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Archive: August, 2008

Frying the Fish

Thursday, August 7, 2008, 10:13 AM
Let's get the cliche out of the way: today is a big game for the Phillies. The Phillies are 4-9 against the Mets this season, and 5-6 against the Marlins. That's no way to win the National League East. The Phillies have lost a combined four consecutive series against the Mets and Marlins. In fact... Read more

Amaro on Eyre, Gordon and Feliz

Thursday, August 7, 2008, 5:01 PM
Phillies assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. met with reporters after today's 3-0 loss to the Florida Marlins to talk about Scott Eyre, Tom Gordon and Pedro Feliz. On Scott Eyre, who the team acquired today from the Chicago Cubs: "We did check on his health. Earlier in the year he had a... Read more

Phils Get Eyre

Thursday, August 7, 2008, 3:26 PM
We just caught wind that the Phillies have acquired lefthander Scott Eyre from the Chicago Cubs. It appears single-A Clearwater pitcher Brian Schlitter was part of the trade. Details to come. Update: It's official. The Phillies have traded Schlitter to the Cubs for Eyre. The Cubs designated Eyre... Read more

It Couldn't Last Forever

Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 9:51 AM
You knew it couldn't last. Jamie Moyer was 10-0 with a 3.03 ERA in 10 career starts against the Marlins. He baffled them almost every time he pitched. But the longer the streak, the greater the likelihood it's about to end. Because nobody wins forever, just like nobody hits forever. In five innings... Read more

Gordon Hurt

Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 8:46 PM
Righthander Tom Gordon, who has been on the 15-day DL since July 6 because of inflammation in his right elbow, left tonight's rehab assignment for single-A Clearwater because of discomfort in the same elbow. Gordon will fly to Philadelphia tomorrow to be examined by team doctor Michael Ciccotti. Obviously... Read more

Here Come The Fish

Tuesday, August 5, 2008, 11:03 AM
I was just about to publish today's post when -- poof! -- it vanished. Gone. I'm not happy about that. So we're doing a condensed version today because I believe my sanity could use the help. So ... the Phillies open an important three-game series tonight against the Marlins, and the good news for... Read more

Phillies Eye Eyre, Garcia?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008, 7:45 PM
The Phillies came up empty before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline, but they continue to look for help. Here are two intriguing names: Lefthander Scott Eyre and righthander Freddy Garcia. The Chicago Cubs designated Eyre for assignment today when they activated closer Kerry Wood from the... Read more

Turning It Around

Monday, August 4, 2008, 10:50 AM
Life looked pretty grim for the Phillies on July 25. Charlie Manuel had benched Jimmy Rollins a day earlier at Shea Stadium, the same day the Phillies fell out of first place in the National League East -- the first time they hadn't been in first since May 31. Manuel called a team meeting on the 25th... Read more

Now That's More Like It

Sunday, August 3, 2008, 4:00 PM
Today is a big day for the Phillies. First, they can win their third consecutive series with a victory tonight over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Second, Brett Myers can show everybody that last week's performance against the Nationals wasn't a fluke. Last night's 2-1 victory put them in this position... Read more

Struggles In St. Louis

Saturday, August 2, 2008, 12:33 PM
Cole Hamels said he is healthy. He just isn't pitching well. He struggled in last night's 6-3 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Hamels hasn't won since July 3. In his last five starts, three of them Phillies' losses, he has given up eight home runs, including two last night. Opponents have scored... Read more
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