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PostHeaderIcon Get Organized: Phillies deadline silence continues endless circle of flawed thinking

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In the week leading up to the trade deadline, it was a very real possibility that the Phillies would do nothing. On Thursday afternoon, that nightmare became reality.

The Phillies made no moves at the deadline, leaving a roster struggling to compete completely in tact.

The reality that was realized on Thursday went further than the product on the field or the general manager’s office. The harsh reality is that, as a whole, the Phillies are not just a terrible baseball team. They are a horrible organization from top to bottom. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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 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 Buyer’s Remorse: Phillies may get stuck at deadline

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If somebody told you two weeks ago, right around the All-Star Break, that the Phillies would not make a single move at the trade deadline, what would you think?

Chances are you would think that to be a complete failure.

The trade deadline is five days away, at 4 p.m. this Thursday, and things couldn’t be going any worse for the Phillies – not because of wins and losses but because the most valuable trade chips may not be movable.

There is a legitimate chance the Phillies do nothing at the trade deadline. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon D-Backs come back, down Phillies in 10

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A look down the Arizona lineup created thoughts of a cake walk for Cliff Lee. It wasn’t smooth, but Lee didn’t suffer greatly as the Phillies offense exploded for hit after hit in the early going.

But the hits stopped coming after the third inning as the Diamondbacks started to trim away at the lead. The bullpen could not hold a three-run lead over the final four innings, forcing extras.

In the 10th, a go-ahead sacrifice fly was the difference, but a three-run home run added on capped a four-run inning and the comeback for the D-Backs, sending the Phillies to a 10-6 loss on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 104 Preview: Phillies vs. Diamondbacks

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Call it a game for the replacements. Newcomers to the roster in Grady Sizemore and Darin Ruf helped provide the Phillies with a win on Friday night. Saturday night bring the chance to put together a small winning streak.

The Phillies (45-58) go for their third straight win. The Arizona Diamondbacks (44-59) have lost three of their last four games after opening the second half with a three-game sweep of the Cubs. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Cliff Lee (4-5, 3.67 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Lee struggled in his last start, allowing six runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Giants. In seven career starts against the Diamondbacks, Lee is 4-1 with a 3.12 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 24-20 with a 2.81 ERA.

The Phillies will face right-hander Josh Collmenter (8-5, 3.64 ERA). Collmenter allowed one run on four hits in seven innings to pick up the win against the Cubs in his last start. Collmenter faced the Phillies on April 25, pitching six shutout innings allowing four hits to earn the win. In seven games and three career starts against the Phillies, Collmenter is 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA in three games and one start.

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PostHeaderIcon Sizemore, Brown lead Phillies to win over D-Backs

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The Phillies have been piecing together a roster for some time. Two pieces were Grady Sizemore and Darin Ruf.

The two played a key roles in a two-run first inning that got the Phillies going on Friday night.

Sizemore’s three hits and Domonic Brown’s three RBI paced the Phillies through the night, as they took the series opener from Citizens Bank Park with a 9-5 win. Read the rest of this entry »

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