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Pheast or Phamine

Monday, June 23, 2008, 11:31 AM
Paul Hagen hits the nail on the head here in his game story, looking at the Phillies' feast or famine nature this season. I'll try to break it down a little further. I'm not a mathematician, but see if you can follow along. When discusssing economic inequality, particularly in America, sociologists... Read more

Sunday Morning Notes

Sunday, June 22, 2008, 3:10 PM
Greetings from SkyHarbor International Airport. Cheers for Paul Hagen for filling in for me so I can spend the day travelling to Oakland. Looks like Chase Utley has snapped his 0-for-24 streak, but the Phils are down 3-1 as I write this and are staring their first sweep of the season dead in the face... Read more

+45

Friday, June 20, 2008, 12:20 PM
Plus 45. That's the number of the day. It also happens to be the Braves' run differential this season. In other words, they have out-scored their opponents by 45 runs. That's the third best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs and the Phils. According to the Pythagorean win expectation... Read more

Benson takes next step

Friday, June 20, 2008, 8:56 AM
Kris Benson didn't offer a definite timetable on when he thinks he will be back to full strength, but he sounded pleased with his performance after throwing 52 pitches of a Class A game in Clearwater last night. "I was ready to throw more tonight," Benson told Daily News correspondent Scott... Read more

Preliminary reports suggest Phils still have a ways to go

Thursday, June 19, 2008, 12:53 PM
Are the Phillies on the same level as a team like the Boston Red Sox? All we have to go on is this recently completed three-game series, the final two games of which suggest no. The party line throughout the season has held that the Phillies are a team built on offense. Thus, their pitching expectations... Read more

Does Utley need a break?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 1:49 PM
First thing's first: Ed Barkowitz is live-blogging today's game. To get Eddie's thoughts and and to chime in on whether you think that last pitch was a ball or a strike, click here. ^ We've got lots of Phillies stuff in today's paper. Talked to Charlie Manuel last night after the game and he said... Read more

Phillies aware of problems with Comcast broadcast

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 9:13 PM
The game looks crystal clear to me. Then again, I'm watching it in person. Those of you watching on TV, however, may be having some frustrating trouble seeing the action. Comcast is having some system-wide problems with its channel. "Unfortunately, Comcast is having some system-wide problems... Read more

Before Rollins vs. After Rollins

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 10:14 AM
Jimmy Rollins had been in a pretty bad slump until the past couple of games, when he went 5-for-10 against the Cardinals and the Red Sox. But even thought his production may be down, there is evidence to suggest that his mere presence has been partly responsible for the Phillies' recent run of success... Read more

Willie Freed: How will Mets respond?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 9:31 AM
Well, Willie Watch '08 has finally come to a conclusion. I think we all remember the last time an under-achieving National League East squad fired a manager mid-season, so it'll be interesting to see how this particular move affects the Mets. For future reference: Record when Randolph fired: 34-35 Standing... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions about yesterday's loss

Monday, June 16, 2008, 8:08 AM
Let me start by saying that the American Midwest is a straaange place. Some say that St. Louis is Baseball Heaven. And it is, but only because most of its residents seem to live in some strange cathedral of innocence not-yet-lost, where Eisenhower is President and Baseball is King. That's not necesarilly... Read more
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