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Happ to start Wednesday

Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 4:38 PM
As they embark on the final dozen games of the season, the Phillies have landed on a starting pitcher for Wednesday night's game in Atlanta ... J.A. Happ. The Phillies have used Brett Myers and Jamie Moyer on short rest in the last week in order to avoid having to go to their fifth starter after Kyle... Read more

Tuesdays with Murphy

Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 8:59 AM
Just a few thoughts as I await my plane to Atlanta this morning. . . 1) Jayson Werth's "team of necessity" quote continues to stick with me. I tried to build my story in today's paper around it. The general thrust of it is this: no one can argue that this Phillies team has come up big in... Read more

How did we get here?

Monday, September 15, 2008, 8:59 AM
Jayson Werth had an interesting assessment of the Phillies and where they sit today: "This team is a team of necessity sometimes. If you look back to last year, when we needed to win, we won." With 12 games remaining, the Phillies are tied for the wild-card lead with Milwaukee after a four-game... Read more

Cleaning out my inbox, Part II

Sunday, September 14, 2008, 11:21 AM
Cleaning out my inbox. . . It's amazing how fast email accumulates in my inbox. With a few hours to go before today's double dip between the Phillies and the Brewers, I figured I'd get to a few reader questions that might be of interest to the general public. Before we get into the email though,... Read more

Game Postponed

Friday, September 12, 2008, 6:37 PM
Just received word tonight's game has been postponed. It's the first rain out at CBP since April 16 of last season. There will be a doubleheader on Sunday. First game is at 1:35. Second is at 7:35. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he'd rather play Monday, despite the fact that it means facing... Read more

Ryan Howard = NL MVP?

Friday, September 12, 2008, 2:23 PM
Can a player who is hitting .243 and is on pace to become the first player in major league history to strike out more than 200 times really be a legitimate MVP candidate? In short, probably not. But here are some reasons why you could make the argument: 1) Howard currently leads the majors with... Read more

Where's the fire?

Thursday, September 11, 2008, 12:24 PM
A few real quick things this morning. 1) Both Charlie Manuel and Brett Myers yesterday brought up the fact that they thought the team was too tight. One of the big keys to success, they said, was recapturing some of the vigor they displayed last season down the stretch. It all made sense to me. But... Read more

Let's talk about the Wild Card. . .

Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 11:15 AM
The Phillies officially are in the Wild Card hunt. While the division is still within reach, the way the Mets are playing (Where did this Carlos Delgado come from??), 2.5 games looks like five games. Meanwhile, with a four game set against the Brewers beginning tomorrow, the Phillies could play themselves... Read more

Rest of Season Rotation

Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 8:54 PM
Even before the game began, it sounded like the Phillies were leaning toward starting Jamie Moyer on three days rest against the Brewers Thursday. Now that lefthander J.A. Happ is coming off a lengthy relief appearance, it would seem there are no other options. Moyer has pitched OK on three days rest... Read more

Kendrick's change of scenery

Monday, September 8, 2008, 9:00 PM
Marcus Hayes at the ballpark for Dave Murphy ... For the past few games pitching coach Rich Dubee sent struggling second-year starter Kyle Kendrick to the Phillies bullpen for a change of scenery instead of having Kendrick loiter in the Phillies dugout, as starters usually do between starts. Dubee... Read more
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