Nick Pivetta tied a career-high by throwing 34 curveballs in his last start. The pitch is shaping up to be an "elite weapon" for the righthander, according to Phillies assistant pitching coach Chris Young.
After getting benched Friday night, Maikel Franco responded by going 4 for 4 and scoring the go-ahead run in the Phillies' victory Saturday in Washington.
If the next 10 games will go a long way to determining the Phillies' direction for the rest of the season, the arrow is pointing decidedly upward after a pummeling of the Washington Nationals.
The story of Konstanty, who virtually invented relief pitching as member of the Whiz Kids almost 70 years ago, has a peculiar relevance in 2018 as Gabe Kapler tries to stabilize his crowded and chaotic bullpen.
Also, updates on Pat Neshek and Jerad Eickhoff, and a lefty reliever has been brought up to help deal with the Nationals.
It appeared as if Scott Kingery might cut into second baseman Cesar Hernandez's playing time before the start of this season. Instead, Hernandez has quietly emerged as a star who plays every day.
Seven of the Phillies' next 10 games are against the Washington Nationals, which means a lot of encounters with slumping slugger Bryce Harper.
The third overall pick is batting .667 with a 1.417 OPS after two games.
Roy Halladay inspired a cast of potential future Phillies, and Austin Davis is his first pupil to reach the big leagues.
Cole Irvin spent parts of two seasons on the Angels grounds crew and is now nearing a promotion to the Phillies.
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Adam Morgan was booed as he entered Wednesday's game at Citizens Bank Park. He responded by getting two huge outs and his first career save in the Phillies' win over St. Louis.
Lehigh Valley also won behind four RBIs from Trevor Plouffe.