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PostHeaderIcon Crash And Burn: Phillies routed by Mets in final game before deadline

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As the Phillies closed a series in New York in an afternoon matinee, Ruben Amaro Jr. had nothing to offer the media prior to the game regarding trade talks.

There are just 24 hours left. There are doubts the Phillies get any deal done by this time tomorrow. Amaro’s silence was symbolic. There are no words left.

The same went for the Phillies play on the field. A two-run game snowballed into a seven-run deficit as the Mets piled five runs on the Phillies bullpen in the seventh to easily claim an 11-2 win on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 108 Preview: Phillies at Mets

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Cole Hamels dominance continued on Tuesday night in a Phillies win, setting up a rubber match on Wednesday. It is also the Phillies last game before the trade deadline expires at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

The Phillies (47-60) go for a series win in New York for the second time this season. The Mets (51-56) attempt to claim the series as well after a four-game winning streak against the Phillies was snapped on Tuesday. First pitch is at 12:10 p.m.

Kyle Kendrick (5-10, 4.87 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Kendrick allowed three runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Friday to pick up the win. Kendrick faced the Mets twice this season on May 10 and May 31, taking two no-decisions. In 24 games and 18 career starts against the Mets, Kendrick is 8-8 with a 3.71 ERA. At Citi Field, he is 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA in nine games and seven starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.64 ERA). Wheeler allowed two runs – one earned – on three hits in 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Friday. Wheeler faced the Phillies on May 29, allowing one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn the win. In three career starts against the Phillies, Wheeler is 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA. At Citi Field, he is 4-8 with a 4.48 ERA in 16 starts.

Game notes, lineups and more are available after the jump.

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PostHeaderIcon Into The Sunset: Hamels dominates potential final start as Phillies win

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Amidst trade rumors, Cole Hamels has been dealing his best games of the season and possibly his career. On Tuesday night, he took the trip to the mound in New York for what could be his last start with the Phillies.

He made the most of it.

Hamels domination continued as he threw eight shutout innings, retiring the final 13 batters he faced. He also got some offensive help by virtue of three home runs as the Phillies claimed a 6-0 win over the Mets at Citi Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon UPDATE: No serious efforts from Phillies to trade Hamels

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UPDATE: Following an afternoon filled with rumors of Cole Hamels potential trade, there was a new story on Tuesday night.

FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal reported that, according to sources, the Phillies had “no meaningful dialogue” with other teams regarding Hamels. There were no offers on the table involving the left-hander and they had not made any formal requests of other teams.

Rosenthal added that a source also claimed that a deal involving Hamels was the “least likely” to happen among the deals the Phillies were considering.

CBS Sports Jon Heyman confirmed the same reports and added his take, saying the Phillies should be interested in moving Hamels unlike what their actions suggest.

There was an uproar among fans when Hamels appeared in rumors. For a fan base desperate to see new faces and start a rebuilding process, how could anyone be opposed? Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Phillies frustrated by trade talks, but ‘not under pressure’

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The saga continues.

With under 48 hours until Thursday’s trade deadline, the news on the Phillies trade front is not good.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe updated the Phillies efforts in trade talks with the following tweet. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 107 Preview: Phillies at Mets

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Trade deadline week brings speculation that some players may be making their last appearance with their team. One of those players takes the mound on Tuesday night.

The Phillies (46-60) send the ace on the block to the mound. The New York Mets (51-55) look to claim the series and spoil what could be his final start as a Phillie. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

Cole Hamels (6-9, 3.86 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels continued a string of excellent starts in his last outing, allowing one run on six hits in eight innings in a win against the Giants on Thursday. Hamels has faced the Mets three time this season, taking the loss on April 29 and no-decisions on May 11 and June 1. In 29 career starts against the Mets, Hamels is 7-14 with a 4.38 ERA. At Citi Field, he is 4-5 with a 3.96 ERA in 14 starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Dillon Gee (9-8, 4.03 ERA). Gee allowed six runs on six hits in five innings in his last start against the Brewers, taking the loss. Gee faced the Phillies on May 10, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings in a no-decision. In 11 games and 10 career starts against the Phillies, Gee is 3-3 with a 7.15 ERA. At Citi Field, he is 16-16 with a 3.15 ERA in 49 games and 47 starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Phillies want ‘the world’ for Hamels

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Monday came and went with little fanfare around the baseball world, especially in relation to the Phillies.

The day was filled with minimal activity. The night brought another lackluster loss.

With three days now left until the trade deadline, the Phillies are trying to act upon what has been another disappointing season from top to bottom. But they aren’t finding much success. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Colon-oscopy: Mets roll past Phillies behind early runs, Colon’s solid start

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The Mets just have the Phillies number. The last time these two teams met, Bartolo Colon was on the mound and the Mets rolled to an 11-2 win.

It came pretty close to that on Monday night.

The Mets scored four runs in the first and never looked back as Colon did the rest. That helped the Mets claim the series opener with a 7-1 win over the Phillies at Citi Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 106 Preview: Phillies at Mets

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The Phillies scored a series victory with a 4-2 win on Sunday. That marked the final home game in July, leaving questions to what team returns to Citizens Bank Park in August. In the meantime, the Phillies hit the road.

The Phillies (46-59) make the trip to New York for the first time since mid-May. The New York Mets (50-55) look to continue the success they had in their last trip to Philadelphia. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Burnett allowed four hits in eight shutout innings, taking a no-decision against the Giants. Burnett allowed five runs on five hits in seven innings in a no-decision against the Mets on May 30. In 21 career starts against the Mets, Burnett is 5-6 with a 3.55 ERA. At Citi Field, he pitched seven one-hit innings in his only appearance, picking up the win.

The Phillies will face right-hander Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA). Colon earned the win in his last start against the Mariners, allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1/3 innings. Colon faced the Phillies on June 2, allowing two runs on six hits in seven inning to earn the win. In six career starts against the Phillies, Colon is 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA. At Citi Field, he is 5-4 with a 2.54 ERA in nine starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Teams not sure if Phillies are ‘committed’ to selling

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The baseball season is a day-by-day journey. Tracking the trade deadline can be a journey in itself. This Phillies team is taking us on quite a journey as the trade deadline approaches.

Everyday, there is something new. On Sunday, it was the possibility that the Phillies may not be able to trade anybody. On Monday, it’s a further affirmed notion.

Buster Olney tweeted the following on Sunday night. Read the rest of this entry »

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