies this season.  He’s homered in every game he’s played against the Phillies this season.

This series might just decide if the Phillies are buyers, or sellers for the season.  Ruben Amaro Jr. and several of his front office cronies got to witness the defeat in person, as they are traveling with the team.

“These three games are important, yeah,” Ruben said before the game. “How determinant they are about how we go about our business from here on in, I don’t know yet. Again, it’s kind of a fluid situation. If we get swept here, it’s going to make things very daunting for us. We take two out of three, that’s good. We happen to sweep them, even better.”

Well, the sweep is out, but two of three is still a possibility.

If the Phillies are going to make up any ground in the race to the playoffs, it’s going to have to happen in their division.   The Phils are 11-23 against NL East and 29-22 against the rest of the National League.

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Another Walk Off!

24 Jul

A little bit of timely hitting can go a long way.  Just ask a team like the Phillies, that hadn’t had 9th inning comeback all year.

That is, until last night when they tagged Francisco Rodriguez for four runs in the bottom of the 9th.  K-Rod had no control, and the Phillies took advantage.

They had previously been 0-42 in those situations.

Ryan Howard had a big night at the plate, going with a homer, double, and a 2-run single. Chase Utley reached base four times and scored two runs. He and Howard had back-to-back homers in the first inning.

Roy Halladay wasn’t exactly the Halladay that we’ve grown accustomed to over the last few seasons, but he thinks he’s on the right track, and insists that he feels healthy.

“I understand I haven’t had a lot of time back on the mound,” Halladay said. “But I expect more. I feel like I should be getting better results. I expect to be better than that.  As good as I feel, I believe I can compete,” he said. “Sure, there’s some rust. But ultimately, I feel I can compete.”
What does it all mean?
I’m not really sure.  Probably nothing, but if anything is going to change the Phillies fortunes, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay need to get hot.  Scorching hot  But until this team is mathematically eliminated, expect them to keep trying.
Cliff Lee takes to the mound Tuesday night as the Phillies try for a third straight win. He faces another former American League Cy Young winner in Zack Greinke.

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Hamels on Trade Possibilities

16 Jul

Cole Hamels spoke candidly about trade implications following a stellar performance in Denver on Sunday.

“I’m not thinking about it,” Hamels said after beating the Rockies 5-1 on Sunday. “I get to control my own destiny. That’s the least of my worries. If I stay healthy and I’m able to pitch, I know I’ll be able to do well and I’ll do it for a really long time, and everything else will eventually fall into place.”

Hamels should feel confident.  His 11-4 record and 3.07 ERA is one of the few good things about the Phillies 2012 season.

“Ever since you get drafted, when you’re that kind of top prospect and you have that sort of profile put on you, you learn to play with the attention and the positives and negatives that come with it,” Hamels explained. “You just go out and play. I’ve had quite a few years of learning how to do that.”

The Phillies have two weeks to figure it all out, but the decision may have already been made.

The AngelsDodgersRangers, Pirates, Tigers, Marlins, and Giants were reportedly among the teams with scouts in attendance for Cole Hamels’ start against the Rockies Sunday.

Sheesh.

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Papelbon Wants Cole to Stay

10 Jul

The possible trade and departure of Cole Hamels is one of the biggest topics for the Phillies right now, and yesterday Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was asked for his take on the situation.

“I definitely don’t think we should. I don’t think he’s trying to jump ship by any means.”

Hamels was pretty outspoken about his desire to stay in Philadelphia in an interview given to CSNPhilly’s Leslie Gudel.

Papelbon continued…

“I don’t necessarily know if our clubhouse would take that too well. But, also, at the same time, everyone knows it’s a business. Sometimes things don’t go the way you think they should go because you don’t run the business; you work for the business. That’s it, man.”

Recently it has been mentioned in a few places that the Phillies’ clubhouse chemistry is not the same as it has been in years past.  Their lack of leadership has been noted by many, and veterans of this team have been known to act like babies from time to time.  Think Shane Victornino tearing up his World Series tickets last year after the Phillies lost in the NLDS, and just this past Sunday when Jimmy Rollins told the media “Don’t waste your time, guys.”

Something has to change, and Papelbon is doing his best to stay focused.

“That new wild card deal changes a lot of things for general managers. We’ve got a tough road ahead. We got Doc and Ryan Howard and Utley back now. You take [away] the third- and fourth-hole hitter in anybody’s lineup you can’t expect to have it easy. I think we’ve weathered the storm halfway decent. It’s too early to say, ‘Hey, let’s start dealing players.’ If we come back and lose 10 in a row, that’s a different story.”

The Phillies are dead last in the NL East at 37-50.  If they can’t muster up something quick, Hamels might just be dealt.

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Hamels is Back…

29 Aug

 … and I’m back, too. Vacation was grand, but it’s back to the grind.

Rain, Rain… GO AWAY!

This was kind of an abbreviated week for the Phillies with all the weather issues and schedule changes.  It’s going to make for a hell of a final month as the Phillies step into the final stretch of the season with no more off days, and 33 games in 31 days.

In those 31 days the Phillies will start with Cincinnati who is in the middle of a 4-game win streak.   Later they move on to face the N.L. Central leading Brewers in Milwaukee where the Brewers are an astonishing 50-16 this season.

What the Phillies need to do to come out on top is to exploit the weaker teams they will face this month in the Astros (3 games), Mets (3 games), Nationals ( 3 games) and Marlins ( 6 games).  But their best bet will be to play their best baseball against the Atlanta Braves with who they have six more games with.  There is no better way to distance yourself from your competetition then to beat them in head to head play.

The Phillies will finally be back at it tonight with Cole Hamels coming off the disabled list and takes the hill in Cincinnati against Homer Baily (7-5, 4.44 ERA).

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Utley and Vance Shrink Giants

27 Jul

The Vanimal pitched the first ever complete game of his Major League career, and got his 5th consecutive win.

Vance Worley is proving himself far too useful to trade.  In his last seven starts he is 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA.  Opponents are hitting just .151 off of the Vanimal.

Rich Dubee wanted Charlie Manual to bring in Antonio Bastardo to finish the game, but Charlie had none of that.

“I was still letting him go,” Charlie said. “I wanted him to finish the game. I wanted him to finish the game for himself.”

We’re glad he did.

If Roy Oswalt can return to this rotation healthy they look to virtually unstoppable.

The offense didn’t let Vance down.  Homers from Howard, Mayberry, Raul Ibanez (3-run), and an inside-the-park home run from Chase Utley powered the Phillies to victory.

Since Tim Lincecum was scratched from last night’s game it’s still up in the air who will face Cole Hamels.  It  could be Tim, or it could be Matt Cain.  Either way, look for Hamels to come out guns blazing.

From the Elias Sports Bureau-

Vance’s studly start:

Vance Worley won his fifth straight start on Tuesday, tying the longest streak by any rookie pitcher this season. The Mets’ Dillon Gee won five straight starts in May and June. Worley is the first Phillies rookie to win five straight starts since Charles Hudson did it in the summer of 1983; the last longer streak was by Grover Alexander in 1911 (6 games).

Chase Utley’s inside-the-parker:

Chase Utley hit his third career inside-the-park home run on Tuesday, tying him for the highest total among active players. Bobby Abreu,Carl Crawford, David DeJesus and Jimmy Rollins also have three inside-the-parkers.

Curtsey of Elias Sports Bureau and ESPN

Take the Monday Trade Poll!

25 Jul

Happy Monday!

I was just curious where Phillies fans are leaning with the possibility of trading for an outfielder. Cast your vote below!

I know that Josh Willingham and Ryan Ludwick are still options, but these three appear to be the front runners.

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