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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 It’s Optional: Phillies contracts posing problem

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The situation continues to snowball for the Phillies. Rumors swirling in every which way, with no sense of direction. It’s fitting for the state of the franchise.

One thing seems certain: the Phillies are trying to make changes. You can’t deny that.

There’s just one catch. Other teams are not interested in making deals with the Phillies. And there is one common reason why.

On Thursday, as many have already, ESPN’s Jayson Stark profiled the players most likely to be traded. It featured nine players: Marlon Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, A.J. Burnett and Antonio Bastardo.

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PostHeaderIcon King For A Day: Hamels deals gem as Phillies snap streak

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Every day is another audition for several Phillies players who could be on their way out in the next week. Three players made strong impressions on Thursday afternoon.

Leading the way was Cole Hamels, who turned in his second straight gem. Again, he got just enough offense to back it up.

Marlon Byrd and Chase Utley provided the two RBI singles that pushed the Phillies past the Giants on Thursday afternoon in a 2-1 win at Citizens Bank Park. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 102 Preview: Phillies vs. Giants

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The Giants got to Jonathan Papelbon for a second straight night to send the Phillies to another late-inning loss. Entering Thursday’s series finale, the Giants look for more than a series win.

The Phillies (43-58) attempt to snap a four-game losing streak on Thursday afternoon. The Giants (57-44) go for a series sweep following back-to-back wins in their final at-bat. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.

Cole Hamels (4-5, 2.83 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels allowed one run on four hits in seven innings against the Braves in his last start to earn the win. In 12 career starts against the Giants, Hamels is 5-3 with a 3.75 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 52-41 with a 3.32 ERA in 128 starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Tim Hudson (8-6, 2.78 ERA). Hudson allowed one run on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings in his last start against the Marlins. In 29 career starts against the Phillies, Hudson is 11-9 with a 3.72 ERA. At Citizens Bank Park, he is 4-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 10 starts.

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

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PostHeaderIcon HP3: Pence’s double scores 3 in 9th, Giants score late win again

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You may remember a time not long ago when Hunter Pence and Jonathan Papelbon were teammates on the Phillies. That was 2012. On a July night in 2014, with Papelbon’s days in Philadelphia possibly dwindling as they did for Pence in 2012, his former teammate delivered the game-winning hit.

For eight innings, there was scoreless baseball and a 59-minute rain delay. In the ninth, it was Pence’s bases-clearing double that proved to be the difference as the Giants scored off Papelbon for the second straight game to take a 3-1 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Morning Review: Deadline success for Phillies means a big name must go

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Tuesday night’s game was another tease that ended in defeat. The Phillies had played with that fine line that is competence.

This is a bad baseball team and if you don’t believe me by now, sit through 14 innings of it. It isn’t fun, that’s for sure.

For baseball to be fun again in Philadelphia, there have to be new names, new faces and a new outlook. It doesn’t have to be a team with a playoff makeup right away. That will come with the right amount of time and the right kind of development.

But the well has run dry. The Phillies don’t have the internal options to do this. They need to sell off the old and get new in a hurry.

The trade deadline presents that chance and the Phillies will be active. But the most likely trades to happen aren’t going to amount to much. They need to make a splash in a different way than any of us are familiar: they need to cut ties with a big name to open the door to a bigger and better future. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Cole And Roll: Rollins homer enough in Hamels gem as Phils hold off Braves

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Cole Hamels pitched inning after inning holding the Braves quiet with nothing to show from his offense. Finally, after Grady Sizemore reached for the fourth time, Jimmy Rollins ensured he wouldn’t be stranded again.

Rollins belted a two-run home run in the seventh that proved to be the difference in the Phillies 2-1 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Game 97 Preview: Phillies at Braves

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The Phillies returned from the All-Star Break and picked up where they left off before it, dropping the first game with little offense of note and a rough outing on the mound from the starter.

The Phillies (42-54) continue to slide to the finish and the trade deadline. The Atlanta Braves (53-43) used Friday’s win to pull ahead in the NL East and look to build on their lead. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.

Cole Hamels (3-5, 2.93 ERA) gets the start for the Phillies. Hamels allowed three runs on four hits in seven innings in his last start last Saturday against the Nationals, taking a no-decision. Hamels also faced the Braves on June 16, allowing five hits in seven shutout innings in a no-decision. In 32 games and 31 career starts against the Braves, Hamels is 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 6-5 with a 3.84 ERA in 18 games and 17 starts.

The Phillies will face right-hander Aaron Harang (9-6, 3.53 ERA). Harang picked up a win in his last start on July 10, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings. Harang faced the Phillies twice in June. On June 18, he allowed nine runs – eight earned – on 13 hits in five innings, taking the loss. He picked up the win on June 29, allowing two runs on 11 hits in seven innings. In 15 games and 14 career starts against the Phillies, Harang is 5-3 with a 5.23 ERA. At Turner Field, he is 5-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 15 starts.

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PostHeaderIcon Heading South: Braves 4-run inning sinks Phillies

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The Phillies last trip to Atlanta sparked a sweep. So when the Phillies took the early lead in the second inning of Friday’s series opener, it felt like deja vu all over again.

Until the bottom of the second when failure to record a shutdown inning haunted the Phillies again.

A.J. Burnett surrendered four second-inning runs as the Braves claimed the series opener on Friday night by a score of 6-4 at Turner Field. Read the rest of this entry »

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PostHeaderIcon Two Weeks Notice: Big changes on horizon for Phillies

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Friday marks the return of the Phillies from the All-Star Break, which means back to reality for Phillies fans as they watch a mediocre team play the final 67 games on the 2014 season.

But if you really think about it, assuming 2014 is over already, there are just 13 games left in 2014 before turning the page to 2015.

That’s because an overhaul is due. A few weeks ago, it certainly seemed like a possibility that the Phillies were stuck in the middle, no one coming in, no one getting out.

Partially, this was due to a misguided belief that the Phillies were still contenders of some sort. The other was due to lack of tradable assets. The things a five-game win streak can do to a team weeks before the deadline.

That five-game winning streak put the spotlight on some tradable players, and there are names to go around. Read the rest of this entry »

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