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Archive: June, 2012

What to expect from Utley

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 5:16 PM
The Chase Utley situation is an interesting one because of how little we know about the health of his knees. He sounds optimistic, excited even, but he sounded the same way in February when he spoke to reporters at the start of spring training. All offseason, I had wondered how big an issue Utley's... Read more

The bullpen, and the economic stratification of the Phillies' payroll

Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 12:13 PM
As we wrote in today's Daily News, the Phillies long ago reached a point where upgrading their bullpen became a necessity, not only for 2012, but for 2013 and beyond. Early in the offseason, we spent a decent amount of time looking at the potential strategies the club could pursue with regards to bolstering... Read more

Phillies chat with Marcus Hayes

Monday, June 25, 2012, 5:44 AM
Join Daily News columnist Marcus Hayes for a live chat about all things Phillies starting at noon Monday. If you're on a mobile device, click here to follow along and post questions. Read more

Video: Phillies fail to complete sweep

Friday, June 22, 2012, 12:26 AM
Video: Vance Worley and the Phillies were defeated by the Colorado Rockies 4-1 despite a lead-off homer in the first inning by Jimmy Rollins. The Daily News' Marcus Hayes reports. Read more

Operation 88 Wins

Thursday, June 21, 2012, 11:24 AM
Gotta admit. For awhile it was interesting to watch this team on a nightly basis, because what I was watching was so unlike anything I had seen since I started to cover the beat in 2008. The offense looked like the offense that I expected. The bullpen was a bit worse. The defense? Unprecedented. In... Read more

The numbers say Carlos Ruiz is one of the top 5 hitters in the majors

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 11:11 AM
People say that reporters are supposed to be unbiased, but that is a bunch of bunk, and by bunk I don't mean a cigar-chomping, whiskey-swilling, wise-cracking homicide detective. Reporters are humans, and humans have biases. The real goal is to prevent those biases from appearing in print. One of my... Read more

Ryan Dempster, Shaun Marcum, Johan Santana, and Cole Hamels' trade value

Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 11:34 AM
I've written several times that I can't see the Phillies trading away Cole Hamels, but that doesn't mean they won't trade him, which does mean we have to keep an eye on the potential market for him. Last week, we broke down what the Phillies should be in a position to demand in return from the star... Read more

Bases Created, Outs Made, OPS, and the Phillies (and You!)

Monday, June 18, 2012, 1:36 PM
One of the tricky parts about my job is straddling the line between accuracy and accessibility when using statistics. A lot of people know what OPS means and what it represents. But a lot of people don't, and both groups of people want to read about the Phillies. Sometimes I get emails complaining... Read more

The situational hitting myth

Sunday, June 17, 2012, 9:18 PM
You've heard all of the explanations. You've probably invoked a few of them yourself. The injuries. The starting pitching. The situational hitting. Actually, stop right there. Let's take a look at that situational hitting that has supposedly played a big role in the Phillies' lackluster start to... Read more

The Week Ahead for the Phillies

Sunday, June 17, 2012, 2:29 PM
Here is a look at the week ahead for the Phillies: Sunday, June 17 at Blue Jays, 1:07 RHP Kyle Kendrick at LHP Brett Cecil BREAKDOWN: The Phillies have faced Cecil once before, back in 2010, when they scored seven runs in 4 2/3 innings against him. Monday, June 18 OFF DAY Tuesday, June 19 vs... Read more
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