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Archive: June, 2012

A buyer's guide to the Philadelphia Phillies: Cole Hamels

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 10:36 AM
We're still a month away from the thick of the flurry of deals that always occurs in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Right now, teams are still focused on getting their draft picks signed, a process that will finish two weeks before the deadline, thanks to the new Collective Bargaining... Read more

Here's a stat to chew on as you wait for tonight's game

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 6:52 PM
I'm not sure what this says, but I found it interesting, so I thought I'd share it. Through 64 games, Phillies cleanup hitters have combined to bat .287 with a .351 on base percentage and .496 slugging percentage while hitting 12 home runs. Ryan Howard hit cleanup in 64 of the Phillies first 65 games... Read more

Second-guessing the second-guessing: Part II, Utley and Howard

Monday, June 11, 2012, 10:13 AM
In addition to an observer, recorder, and analyzer of history and the human condition, a writer is also a therapeutic device, the disembodied equivalent of dry wall. Rather than punching a hole through the actual source of one's discontent, an individual can punch a hole through the words of the person... Read more

This week's pitching match-ups

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 12:34 PM
Saturday, June 9 at Orioles, 4:05 RHP Vance Worley at RHP Tommy Hunter BREAKDOWN: Another very winnable match-up. Hunter has allowed at least five runs in three of his last five starts, and at least four in four of his last five. Nothing about his line looks good: 31 strikeouts, 14 walks and 13... Read more

Second-guessing the second-guessing of alleged second-guessing: Part I

Friday, June 8, 2012, 3:26 PM
In addition to an observer, recorder, and analyzer of history and the human condition, a writer is also a therapeutic device, the disembodied equivalent of dry wall. Rather than punching a hole through the actual source of one's discontent, an individual can punch a hole through the words of the person... Read more

Manuel seems to know what all of us do: The Phillies just aren't a good team right now

Friday, June 8, 2012, 8:27 AM
As I wrote in today's Daily News and Inquirer, Charlie Manuel is a guy who finds it hard to mask his true emotions, and yesterday those emotions were apparent in his voice, which steadily developed a tone of frustration and anger and defiance during his post-game news conference at Citizens Bank Park... Read more

Video: Phillies swept by Dodgers

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 9:38 PM
Video: Following Thursday's 8-3 loss to the Dodgers, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel discussed how opposing teams don't fear the Phillies any more. The Daily News' Marcus Hayes reports. Read more

Polanco's wrist, finger keep him out of lineup

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 11:50 AM
Placido Polanco still can't swing a bat because of the left hand that was trapped between the third base bag and Matt Treanor's foot two nights ago, so he is not in the lineup for a second consecutive day. Polanco said his wrist is as much of a problem as his finger, which did not require stitches... Read more

Roy Halladay wants you to vote for Carlos Ruiz

Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 6:16 PM
Hey, Philadelphia, circle up. Roy Halladay has something to say to you. See, the first update on fan voting for the All-Star Game was released today, and Carlos Ruiz ranked a distant fourth at catcher for the National League, with leading vote-getter Yadier Molina of the Cardinals nearly doubling his... Read more

Introducing Shane Watson

Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 6:57 AM
Here's the skinny on the Phillies' top pick in this year's draft. . . Baseball America had him ranked 30th in this year's crop of draft-eligible high school and college players. ESPN.com's Keith Law had him at 50th. The Phillies split the difference and selected him at No. 40. Most of the scouting... Read more
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