Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Home Opener postponed; Hamels rehabs

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 2:32 PM
CHICAGO - After their attempt to complete a sweep in Wrigley, which would finish off a positive first road trip to start the season, the Phillies will board a chartered plan bound for Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. But they will not be playing in their previously scheduled home opener at Citizens... Read more

The decline of Jonathan Papelbon, visualized

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 11:59 AM
Below you'll find three charts courtesy of the fine folks over at The colored arrows on these charts are my annotations. The Cliffs Notes version: Jonathan Papelbon is releasing his fastball further toward third base than he was during his peak. When he talks about "flying open... Read more

Papelbon: a closer in rapid decline?

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 10:09 AM
ARLINGTON, Texas - OK, OK. Jonathan Papelbon was neither “shaky” or “god-awful,” last night. It was just my quick attempt to post last night’s game story link on Twitter via alliteration while commuting to the airport pre-caffeine. Papelbon was somewhere in the gray area... Read more

Rollins leaves, could miss Chicago series

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 6:41 PM
Jimmy Rollins traveled on his own to Texas this weekend, as veteran players are allowed to do on off days in the never-ending baseball schedule. Rollins thought it made more sense to stick in Philly for an extra day in the event that his pregnant wife went into labor. On Sunday afternoon, he saw the... Read more

Bullpen fatalism, B.J. Rosenberg and Jake Diekman

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 11:36 AM
In today's column in the Daily News, I reference the bullpen dogma to which I subscribe. I describe it as fataslism, but a more accurate designation is determinism, or, as the Stanford Encylclopedia of Philosophy words it, a belief "that every event is necessitated by antecedent events and conditions... Read more

Howard hits fifth, snapping 665-game streak

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 4:20 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas - For the first time in 666 straight starts, Ryan Howard will not be hitting out of the cleanup hole. Following a 14-run, 17-hit onslaught on Monday, manager Ryne Sandberg isn’t sticking with his Opening Day lineup for the second game of the season on Tuesday night in Texas... Read more

What did we learn about the Phillies yesterday?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:41 PM
Your Fightin' Phils are undefeated. Drink it in. Today (7 p.m. CST), they'll face Martin Perez, a 23-year-old lefty who had a solid season for the Rangers last season. Martin Perez in 2013: 3.62 ERA, 6.1 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 1.1 HR/9, 114 ERA+ in 124 1/3 innings. Perez has spent most of the last four years... Read more

An Opening Day primer: the Phillies through the lens of their first opponent

Monday, March 31, 2014, 12:02 PM
The forecast here in the Great State of Oil Wealth and Overcompensation says 80 degrees, but three hours before first pitch the wind is streaming steady right to left, at the Ballpark in Arlington, which, according to the sign above the covered right field porch, is now referred to as Globe Life Park... Read more

Abreu will not make the Phillies' Opening Day roster

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 4:36 PM
Bobby Abreu was informed by the Phillies that he will not make the Opening Day roster. Abreu made his sixth start of the spring in right field on Wednesday. He had been sidelined for two games earlier this week with left shoulder soreness. Abreu was slow to get to a ball in the right field corner... Read more

Ruf out 4-6 weeks with oblique injury

Friday, March 21, 2014, 4:54 PM
Darin Ruf was hopeful as he stood by his locker on Friday morning. But he was also still sore. Ruf had an MRI on Friday on an oblique injury that kept him out of the lineup on Thursday. The result is bad news for the composition of the Phillies bench. Ruf suffered a Grade 1/2 left oblique strain... Read more
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