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PostHeaderIcon Game 117 Preview: Phillies vs. Mets

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After the ceremonies for Charlie Manuel are finished, there is another ballgame to play. The Phillies will look to snap a long stretch of losing against the Mets.

The Phillies (52-64) continue the series looking for their fourth win in the last five games. The Mets (55-61) look to build on Friday’s win. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Cole Hamels (6-6, 2.43 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels continued a run of solid starts, allowing one unearned run on four hits in seven innings against the Nationals, but took the loss. Hamels has faced the Mets three times this season, taking a loss on April 29, a no-decision on June 1 and picking up the win on July 29. In 30 career starts against the Mets, Hamels is 8-14 with a 4.19 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 53-41 with a 3.30 ERA in 129 starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.73 ERA). Gee allowed two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings in his last start, taking a no-decision against the Giants. Gee has made two starts against the Phillies this season, taking a no-decision on May 10 and losing on July 29. In 12 games and 11 career starts against the Phillies, Gee is 3-4 with a 7.11 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 2-2 with a 9.56 ERA in seven games and six starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Game 116 Preview: Phillies vs. Mets

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The Phillies dramatic win on Thursday is the type of spark that can usually help a team build a healthy winning streak. A division rival is the next team in town as the Phillies look to keep the good times rolling at home.

The Phillies (52-63) open a four-game weekend series going for a four-game winning streak. The New York Mets (54-61) try to break up the Phillies winning ways. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

A.J. Burnett (0-1, 6.35 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Burnett allowed five runs – one earned – on three hits in 1 2/3 innings before being ejected in his last start against the Nationals. He suffered the loss in that start. Burnett has faced the Mets twice this season, taking a no-decision on May 30 and a loss on July 28. In 22 career starts against the Mets, Burnett is 5-7 with a 3.89 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA.

The Phillies will face right-hander Bartolo Colon (3-7, 4.93 ERA). Colon allowed six runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, taking the loss against the Giants. Colon faced the Phillies twice this season, earning wins on both June 2 and July 28. In seven career starts against the Phillies, Colon is 3-2 with a 3.74 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA.

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PostHeaderIcon Game Preview 115: Phillies vs. Astros

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Chances to sweep are rare for the Phillies this season but Thursday presents the chance. After a marathon win and a dominant win, the Phillies host the Astros one more time.

The Phillies (51-63) attempt to complete the sweep of Houston. The Astros (47-67) try to salvage the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Sean O’Sullivan (0-1, 6.35 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. O’Sullivan made a spot start for the Phillies on June 28 against the Braves, allowing four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings and taking the loss.

The Phillies will face right-hander Collin McHugh (3-7, 4.93 ERA). McHugh took a no-decision in his last start against the Blue Jays, allowing one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. McHugh made one career appearance against the Phillies, allowing one run on three hits in three innings. This is his first appearance at Citizens Bank Park.

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PostHeaderIcon Game 114 Preview: Phillies vs. Astros

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Another marathon game this time went in favor of the Phillies as Ryan Howard proved to be the hero. But the next day always brings about the struggle of picking up the pieces from six extra innings.

The Phillies (50-63) go for back-to-back wins and a series win on Wednesday night. The Astros (47-66) look to bounce back from Tuesday night’s tough loss. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

David Buchanan (5-5, 4.40 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Buchanan allowed one run on four hits in seven innings in his last start against the Brewers, earning the win. This is Buchanan’s first major-league start since July 10, his last before the All-Star Break. Buchanan is making his first career start against the Astros. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 3-2 with a 4.39 ERA in five starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Brad Peacock (3-7, 4.93 ERA). Peacock is making his first start since July 23, when he allowed seven runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Athletics. Peacock earned the win in his only career start against the Phillies, allowing one hit in 5 2/3 shutout innings. The start was at Citizens Bank Park.

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PostHeaderIcon Game 113 Preview: Phillies vs. Astros

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Through the last 10 years, the Phillies had formed a healthy rivalry with the Houston Astros. That rivalry was broken when the Astros moved to the American League in 2013.

The Phillies (49-63) return home and are welcomed by another round of interleague play. The Astros (47-65) make the trip to Philly for the first time as an AL team. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.92 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Kendrick allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings in a loss to the Mets. In six games and four career starts against the Astros, Kendrick is 1-3 with a 5.33 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 36-35 with a 4.36 ERA in 108 games and 91 starts.

The Phillies will face left-hander Dallas Keuchel (10-7, 2.97 ERA). Keuchel allowed one run on four hits in a complete-game win over the Athletics in his last start. Keuchel allowed five hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings in his only career start against the Phillies, earning a win. This is his first appearance at Citizens Bank Park.

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PostHeaderIcon Game 112 Preview: Phillies at Nationals

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Saturday was a total disaster from start to finish. But the Phillies certainly got their money’s worth in the fight, at least the ones that A.J. Burnett and Ryne Sandberg put up.

The Phillies (49-62) can still claim the series with a win on Sunday. The Nationals (59-49) padded their division lead on Saturday and look to do the same on Sunday by splitting the series. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m.

Cole Hamels (6-5, 2.55 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels pitched eight shutout innings against the Mets in his last start, allowing six hits earning the win. Hamels faced the Nationals on July 12, allowing three runs on four hits in seven innings, taking a no-decision. In 29 career starts against the Nationals, Hamels is 15-6 with a 2.63 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 4-2 with a 2.52 ERA in eight starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 3.55 ERA). Strasburg allowed one run on four hits in seven innings in his last start, taking a tough loss against the Marlins. Strasburg has faced the Phillies three times this season. In his most recent on July 12, he allowed two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision. In nine career starts against the Phillies, Strasburg is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 19-12 with a 2.58 ERA in 52 starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Game 111 Preview: Phillies at Nationals

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Marlon Byrd keyed the Phillies win on Friday. On Saturday, the Phillies will turn to another trade deadline chip that stuck around to go for a series win.

The Phillies (49-61) can claim a series win with their third straight victory on Saturday. The Washington Nationals (58-49) look to bounce back in the series. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

A.J. Burnett (6-10, 4.15 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Burnett allowed seven runs on eight hits in five innings in a loss to the Mets in his last start on Monday. Burnett has faced the Nationals three times this season, including July 11 where he allowed two runs on five hits in 7 2/3 innings for the win. In 20 games and 19 career starts against the Nationals, Burnett is 10-4 with a 3.37 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in two starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (6-5, 3.17 ERA). Zimmermann allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings in a no-decision against the Marlins in his last start. Zimmermann has faced the Phillies twice this season. On June 3, he pitched eight shutout innings allowing five hits in a win. On July 11, he allowed four runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings before leaving with an injury. He took the loss in that game. In 12 career starts against the Phillies, Zimmermann is 5-6 with a 3.82 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 27-18 with a 3.29 ERA in 69 starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Game 110 Preview: Phillies at Nationals

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The Phillies first game following a quiet deadline went just as you would expect. They hit well, they pitched well and they won convincingly. But they really lost, as Cliff Lee suffered an injury that threatens his season and the remainder of the 2014 season drags on.

The Phillies (48-61) look for a second win in a row in Washington. The Washington Nationals (58-48) try to recover from Thursday’s loss and bounce back in the series. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Roberto Hernandez (4-5, 3.78 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hernandez allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings a win against the Diamondbacks in his last start. Hernandez faced the Nationals on May 4, pitching 7 1/3 shutout innings and allowing four hits in a win. In three career starts against the Nationals, Hernandez is 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA. This is his first appearance at Nationals Park.

The Phillies will face right-hander Doug Fister (10-2, 2.69 ERA). Fister allowed three hits in seven shutout innings in his last start to earn a win against the Reds. He faced the Phillies on June 5, allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings to get a win. In two career starts against the Phillies, Fister is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 5-1 with a 2.74 ERA in seven starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Phillies win game, lose Lee after quiet deadline

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No matter what happened on Thursday night on the field, the actions from earlier in the day would overshadow them.

The game was one of the Phillies best in recent weeks, hitting from start to finish, 17 hits in all. On the mound, it was a disaster. But not for the reasons you would think.

The Phillies won the game against the NL East-leading Nationals, 10-4, but lost Cliff Lee to an elbow injury, icing on the cake after failing to make a trade before Thursday afternoon’s deadline. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 109 Preview: Phillies at Nationals

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The trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. this afternoon with nothing from the Phillies. We’ve reached Game 109 of the season. The rest of the season is essentially meaningless. But there’s still a game tonight.

The Phillies (47-61) open the post-deadline portion of the schedule in Washington. The Washington Nationals (58-47) look to build on their division lead against the last-place Phillies. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.78 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Lee allowed three runs on nine hits in five innings against the Diamondbacks in his last start, taking a no-decision. Lee faced the Nationals on May 2, allowing two runs – one earned – on four hits in seven innings, taking a no-decision. In 12 career starts against the Nationals, Lee is 6-4 with a 2.74 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 3-2 with a 3.57 ERA in six starts.

The Phillies will face left-hander Gio Gonzalez (6-6, 3.56 ERA). Gonzalez allowed one run on four hits in seven innings in his last start against the Reds but took the loss. Gonzalez also took a loss on May 4 in a start against the Phillies, allowing one run on four hits in 7 1/3 innings. In nine career starts against the Phillies, Gonzalez is 5-3 with a 2.48 ERA. At Nationals Park, he is 18-9 with a 2.80 ERA in 37 starts.

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