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Archive: August, 2008

Hamels Explanation

Friday, August 29, 2008, 12:55 PM
Stop poking your Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee Voo Doo dolls. It turns out Cole Hamels told the Phillies' pitching coach after the seventh inning that he was running on empty and would have hurt the team by going out for the eighth inning. Hamels had thrown 108 pitches at that point. Though he has... Read more

Stairs will be in Phils uniform tomorrow

Friday, August 29, 2008, 10:46 AM
Matt Stairs will fly to Philadelphia tonight and be in uniform when the Phillies face the Cubs Saturday afternoon, according to Stairs' agent. Earlier today the Phillies agreed to a deal with the Blue Jays to acquire the veteran lefthander, who is hitting .250 with 11 home runs this season. The... Read more

Second-guessers, start your engines

Friday, August 29, 2008, 10:22 AM
Last night was not a good night to be a Fightin' Phil. It wasn't a good night to be a writer, either. It's never fun to completely re-write your game story in the bottom of the eighth inning. But as the kids say, it is what it is. The No. 1 question this morning, of course, is why Charlie Manuel decided... Read more

Dissecting the Romero non-move and more bullpen fun

Thursday, August 28, 2008, 11:17 AM
I've received a couple emails asking why Charlie Manuel did not bring in J.C. Romero in the eighth to retire one batter and get the Phillies to the ninth. Carlos Delgado ended up tying the game with a home run off Rudy Seanez and the Mets went on to win. It's natural in hindsight to wonder, but consider... Read more

Doesn't get any easier

Thursday, August 28, 2008, 8:37 AM
The Phillies departed after last night's loss to the Mets for Chicago, where the Cubs are waiting with baseball's best record at 83-50. Chicago has won five in a row, eight of its last 10 and has an amazing 49-19 record at home. The Cubs have won nine straight series. It's the first time they have... Read more

Phillies make roster move

Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 4:00 PM
First baseman Andy Tracy’s stay with the Phillies was short-lived. The Phillies designated him for assignment today and purchased the contract of pitcher Andrew Carpenter from Double A Reading. Carpenter is being called up largely because the length of last night’s game leaves the bullpen... Read more

Unsung: Condrey, Werth, Steve Smith, and the Philadium

Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 10:43 AM
Newspapers are like life in that they have deadlines. They are unlike life in that if you miss that deadline hundreds of thousands of people won't be able to read about the Phillies game while staining the sports section with the milk ring on the bottom of their bowl of Apple Jacks. There is a good... Read more

Mets Predictions; Trading Howard

Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 11:55 AM
Several times a week I'm asked for my predicition on how this season will end for the Phillies. It happens on radio shows, on television, via email, and occasionally while I am waiting in line for a Hoagie. Two months ago, I would provide an answer and pretend like I knew what I was talking about.... Read more

Who's the bigger hero?

Monday, August 25, 2008, 1:04 AM
Pedro Feliz is the obvious choice here. He had four RBI in the final three innings, including a game-tying single in the ninth and a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the 11th. He also turned a double play that probably saved the game, grabbing a hard-hit ground ball with the bases loaded... Read more

Jenkins MRI tomorrow

Friday, August 22, 2008, 9:35 PM
Quick injury update from the Ol' Ballyard, where the Ghost of Phillies Offense Past has decided to drop by. Geoff Jenkins, who left the game prior to the fourth inning, was examined by Dr. Michael Ciccotti and was diagnosed with a hip flexor or a high quad strain. He is going to have an MRI tomorrow... Read more
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